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The spring 2017 application will open in early September 2016. There are two deadlines in each application cycle: the student deadline and the adviser deadline.

The student deadline for spring 2017 will be October 13, 2016

The adviser deadline for spring 2017 will be October 20, 2016

Applications and certifications must be submitted by 5:00pm (Eastern time) on the day of the respective deadline.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers have the necessary information to complete and submit their certification to IIE by the adviser deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers may set earlier campus deadlines for submission of the Freeman-ASIA Applications. Applicants should contact their advisers about specific campus deadlines before proceeding with the Freeman-ASIA Applications.

Application Instructions

This page provides detailed instructions for completing the Freeman-ASIA scholarship application. It is important that you read this information carefully in order to understand the application requirements and procedures.

Potential applicants should:

  1. Review the Freeman-ASIA eligibility requirements.
  2. Identify a Study Abroad Program in East or Southeast Asia that qualifies for a Freeman-ASIA Award. Please note, the program must be approved by you home institution.
  3. Contact the Study Abroad Adviser who will certify the programmatic and academic portions of your Freeman-ASIA application. You must ensure that you are requesting certification from the appropriate individual on campus; in most cases, this will be your campus Study Abroad Adviser. In general, faculty or other staff members who are not serving as an adviser for your study abroad program would not be the appropriate person to certify your application. This individual must be familiar with the study abroad program, and must be able to confirm that you (and your program) meet the eligibility requirements.
  4. Contact the Financial Aid Adviser who will certify your financial need to study abroad. You must have a FAFSA on file for your Financial Aid Adviser to complete the certification.
  5. If your Study Abroad and Financial Aid Adviser are the same individual, please use the dual adviser option in the Embark application. Do not submit two separate registrations for the same person.
  6. Follow up with your Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers to ensure they have received their registration email to access your application.
  7. Submit your application by the student deadline.
  8. Check with their Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers to ensure that their certifications have been submitted by the adviser deadline.

Completing the Freeman-ASIA Application

To be considered for an award, all applicants must submit an application via Embark. When you register your Embark account, you will receive an email confirming your registration. Please read the Embark application instructions carefully as you navigate the application. In addition, please be aware of the following details and requirements:

  1. You must complete the pre-screening page of the application before proceeding with the rest of the application.
  2. In order for your application questions to be displayed correctly, you should complete them in the order in which they appear; do not skip ahead to other sections.
  3. You must formally register your advisers in the "recommenders" portal of the application, after you have input their details in the application itself. Please complete your portion of the application before you register your advisers, otherwise they will receive notification to review your application before it is complete, and will not be able to certify your application. Note, however, that you do not need to submit your application for them to certify it, but you must have input all the necessary information and saved it in your application.
  4. We do not request or accept academic recommendations. Please do not register additional recommenders. Only register your Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers.
  5. You are required to upload in PDF form an unofficial transcript from your current institution, as well as unofficial transcripts from any prior institutions you have attended since high school.
  6. No hard copy materials are required as part of the Freeman-ASIA application; the application is completed entirely online.

Applicants must ensure that the certifications from their Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers have been completed and submitted to IIE via the Embark online application by the Adviser deadline. For the application to be complete, IIE must receive both certifications. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers may set early campus submission deadlines. Thus, applicants should contact their advisers for campus-specific instructions before proceeding with the Freeman-ASIA Application.

All applicants will be notified of the results of their application via e-mail within 5 - 7 weeks of the application deadline. Nominees will need to complete and submit additional paperwork to confirm their financial need and participation in their study abroad program.

The link to the online Embark application for the spring cycle will be available on this page in early September, 2016.

Preference will be given to students who:

  • Participate in language study that will enhance their ability to engage with the host culture.
  • Enroll in a study abroad program with at least 20 hours per week of class time, incorporating the study of an East or Southeast Asian language, culture, and history.
  • Participate in a study abroad programs taught by host country faculty members.
  • Demonstrate sincere interest in incorporating East or Southeast Asian Studies into future academic and/or professional plans.

The three primary criteria used to evaluate Freeman-ASIA Award applications are:

  • Financial need
  • Commitment to and demonstrated interest in East or Southeast Asian Studies
  • Quality of the service project proposal

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