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Mobility funding for research abroad

At GEAS, a mobility phase of 6 months should be mandatory for students to conduct field research. Some research foundations and associations also allow their students to receive research funding. Listed below are the most prominent grants.

The Academy of Korean Studies Graduate Fellowship is a non-degree program which invites and supports international students for six months, providing them with a momentum to grow to be a next generation of promising scholars in Korean studies and to play a leading role in the field abroad. Those who aspire to widen and deepen their knowledge of Korea by conducting research at the Graduate School of Korean Studies in one of the most dynamic countries in the world are very welcome to apply.  


Nationality The applicant, either a foreign national or a Korean national who obtained permanent residency in a foreign country or who resides overseas and has completed education outside of Korea which is compatible with Korea‘s elementary, middle, high school and college education.
Educational Background As of the application deadline, applicants must meet one of the following conditions :① Applicants are enrolled in a master’s or a doctoral degree program at an overseas university.② Applicants completed coursework and are in the status of ABD (All But Dissertation) in a master's or a doctoral degree program at an overseas university.③ Applicants were conferred a master's degree at an overseas university.
Residence As of the application deadline, applicants must reside in a foreign country outside of Korea.
Research Topic An applicant's research topic should pertain to Korea/Korean Studies.

※ Applications who were previously one of AKS Graduate Fellows are not accepted.※ Higher Korean language ability preferred. 

Fellowship Benefits

A. Monthly allowance of KRW900,000 is provided.B. An economy-class round trip airfare at actual expense is provided within the limit prescribed by the GSKS Travel Expenses Policy.

C. Fellowship Period : 6 months 

1) Spring Semester : From 1 March to 31 August 

2) Fall Semester : From 1 September to 28 February, the following year 

※ Extension is not allowed. E. On-campus dormitory and guest house are available at the following cost;  ◦ Dormitory : KRW814,500 for 6 months, double occupancy  ◦ Guest house : approximately KRW600,000 for 1 month (KRW20,000 per day), sole occupancy

Application Period:

see http://intl.aks.ac.kr/english/viewforum.php?f=21

Annually, the Canon Foundation in Europe grants up to 15 Fellowships to highly qualified European and Japanese researchers. European Fellows are expected to pursue a period of research in Japan whereas Japanese Fellows are expected to do their research in Europe. Canon Foundation Fellowships are for a minimum period of three months up to maximum of one year.

Canon supports all fields of research. There are no limitations or restrictions. Applicants do not have to be currently enrolled or employed at the time of applying.

Canon Fellows from Europe are free to choose their host institutes and hosts in Japan. The same freedom is given to Japanese Canon Fellows coming to Europe. Canon Foundation Research Fellowships may be applied for when an agreement on co-operation and on a research plan has been reached between the guest researcher and the proposed host institution.

Applications can also be submitted by members of commercial, industrial, governmental or professional organisations.


All Europeans are eligible to apply (including Israel, Turkey, Balkan and Baltic countries).Europeans should have permanent citizenship in the country.

Applicants should have obtained at least a Master's degree within the last ten years of applying to the Canon Foundation. We will also consider candidates who obtained their qualification more than ten years ago as long as they provide further supporting information in their application.

Please note that priority is given to applicants going to Europe and Japan for the first time.

Application procedure for Fellowships

The annual deadline for applications is September 15.

Consideration of the applications takes several months. The Selection Committee's final decisions will be emailed to applicants before the end of December of that year. Therefore, the earliest possible date to begin the Fellowship is January 1 of the following year.

The financial support for Research Fellows ranges from 22,500 Euro to 27,500 Euro per year and pro-rata for different periods. The Canon Foundation gives priority to those who plan to travel to Europe or Japan rather than prolong a current stay.

Please check here for the list of documents which need to be uploaded before your application can be submitted.

Success rate

The average success rate is around 10%. Funding decisions are based on the quality of the research plan, the reference letters and the host confirmation. The success rate is not influenced by gender, age and nationality. Between 1990 - 2016, a total of 363 Canon Research Fellowships were granted. 221 European Fellows and 142 Japanese Fellows were sponsored. European Fellows come from some 27 countries.

The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF) was established in 1989 in memory of the late President of the Republic of China, Chiang Ching-kuo (1910-1988). Operational funds come from interest generated from an endowment donated by both the public and private sectors.

The Foundation is deeply committed to its mission of encouraging scholars at academic institutions throughout the world to undertake research projects in the humanities and social sciences that can shed new light on Chinese culture and society, as well as engage in international cooperation and exchange.

Grant and Fellowship Programs

I. Domestic Region

   1. Lecture Series Grants
   2. Research Grants
   3. Conference and Seminar Grants
   4. Publication Subsidies
   5. Grants for Doctoral and Master's Students for Short-term Overseas Research

II. American Region

   1. Research Grants
   2. Scholar Grants
   3. Conference/Seminar/Workshop Grants
   4. Publication Subsidies
   5. Doctoral Fellowships
   6. Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad

III. European Region

   1. Lecture Series Grants
   2. Research Grants
   3. Database Grants
   4. Conference and Seminar Grants
   5. Publication Subsidies
   6. Fellowships for Ph.D. Dissertations and Postdoctoral Research
   7. Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad

IV. Asia-Pacific Region

   1. Lecture Series Grants
   2. Research Grants
   3. Conference and Seminar Grants
   4. Publication Subsidies
   5. Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad

V. Developing Regions

   1. Lecture Series Grants
   2. Research Grants
   3. Library Acquisition Grants
   4. Mobility Grants

Application Deadlines

The deadline for applications to most of the Foundation’s grant and fellowship programs is October 15. Exceptions include Conference and Seminar Grants plus Publication Subsidy Grants (which have two deadlines of September 15 and January 15) as well as Fellowships for Ph.D. Dissertations and Postdoctoral Research (January 15). A list of grant recipients will be announced in early June of each year.

Website : http://www.cckf.org.tw

The Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) has the following provisions for its research grant program:

This program is aim at foreign professors, associate professors, assistant professors (including post-doctoral researchers) and doctoral candidates in departments related to Chinese studies at foreign universities, as well as researchers at related foreign academic institutes. The research should be undertaken in Taiwan, and be focused mainly on Taiwan or Chinese studies.

  • CCS provides assistance with research expenses, research materials, liaison with universities and research institutions, and use of CCS facilities, etc.
  •  Research tenure is one month to one year.
  • CCS provides assistance with research expenses, research materials, liaison with universities and research institutions, and use of CCS facilities, etc.
  • Grantees are entitled to travel subsidies and research subsidies.

Eligibility for travel subsidies is restricted to foreign scholars who currently reside abroad; those already in Taiwan are not eligible.


Applications should be submitted to the CCS by May 31 of each year before the year in which grants are intended to be used; notification of CCS’s decision will be given by the end of August of the same year after a careful review

See also: http://ccs.ncl.edu.tw/ccs2/english/regulation.aspx   


The Chinese government supports EU (and UK) students with up to €465 per month during a study visit to China. Scholarship holders can be supported for several years, depending on their academic status, but stays of less than one year are also possible.

The exact amount of the scholarship depends on academic status and field of study. In addition to paying the tuition fees, grant receivers also receive a subsidy for rent, health insurance and monthly pocket money, doctoral students or senior scientists approx. 465 €.

Every year, the Chinese government selects about 100 scholarship holders for this scholarship programme. The aim of the initiative is to strengthen scientific exchange between China and the EU. To apply, you must first register and apply at the online portal.

The call for applications is announced at the beginning of a year at http://www.chinamission.be/eng/zglx/t

Responsible for the grant is the Office for Education and Culture, Mission of P. R China to the European Union. The application procedure is conducted in English or Chinese.

Application Period

usually between January and March.

This scholarship programme offers the opportunity to carry out research abroad within the framework of a doctoral project and to gain further scientific qualifications. Applications are open to doctoral candidates with above-average qualifications who are seeking a doctorate from a German university.

Duration is 1 to 12 months; the individual funding period is determined by a selection committee depending on the project and the work plan.The scholarship cannot be extended.
In addition, a short doctoral fellowship may not be taken up immediately following a one-year fellowship.

The scholarship includes the following benefits:

  •     A monthly scholarship installment, depending on the host country.
  •     Travel allowance depending on host country
  •     Health, accident and personal liability insurance benefits
  •     a monthly lump sum of 102 euros for research and congress costs
  •     The monthly DAAD scholarship rate for a specific country / status is displayed online in the DAAD Scholarship calculator

In addition, further benefits may be granted upon application under certain conditions:

  •     Supplement for spouses or life partners
  •     Subsidy for childcare costs
  •     Grant for travel in the host country directly related to the project (please submit a cost estimate with confirmation of the supervising university teacher with the application).

Application Period (NEW as of June 2020)

31 August 2020, Selection October/November, Start of fellowship January 2021
15 March 2021, Selection May/june, Start of fellowship August 2021


The DIJ offers residential scholarships to doctoral students of German language universities or of German citizenship. Recipients must be writing their dissertations on subjects in the general field of Japanese studies (i.e., related to Japan).

Please refer to the German version of this page for details.

Application Period: in autumn after announcement.

Thanks to the continued support of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation the EACS also in 2019 is able to fund one-week visits for specialised research in Sinological libraries in Cambridge, Heidelberg, Leiden, London, Munich, Oxford or Paris. Applications received before the two deadlines of March 20 and October 20 will be considered within 3 weeks after receipt.

Applicants should be Sinologists based permanently in Europe and preferably paid-up members of the EACS. Applications from non-members will be considered, especially in case of students and young scholars (up to 35 years), if accompanied by a recommendation letter from an EACS member.

Applications for Travel Grants are restricted to two applications by the same applicant, with first-time applicants having priority. Once the grant has been approved, the beneficiary must use it in maximum 6 months from the approval date.


Priorities are given to applicants as follows:

a. Central and Eastern Europe students b. Western Europe students c. Central and Eastern Europe scholars d. Western Europe scholars

Please visit the European Association for Chinese Studies website for more details

Within the framework of the Toshiba International Foundation Fellowship programme conducted jointly by EAJS and the Toshiba International Foundation, the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) selects candidates for a fellowship to undertake research in Japan.

Applications are invited for Toshiba International Foundation scholarships for a three-month stay in Japan to be completed by the end of March the following year. Grantees can expect a fellowship of not more than 7.000 EUR.

The TIFO Fellowship programme aims at enabling Ph.D. candidates to pursue research in Japan for their ongoing Ph.D. projects. Applicants must be doctoral students by the time of applying as well as by time of the scheduled research stay in Japan. They should be specializing in any field in Japanese Studies at a European institution. Applications by postdoctoral researchers cannot be accepted. Furthermore, only candidates pursuing their first Ph.D. degree are eligible to apply.

Since the purpose of the scholarship is to promote the academic study of Japan by those who have not already had a long-term experience in Japan (i.e. a maximum of two years in total), applications by Japanese High School graduates will not be considered.

Application Deadline

The next application deadline is 5 May 2020.

To apply please use our online application system.

The EAJS has been asked by the Toshiba International Foundation to administer these scholarships, and the decisions will be made by the Council of the EAJS.

Successful applicants have to be members of the European Association for Japanese Studies in order to receive the fellowship.

For further information on the Toshiba International Foundation, please visit http://www.toshibafoundation.com/index.html

For further information on the Toshiba International Foundation Fellowships or the EAJS, please feel free to contact the EAJS office.

For the purpose of cultivating qualified Chinese language teachers and facilitating the promotion of Chinese language and culture, the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) launches “Confucius Institute Scholarship” (CIS) to support outstanding students, scholars and currently employed Chinese language teachers recommended by Confucius Institutes, independently operated Confucius Classrooms as well as some HSK test centers (hereinafter to be collectively referred to as “recommending institutions”) to study in Chinese universities and colleges (hereinafter referred to as “host institutions”).

Acting as one of the host institutions, East China Normal University( ECNU) enjoys a high reputation in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages(TCSOL). The School of International Chinese Studies at ECNU, specialized in trainning overseas Chinese language teachers, is the only institute of this kind established by Hanban. The HSK test center of International College of Chinese Studies at ECNU is one of the first Chinese language proficiency testing centers which have the right to recommend Confucius Institute Scholarship candidates. 

All applicants shall be

a) Non-Chinese citizens

b) In good Physical and mental condition, well performed both academically and behaviorally

c) Aspired to take future careers on the teaching or international promotion of Chinese language

d) Between the ages of 16-35 on September 1st, 2019. Applicants currently worked as Chinese language teachers shall not exceed the age limit of 45, while undergraduate students shall not exceed the age limit of 25.

The Confucius Institute Scholarship provides full scholarship and partial scholarship. Full Scholarship consists of tuition fee, accommodation fee, living allowance and comprehensive medical insurance expenses; Partial scholarship covers tuition fee, accommodation fee, and comprehensive medical insurance expenses.

The monthly allowance for undergraduates, one-academic-year study students and one-semester students is 2,500 CNY per person. For MTCSOL student, the monthly allowance is 3,000 CNY per person. For PhDTCSOL student, the monthly allowance is 3,500 CNY per person.

Application Deadline:

Multiple Scholarships (most for TCSOL)  and academic studies: For more information, visit ECNU

a)  April 10th (for those commencing in July)

b)  May 10th (for those commencing in September)

c)  September 10th (for those commencing in December)

d)  November 10th (for those commencing in March 2021)

Most of the federal states have issued regulations for the promotion of young academics and artists - in Berlin: Elsa-Neumann fellowships. They provide for support for doctoral preparation abroad. Within this framework, the DAAD can contribute to the promotion with an additional scholarship.

The DAAD can grant Elsa-Neumann fellowship holders who require a stay abroad of at least 30 days to carry out their work project within the framework of their scholarship an additional scholarship for this period (funding period of up to 12 months).

Applications can be submitted at the DRS Elsa-Neumann service office any time. Ask for more information at DRS.

For the purpose of promoting Japanese studies overseas, this program provides support to preeminent foreign scholars in Japanese studies to give them an opportunity to conduct research in Japan.The Japan Foundation conducts programs in the three major areas of Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education Overseas, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange, as well as Strengthening Cultural Exchange in Asia. There are applicable programs in each of these areas, and support is provided for activities conducted by individuals and organizations that are involved in international exchange.

The fellowships are open to scholars of all ages. The program offers the fellowship to PhD candidates who have in principle completed their coursework and are starting to write (4-12 months).

Application Deadline

by the end on November each year (December, 1). There are several institutes through which you can apply related to your nationality!

More info: https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/program/dl/intel/pdf/pg_RJS-FW_e.pdf

Three GEAS fellows of Cohort I, II and III have already received a Japan foundation fellowship and may be of help.

In cooperation with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), DAAD offers the short term programme to enable highly qualified young German scientists and doctoral candidates to spend a short period of time researching at universities and selected research institutions in Japan.

Both PhD candidates (up to 12 months) and postdocs (up to 6 monts) can apply at DAAD. 

Funding is available for research projects at universities and selected research institutions in Japan. No support is provided for stays to improve language skills or to conduct studies on the country.

The JSPS scholarship includes the following benefits

  •     return ticket
  •     a monthly scholarship rate for doctoral students of approx. 200,000 Yen
  •     a monthly scholarship rate for postdocs of approx. 362,000 Yen
  •     travel health insurance
  •     for stays of three months or more, a starting fee of approx. 200,000 Yen is granted
  •     the funding can only be granted in modules of full months

Application Period

For start of fellowship between 01.07.2020 and 30.09.2020, applications have to be submitted to DAAD by 01.01.2020

Start of fellowship between 01.10.2020 and 31.12.2020, applications have to be submitted to DAAD by 30.04.2020

Start of fellowship between 01.01.2021 and 31.03.2021, applications have to be submitted to DAAD by 31.07.2020

Start of fellowship between 01.04.2021 and 30.06.2021, applications have to be submitted to DAAD by 01.09.2020

For the purpose of promoting research in Korean studies abroad, the KF Fellowship for Field Research has been established to provide eminent Korean studies scholars abroad and experts in relevant fields with the opportunity to conduct on-site field research in Korea and access to resource materials.

The Foundation offers a onthlym stipend of KRW 2,000,000 to KRW 3,000,000 according to research experience

Fellowship period: Minimum one month to maximum twelve months


Overseas researchers of Korean studies or Korea-related comparative/case studies in the fields of humanities or social sciences who fall under one of the following criteria:
(1) Doctoral candidates who have completed their requisite coursework and are in the process of writing their doctoral dissertation
(2) Lecturers or researchers with a minimum of five years of teaching or research experience at a university or a research institute
(3) Assistant professors or individuals currently in a professional/research field with a minimum of ten years and less than 20 years of career experience (※ Doctoral degree holders only)
(4) Full professors, associate professors or individuals currently in a professional/research field with at least 20 years of career experience (※ Doctoral degree holders only)
※ Although related to Korea, research on topics of natural science or engineering is not supported.

Application period:

Mostly in autumn, please check the website for announcements of the opening of application portals

The aim of the programme offered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEXT) is to enable German graduates to study in Japan as part of a research or supplementary or postgraduate course of study.

Funding is available for study visits to Japan as part of a research or supplementary or postgraduate course of study.
For scholarship holders who do not have sufficient knowledge of Japanese, a six-month intensive language course is included. The course enables conversation in everyday life - the English language is sufficient for research purposes.

Duration: one-and-a-half or two-year research or study visit of

  •     April 2020 to March 2022 or
  •     October 2020 to March 2022.

Depending on the academic degree, the scholarship includes the following benefits:

  •     a monthly scholarship rate between 143 000 and 148 000 Yen (as of 04/2017)
  •     Round trip air tickets
  •     tuition fees
  •     The scholarship amount provided by the Japanese government is topped up by a lump sum of 50 euros per month by the DAAD for the Japanese health insurance during the first two funding years.

Application Deadline for German citizen: 

31 March 2020 via DAAD (www.daad.de)

The Ministry of Education of Taiwan has formulated these directions to encourage international scholars (with the exception of those from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao) to undertake short term research in the Republic of China (Taiwan), in order to provide them with opportunities to increase their understanding of Taiwan’s culture and society, and to promote mutual understanding and interaction between Taiwan and the international community.
a. An international scholar who is a PhD student or a postdoctoral research fellow, with the exception of anyone currently holding an R.O.C. passport, is eligible to apply for a Short Term Research Award (abbreviated below to ‘STRA award’).
b. ‘PhD student’ refers to a student who is currently undertaking a doctorate program at an overseas government approved and registered public or private university or college; a ‘postdoctoral research fellow’ refers to a scholar who has been awarded a Ph.D. by any government (ROC or overseas) approved and registered public or private university or college, and is now undertaking a research project at such an overseas university, college, or institute of higher education. Priority will be given to specific research proposals by scholars who have completed a dissertation, book/s, and/or other publication/s.
Short-Term Research Period
a. The short term research period must be for a duration of between 2 and 6 months.
b. The short term research period is aligned with each fiscal year, and in principle, the research is to be undertaken between March 1 and December 31.
Approximately 20 STRA awards are available each year; the actual number depends on the annual budget for the particular fiscal year.
Research Topic Area
The research topic area to be investigated in Taiwan must be related to Taiwanese humanities disciplines, social sciences, culture and/or arts, and/or related comparative research.
Award Value
a. A PhD student will receive a monthly research subsidy of NTD $25,000; a postdoctoral fellow will receive NTD $40,000.
b. Recipients will also be reimbursed for an economy class round trip airfare for the most direct route between their place of residence and Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, or Matsu. The maximum airfare subsidy available for traveling to and from Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa, or Oceania respectively will be determined in accordance with Ministry of Education regulations. Applicants are responsible for any expenses exceeding the set maximum.

Application Procedure and Deadline

Applications to undertake a research project in Taiwan in the following year must be submitted to the university, college, or research organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education—such as the Center for Chinese Studies, or the National Academy for Educational Research—in Taiwan at which the applicant would like to undertake research (abbreviated below to ‘host institution’). All the application material stipulated immediately above must arrive at the host institution no later than September 30 (date of receipt) each year.

Find all application documents and further requirements at the respective MOE website.

MOFA Taiwan Fellowship is established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to award foreign experts and scholars interested in researches related to Taiwan, cross-strait relations, Asia-Pacific region and Sinology to conduct advanced research at universities or academic institutions in Taiwan.

Recipients shall be foreign professors, associate professors, assistant professors, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral candidates, or doctoral program students at related departments of overseas universities, or are research fellows at an equivalent level in academic institutions abroad.

 Financial Assistance

(1) Monthly grants are paid at the beginning of every month.

a. Professors, associate professors, research fellows, or associate research fellows: NT$60,000.

b. Assistant professors, assistant research fellows, or doctoral candidates: NT$50,000.

(2) One round-trip, economy-class ticket for the most direct route to Taiwan (The subsidy will be decided by MOFA in accordance with the relevant regulations).

(3) The terms of fellowship are 3 to 12 months.

(4) Accident insurance (plus a medical insurance for accidental injuries) coverage of NT$1 million.


Application Period:

 MOFA Taiwan Fellowship is open for application in May and June every year and recipients will conduct their research in Taiwan as early as January the next year. Further information on the MOFA Taiwan Fellowship website 

In cooperation with the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), the DAAD arranges scholarships for a short research stay in Korea as part of the "Summer Institute Program". This stay is possible at universities and research institutes in Korea. This program offers young graduates (Bachelor and higher) and doctoral students from all disciplines a direct insight into the Korean cultural and scientific landscape. The stay, which is fixed for the period July/August, is divided into the following sections:

  • Introductory seminar with excursions into the country, taster language course and culinary experiences.
  • Approximately two-month research stay at universities and non-university research institutes.

Scholarships are awarded for a period of two months. The scholarship of approx. 1,000 EUR/month granted by the Korean side covers the costs of living in Korea (subject to change). The DAAD provides a travel allowance and takes out health, accident and liability insurance abroad for the duration of the scholarship.

Eligibility criteria: By the time of application, doctoral students should not have started their doctoral studies more than three years ago.

Application Deadline

February 15 via the DAAD Application portal. More info at DAAD scholarships.

PROMOS – Program for the mobility of undergraduate and postgraduate students

PROMOS sponsors short term stays abroad (maximum duration six months) organized independently by you and adjusted to your individual academic needs. In particular, the programme aims to support projects which are not covered by other DAAD scholarships. The application process includes a quality-oriented selection process.

Information on the application procedure for the upcoming year can be found here (in German).

PROMOS-scholarships are awarded within the following categories:

  • Funding of studies and research abroad worldwide
  • Funding of language courses worldwide
  • Funding of internships outside of Europe
  • Funding of summer schools and similar courses worldwide
  • Funding of group excursions and competition trips worldwide


The following groups can receive a PROMOS scholarship (links in German):

  • Undergraduate students
  • Postgraduate students
  • Charité-students
  • Groups which go on an excursion or participate in a competition abroad

Please note that Ph. D. students may only apply for language courses, summer schools and similar programs, as well as group trips.

International students can also apply for a PROMOS scholarship. Please find the necessary information on special conditions at the international office.

A scholarship may include the following:

  • A monthly partial scholarship
  • Reimbursement of the travel costs (set amount depending on destination)
  • Fees for a language or summer course: 500€

The respective amounts are fixed and available for your information here (in German).

Information on the application procedure can be found here (in German).

Dates and deadlines

Application deadlines end twice a year:

Early October to early November:

Trips abroad starting within the first half of the up-coming year (01/01 – 31/07)

Early April to early May:

Trips abroad starting within the second half of the up-coming year (01/07 – 31/12)

Please see current deadlines here.