Southeast Asian Studies Award

This $2,500 award was established through an endowment from Norman Sundberg, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, and Donna Sundberg.  Funding is designed to encourage graduate research about Southeast Asia. Awards may be requested for educational expenses, including tuition supplements, travel, equipment purchase, books and supplies, or other educational needs. 

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a currently registered student in a master’s or doctoral degree program;
  • Have Southeast Asia as an area of research interest;
  • Have a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.75. In the case of students with no graduate GPA, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they maintained an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better. 

Citizens from any country are encouraged to apply.  Priority will be given to support graduate students from Southeast Asia, specifically, students from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.


To be completed by the student:

  1. A grant proposal (up to 1500 words on no more than 3 pages) that includes:
    • A brief description of research project and work,
    • A statement of interest in Southeast Asia, and
    • An itemized budget;
  2. A curriculum vitae or résumé.
  3. A statement by the applicant (not to exceed 250 words on no more than one page) addressing their financial need in whatever terms the applicant feels are most informative.


To be completed by the academic department:

This award requires two letters of recommendation describing the student's academic progress and area of interest.

To apply for this award, please click here:

Awards and Fellowships Application

Deadline to apply: Friday, February 16, 2018


Note for Graduate Students with Financial Aid:
Receiving this award may reduce your financial aid award. Please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to applying for this (and any other type of) support.

For more information, please contact: Jered Nagel at

You may apply for this award regardless of your immigration status or work eligibility.

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