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The Blakemore Foundation is now accepting applications for its Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study and the new Blakemore Kingfisher Art History Language Fellowships. Both programs provide full tuition and a stipend for living, travel and study expenses at approved language programs in Asia for an academic year of full-time intensive language study during the 2024/2025 academic year.

We would appreciate your sharing this opportunity with your students and other potential applicants.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study are awarded to graduating seniors, college graduates, graduate students and young/mid-career professionals for advanced study of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, or Vietnamese in Asia.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States, have completed (at minimum) the third year of study of the Asian language, and are ready to advance to professional fluency.

Blakemore Kingfisher Art History Language Fellowships will be awarded for study of Chinese or Korean in East Asia. These grants are open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada who have a well-demonstrated intent to study the pre-twentieth century history of Chinese or Korean art at the doctoral level. Applicants must have received a bachelor's degree by the start of a grant and have completed (at minimum) two years of classroom study of the language in rigorous college-level language programs.

Who should apply? The Blakemore Foundation is looking for exceptional candidates who will make significant contributions to their career field. The ideal candidate is someone with stellar grades, outstanding recommendations, and a demonstrated commitment to the Asian country and language. Beyond commitment, we are looking for a mature purpose: a career path that will require and benefit from fluency in that Asian language throughout that individual's life.

Applications may be submitted at with a deadline of December 30, 2023. 

More detailed information on our fellowship programs is available on our website at  Candidates are welcome to contact us directly by email or phone with questions or concerns.

Eugene H. Lee, Trustee
Blakemore Foundation
P.O. Box 50347
Bellevue, WA 98015 | | Office 206.427.4838

Approved Language Programs

International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan
Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China
Inter-University Center for Korean Language Studies at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul National University, Sogang University
Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan  (Blakemore Freeman Fellowships only)

In addition to Chinese, Japanese and Korean, Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are also available for advanced language study in: ● Thailand ● Vietnam ● Indonesia ● Cambodia