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Scholarship Opportunities for Students in Asian & Slavic Languages & Literatures

Tsara Ann Hinman Award:

Both undergraduate and graduate female students (not including international students), currently pursuing a degree at The University of Iowa and also enrolled in a Chinese language class, may apply for the Tsara Ann Hinman Award.

Preference will be given in either case to students who demonstrate (1) an aptitude and achievement in previous work in their Chinese language study, and (2) serious commitment to Chinese study but need financial assistance.  Priority will be given to students who intend to continue their Chinese study after the award period.

An amount of $150 will be awarded to the successful applicants.  The award will be made in two installments: $75 for the fall semester and $75 for the spring semester.

Applications are available in 111 PH during the fall semester and by clicking this link: Tsara Hinman Application (2020-2021) 

Send all materials to: Tsara Ann Hinman Award Selection Committee, Department of Asian & Slavic Languages and Literature, 111 Phillips Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242

Helen Fairall Scholarship:

Juniors and seniors majoring in Asian Languages and Literature or Russian, as well as graduate students in the Asian Civilizations MA program, are eligible to apply for the Fairall scholarships, offered through the department and the U of I Foundation.  (Non-majors and minors are not eligible.)

Under the terms set by the Fairall family, eligible applicants must have been born in Iowa and educated in Iowa for at least grades one through eight; or born in the United States and graduated from an Iowa high school. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and full-time enrollment for both semesters of award are also required.

Students who wish to be nominated by the Department for this $4,000 scholarship must submit the following materials, 1) cover letter detailing birth and education, 2) official transcript or current grade report, and 3) an essay of no more than 500 words describing how your study in the department is important in your career goals.

Scholarship materials are gathered at the end of spring semester and awarded during the following fall/spring semester. For more information contact the Division office, 111 Phillips Hall, 319-335-2151 or

Cheng/Liu Summer Scholarship:

Undergraduate and graduate students in the Chinese track of the Asian Languages & Literatures major and the Asian Civilizations MA program, who plan to return to the University of Iowa for further study, are eligible to apply for the Cheng/Liu Scholarship. 

The scholarship may be used only at a recognized summer Chinese language program in the United States or abroad.  The proposed summer program must provide the equivalent of a full academic year of Chinese language study. The award of up to $1,000 is based on merit rather than on need.  Preference will be given to students who demonstrate (1) aptitude and achievement in previous work in Chinese language, and (2) serious commitment to incorporating Chinese language in future study and career goals.

Please contact the Division office in 111 Phillips Hall (319-335-2151 or, for the application form and information on the deadline for applying (usually near the end of March).   (Summer 2020) Applications include (in addition to the form and the student’s statement of purpose) two letters of recommendation (one must be from a Chinese language instructor) sent directly to the selection committee.  The applicant must also submit evidence of intent to study during the Summer (i.e., a copy of your application to or acceptance by one or more summer language programs) and a description of how the total cost of the summer study will be funded.

Send all materials to: Cheng/Liu Scholarship Selection Committee, Department of Asian & Slavic Languages and Literature, 111 Phillips Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242

Stanley Summer Scholarships

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in Asian Languages & Literatures/Asian Civilizations are eligible to compete for summer scholarship aid for intensive language study provided by the Stanley-University of Iowa Support Organization. Scholarships consist of a cash grant for use in an approved summer language program.

Applications (Summer 2020) are available at the beginning of the spring semester, for awards to be applied to the upcoming summer.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their Study Abroad Advisor to discuss their study abroad plans and scholarship eligibility before applying for this scholarship. Students who are pursuing Direct Enrollment programs are not allowed to use Federal Financial Aid or Iowa Scholarships to cover program costs if the hosting institution does not have a Federal School Code.

For more information contact the Division office, 111 Phillips Hall, 319-335-2151 or

International Programs Scholarships:

A variety of scholarships to support study abroad and summer language programs are available from the Office of International Programs.  Please consult the International Programs website at or contact Study Abroad (335-0353), 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Scholarships to support study abroad also exist outside the University (e.g., through the Boren Awards for International Study and the Council on International Educational Exchange ).  For more information on these programs and on scholarships and funds available to help underwrite the costs of travel, contact contact Study Abroad (335-0353), 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies(CAPS)Scholarships:

Scholarships for Study Abroad in East and Southeast Asia are available for undergraduate students attending the University of Iowa. Please visit for details about the application.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia:

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA), made possible by generous support from the Freeman Foundation. Created to assist U.S. students with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia, Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 students over the next two academic years, with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad. Students may apply online starting February 1st for awards to study abroad beginning in summer 2016. Prospective students should visit the Freeman-ASIA website for eligibility requirements, full application instructions and a list of deadlines.

Collegiate Scholarships:

From November through early February, students may apply for scholarships available through the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at this website

University Scholarships:

UI scholarships for entering first-year students are described here:

Chinese Government Scholarship:

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in Chinese Language classes are eligible to Apply. The Chinese Government Scholarship from the Chinese Ministry of Education is to support students studying Chinese language and culture at a Chinese university in Mainland China. The scholarship will cover tuition, medical insurance and monthly living allowance for one semester of study in China. Applications are available every March, for awards to be applied to the fall. To apply, please contact your Chinese class instructor. For detailed information and previous awardees, please see: