General Scholarship Information
The Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Program is designed to support US-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of US citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.
Gilman/Freeman-ASIA Scholarship: General Info Session
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Humphrey Center Room 289
This session covers eligibility requirements, the application process, tips for applying, and additional resources. Registration is not required. Contact Thuy Doan, 612.626.8686, with questions.
Scholarship Essay Writing Workshop
Friday, February 22, 2019, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Blegen Hall Room 425
This scholarship essay writing workshop will help you learn how to craft high-quality Freeman-ASIA and Gilman Scholarship essays. Email a draft of an essay in advance by February 20 to firstname.lastname@example.org and bring a draft to the session for individual feedback.
Future Sessions & Workshops
Gilman/Freeman-ASIA Scholarship info sessions and workshops are offered every semester. See News & Events for upcoming dates.
Fall semester info session and workshop will be offered in mid-September 2019.
Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Checklist
Review the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Checklist for step-by-step instructions specific to UofM students applying to this scholarship. The checklist also includes application tips and a list of certifying advisers at the Learning Abroad Center and the Office of Student Finance.
- be a US citizen or permanent resident at the time of application
- currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program. The applicant is required to submit the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) figure, calculated through FAFSA, with the statement of financial need through the online Freeman-ASIA application.
- be an undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 2.8, pursuing his or her first bachelor's degree (or associate's degree), at a two-year or a four-year institution of higher education in the US
- apply through the US home campus and have at least one term of enrollment remaining at the home institution in the US upon returning from studying abroad in Asia
- have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad based program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. A multi-country program is eligible only if the applicant will spend at least 8 weeks in one of the countries stated above and will have intensive language study during that period.
- have applied to or have been accepted by a study abroad based program that awards academic credits through the home campus or other US accredited college or university. The proposed length of study in the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term.
- have little or no previous experience in the country in which he or she plans to study. A summer term applicant must not have spent more than 4 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years. A semester or an academic year term applicant must not have spent more than 6 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years.
- submit the online Freeman-ASIA Student Impact Survey within one month of returning to the United States and must initiate his/her service project to promote study abroad opportunities in Asia on the college campus and/or in the local community
- submit the Freeman-ASIA Final Service Report on the implementation of his/her service project at the end of the term following his/her return to the US.
- not be a previous Freeman-ASIA award recipient
Preference will be given to students who:
- Participate in language study that will enhance their ability to engage with the host culture.
- Enroll in a study abroad program with at least 20 hours per week of class time, incorporating the study of an East or Southeast Asian language, culture, and history.
- Participate in a study abroad programs taught by host country faculty members.
- Demonstrate sincere interest in incorporating East or Southeast Asian Studies into future academic and/or professional plans.
- Show commitment to and demonstrated interest in East or Southeast Asian Studies
- Submit a high quality service project proposal
Students can study and intern abroad during the spring, summer, fall or academic year term. Refer to each term for specific dates on the deadlines and timelines for the application cycle.
Programs beginning between May 1, 2019 and August 1, 2019
| April 5, 2019
Fall/Academic Year 2019-20
Programs beginning between July 15, 2020 and October 15, 2020
| April 5, 2019
Spring/Calendar Year 2020
Programs beginning between Dec 15 and April 15, 2020
TBA (Early October 2020)
A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.
- Summer Award: up to $3,000
- Semester/Quarter Award: up to $5,000
- Academic Year Award: up to $7,000
How to Submit Your Application
There are two components to the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Application:
- online application that includes uploading official transcripts
- online certifications from the applicant’s study abroad and financial aid adviser
Both components must be completed by the deadlines above in order for your application to be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered and extensions cannot be granted.
Visit the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship website to learn more about this opportunity, review webinars with application tips, and to get started on your application.