Grants for the Study of Asian Languages

Since 1990, the Blakemore Foundation, with the support of The Freeman Foundation, has awarded over $17 million in grants to college graduates and young professionals for an academic year abroad in full-time intensive language study. The fellowships cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation.

Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as academia, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, and government service are encouraged to apply.

Language Grant Applications Open July 1, 2016

Applications are submitted online at

Our FAQ page has answers to many common questions. You may also contact the Foundation by phone at (206) 359-8778 or email.

Language Grants

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund an academic year of advanced language study abroad of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and selected Southeast Asian languages.

An applicant must have (at minimum) a bachelor's degree and have completed the equivalent of the third year of language classes at the college level by the start of the grant, either through classes taken an university or in combination with study-abroad languge programs.

We also provide individuals in mid-career an opportunity to refresh their advanced Asian language skills by attending a full-time language program for a summer or semester through the Blakemore Refresher Grant program.

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Testimonials from our Grantees

My Blakemore Freeman Fellowship provided me with the tools I need to survive as a business leader in China.

Currently, I’m working as the leader of a division marketing team for the Chinese subsidiary of a Fortune 500 compny. As the only non-Chinese member of its China business team I am completely immersed in Chinese language and culture on a daily basis.

I studied Chinese as an undergrad with grand ambitions to master the language and work as a lawyer in China, but there had never been an opportunity after graduating to move from that basic linguistic foundation to a professional level.

The Blakemore Freeman Fellowship was the essential ingredient in allowing me to take time off from my career and really focus on the language. Coming out of the program, I was able to function as a working lawyer in China, both in terms of working with documents and negotiating with counter-parties. But for the Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, none of it would have been possible.

The Blakemore Freeman Fellowship gave me the launching pad to pursue my entrepreneurial ambitions in Asia and launch my first company: an import/export business between Taiwan and Singapore.

Without the grant, I would never have been able to work with Taiwanese suppliers and build such strong professional networks in China, Hong Kong and Singapore.