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Resources for Current Graduate Students

Departmental Resources

  • Department Travel Grant: Our department has set aside travel funds for graduate students who wish to travel to conferences outside of Stanford University. Students must be presenting their paper/research at these events. Graduate students should download the Department Travel Grant and submit the application to Prof. Reichert and copy Ai Tran for review. The Department Travel Grant will reimburse up to $500 for related travel (airfare, lodging, incidental charges, etc.). M.A. students may receive up to 1 Department Travel Grant per academic year. Ph.D. students may receive up to 2 Department Travel Grant per academic year; depending on the circumstances, two Department Travel Grants may be combined.
    APPLYING FOR TRAVEL GRANT -- Email the following to Prof. Reichert and Ai Tran:
    • Department Travel Grant form
    • Documentation saying that you have been accepted and will be presenting at the conference
    • Email should contain the following subject line: "EALC DEPT TRAVEL GRANT REQUEST: [conference name], [conference dates]"
    Prof. Reichert will review your application and let you know whether or not you will be receiving the Grad Travel Grant. This will ensure that all relevant parties are aware that the request for travel has been granted.
    We can only reimburse you after you have completed your travel. Within 2 weeks after travel, please reply to the same email with copies of receipts. Receipts should have dates, purpose (if necessary), and cost listed. REMEMBER that funding is for up to $500, so if your trip costs something less, you will not receive $500. After receiving your receipts, Ai Tran will submit your reimbursement request, and send you an email confirmation. Please feel free to check in with Ai Tran after two weeks if you have not received your reimbursement.
  • Copy and Printing Needs: students belonging to the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department may make up to 1,000 copies on the departmental copier per year. To set up a PIN, see Connie. Students may also print from our deparmental printers, available in the copy room on the basement level.
  • Shared Office Space: Advanced graduate students who are writing dissertations and teaching assistants will be assigned shared offices. Students should make requests for office space with Connie Chin (
  • EALC Grad Student Handbook: A compendium to the Stanford University Bulletin (Bulletin) and the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures Handbook (GAP). This handbook supplements the Bulletin, GAP, and other University publications by providing information about department-specific policies and procedures. Further information and resources are available from the Director of Graduate Studies, your adviser, and department staff.
  • EALC TA Handbook: TA Handbook
  • Examples of Graduate Prospectus Defense: examples of prospectus defense materials from EALC graduate students

Stanford University Resources

  • Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS): CEAS provides limited funding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in East Asian Studies. Eligibility for each type of award varies, and is listed on their Prizes and Fellowships website. Upon arrival, graduate students should sign up for the CEAS weekly events e-newsletter.  This will keep you up to date on events about China, Japan, and Korea all over campus. 
  • Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI): FSI provides support to faculty, students, and researchers for academic activies aimed at building student and instructor skills and capacity in the field of international studies. Please review the FSI website for more information regarding fudning types, eligibility, proposal guidelines, and deadlines.
  • The Overseas Resource Center at Bechtel International Center (ORC): ORC 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.
  • Fellowships through the Stanford Humanities Center (SHC): Each year SHC offers residential fellowships to as many as thirty fellows. These fellows 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.
  • Stanford Financial Aid Office: The financial aid office has limited funds available to help graduate students dealing with difficult financial situations, and provide grants such as:
    • Graduate Student Aid Fund: established to assist a limited number of graduate students with University fees such as the Campus Health Service Fee and Cardinal Care Insurance when those fees cause a significant hardship. Students who demonstrate need will be eligible for small amounts to cover specific charges.
    • Emergency Grant-In-Aid Funds: Emergency Grant-in-Aid Funds assist graduate students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses (e.g., medical or dental) causing financial hardship. This program is designed to assist those who cannot reasonably resolve their financial difficulty through fellowships or loans.
    • Graduate Housing Loan: Graduate and professional students may apply for loan funds from the University to help with move-in costs for off-campus housing, such as first and last month's rent and security deposit.

Outside Resources

  • ACLS Fellowships
  • Association for Asian Studies Grants and Fellowships
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grants
  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships and Grants
  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
  • Academy Scholars Program, the Harvard Academy, Weatherhead Center
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowship
  • Blakemore Freeman Fellowships and Refresher Grants
  • Charlotte W. Newcome Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
  • U.C. Berkeley Center for Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships in Chinese Studies
  • Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
  • Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies