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:
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.
Please be aware that our grants are highly competitive. In recent years, we were able to fund less than 10% of applicants.
2019 Grant Guidelines:
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To apply for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship on our application portal at https://blakemorefoundation.communityforce.com you will need:
You will need two professional contacts to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. You will fill in their names, titles and email addresses in the application form, which will send an email to your contacts giving them a secure link to upload their letters.
You will need to have sent to us official transcripts from all college-level institutions from which you received a degree or are currently attending. Official electronic transcripts, sent by the issuing institution's electronic transcript delivery service to ContactUs@blakemorefoundation.org, are preferred. If a college or university does not issue official electronic transcripts, official paper transcripts will be accepted, and should be mailed to the Blakemore Foundation, 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900, Seattle, WA 98101.
After the December 30 closing date, 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.
Grantees are notified by the end of March or early April.