Funding Sources


Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI)
FSI provides support to Stanford faculty, students, and researchers for activities aimed at building student and instructor skills and capacity in the field of international studies. The various funding programs each have their own funding parameters, eligibility criteria, and proposal guidelines. Fellowships are categorized under:

The Overseas Resource Center at Bechtel International Center
The Overseas Resource Center provides advising for undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and recent alums pursuing scholarships for study and research abroad. Over 30 scholarships are administered through this office and include such awards as the Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes, and Churchill. The Center offers one-on-one and group advising sessions and provides support in all aspects of the application process, including interview preparation. In addition to their advising services, the ORC maintains a library of scholarship literature, binders of successful application essays, and for some of our awards, a mentor database of previous Stanford scholars. There are also regular information sessions and application workshops.

Stanford Humanities Center Fellowships
Each year the Stanford Humanities Center offers residential fellowships to as many as thirty fellows, who meet regularly in formal and informal sessions while pursuing their individual study, research, and writing. The Center constitutes an intellectual and social community in which historians, philosophers, scholars of literature and the arts, anthropologists, and other humanists of diverse ages, academic ranks, and departmental and institutional affiliations contribute to and learn from one another's work.


Fellowship information may have changed. Please visit the program website for the most updated information.

Aggregate Listings:

ACLS Fellowships

Association for Asian Studies Grants and Fellowships

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grants

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships and Grants

Specific Programs:

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Pickering Programs seeks to attract outstanding students from all ethnic and social backgrounds who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad by entering the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service. Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as Foreign Service Officer.

ACLS: American Research in the Humanities in China
This program is open to scholars in the humanities and humanities-related social sciences who have received a Ph.D. or its equivalent by the time of application.

ACLS: New Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society Fellowship
ASIA Fellows awardees are placed at top-ranking research universities and non-academic institutions such as museums, archives or think tanks. Fellows are encouraged to identify preferred placements in their host countries. They are expected to engage in an organized field research in their selected host country.

Academy Scholars Program, The Harvard Academy, Weatherhead Center
The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history or culture of non-Western countries or regions. Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowship
American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships and Refresher Grants
Fellowships for graduate students for one year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia in approved language programs. Blakemore Refresher Grants are made for periods less than one academic year (minimum of two months).

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
The Newcombe Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year.

U.C. Berkeley Center for Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships in Chinese Studies
The Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley supports one postdoctoral award in Chinese Studies. Recipients of the award must have completed their degree by the commencement date of the fellowship. Applicants must be within five years of completing the Ph.D. The Center for Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship may be combined with other sources of funding.

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellowships
Research topics can cover any period of Chinese history or contemporary China and involve any academic discipline. Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Grants in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History Research fellowships and training grants will be awarded for study of the peoples and cultures of early East Asia. Comparative projects and those that build scholarly networks are especially encouraged.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship provides awards of up to $50,000 per year for up to six years of study to deserving low-income college seniors and recent college graduates (who graduated within the past five years).

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
In 1987, the World Bank, with funding from the Government of Japan, established the World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (WBGSP) for graduate studies in subjects related to economic development.

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities in original sources.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields.

Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program Postdoctoral Fellowship
The purpose of this program is to train scholars to integrate the advanced study of China’s foreign relations into the field of international relations (IR) by bringing together exceptional young scholars from broader fields such as comparative foreign policy, security studies, and international relations theory.

Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies
The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year.