As a graduate student at EALC, you’ll have a variety of financial support options to choose from and pursue. Our graduate students find support through fellowships, grants, and student academic appointments (SAAs), as well as student loans. See below for information on some of the most common funding opportunities that help our graduate students to pursue their interests.
EALC currently offers five-year PhD fellowship packages, which include two years of fellowships and three years of assistantships. These packages are awarded to the top PhD applicants on a competitive basis. The funding typically includes tuition remission and a living stipend.
The Gines Graduate EALC Fellowship seeks to support graduate students who are pursuing a Master's degree within the EALC Department of the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, such as the:
MA in East Asian Studies (EAS)
MA in Chinese or Japanese
Dual Degree (MA in EAS and MBA)
Joint Degree (MA in EAS and MPA)
or graduate students wishing to complete a minor in EALC, in combination with a major in a professional field of study.
Recipients will be students:
who are not native speakers of an East Asian language;
who have satisfactorily completed three years of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language study or the equivalent, as determined by examination for the Department's MA programs;
and who are pursuing a combination of two majors, or a major and a minor, that must consist of at least one East Asian language and another area of study, such as business, economics, physical sciences, education, and others that would prepare the student for a professional career.
Preference will be given to students who are residents of either Indiana or New Jersey.
Graduate students in East Asian Languages and Cultures and other IU graduate programs may apply for associate instructor (AI) positions in EALC. Most EALC AI positions are available in the language programs, though there are a few exceptions. Language AIs lead drill sections in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean classes. There are also a limited number of AI positions available teaching discussion sections for large 100-level EALC lecture classes (e.g., EALC-E100; EALC-E110). The department gives hiring priority to graduate students in EALC, but we occasionally hire graduate students from other departments.
Full AI positions (teaching 2 sections in a semester) pay a monthly stipend and include tuition remission at the rate of approximately 90% of College of Arts and Sciences tuition for up to 12 credits a semester. Half-time AI positions are paid a stipend, but do not receive a tuition remission.
Applicants to EALC graduate programs: All new graduate program applications are considered for AI-ship funding as well as for admission. Applicants interested in being considered for AI-ships should be certain to complete the “Departmental Questions” portion of the application.
Continuing IU students and applicants to other IU programs: Applications for AI-ships are available from the department office in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, 2035 or online (see below), and are due each year on February 17th for the upcoming academic year. Applicants must submit the following for a complete application:
evidence of quality of teaching (student evaluations, class syllabi, lesson plans)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: The IU Dean of the Faculties requires all non-native speakers of English to take and pass the Test of English Proficiency for Associate Instructor Candidates (TEPAIC). ONLY those students who have taken and passed TEPAIC are allowed to teach. All international students applying for an AI position in EALC should carefully review the TEPAIC website and EALC's TEPAIC information sheet. Please be aware that inability to pass this test can result in the revocation of an AI offer.
This departmental grant-in-aid award is intended to provide EALC graduate students one-time support for unusual expenses that cannot be fully funded by other sources. Graduate students may receive up to $2,000 to cover the costs of activities, including research and training, necessary for their progress towards degree completion. Travel to conferences, routine supplies, and computers, for example, do not count as unusual expenses and are not supported by this award. Collaborative projects between faculty and graduate students are also not eligible for funding.
Priority will be given to applicants (1) applying for the first time and (2) who either secured partial funding from elsewhere or submit proof of an unsuccessful attempt to secure funding from elsewhere.
Materials to submit:
a 1-2, single-spaced page description of the proposed research and its role in advancing the student's research agenda
a detailed budget including a written justification for the expenses
Criteria for selection: 1. quality of proposed research 2. quality of research accomplishments to date 3. timely progress toward the graduate degree
Application deadline The deadline to apply is April 21, 2023. Submit all materials electronically to EALC@indiana.edu as a single PDF file. Successful applicants will be informed of their selection by the end of the current academic year.
The Graduate Office of the College of Arts & Sciences offers a number of fellowships to incoming and continuing graduate students. Follow the links below for information on each fellowship. Additional information can also be found on the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Office website.
Three awards for graduate students who have outstanding undergraduate records, demonstrate a need for financial assistance, and are citizens of the United States to the University Graduate School. The fellowship covers the cost of tuition, includes a stipend, and is renewable for a maximum of three years.
Application deadline: Materials to department by December 1st.
For outstanding M.F.A. or Ph.D. candidates - selection criteria include demonstrated academic excellence, proposed use of fellowship funds, and potential for significant research contributions. These fellowships include a $15,000 stipend, but do not include fee scholarships. Fellowship winners are expected to devote full time to research.
Applications entered online (follow the link on the College’s website)
Awarded on: good citizenship, character, especially attitude toward public service and the likelihood of future usefulness to society, scholastic ability, intellectual capacity, and upon such other bases and qualifications, and in such manner, as the Trustees of Indiana University in their discretion and judgment may determine from time to time, but always without regard to consideration of religion, creed, race, national origin, color, sex, or political affiliation.
Application deadline: Notifiy department by January 15th if you wish to be nominated for this award.
Aids students who have been invited to present papers at national or international conferences and who have been recommended by their departments to receive such awards. Awards are usually in the range of $200-300.
Applications accepted online (follow the link on the College’s website, above) November 1st - December 1st.
Applications are open to new applicants and continuing students.
At your request, copies of official transcripts, letters of recommendation and test scores can be forwarded to the Center to which you are applying.
Application deadline: January 31st.
The following is a list of graduate fellowships and awards administered by the University Graduate School. Follow the links below for information on each fellowship. More information can also be found on the University Graduate School website.
The award is for new/incoming or currently enrolled MA or PhD students who are US citizens or permanent residents and first-generation college students. Financian need must be shown. $1,500 award, renewable for one year.
One doctoral or M.F.A. student who exemplifies the characteristics of Chancellor Wells; single-year award of $30,000 that must be used the year it is granted.
Application deadline: materials to department by November 25th.
The East Asian Studies Center (EASC) offers a Korean studies graduate fellowship funded by the Society of Friends of Korean Studies (SOFOKS). Students wishing to apply should see the EASC web page for application information.
Applications are open to entering and continuing students.
The following is a list of fellowships, grants, and awards that you may be eligible for. These awards are external, so you must apply to them on your own. Check on the web for details on the award, application, and deadline for each.