SEASSI Scholarship

Application deadline: February 10, 2020


Thanks to the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, we are pleased to announce the SEASSI Scholarship. The purpose of this funding is to support the language-learning needs of very promising young scholars with serious research interests in Southeast Asia. This funding is designed to ensure that promising young scholars who want to pursue research and careers involving Southeast Asian Studies will do so with the benefit of rigorous language training at SEASSI.

For Summer, a SEASSI Scholarship consists of: 1) full payment of the SEASSI tuition, and 2) an $1100 summer living stipend.

SEASSI Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete follow-up surveys. Scholarship recipients will be asked about how extensively they are able to use the target language in their research, teaching, and any other career endeavors. These surveys are needed 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8 years after the student completes his or her graduate degree.


Applicants for SEASSI Scholarships must be United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Currently enrolled graduate students, and students admitted to a graduate program for Fall 2019, are eligible to compete for SEASSI Scholarships. SEASSI Scholarships will NOT be awarded to undergraduate or post-doctoral students. Because of limited funds available, not all qualified applicants can be given awards.

This funding is meant to support graduate students who are not in degree programs at one of the eight federally-funded National Resource Centers (NRCs) for Southeast Asia. Therefore, students from the following universities are ONLY eligible to compete for a SEASSI Scholarship for language study at the first-year level:

Cornell University
Northern Illinois University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
University of Michigan
University of Washington-Seattle
University of Wisconsin-Madison


All necessary information and materials for applying for a SEASSI Scholarship are contained in the online SEASSI application form; there is no separate SEASSI Scholarship application form. Applications should be submitted online. Supporting documentation should be emailed or sent to the SEASSI office at the UW-Madison Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all application materials are complete and submitted on time.

Criteria for Selection

Applicants will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Commitment to a career relating to Southeast Asia or involving use of the language to be studied.
  • Academic performance.
  • Appropriateness of the applicant’s chosen program of academic study and experience to meet his or her stated goals.

Selection Procedure

  • SEASSI Scholarship applications are reviewed by an independent committee of Southeast Asian studies scholars, selected by SEASSI’s Board of Directors. The committee ranks these applications, and awards are made in accordance with those rankings.
  • Notification of awards, of alternate status, and of rejection will be sent out by the SEASSI office by April 6, 2020. Those offered an award must indicate acceptance by the date stated on the award letter. Those who have not indicated acceptance by the deadline stated on the award letter will automatically have the offer withdrawn.
  • The alternate list will be maintained even after SEASSI begins since some grantees have found it necessary to reject their awards after the beginning of the Institute.

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