Funding Opportunities


Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database - Search Form

GRAPES is not a fellowship or scholarship, rather it is an extensive database created by UCLA to help graduate students search for funding opportunities from institutions all over the world. Graduate students in need of funding (from all disciplines) are encouraged to become very familiar with the GRAPES database, and to reference it regularly.

Funding opportunities stemming directly from UCLA are sometimes limited. With GRAPES, however, graduate students may search for hundreds of potential funding sources from many universities and institutions outside of UCLA.

To access the GRAPES database, please click here.

General Fellowship Opportunities

Boren Fellowship

Boren Fellowships provide funding for U.S. graduate students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. The fellowship is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.

Maximum awards for the Boren Fellowships are $30,000. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year. Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, fields of study and application procedures can be found at


Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship Recipients

The Burkle Center awards outstanding minority graduate students who have financial need and research interests relating to globalization and international relations with scholarships up to $4,000.00 each academic year. Scholarships are granted to qualified applicants who demonstrate leadership skills and academic achievement.

For more information about the Belkin Memorial Fellowship, including application and deadline information, please visit the fellowship information page, here.

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Program (GOFP)

This one-year fellowship program provides recipients with a stipend plus tuition (and nonresident supplemental tuition if necessary). Professional degree supplemental tuition, if the awardee is enrolled in a professional degree program, is not covered.. The program supports a limited number of entering students pursuing either terminal or professional master's degrees.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students who qualify for nonresident supplemental tuition exemptions under AB 540 (eligibility for undocumented AB540 students is effective January 1, 2013). The intent of this fellowship is to provide access to higher education for students who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to successfully pursue graduate study. Applicants should review the GOFP Application Instructions and complete both the Fellowship Application for Entering Graduate Students and the Admissions Application Diversity Statement. These forms will be reviewed as part of your fellowship application.
For more information, please visit this link.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The U.S. Department of State funds about 600 students for summer language institutes abroad at various skill levels. CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State and provides fully funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen graduate students. Scholars will complete language coursework as well meeting with a native speaker language partner. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Language levels are classified as Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. The CLS Program provides undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. Upon completion of the program, participants also receive a certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score.

All CLS Program costs are covered. Funds international and domestic travel, related costs for a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C., visa fees, language instruction, room, board, program sponsored travel within the host country. U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this fellowship[

To learn more about the Critical Language Scholarship please visit this link.

Teaching Assistantships

Graduate students interested in teaching positions are encouraged to subscribe to the TA Marketplace group. Departments that need to fill TA vacancies post job announcements through that group.  Students need to be registered in order to have access to the group announcements. 

African Studies Fellowship Opportunities

Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for graduate students of African descent (African American or African person of another nationality) who are matriculating toward a doctorate or master's degree in African History and/or Culture. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate study at a college or university in the United States.

Applications are due in April of the preceding academic year. For more info, please click here.

East Asian Studies Fellowship Opportunities

East Asia Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Academic Year and summer fellowships for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language and area studies.

The Asia Institute administers the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program for East Asia at UCLA, supporting graduate and undergraduate training in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language and related area studies. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. FLAS Fellowships are provided by a grant from the US Department of Education Title VI program. The purpose of the program is to enrich the nation’s pool of area and international specialists. Applicants should be planning to use their training to teach, to serve in government or international agencies, or to engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.

New and continuing UCLA graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines may apply for the Academic Year FLAS awards. Continuing students only may apply for the Summer FLAS. Undergraduate students must be studying the target language at the intermediate or advanced level to be eligible.

To find out more about the Asia Institute’s FLAS, please visit the website.

Taiwan Studies Graduate Research Fellowship

Through a grant from the Taiwan Ministry of Education, the UCLA Asia Institute will offer awards of up to $6000 to UCLA graduate students for pre-dissertation or dissertation-level research in Taiwan for summer 2015 or academic-year 2015-16. Students from any discipline may apply, but research must incorporate topics or methodologies of the humanities or social sciences.

Eligibility: According to guidelines established by the funding agency, students who are native citizens of Taiwan, Hong Kong, or the People’s Republic of China are not eligible to apply.

For more information, please visit this page.

Hiroshi Wagatsuma Memorial Fellowships

The Wagatsuma Fellowship was created in honor of the late UCLA Anthropology Professor Hiroshi Wagatsuma, who for many years served as an important bridge of mutual understanding between students and academics in Japan and the United States. He pursued cross-cultural studies in anthropology, psychology, sociology, and law until his death in 1985. Applications should be submitted online.

Awards of up to $7000 will be made to students working on a dissertation or comparable research project with a substantial cross-cultural or comparative dimension, preferably one concerning Japan or other Asian country and North America. Applications should discuss how the proposal meets the requirements of the award to continue in the spirit of Prof. Wagatsuma's work.

For more information on the fellowship, please visit this link.

Korean Foundation, Korean Studies Scholarship Program

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) annually offers 10 yearlong scholarships to graduate students majoring in Korean studies in North America. These scholarships support a master or PhD student's coursework and/or research while enrolled at their home institutions. It covers students only through the year that they are advanced to candidacy and only if they are in residence (not overseas research). Scholarships are for one academic year only. Scholarship recipients may reapply in succeeding years for additional support. Fellowship recipients are required to submit reports on their research or coursework at the conclusion of their one-year fellowship period.

For more details about the fellowship, please click here.

Latin American Studies Fellowship Opportunities

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

The Latin American Institute administers the federally-funded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program supporting language training in Quechua, Nahuatl, Portuguese, and Advanced Spanish for graduate and undergraduate students at UCLA. Separate awards are available for summer language study and for academic year study.

FLAS fellowships are provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program. The purpose of the program is to enrich the nation’s pool of area and international specialists. Applicants must be planning to use their training to teach, serve in government or international agencies, or engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. New and continuing UCLA graduate students and continuing undergraduates may apply for academic year and/or summer awards. Incoming undergraduate transfer students may apply for academic year awards.

For more details, please visit the Latin American Institute FLAS webpage.


Published: Tuesday, May 09, 2017