Academic programs


Funding through the University of Washington

Students should carefully explore the various funding opportunities offered through the University of Washington and The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies:

Funding through the Southeast Asia Center

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

All students studying a Southeast Asian language at the University of Washington should apply for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship. The FLAS Fellowship is available to current and incoming UW students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. It is available to students who will study one of the listed foreign languages at the intermediate or advanced level while receiving the fellowship. FLAS Fellows receive:

  • Academic Year Graduate: $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend
  • Academic Year Undergraduate: $10,000 tuition,$5,000 living stipend
  • Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition,$2500 living stipend

Gething Award for graduate student conference travel and Keyes Award for graduate student research travel

The 2019 application period is now closed for the Thomas W. & Mary C. Gething Award and the Charles and Jane Keyes Award.  Please check back in late January 2020 for the next application round.

The Thomas and Mary Kay Gething Award provides partial travel funding for UW graduate students, with preference given to applications proposing travel for professional conferences and workshops in order to present papers related to Southeast Asia. The Charles and Jane Keyes Award provides partial funding for UW graduate student travel, with preference given to applications proposing travel to Southeast Asia for research purposes.   Both awards were established thanks to generous gifts from Professor Emeritus Thomas and Mary Gething and Professor Emeritus Charles (Biff) and Jane Keyes.

Awards typically range between $200-$550.  The applicant does not need to be U.S. citizen but must be enrolled as a UW student.

The Christen J. Grorud Endowed Memorial Fellowship

The application period for the 2019 Grorud Endowed Memorial Fellowship is now open.  The submission deadline is Friday, May 3rd at 5:00 p.m.  Email your application materials to by the submission deadline.

The Fellowship provides broad-based direct financial support to graduate students in good standing studying Southeast Asia at the University of Washington.


  • Current or admitted graduate students at the University of Washington
  • The applicant does not need to be U.S. citizen but must be enrolled as a UW student
  • It is the donors’ preference that the recipient have a focus on the study of Indonesia, though the award is open to students who study any area of Southeast Asia

Application materials

  • Your resume or CV with full contact information (address, email, and phone number)
  • 1-2 page statement of graduate research activities and plans for the 2019-20 school year
  • 1 letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor familiar with your work
  • Unofficial transcript

Other Southeast Asia Studies funding options

Students pursuing advanced research projects, language study, and other specialized programs are eligible for numerous scholarships to fund both their study at UW and in the field. The following grants are those most commonly awarded to SEAC students; the list is not exhaustive. Students have also arranged research fellowships within their departments and schools as well as with overseas sponsorship. Check the SEAC Fellowships and Funding Bulletin for updated opportunities.