Asia Center Graduate Summer Language Grant

Harvard University Asia Center

These grants are for students enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at Harvard, in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences or any of its professional schools, for study during the summer of an East Asian language (including the Altaic languages), or of one of the languages of South or Southeast Asia.

Study should take place at accredited programs outside of the United States, but exceptions may be made when this is not possible.

Priority will be given to advanced study in a primary language, to the study of a secondary language that is necessary for the completion of the degree, or to the study of a secondary language that is necessary for advanced research.

Grants will normally not exceed $8,000. Students are encouraged to budget realistically and, when appropriate, to seek support from other sources, which may be combined with Asia Center funds.

Students applying to a Harvard Summer School language program should first explore submitting an application for a tuition waiver from GSAS. Students should consult their academic departments for application procedures and deadlines.

Harvard University is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and based on the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of State, is strongly discouraging travel to China until further notice.

The Asia Center will continue to consider applications for travel grants from students and faculty as usual, but please note that any funding decisions for travel to China will be provisional and contingent on a change to Harvard's current recommendation.

Apply via CARAT at

Application Deadline

Friday, February 7, 2020 12:00 am

Application Requirements

  • CARAT application
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose
  • Transcript (online grade report is acceptable)
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Resume

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