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The Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) offers a range of funding opportunities to support students in their studies, travel, language study, and research. SEAP faculty and students are also eligible for all Einaudi Center funding opportunities.

Undergraduates and graduates with a passion for Southeast Asia studies, language, and culture can also apply for SEAP funding for a student organization. We also encourage students to seek out funding from other Cornell sources and from external funding sources.

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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)

FLAS fellowships help students pursue advanced training to acquire a high level of competence in one or more languages that are critical to the national needs of the United States and to gain a fuller understanding of the areas, regions, or countries in which those languages are commonly used. Graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for academic year and summer.

SEAP Conference Grants

SEAP provides grants of up to $500 to fund travel to present at conferences. The award may only be granted once per academic year (July 1 through June 30) and only after you apply for funding from your department and/or Graduate School.

SEAP Summer Dissertation Write-Up Grants

SEAP provides a limited number of $5,000 summer grants to qualified PhD graduate students who are in the final write-up stages of their dissertation. The award is only granted once. Criteria for selection includes a substantive focus on Southeast Asia, having a core SEAP faculty member on your committee, and demonstrated commitment to the SEAP community.

Milton L. Barnett Scholarship for Malaysian Studies

Designed to promote Malaysian studies at Cornell, the Barnett scholarship is an award up to $3,000 to cover a research project, conference attendance, travel related to your academic program, or summer language acquisition in Malaysia. All students focusing their academic studies on Malaysia may apply. 


SEAP Engaged Travel Grant

Students may apply for up to $1,000 for international study or research, as part of a class or independently. Only students who have taken at least one semester of a Southeast Asian language and/or a Southeast Asian studies area course are eligible to apply.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)

SEAP offers a FLAS fellowship to undergraduates to study a Southeast Asian language at the intermediate level or above. The award covers tuition plus a $2,500 stipend to study at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an eight-week summer course which can earn you the equivalent of one year of language study. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)

SEAP offers one qualified undergraduate a chance to win a full scholarship to study a Southeast Asian language at SEASSI. No prior instruction in or knowledge of any Southeast Asian language is necessary. The eight-week summer language course is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic year credit.

Virtual Summer Internships

SEAP supports a series of internships via partner institutions working in Southeast Asia.

All Funding Opportunities

SEAP provides up to $500 grants to fund travel to present at conferences.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State that enables American students enrolled at U.S.

The Department of Asian Studies provides funding for travel and living expenses for the study, serv

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