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Study Abroad Awards

We are working to make study abroad possible for as many Asian Studies majors and minors as possible. Our annual budget includes funding for undergraduate study abroad awards ranging from $500 to $1000. Awards will be made to qualified undergraduate applicants who are studying abroad for the first time, and who demonstrate merit and a willingness to be actively engaged with the Asian Studies Program while abroad.

To further support undergraduate study abroad in Asia, we set up a study abroad scholarship fund. This fund is built by generous contributions from our alumni, faculty, and broad community of people interested in the study of Asia. We would be so pleased if you would apply for a scholarship if you are a student, or support UB students by contributing to the scholarship fund.

Visit UB’s Study Abroad Scholarships page to learn about more Study Abroad funding opportunities. Contact Megan Stewart, UB’s Fellowships and Scholarships advisor in the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.


Our Fall 2016-Spring 2017 Asian Studies Study Abroad Scholarship Awardees

  • Olayemi Akingboye
  • Russell Guilbault
  • Kayleigh Hamernik
  • Kayleigh Reed

We look forward to hearing from them during their study abroad adventures! Posts from abroad will appear on our Facebook page.


The 2017-2018 Study Abroad Scholarship

The application period will open in Winter 2018 for Summer 2018 study abroad. The awards will range between $500 and $1000. All UB undergraduate students are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in the Asian Studies Program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate at the University of Buffalo in good academic standing at the time of your application
  • At the time of application for this award, you must have already applied to a study abroad program in Asia through the UB Study Abroad office


  • Awards will be based on academic merit and seriousness of purpose
  • Participation in an established study abroad or exchange program
  • The study abroad program offers academic credit
  • Applicants who are studying abroad for the first time or in country or region to which they have never before traveled
  • Foreign language study is a component of the program
  • The applicant agrees to be an ambassador for Asian Studies at UB by sending occasional posts and photos of their experiences while in-country for use on the Asian Studies Program’s social media and website. The applicant must also be willing to talk with other students about their study abroad experience upon returning to UB.

Application Materials and Guidelines

Your application must include the following 4 items:

  1. The online application form (available when the application period opens).
  2. A brief personal statement (no longer than 2 pages double-spaced, 11 or 12 point font) describing your academic reasons for selecting a particular program, detailing how the study abroad program will fit into your overall academic program and goals, and how the program benefits your personal, academic, and professional development.
  3. One letter of recommendation from a professor who has taught you in an Asian Studies-related course. The letter of recommendation must be submitted in a sealed envelope signed by the professor or emailed as an attachment directly from the professor.
  4. A current copy of your transcript (unofficial).

Please contact the Asian Studies Program at or 716-645-3474 if you have any questions.