Grants for Asians
Funding for Professional or College Programs
Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing minority groups in the United States. To make it possible for students and professionals to find money, we have found some very good grant programs for writers, artists and students of all kinds.
Asian American Journalists Association
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) offers three different grants to qualified individuals:
- The AAJA Internship Grant for Broadcast provides funds in the amount of $2,000.00 to help defray the cost of transportation and living expenses of a person working as an intern at a radio or television network. One grant is awarded annually.
- One or more AAJA/Chicago Tribune Print and New Media Internship Grants will be awarded to individuals working at a news organization, either online or in print. The $1,500.00 grant can be used toward living or transportation expenses.
- In addition, three people working as interns at either a broadcasting station or a small or medium-sized newspaper will be awarded the Stanford Chen Internship Grant. One of these Grants is reserved for residents of the Pacific Northwest.
Asian Cultural Council
The Asian Cultural Council offers grant monies to Asians working in the realm of visual or performing arts for the purposes of conducting research, studying, undergoing specialized training, or participating in observation tours in the United States. American citizens wishing to participate in such activities in Asia are also invited to apply for funding.
The first step in applying for assistance is to submit a request in the form of a letter. If the activity is determined to be within the ACC's funding guidelines, the applicant will be asked to submit further information for consideration.
The Urban Artist Initiative of New York City
Persons of color, including those of Asian descent, who are New York City residents can apply for grant monies ranging from $250.00-$2,500.00. These funds from the New York Foundation for the Arts are available for those working in the performing, visual, or literary arts.
Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program (SEASREP) Grants
SEASREP Grants are available for the following types of study or research:
- The Language Training Grant is designed to give Southeast Asian students and faculty members the opportunity to study a Southeast Asian language other than their own, either through an accredited course or with the assistance of a certified tutor. This knowledge can then be used for the purposes of conducting research, to prepare for a position as an instructor, or in order to develop a course at a learning institution.
- Persons pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree interested in studying a Southeast Asian country other than their country of origin may want to apply for the Luisa Mallari Fellowship. Funds are provided for both course work and thesis research.
- In addition, a Comparative and Collaborative Research Grant is offered to assist individuals and groups in studying countries other than their own. Recipients can use the funds for the purposes of preliminary research or to organize a seminar or workshop. Yet another option for funding recipients is have an expert on the subject of Southeast Asia conduct a number of seminars or workshops or to have that individual participate in a research project with staff members at the hosting institution.