Scholarships & Fee Reductions

Freeman ASIA

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.

On-Campus Resources

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 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

Selection criteria

Preference will be given to students who:


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. 

Term Term Dates Student Deadline

Summer 2019

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) 


Award Amounts

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.

How to Submit Your Application

There are two components to the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Application:

  1. online application that includes uploading official transcripts 
  2. 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.