Scholarships and Funding

Sochon Foundation Endowed Scholarship in Korea Studies

The purpose of this scholarship, funded by the Sochon Foundation, is to help full-time graduate students at the University of Washington. To be considered for this scholarship, an applicant’s course of study must substantively engage with Korean studies. Selection is based on financial need and academic merit. One scholarship of up to $6000 is awarded annually.

Madame Sochon Park Young-Hi, founder of the Sochon Foundation, was born in Seoul in 1935 and majored in mathematics at Seoul National University. She has long been devoted to teaching. She is currently involved in discovering, preserving, transmitting, and developing regional culture as head of the Yongsan Culture Center. Madame Sochon writes of her motivation in offering the Sochon Scholarship in Korea Studies:

“In the desolate 1950s right after the Korean War it was a time when people in Korea desperately struggled to survive amidst poverty and ruin. Even in this maelstrom my mother Madame Yi Su-bok’s enthusiasm for education never flagged, and I was able to begin university life. Although my university life began only with hope and enthusiasm, my most unforgettable event was receiving a Fulbright Scholarship. Although it was only enough money to buy a few books, I felt truly fortunate. In my young mind I resolved, ‘Regardless of how rich, they sent scholarship money even to a distant and unknown country, so I, too, when I grow up and if I am able must also create a foundation to help students and those with difficulties.

Applications open November 1 and close January 31.

Those considering applying for this scholarship are welcome to contact CKS with any questions at

Other Scholarship and Funding Sources

Blakemore Foundation: Dedicated to advanced Asian language study abroad.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS): Graduate and undergraduate studies.

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship: The Freeman-Asia Scholarship is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. Awards of up to $3,000 are available for summer, $5,000 for semester-long programs and $7,000 for year-long programs.

Fulbright-IIE: A variety of grant opportunities for study, teaching, business, work, and travel.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program:  Grants for graduate students to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies.

Mellon Dissertation Fellowships (AAR): Support for dissertation research in humanities using sources in the original language.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS): U.S. undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities across the country, spend eight to ten weeks learning one of thirteen languages at an intensive study abroad institute, including Korean!

National Science Foundation Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE): Provides multiple international funding opportunities for students at all levels.

(GKS) Global Korea Scholarship is a scholarship program that is supported by the government of the Republic of Korea implemented by the National Institute for International Education under the auspices of the Ministry of Education. GKS supports undergraduate and graduate studies opportunities.

UW Study Abroad Scholarships: An extensive list of scholarship funding available specifically for study abroad.

JSIS Resources

JSIS Funding Resources:  JSIS school-wide funding resources for undergraduate and graduate students.

JSIS Career Services and Internships: Unpaid or under-paid international-focused internships.

UW Graduate School funding resources

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