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Graduate Student Resources

Departmental Resources

EALC Shared Google Drive

The department has created an online resource for EALC graduate students to share and review materials submitted by other EALC graduate students, as well as online forms. For information or to request access, please contact Cyril Millendez, Assistant Director of Student Services.

  • Sample Documents: This sub-folder includes conference paper abstracts, dissertation abstracts, travel grant forms, grant proposals, dissertation prospectuses, theses, etc.

To access the EALC Student Shared Drive, log in to Google Drive using your Stanford SUNet ID and password. On the left hand side, click “Shared Drives” and go to “EALC SHARED w Students”. You must use your Stanford Google account in order to access these files. 

EALC Grad Student & TA Handbook

A compendium to the Stanford University Bulletin (ExploreDegrees) and the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures (GAP) handbook. This handbook supplements ExploreDegrees, 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 advisor, and department staff.

EALC Grad Student Handbook

EALC TA Handbook

Shared Office Space

Advanced grad students who are writing dissertations or serving as teaching assistants (TAs) will be assigned shared offices. Students should make requests for office space with Jeanne Su, Director of Finance and Operations.

Print & Copy Needs

EALC students may make up to 1,000 copies per year on the department copier. Students may also print from the department printers, available in the basement copy room.

EALC Opportunities

EALC Department Grant Programs

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures has set aside funds for graduate students for use towards conference travel and academic-related expenses.

  • EALC Department Travel and Research Fund The EALC Department will reimburse up to $500 for M.A. students and up to $1,000 for Ph.D. students per academic year for use towards conference travel and academic-related expenses. Unused funding is not deferrable to future years. Students are not required to present their paper/research at these events (see section 14.4 in the Grad Handbook for details). To avail of the Department Travel and Research Fund, submit your receipt(s) and a justification for how the expense(s) is related to conference attendance, research, or travel to the Assistant Director of Student Services. All Stanford rules governing business travel apply.
  • EALC Professional Society Membership Fund The EALC Department will provide reimbursement of membership dues: up to one membership per year for students in years 1-3 and up to two memberships per year for students in years 4+. To receive the reimbursement, please submit the application form and receipt(s) to the Assistant Director of Student Services. Students can submit a reimbursement request for either one membership at a time or both at once.
  • EALC Summer Grant Each year, graduate students who have been admitted into a reputable summer language or disciplinary training program will each be eligible for financial assistance that covers tuition and airfare (domestic up to $600; international up to $1,500). Please see application form for list of approved programs—any other program needs to be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Link to the EALC Summer Grant

Connie Chin Memorial Prize for Writing in East Asian Studies

The Connie Chin Memorial Prize for Writing in East Asian Studies recognizes and rewards outstanding examples of writing in an essay, term paper, or thesis produced during the current academic year, in any area of East Asian Studies, broadly defined. It is dedicated to beloved colleague Connie Chin (1946-2020), who enjoyed a 44-year career at Stanford beginning in 1976, moving several times between the Center for East Asian Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, where she spent her last 13 years as Department Manager. Application Deadline: May 31 annually.

Link to Student Prizes and Fellowships

John Wang Funds

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is pleased to announce grant programs in honor of the late Professor John C. Wang. These grants are made possible by generous financial contributions from Professor Wang and his family.

  • John Wang Conference Travel Grants Each year four graduate students will be awarded a conference travel grant up to $1,500 against receipts for airfare, hotel, ground transportation, and conference registration. Students must be presenting a paper at a reputable academic conference. A Ph.D. student who has received a J.W. Conference Travel Grant will still be eligible for two EALC Department conference travel grants in the same academic year for use towards other conferences.
  • John Wang Digital Fellowship Provides post-graduation access to Stanford Libraries’ digital resources, in an effort to support our recent PhD graduates and their ongoing research. Alumni automatically have access to Stanford digital databases for 120 days post-graduation while on the Stanford network but the databases cannot be accessed off-campus. The Digital Fellowship will include 1 year of access to the Stanford Libraries’ digital resources (accessible off-campus) and can be renewed for a total of 2 years. Applicants must be within 5 years of graduation.
  • John Wang Student Fund EALC has limited John Wang Student funds earmarked for students experiencing unexpected or usually burdensome expenditures related to coursework, research, travel, writing, publishing, and personal exigencies. Examples include but are not limited to unusually expensive books, fees associated with research access, compensation for research or editorial assistance, computer purchase/repair or other equipment needs, publication costs (charged by publishers), unexpected travel costs associated with COVID-19, etc. Graduate students are eligible for one grant per academic year, up to $500, and may apply for this funding if they have exhausted or are not eligible for other appropriate sources of funding. Please note: This fund is not intended to support additional conference travel. Please submit the application form to the Director of Finance and Operations.
Stanford Global Studies Internship Program

In collaboration with EALC, the Stanford Global Studies (SGS) Internship Program is now open to EALC graduate students. Preference for internship positions in East Asia is given to EALC graduate students. Students are only eligible to accept an SGS internship if they do not have any incomplete grades in existing courses. The overall base stipend of $5,500-$6,500 is provided by the host organization, the program, or both. Internships available will be announced by SGS every Autumn with application deadlines in early February. For more information, please contact globalinternships [at] (globalinternships[at]stanford[dot]edu).

Link to Stanford Global Studies Internship Program

At Home Abroad (AHA) House Language Tables

At Home Abroad (AHA) House is an intellectual and cultural crossroads where upperclass students will engage in interactive, transcultural learning and acquire the tools necessary to confront the complexity of our contemporary world. Building on the legacies of Stanford houses that hosted language tables in various foreign languages, AHA House is a vibrant, diverse community that offers students an opportunity to explore languages and cultures beyond the English-speaking world, with graduate students from EALC leading language tables in Chinese and Japanese. We welcome any and all students interested in creating a space for conversations about East Asian films, music, food, and international issues.

Through activities including film series, seminars, cooking classes, language tables, resident-led events, off-campus outings, and meetings with faculty, artists, and scholars from all over the world, residents will have a chance to broaden their awareness and understanding of the incredible range of experiences, ideas, and non-English idioms that each house resident brings.

AHA House, also known as Yost House/Dorm, is located in Governor's Quad and sits on the west end of Stanford's sprawling campus. Situated next to Lake Lagunita, it offers great access to the outdoors, easy routes to the main academic areas of campus, and a vibrant neighborhood atmosphere.

Additional Stanford Funding Opportunities

Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS)

CEAS provides limited funding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in East Asian Studies. 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. Various funding opportunities are listed on their Prizes and Fellowships website.

  • Conference Travel Grants

  • CEAS Summer Grants

  • Academic-Year Fellowship for the Study of Women in Asia

  • Academic-Year FLAS Fellowships for Continuing Graduate Students

Link to CEAS Prizes and Fellowships

Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity (DDRO) Fund

VPGE awards funding on a competitive basis to support doctoral dissertation research expenses on diversity-related topics. These awards are intended to pay research costs, including such costs as travel, data acquisition, translation, etc. where the dissertation topic focuses on the impact of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, work, or life experiences. DDRO awards are capped at $5,000.

Link to the DDRO Fund

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI)

FSI provides support to faculty, students, and researchers for academic activities aimed at building student and instructor skills and capacity in the field of international studies. Please review the FSI website for more information regarding funding types, eligibility, proposal guidelines, and deadlines. A sample of notable opportunities is listed here:

  • Dissertation Grants in Japanese  and Chinese Studies
  • International Security Fellowships
  • CDDRL Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Stanford Center at Peking University Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program
  • Graduate Student Grant Competition
  • FSI’s Global Student Fellows Program
  • The John and Jackie Lewis Fund to Support Research in Asia

Link to FSI Fellowships

Graduate Research Opportunities (GRO) Fund

The School of Humanities and Sciences offers a Graduate Research Opportunities (GRO) initiative to award humanities and social sciences students grants of up to $5,000 for research expenses directly related to the dissertation. There are two application submission deadlines: one in November and one in April. Eligibility guidelines and the application form for GRO funds are available at the link below.

Link to the GRO Fund

Stanford Humanities Center (SHC) Fellowships

The Stanford Humanities Center (SHC) and the School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) collaborate to administer two Stanford humanities dissertation fellowships: the SHC Dissertation Prize and the Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Stanford students may submit one application to be considered for one or both of these fellowships.

Link to SHC Fellowships

SHC Career Launch Fellowship

The Stanford Humanities Center established the Career Launch Fellowship program to support Stanford graduate students in year 7 or above whose work demonstrates accomplished work of the highest distinction and the promise of future achievement. The fellowships are intended to serve as a bridge between the end of the university's formal support and the transition to a postdoctoral fellowship or a faculty position. 

Link to the SHC Career Launch Fellowship

Fellowships and Funding through the School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S)

H&S graduate students may apply to the fellowships and awards offered through this portal.

Link to H&S Fellowships and Funding

McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society Small Grants for Graduate Students

Ethics small grants for graduate students are funding opportunities to support the development of programming that increases critical thinking about the ethical and societal consequences of research and professional choices. Cross-disciplinary collaborations are also encouraged. Potential programs could include: the development of a new ethics workshop for grad students, hosting an event about the ethical issues in your field, organizing an ethics working group, among many other possibilities. The grants are intended to support programs or events that will engage the Stanford community and/or other graduate students, not for individual research or projects.

Link to Ethics Small Grants for Graduate Students

Civic, Liberal, and Global Education (COLLEGE) Fellowships

The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) accepts applications for teaching fellowship positions in the Civic, Liberal, and Global Education (COLLEGE) program. The COLLEGE Fellowship replaces the earlier Thinking Matters Fellowship. The COLLEGE fellowship is only open to internal Stanford candidates. You must either hold a PhD from Stanford or currently be a postdoc at Stanford to qualify. 

Link to COLLEGE Fellowships

Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) Fellowhips

Fellows in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) are responsible for teaching courses that fulfill the undergraduate writing and rhetoric requirement at Stanford University. Advanced degree from Stanford (Ph.D. preferred) from any discipline and an interest in teaching, particularly the teaching of writing, research, and oral presentation.

Link to PWR Fellowships

Overseas Resource Center (ORC) at Bechtel International Center

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. ORC has a robust scholarship search page. Below are a few scholarships that may be of interest to our student population:

Link to the ORC at Bechtel

Fellowships and Funding through the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE)

The Office of the VPGE provides competitive funding to support individual doctoral students, student groups, and department-based projects.

Link to VPGE Fellowships and Funding

External Funding Resources

A running list of external doctoral and postdoctoral opportunities is available below. This list is sortable and updated on a continual basis by our staff, students, and faculty. If you hear of a new opportunity or know of an update to an opportunity already on the list, please go ahead and make the update. If you need access to update the list please contact the EALC staff.

External Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships & Opportunities


Stanford Health, Wellness, and Emergency Resources

H&S Consolidated Resources List

The H&S Dean's Office provides a consolidated list of available resources. In particular, they have clearly identified confidential resources, formal procedures for students to file grievances and concerns, and expanded financial resources.

Link to Helpful Resources for H&S Students and Postdocs

Bridge Peer Counseling Center

The Bridge Peer Counseling Center is a student-run peer-counseling center staffed by trained undergraduate and graduate Stanford students. They offer anonymous 24/7 peer counseling to members of the greater Stanford community.

Link to the Bridge Peer Counseling Center

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS provides a 24/7 hotline for urgent mental health assistance—a clinician will be available to speak with you. In addition, students are currently also eligible to receive up to 5 free virtual therapy sessions (or in-person sessions if desired and available) with a licensed therapist if you are seeking brief support for a specific issue.

Link to CAPS at Vaden

Graduate Life Office (GLO)

GLO's specialty is helping graduate students, and the GLO Deans are here to help you navigate the issues, challenges and complications that are an inevitable part of life. They can assist with a variety of situations including, but not limited to:

  • personal issues 
  • housing and roommate problems 
  • family and health concerns 
  • academic challenges 
  • financial difficulties

Link to Resources from GLO

Financial Aid Office Health/Emergency/Housing Funding Options

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: This program was 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.

Link to the Stanford Financial Aid Office