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Graduate Student Awards

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures would like to recognize the accomplishments of our graduate students. A few are mentioned below:

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship
    • The AAUW American Dissertation Fellowships support women scholars who are pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication.
      • 2022-23: Elise Huerta
  • Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Conference (ASPAC) - Mori-ASPAC Prize
    • The Mori-ASPAC Prize recognizes extraordinary graduate student scholarship in any area of research pertaining to Asian studies, and is awarded to the author of the best paper.
      • 2021: Katherine Whatley
      • 2015: Hangping Xu
  • Blakemore Freeman Fellowship
    • Blakemore Foundation Grants for graduating seniors, college graduates, graduate students and working professionals for an academic year abroad in full-time intensive Asian language study. 
      • 2018-19: Elise Huerta
  • Centennial Teaching Assistant Award
    • The Centennial Teaching Assistant (CTA) Award recognizes outstanding teaching assistants (TAs) for their tremendous service and dedication in providing excellent classroom instruction for Stanford students.
      • 2023: Maciej Kurzynski
      • 2021: Lin Meng Walsh
      • 2019: Jiajing Wang
      • 2017: Paul Ganir
      • 2015: Hangping Xu
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
    • This program provides grants to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.
      • 2023: Lin Meng Walsh
      • 2021: Kevin Niehaus
      • 2020: Jason Beckman
  • G.J. Pigott Scholars Program Award
    • This competitive award, a gift from the Pigott family, recognizes graduate students in the Humanities whose work is of the highest quality.  
      • 2024-25: Rosaley Gai
      • 2021-22: Matthew Palmer
  • Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
    • The Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship recognizes advanced humanities doctoral students whose work is of the highest quality and who demonstrate the promise of further outstanding achievement.
      • 2024-25: Jason Beckman
      • 2023-24: Andrew Nelson
      • 2022-23: Qian Jia
      • 2021-22: Elise Huerta
  • Society for American Archeology's Dissertation Award
    • The Society for American Archaeology Awards recognize and honor knowledge and professional achievements at all career levels--from student and early career archaeologists to those who have made lasting contributions to the Society and the profession. 
      • 2019: Hao Zhao
  • Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS) - Best Graduate Student Paper Award
    • The Southwest Conference on Asian Studies is a regional conference of the Association for Asian Studies and recognizes the best paper submitted by a graduate student in Asian studies.
      • 2020: Melissa Hosek
  • Stanford Alumni Association Student Awards - Graduate Student Community Impact Award
    • The Stanford Alumni Association recognizes graduate students who have enhanced the Stanford community through their exemplary leadership of a student organization, creation of an event or program, or other unique campus contribution. These outstanding students have fostered a sense of belonging and inspired enthusiasm among fellow grad students.
      • 2024: Yan Chang
      • 2023: Taranee Cao
      • 2022: Andrew Nelson
      • 2020: Melissa Hosek
      • 2019: David Hazard
  • Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize Fellowship
    • The SHC Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students whose work is of the highest distinction and promise. Recipients have offices at the Humanities Center and take part with other graduate and faculty fellows in the Center's programs, promoting humanistic research and education at Stanford.
      • 2019-20: Mei Li Inouye
  • Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF)
    • The Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF) is a competitive University-wide program that awards three-year fellowships to outstanding doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research.
      • 2020: Maciej Kurzynski (Satre Family Fellow)
  • Stanford Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program
    • The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program cultivates and supports a multidisciplinary and multicultural community of graduate students from across Stanford University, and delivers engaging experiences that prepare graduates to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders who address complex challenges facing the world.
      • 2024: Yue Wu
  • Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Scholars Graduate Fellowship (SIGF)
    • The Dean's Scholars Graduate Fellowship in the School of Humanities and Sciences recognizes outstanding doctoral applicants who have distinguished themselves academically and who will promote and/or contribute to the diversity of their academic fields.
      • 2024: Crystal Gong