2017 language grants open in July!

The 2017 application cycle will begin on July 1, 2016, with a deadline of 11:30 p.m. EST on December 30, 2016. Please feel free to email us at contactus@blakemorefoundation.org if you have any questions.

Guidelines

2017 paperwork will be available in early summer 2016. In the meantime, we have left last year's guidelines available for your reference.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

2016 Grant Guidelines

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Blakemore Refresher Grants

2016 Grant Guidelines

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Where will you go on your Blakemore adventure?

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:

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:

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. We recommend requesting your recommendations as early as possible, as your contacts' letters are due by November 30, 2016.

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.