Current Student-Faculty Fellows Program Information

Summer 2015 Program Overview

ASIANetwork is pleased to announce that the Freeman Foundation has provided financial support for the 17th Student-Faculty Fellows Program (SFF), supporting undergraduate research in Asia. During its sixteen years, 193 SFF grants have supported the work of 891 faculty and student fellows from 104 different colleges. For summaries of these research activities, visit the ASIANetwork website.

The summer 2015 program will support approximately eight research groups, totaling about forty-five people (students and faculty mentors combined). Only U.S. institutions with paid ASIANetwork memberships since 2013-2014 are eligible. Membership must be maintained throughout the period of the grant.

Freeman Foundation guidelines stipulate that the proposed projects must be focused upon research in the fields of business, economics, environmental studies and agriculture; and they must take place in East Asia (China including Hong Kong S.A.R., Japan, Korea, Taiwan), Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines in the south and west including Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia), and Nepal. And, the proposed projects should offer substantial opportunities for interaction /collaboration with the people in the host country and result in practical/meaningful outcomes for the student participants, especially those that will apply to their professional futures.

Team Membership and Responsibilities

Teams may be led by an individual faculty or by two faculty members from the same institution (one with expertise in a given discipline and one with Asian expertise). A team with one faculty mentor may have two to four students while dual-mentored teams may have four to six students.

The grant provides research funds of up to $5,000 for each faculty mentor and student. The faculty mentor(s) will also receive a $1,000 stipend for each student he/she/they direct under this program. Stipends will be equally shared if two faculty members lead the research team.

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

Projects may be collaborative or independent. In collaborative projects, each student’s research focus and responsibility must relate to the overall project. Individual projects may be unrelated. Projects should be student rather than faculty driven, i.e., students must be more than research assistants for the faculty. Each faculty mentor in a dual-mentored team should have distinct roles in the project.

The primary aim of the SFF program is to support student research in Asia under faculty mentorship. Faculty mentors and student researchers are required to spend at least three weeks together at the same site in Asia working on the projects. Upon return to their home campus, participants are expected to share their findings and experiences with their college community and with ASIANetwork, especially in ways that place their projects in the context of their own academic growth and professional goals.

Application Deadlines

Application materials are available on the ASIANetwork website. Students and their faculty mentor(s) should apply as a team using the SFF application guidelines.

The application deadline is December 1, 2014. Applicants should submit an electronic copy of their application to by December 1, 2014. They must also send one hard copy of the application including original signed copies of required documents to Dr. Zheya Gai by courier (e.g. FedEx, UPS, USPS Priority Mail) postmarked no later than December 1, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by February 15, 2015.

Please send hard copy applications to: Dr. Zheya Gai, Department of Political Science, Washington and Jefferson College, 60 South Lincoln Street, Washington, PA 15301

If you have further questions, contact Dr. Gai at or phone 724-223-6185.

Application Details & Forms

Application Guidelines (PDF)
Faculty and Student Application Forms and Checklist, Word format