Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)


The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-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 U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.

From its inception in 2001, Freeman-ASIA has made study abroad in East and Southeast Asia possible for over 5,000 U.S. undergraduates from more than 600 institutions.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility information can be found here.


Applications for support during summer programs open in mid-January of the year of study, with a deadline in late February or early March. Applications for Fall semester and academic year programs generally open in mid-February, with a deadline in early April. Applications for Spring semester programs generally opens in mid-September with a deadline in mid-October.