Applications for 2017 language grants open in July 2016

The 2017 application cycle will begin on July 1, 2016, with a deadline of 11:30 p.m. EST on December 30, 2016.

Applications are submitted online at https://blakemorefoundation.communityforce.com.

Please feel free to email us at contactus@blakemorefoundation.org if you have any questions.

2017 Grant Guidelines

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

2017 Grant Guidelines

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Blakemore Refresher Grants

2017 Grant Guidelines

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Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia. Eligible languages are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese.

 The Blakemore Foundation makes grants for study only at specific language programs. Please refer to the current list of approved programs.

To be eligible for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, an applicant must:

  • Be pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language.
  • Have a college undergraduate degree.
  • Be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined in the grant guidelines. (Minimum requirement is 3 years of study of the language at college level or equivalent fluency)
  • Be able to devote oneself exclusively to full-time intensive language study during the term of the grant. Grants are not made for part-time study or research.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

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

Please be aware that our grants are highly competitive. In recent years, we were able to fund less than 10% of applicants.

Blakemore Refresher Grants

Blakemore Refresher Grants 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. Refresher Grants are not a post-doctoral program; recent PhD graduates are not appropriate candidates for a Blakemore Refresher Grant.

An applicant for a Refresher Grant must be an individual in mid-career, established in academia, public service or the private sector, and a member of one of the following groups:

  • Former Blakemore Freeman Fellows
  • Professors who are teaching in an Asian field at a university or college in the United States
  • Individuals working in an Asian career field

Application Timelines

To apply for your Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, you will need to prepare a list of all classes/training you have taken in your chosen language of study, a list of any academic and professional honors you have been awarded, a copy in PDF format of your curriculum vitae or resume, and a personal essay detailing your career path and goals.

We recommend that you prepare these things early so that you are ready to go when applications open on July 1, 2016.

You will need to ask two professional contacts (one for Refresher Grant applicants) to write letters of recommendation on your behalf.

All other materials (essays, etc.) are due by December 30, 2016. It is your responsibility to order academic transcripts sent to us by this date.

After this, we collate applications and send them to our board for preliminary judging. Our board's chosen finalists will be contacted by mid-March to arrange video interviews.