Undergrad Research Opportunities

East Asian Languages and Cultures supports our students' interest in studying East Asia. Students interested in research may consider independent study or pursuing the honors program as part of their major. They may also choose to seek for funding sources outside of the department and ask EALC faculty members to serve as their adviser for their research projects. We have listed some resources that we recommend:

  • Heidi Chou Fund for East Asian Languages and Cultures: Thanks to the generosity of Stanford alumna Heidi Chou, the Heidi Chou Fund (HCF) for East Asian Languages and Cultures has recently been established to support Chinese language studies in the Department. The Department has decided to use it to provide summer Chinese language scholarships (up to $10,000 per student) to undergraduates considering to declare East Asian major, or minor, in Chinese studies. If you want to utilize this fund to enhance your language skills, please email a simple application with your plan, budget, two references, and an unofficial transcript. Note: your references will be contacted, but you do not need to ask them for a letter of recommendation. Your plans and budget do not need to be longer than two pages.
  • Supplementary Grants for Undergraduate Field Work in East Asia through Undergraduate Research and Adivsing (UAR): Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) Student Grants support rigorous, independent projects in all disciplines. Research, arts, and senior synthesis projects in any field (including engineering, fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences) can make use of this funding. All Student Grants are subject to the same policies and processes. These grants are based on a rolling deadline and available to all currently-enrolled Stanford undergraduates.

  • Stanford Global Studies Internship Program: The Global Studies Internship Program collaborates with international area studies programs and centers within SGS. Currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and coterms at Stanford in ALL majors are eligible to apply, including students who are undeclared.

  • Undergraduate Overseas Summer Language Study Fellowships: Undergraduate Overseas Summer Language Study Fellowships provide partial funding to support Stanford undergraduates who study Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (or other approved languages by petition) in a full-time, pre-approved, accredited overseas summer language program. Applicants must have completed at least first-year language courses before the fellowship commences. Preference will be given to East Asian Studies majors and minors and to students who have taken two or more East Asian Studies content courses. 

  • Undergraduate Academic-Year East Asia FLAS Fellowships: Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide $10,000 in tuition and $5,000 stipend for undergraduate students in any discipline for intensive language study at Stanford during the academic year—at the intermediate (2nd year) or advanced (3rd year+) level—in conjunction with international or area studies courses. Students must enroll in both advanced Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (or other approved languages by petition) and area-studies courses simultaneously during the entire period of award. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must be deemed eligible by the University for at least $15,000 in financial aid to receive the award. Grants subject to final approval from the Department of Education.

As we discover more funding resources and research opportunities for our undergraduates, we will post them on this website, so please check back occasionally. You may also contact Cyril Millendez, Student Services Officer, or asianlanguages [at] stanford.edu for more information.