Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities for Studies

For Graduate Students only.

GSS manages the Freeman Foundation Grant for internships in East or Southeast Asia. 

This grant awards up to $6,550 to a student completing an unpaid or low-paying internship in multiple countries.

Find out more here or contact Patrick Murphy at [email protected].

The GW Undergraduate Research Fellows Program 2020-2021 encourages outstanding undergraduate students to conduct research on Korea by providing essential resources and mentoring for their study. Selected students will connect with GWIKS faculty members and policy experts to participate in a mentoring program, research workshops, and the GW-IU (Indiana University) conference throughout the 2020-21 Academic Year. This is a great opportunity to work on your research paper for any class or senior thesis paper. Also, it is highly recommended to submit your research paper to an undergraduate or graduate journal for publication.

Fellows Program Benefits

  • Get close academic mentoring by GWIKS faculty members.
  • Connect with policy experts and receive mentoring in international affairs.
  • Produce a 15-20 page research paper (excluding bibliography) on Korea-related research topics.
  • Gain experience in conducting research on Korea.
  • Participate in workshops and conferences during the 2020-2021 academic year to improve your research skills.
  • Volunteer and participate in GWIKS events.
  • Receive a $500 award for the best research paper.

Fellows Program Requirements

  • GW Undergraduates
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors who have a strong research agenda.

Application Requirements

Please submit a complete application to [email protected].

  • One page research statement
  • One page personal statement
  • An unofficial GW transcript

Application Deadline

  • FRIDAY, May 29, 2020

For Graduate Students only.

The Elliott School strongly encourages students to integrate their studies with practical international internship experiences. To help with this goal, GSS offers a limited number of competitive grants for Elliott School graduate students participating in unpaid or low-pay international internships. Currently enrolled Elliott School graduate students may seek an International Internship Grant via the online application

This grant awards up to $3,000 and is designed to help defray the costs of an international internship, not to fully fund the experience. Students are encouraged to research outside funding sources before submitting a grant proposal.

Find out more here or contact Patrick Murphy at [email protected].

This grant is open to all GW B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. students regardless of nationality.

The Sigur Center is pleased to offer a grant for the study of any Asian language in a relevant country. All language study must be conducted in the relevant country of the language and applicants need to confirm acceptance into a language program before leaving. Language programs must be at least 8 weeks long. If you also intend on taking part in an internship over the summer, it must be completed either before or after the language program.

Preference is given to applicants who must pass a language proficiency exam in order to complete their degree requirements.

* Applicants can only apply to one type of grant. Those selected for these grants must submit four blog posts (two written posts and two video blog posts) throughout the course of the program and, during the following academic year, participate in an informal discussion with Sigur Center staff and other language grant recipients about your experience abroad. Application should include current resume, statement of purpose, information about the proposed language program, budget, two letters of recommendation, and GW transcripts.

** Please note that the Sigur Center has substantial funding specifically dedicated to sending students to study Chinese in Taiwan. We strongly recommend that, if you would like to study Chinese abroad, you apply for a program in Taiwan.


February 3rd, 2020, 5:00 PM EST


For Undergraduate and Graduate Elliott students.

Elliott School undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for financial support for the purpose of advancing the mission of the school and helping students attain their academic and career goals. Proposed activities include but are not limited to travel, conference, research and unpaid internship support. Find out more about this award here.

This award provides up to $1,500 for student support and resources.

Contact Jonathan Walker at [email protected] for more information.


January 24 for Spring 2020

For Undergraduate Students only.

To qualify for this award, applicants must be supervised by a full-time faculty member, and register for one of the following courses: IAFF 3198 Independent Study and Research; IAFF 4191 Senior Seminar; IAFF 4199 Senior Thesis, or an Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars course. This awards up to $1,500 towards research.

Applicants must complete this online application and attach a signed faculty advisor form.

Contact Jonathan Walker at [email protected] for more information.


October 18 for Fall semester

February 15 for Spring semester

Graduate Students studying at Waseda University during the Spring or Fall Semester only.

This endowment fund was established in 2014 by Daniel and Mary Videtto. This fund provides an annual scholarship to a graduate student in the Elliott School of International Affairs who studies abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

Applicants must apply through GW Passport, and meet all eligible study abroad guidelines outlined here.

Contact Patrick Murphy at [email protected] for more information.