Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters) 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. 

Who should apply? The Blakemore Foundation is looking for individuals who will make significant contributions to their field. The ideal candidate is someone with stellar grades, outstanding recommendations, and a demonstrated commitment to the Asian country and language. Beyond commitment, we are looking for purpose: a career path that will benefit from professional fluency in that modern Asian language throughout that individual's life.

Please be aware that our grants are highly competitive. In recent years, we were able to fund less than 5%-10% of applicants.

The grant application period for language grants for the 2022/2022 academic year will be open July 1, 2021 with a deadline of 5 p.m. on December 30, 2021.

Grant Guidelines

2022 Grant Guidelines: Click here to download in pdf format.

If you are applying from overseas and unable to access our application site using a VPN, you may submit a paper application.

Paper Application Form

Click here to download the paper application form in pdf format.

Click here to download the paper application form in Word format.

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Materials Needed for Application for Blakemore Freeman Fellowship

To apply for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship on our application portal at you will need:

  • a list of all study-abroad language programs and summer intensive language programs you have attended for the language you wish to study
  • a list of all classes/training you have taken in your chosen language of study
  • a list of academic and professional honors you have been awarded
  • a copy in PDF format of your curriculum vitae or resume
  • a personal essay, three to four pages in length, double-spaced, in PDF format, detailing your career path and goals, discussing your academic, professional or business background, your prior study of the language and involvement with the Asian country, and how the language will be used to achieve your career objectives
  • You will need two academic or professional contacts to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf, following the instructions provided to you in our online application portal.

    You will need to arrange official transcripts to be sent to us from all college-level institutions from which you received a degree and/or are currently attending. However, we do not need a transcript from a school you are currently attending if this is your first quarter or semester at that specific institution. Official electronic transcripts, sent by the issuing institution's electronic transcript delivery service to, 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, 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4200, Seattle, WA 98104.

    We also will need an official transcript with grades from each study-abroad language program or summer intensive language program you have attended for the language for which you are applying to be sent to us by that school/program. (examples: SEASSI, Middlebury Summer Language School, Princeton-in-Beijing, Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies, etc.) Photocopies or scans of transcripts from institutions located outside the United States will be accepted if official transcripts are not readily obtainable. In this situation, you may email them to ContactUs@blakemorefoundation or mail them to our address listed above.

    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 early March to arrange video interviews.

    Grantees are then notified by the end of March or early April.