Student-Faculty Fellows Program: Engaging Asia

Summer 2016 Program Overview:

New Theme          Revised Guidelines          More Inclusive

ASIANetwork is pleased to announce that the Freeman Foundation has provided financial support for the 18th Student-Faculty Fellows Program (SFF). During its seventeen years, 201 SFF grants have supported the work of 939 student and faculty fellows from 105 different colleges/universities. For summaries of these grant activities, visit the ASIANetwork website.

Under the new theme of Engaging Asia, the SFF 2016 program will emphasize four interrelated activities: 1) engaging in interaction and collaboration with the people of Asia; 2) focusing on current issues in an Asian context; 3) providing opportunities for skill development and career preparation; and 4) providing strong faculty mentoring to the students. In emphasizing these activities, the primary goal of SFF 2016 is to help students become competent professionals with an experience-based understanding of Asia. The SFF 2016 program is open to all disciplines provided that the proposed project follows the core theme of engaging Asia and emphasizes the kinds of activities described above.

The SFF 2016 program will support approximately eight groups, totaling about forty-five fellows (students and faculty mentors combined). Only U.S. institutions with paid ASIANetwork memberships since 2014-2015 are eligible. Membership must be maintained throughout the period of the grant.

Freeman Foundation guidelines stipulate that the proposed projects must take place in East Asia (China including Hong Kong S.A.R., Japan, Korea, and Taiwan), Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia), and Nepal.

Proposed project may be led by one or two faculty members from the same institution (e.g., one with expertise in the project discipline(s) and one with Asian expertise). A team with one faculty mentor may have two to four full-time undergraduate students while a dual-mentored team may have four to six full-time undergraduate students.

As stipulated by the Freeman Foundation, the goal of the SFF program is to introduce U.S. students to Asia; therefore, only one non-U.S. citizen student may participate in a project. Graduating seniors may participate as long as they can complete the proposed work by August 31 following their senior year.

SFF project teams are required to spend at least three weeks together at the same site in Asia working on their projects. Upon return to their home campus, participants are expected to share their experiences with their campus community and with ASIANetwork.

The grant provides funds of up to $5,000 for each student and faculty mentor. The faculty mentor(s) will also receive a $1,000 stipend (shared in case of dual mentors) for each student mentored.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2015

SFF 2016 application materials are available at the links below. Students and their faculty mentor(s) should apply as a team using the SFF application guidelines and forms. Please follow the instructions on proposal submission in the application guidelines and submit application materials via email to by December 1, 2015.

2016 Application Guidelines (pdf)
2016 Application Forms (doc)

Contact the SFF Director Dr. Zheya Gai, Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington & Jefferson College, at if you have any questions.

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Current Student-Faculty Fellows

Past Student-Faculty Fellows

See former program director Teddy Amoloza’s retrospective on the history and the impact of the Freeman Program in the Spring 2004 issue of ASIANetwork Exchange. See also AsiaNetwork’s tribute to Buck Freeman.

Teddy Amoloza Convening Freeman Info Session at 2004 Conference (Photo by Chia Ning)