Asian Studies Spring Scholarship Competition is Now Open

February 3rd, 2016

Deadline to apply for all scholarships is March 1, 2016

China Studies Scholarship for Study Abroad

The China Studies Study Abroad Scholarship provides partial financial support for students planning to study in the People’s Republic of China or Taiwan during the summer or academic year. The scholarship amount varies each year, depending on the budget and number of scholarships awarded. The amount is not intended to cover the full cost of a program, so students should pursue additional sources of funding.

Eligibility: Students must have completed at least one year of Chinese at UT-Austin by the end of the semester in which they apply. The competition is based on academic achievement, financial need, and merit of the proposed study abroad program. Undergraduate students must enroll in a language or other organized program.

Mitsubishi Study Abroad Scholarship

The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Endowment provides partial funding for UT students studying abroad in Japan during the summer or academic year.

Eligibility: Applicants must participate in a language or other organized study program in Japan or the equivalent elsewhere. Funding is available for either graduate or undergraduate students. However, students must have completed at least one year of Japanese before the summer session in order to receive consideration. Awards are for a minimum of $500. The amount is not intended to cover the full cost of a program, so students should pursue additional sources of funding.

POSCO Korean Studies Scholarship

Via the generosity of the Korea Foundation/POSCO Korean Studies endowment, some funding is available for UT students who will participate in a language or other study abroad program in Korea or an equivalent program elsewhere during the summer or academic year. Students who have not yet applied to such a program may nonetheless submit an application for the scholarship; receipt of support will then be contingent on providing proof of acceptance to the program named in your application. There is no citizenship or residency requirement for this scholarship. It is estimated that awards will be for a minimum of $500, though in the past larger awards have also been made. Applicants should also pursue other sources of funding. Applications from those currently engaged in ongoing research or Korea-related study will also be considered.

Eligibility: Students should have a background in Korean language and/or Korean Studies.

How to apply for departmental scholarships: Applications must be submitted online by March 1st through the Study Abroad Office’s GLOBAL A$$IST system. Letters of recommendation are filled out by faculty members online. Automated requests for letters of recommendation are sent out by the system after students have completed and submitted the online application. At least one of the letters of application must be from a language instructor.

GLOBAL A$$IST: http://utdirect.utexas.edu/student/abroad/globalassist.WBX

Please apply only to the scholarship that corresponds t0 the semester in which you begin your study or research program. 

The next four scholarships are endowed scholarships available through the department. Please submit your applications directly to the department through Joni Carpenter.

Peter Vlach Memorial Scholarship in Liberal Arts

Amount: $1000

The Peter Vlach Memorial Scholarship in Liberal Arts was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 17, 2007, for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. The endowment honors Mr. Peter F. Vlach of Trophy Club, Texas, a 1999 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts.

Eligibility: Any level of undergraduate student can apply. The competition is based on academic achievement and merit of the proposed study abroad program. Undergraduate students must enroll in a language or other organized program in China or Taiwan.

How to Apply: Interested students should submit the following materials to the Asian Studies undergraduate academic advisor (joni.carpenter@austin.utexas.edu) in WCH 4.116:

  • UT transcript or grade report.
  • one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
  • one-page personal statement (350 words or less) that addresses one’s interest in China or Taiwan and plans for the study of Chinese and/or Chinese studies abroad.

The Louise J. Faurot Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Chinese Studies

Amount: $2500

Established in honor of her mother by the late Professor Jeanette Faurot, a pioneer in the field of Chinese Studies at UT, this scholarship supports undergraduate students in their research and scholarly efforts with a focus on Chinese Studies. Recipients may major in History, Philosophy, Religion, Comparative Literature, or Plan II, as long as their focus is Chinese Studies.

Bill and Tomiko Kennedy Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Chinese Studies

Amount: $2500


Established by UT Alumnus Kevyn Kennedy in honor of his parents, this scholarship supports upper-level undergraduates who study Chinese language, literature, culture and history at UT. Preference will be given to students who are learning Chinese as a second language over native Chinese speakers and to students who have national or community service in their backgrounds. Preference should also be given to students who are working their way through college. Financial need is also considered.

Eligibility:

  • Must have at least 45 hours in residence
  • Must be a junior or senior undergraduate
  • Must have overall GPA of at least 3.6
  • Must be enrolled full time (at least 12, preferably 15 hours) in both the fall and spring semesters of the following academic year (during the tenure of the award)

Only applicants who have completed two years of Chinese language study will be considered for the Kennedy Scholarship.

How to Apply

Students apply for the Faurot and Kennedy scholarships with a single application.

Interested students who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for both scholarships by submitting the following materials to the Asian Studies undergraduate academic advisor (joni.carpenter@austin.utexas.edu) in WCH 4.116:

  • UT transcript or grade report.
  • one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
  • one-page personal statement (350 words or less) that addresses one’s interest in China and future plans for the study of Chinese language and/or Chinese studies at UT and beyond.

Aggarwal Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Indian Studies

Amount: $2500


The Aggarwal Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Indian Studies was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on March 11, 2010, for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by J.K. Aggarwal, Ph.D. of Austin, TX and Shanti J. Aggarwal, Ph.D. of Austin, TX.

Eligibility:

  • Must have at least 45 hours in residence
  • Must be a junior or senior undergraduate
  • Must have overall GPA of at least 3.6
  • Must be enrolled full time (at least 12, preferably 15 hours) in both the fall and spring semesters of the following academic year (during the tenure of the award)

How to Apply

Interested students who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for this scholarship by submitting the following materials to the Asian Studies undergraduate academic advisor (joni.carpenter@austin.utexas.edu) in WCH 4.116:

  • UT transcript or grade report.
  • one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

one-page personal statement (350 words or less) that addresses one’s interest in India and future plans for the study of Indian languages and/or India studies at UT and beyond.

Project Pengyou

February 3rd, 2016

We are looking for passionate individuals who are interested in discussing China-related issues, strengthening US and China relations, and those who have studied abroad in China (or plan to do so).

We’d like to invite you to Project Pengyou-UT’s first meeting on February 18th. (Time and location TBA). Here, you will get to create a network and community with fellow UT students who, like you, are interested in studying abroad in China and/or have already done so.

Additionally, there will be an opportunity for professional development and cultural growth through our social and service events, as well as insight to potential career and internship opportunities from our panel and speakers.

Below, you will find the application to be a part of Project Pengyou-UT, which will open on February 7th.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pFGFGVFK17ZBcnsXwdk-I6xU_uy_nufHODQVRkdWSwU/viewform?usp=send_form

Please, do not hesitate to email Joel, our Recruitment Chair, at joel681lucio@utexas.edu for any questions!

See you on February 18th!

Foundation Scholars Program is Seeking Student Mentors

February 3rd, 2016

Foundation Scholars (FSP) is now accepting applications for any Liberal Arts student who would like to serve as a mentor to incoming freshman students. FSP mentors work with a small mentee group to help students transition in their first year at UT. Mentors are required to meet weekly as a group and individually with their mentees as well as attend weekly mentor training meetings. As a FSP mentor you will:

  • Develop leadership skills as you mentor 8-10 first-year students
  • Become engaged in community service through the FSP service project
  • Earn $9.00/hr

Requirements:

  • Must be a Liberal Arts student
  • 3.00 GPA
  • Reference letter from UT faculty or staff

More information about the Foundation Scholars Program can be found here.

Applications are being accepted now through February 22.  For more information about the position and to apply, please click here.

Questions? Email Foundation Scholars at fsp@utexas.edu

Creative Writing Certificate Information Session

February 3rd, 2016

Greetings!

The Department of English invites you to an informational reception and reading for the creative writing certificate program.

Current certificate students and students interested in learning more about the creative writing program are invited to attend. Faculty will give short readings from their work, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about the program and the application process, as well as to chat with fellow writers.

The reception will be held on Tuesday, February 9th, at 4pm in the Sinclair Suite in the Union (room  3.128). Light refreshments will be served.

Psychology Internal Transfer Info Sessions

February 3rd, 2016

Students interested in declaring a psychology major must attend an internal transfer information session and complete the application by the May 1 deadline. You can find more information about internal transfer on the psychology website.

The info sessions listed below are located in BUR 214.

Friday, March 25 from 1-2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29 from 2-3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6 from 3-4 p.m.

Thursday, April 14 from 10-11 a.m.

Monday, April 18 from 9-10 a.m.

Friday, April 29 from 2-3 p.m.

Sanger Learning Center – Peer Academic Coaching

February 3rd, 2016

As we begin this semester, the Sanger Learning Center would like to remind you that the Peer Academic Coaching program is open to any student interested in receiving coaching from a trained UT student on how to prepare effectively for UT classes. Peer coaches are trained by learning specialists, and the program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association.

Participants will learn how to match the ways in which they study to the unique demands of each course. Common topics include note-taking and reading techniques, time management and concentration, and test-taking and test preparation. Potential participants should be open to trying new study techniques and be willing to meet privately once a week for an hour with a peer coach.

The cost is covered by the Sanger Learning Center. Participants are admitted to the program on a rolling basis, subject to coach availability.

Students interested in working with a coach should complete an application at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/ugs/my/pac/interest-form/. They also may, of course, contact by email for more information at p.way@austin.utexas.edu.

Apply for the Semester in Los Angeles (UTLA) Program

February 3rd, 2016

The Semester in Los Angeles (UTLA) program currently accepting applications for the next three academic semesters (Fall 2016, Spring 2017 & Summer 2017). 

The deadline to apply for Fall 2016 is Monday, February 15th at 1:30pm CST

The UTLA program is open to all UT majors.  For more information on the Semester in the Los Angeles Program (including a link to the online application), click here.

An information session will be held on Tuesday, February 9th at 3:00PM in CMA 5.136. This session will be general in nature and intended for anyone with questions about the program, online application, costs, L.A., etc.  Phil Nemy, Executive Director of the UTLA program, will be hosting via video conference. 

Future UTLA Application Deadlines:

Spring 2017 – May 2, 2016

Summer 2017 – October 1, 2016

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduates 2016

January 26th, 2016

South Asia Institute is accepting applications for the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Scholarship. This is an annual scholarship of $500 to be awarded to undergraduate students at UT Austin based on academic excellence and dedication to the study of India.

The guidelines for the application are:

  1. To be eligible a student must have already taken a minimum of nine semester credit hours in courses relating directly to India and/or a minimum of two semesters of an Indian language.
  2. Students must submit with the application an informal transcript of their undergraduate work and two letters of recommendation from professors who are familiar with the applicant’s work in the area of Indian Studies.

The application deadline is April 15, 2016. The application form is attached to the email and can also be downloaded by clicking here. For more information, visit – http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/southasia/Funding.php

If you have any questions regarding the application, please email sai@austin.utexas.edu

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Deadline

January 26th, 2016

The highly competitive Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The fellowship assists meritorious graduate and undergraduate students undergoing intensive training in modern languages and related area or international studies.

If you are considering applying for FLAS, please fill out your online application ASAP and submit all supplementary materials (references, resume, writing sample, FAFSA form, etc) to avoid last minute panic or confusion.

We will not accept any late submissions this year and strongly encourage you to fill out the online application in the next few days. FLAS applications have a hard deadline this year of Monday, February 15. 

Click on the following link to access the online application: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9nLzDtrakPJt3Ex

Applicants should also read the FAQs regarding the FLAS fellowship before gathering the application materials (http://www.utexas.edu/cola/southasia/_files/pdf/funding/FLAS%20FAQs.pdf). We also recommend that you collect all your documents before you start the process as there is no option to save or resume the FLAS application once it is started.

All this information and much more can be found on the South Asia Institute’s website – http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/southasia/FLAS%20Fellowship/Applications.php

You can send any questions or concerns regarding the application to sai@austin.utexas.edu.

Best wishes,

South Asia Institute, UT Austin

2016-2017 Huaya Enrichment Scholarships (HES) Competition Now Open

January 26th, 2016

Read the “2016 HES Instructions” carefully for your eligibility to apply for this scholarship.

The scholarships are for the 20152016 academic year (September 2015-August 2016).  Those who wish to compete for the two spots of priority consideration given to UT Austin should submit a hard copy of their application forms and supporting documents to Ms. Joni Carpenter (WCH 4. 116) no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

The application forms can be downloaded at

HES: http://www.moetw.org/2016/01/taiwanscholarship.html

In addition to two letters of recommendation from your professors, the required forms (in hard copies) for the priority considerations are:
1.  2016 HES application form
2.  2015 HES Terms of Agreement
3.  Family.

For supporting documents, please see “2016 HES Instructions.”

Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Camilla Hsieh: camilla@utexas.edu

If you wish to apply for a degree scholarship (臺灣獎學金: Master’s or Ph.D.), please go to this site, and you will need to apply with TECO in Houston directly:

http://www.moetw.org/2016/01/taiwanscholarship.html