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Competition Details


Goes By: Freeman-ASIA
Fellowship Website

Provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Applicants must have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad based program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. A multi-country program is eligible only if the applicant will spend at least 8 weeks in one of the countries stated above and will have intensive language study during that period.

Please note the April deadline is for study abroad for all of the 2019-2020 academic year (summer 2019, fall 2019, spring 2020, and academic year).

Also, applicants must currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program. The applicant is required to submit the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) figure, calculated through FAFSA, with the statement of financial need through the online Freeman-ASIA application.

Please note: USC students should contact Ashleigh Speaks in the Financial Aid Office to verify their financial need. Students applying for the Freeman-ASIA must also complete the USC Study Abroad Application due to the Study Abroad Office. The deadline for doing so is March 1 (Feb 15 for programs that begin in the summer) for fall or academic year programs. If your program begins the following spring, you must meet their Oct. 1 deadline in the year you will be studying abroad. See link to Forms and Applications at

Award Value

Summer awards up to $3000, semester awards up to $5000, and academic year awards up to $7000.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum Grade Point Average



US Citizen, Permanent Resident
Campus Nomination Required Yes
Year of Study Funded Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Academic Areas:
Areas of Interest: Study Abroad
Language Funding Optional
Location Abroad

Be sure to consult the competition website for complete eligibility and competition requirements.


Study Abroad Application Deadline for Spring Programs
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
5 p.m. ET

Study Abroad Office, Close-Hipp Bldg, Suite 453 (4th floor)

Intent to Apply Fall 2020 Deadline
Sunday, November 1, 2020

Freeman-ASIA Electronic Deadline
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
5 p.m. EST


Gilman and Freeman-ASIA Workshop
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
4:00 PM

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Last updated: March 25, 2019

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