2014 Language Grant Applications
We award fellowships to individuals who want to spend a year abroad in an intensive language program to improve their Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Burmese or Khmer language skills.
Grants are only available for study at specific language schools in East and SE Asia (see list of eligible programs).
Who are we looking for? Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as business, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply.
An applicant must have (at minimum) a bachelor's degree and at least three years of study of the language at the college level by the start of the grant.
Materials are available on our language grant page, where you can download application forms, grant guidelines and eligibility requirements. Our FAQ page has answers to many common questions. You may also contact Cathy Scheibner at the Foundation by phone at (206) 359-3684 or email.
The next deadline for grant applications is December 30, 2013.
The Blakemore Freeman Fellowship changed the trajectory of my career and life, granting me a tremendous opportunity to focus my energy exclusively on one dream: raising my Chinese language skills to an advanced professional level. As a Blakemore Freeman Fellow, I was not only provided with access to some of the world’s most skilled Chinese language instructors at National Taiwan University’s International Chinese Language Program (ICLP), but also joined an exceptional group of classmates who have become life-time friends. The ICLP education opened many exciting professional doors. Currently, I’m working as the leader of a division marketing team for the Chinese subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company. As the only non-Chinese member of the its China business team I am completely immersed in Chinese language and culture on a daily basis.
My Blakemore Freeman Fellowship provided me with the tools I need to survive as a business leader in China.
--Former Blakemore Freeman Fellow