Freeman Foundation Grant

Freeman Foundation Grant 

For online application questions, e-mail Patrick Murphy ( or

The Freeman Foundation was established in 1994 through the bequest and in memory of the businessman and benefactor Mansfield Freeman, a co-founder of the international insurance and financial conglomerate American International Group, Inc., better known as AIG.  This private and philanthropic foundation is dedicated to augmenting international understanding between the United States and the nations of East Asia.

The Elliott School strongly encourages students to integrate their course of study with practical international internship experiences.  Accordingly, Graduate Student Services (GSS) offers a limited number of competitive fellowship grants for currently enrolled Elliott School graduate students participating in international internships in East Asia and/or Southeast Asia and around the world. Be sure to also look into the International Internship Grant and our Resource page.  

Eligible Locations: 



  • Cambodia
  • China
  • East Timor
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
The purpose of these grants is to help defray the costs of the international fellowship internship, not to fully fund the experience.  Students are strongly encouraged to begin researching outside sources of funding before submitting a grant application. 

Application Guidelines

Please go to to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

You must have secured an internship in East Asia and/or Southeast Asia or have started an internship located in East Asia or Southeast Asia at an organization that offers substantial opportunities directly related to your degree program and specialty.
Your internship must require at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks.
You must be a currently enrolled Elliott School graduate student and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
International students are eligible to apply, but the internship cannot be located in the United States.  

Due Dates:

Spring 2018: December 1, 2017

Summer 2018: April 6, 2018

Fall 2018: July 27, 2018


Grantee Responsibility

Before the award is released, all grantees will need to complete the International Travel Approval Process with GWU.
Each grant recipient will be required to submit an evaluation, photos and a brief 1-2 page report highlighting the experience and professional growth. Grant recipients are also asked to be available for a future networking program with the Freeman Foundation, alumni and/or students.  Details for this event will be determined at a later date.

Application Requirements

A copy of the entire application is due to Graduate Student Services (GSS) no later than 5 p.m. on the corresponding due date for each grant semester.
Only completed applications will be accepted: we will not consider your application unless you carefully complete all of the following steps:
Your application must include: 
1. Personal and internship information sections
2. Completed and signed Internship Employer/Mentor Form
3. Interest essay (500 word maximum)
4. Faculty Support Form completed and signed by a GW faculty member
5. Estimated Budget Sheet, including personal and alternative sources of funding
6. Current resume
7. Copy of most recent GW transcript (may be unofficial)
Please be sure that application forms requiring a signature have a hand signature. Typed names will not be accepted.

For questions about the online application, please contact

Selection Process

Grant applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
Quality and relevance of proposed internship to current and/or future career plans
Academic record at the Elliott School
Quality and professionalism of the entire grant application
Quality of interest essay

Grant Amounts

A maximum of $6,550 will be available for each fellowship grant. The final amount for each grant will be determined by funds available to GSS and the budget submitted with each application.  Applications for amounts less than $6,550 are not more likely to succeed.  We strongly encourage well researched requests that may exceed the $6,550 grant limit.