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Heidi Chou Funding for Summer Language Learning

Heidi Chou Funding for Summer Language Learning

Thanks to the generosity of Stanford alumna Heidi Chou, the Heidi Chou Fund (HCF) for East Asian Languages and Cultures has 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 $4,000 per student) to undergraduates considering to declare major or minor, in East Asian Studies and/or East Asian Studies, China Subplan. Preference will be given to students who have already declared the major or minor.

APPLICATION MATERIALS: If you want to utilize this fund to enhance your language skills, please email a simple application with your plan, including a statement of interest, budget, two references, and an unofficial transcript. Your references will be contacted, but you do not need to ask them for a letter of recommendation. Be sure to note the program(s) of interest, and your application status (i.e. plan to apply, applied, accepted, etc.).  The application should be 2-3 pages in length.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please send your HCF application to the Student Services Officer no later than Februrary 28, 2021. We will begin accepting applications for funding as soon as January 11, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded after the February 28 deadline. If there are any funding left, it will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact Cyril Millendez to inquire about available funds. We will update this page when funding for the academic year is no longer available.

NOTE ON FUNDING FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-21: Stanford University currently prohibits university funding for travel-related expenses. Unless the current Stanford University travel policy is changed, we will only consider applications for online summer language funding for Summer 2021.

If you want to find out more information about this fund, please contact Cyril Millendez (Student Services Officer) or Professor Chaofen Sun ( 

Students may reach out to Professor Chaofen Sun or the Student Services Officer about which programs will qualify for the for the HCF Award. Below please find a list of accepted accredited summer language programs:
- Inter-University Program of Chinese Language Studies. (link
- Columbia Summer Chinese School in Beijing (link)
- Havard Summer School in Beijing (link)
- Princeton in Beijing (link
- Notre Dame in Beijing (link)