Blakemore Foundation

Scholarships for Chinese     Scholarships for Korean    Scholarships for Japanese
Scholarships for Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Burmese & Khmer

The Blakemore Foundation awards scholarships for advanced Japanese, Chinese, Korean language study, as well as for advanced study of selected Southeast Asian languages.   We also make grants to improve the understanding of East Asian art in the United States.

2015 Language Grant Applications are Now Closed

The deadline for the 2015 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships and Refresher Grants. was December 30, 2014.

Applications for the 2016 cycle will be available online in August 2015.  The deadline will be December 30, 2015.

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

Comments from our alumni . . .

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 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. 

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.