The Charles Kao Fund supports grants to students of Yale College (including graduating seniors), graduate students in M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and graduate students in the professional schools for summer research in East and Southeast Asia. In general, applications from international students proposing research projects in their country or origin are ineligible.
Research should focus on the impact of technology transfer processes between Asia and the West and/or among East and Southeast Asia, and the social, cultural, and political transformations in these regions. Grant requests of up to $5,000 to support field research, summer internships or other creative projects in Asia will be entertained. Priority will be given to students with demonstrated long-term academic commitment to and professional preparation for work in East or Southeast Asia, who have already acquired the necessary level of language proficiency to complete their proposed research work, or who need substantial first-hand exposure to Asia to complete a course of academic study. View past recipients.