Student-Faculty Fellows Program​

New For 2021

  • New, streamlined application involves faculty applicant only
  • Student essays, resumes, etc., no longer required
  • If pandemic prohibits summer 2021 projects, grant recipients will receive extensions to summer 2022
  • 8 to 10 grants ranging from $20,000 to $46,000 each
  • Two-campus option
  • No cost to college for conference attendance

Program Overview

Since its inception in 1998, through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, the Student-Faculty Fellows Program (SFF) has awarded 234 grants to 1135 fellows from 113 member institutions.

Engaging Asia

The SFF 2021 program will emphasize five core ideas:

  • Current global issues in an Asian context
  • Interaction and collaboration with the people of Asia
  • Practical and professional skill development
  • Student career and professional preparation
  • Strong faculty mentorship of students

Program Process

  • Students and faculty mentors develop projects and make application.
  • Faculty mentors attend orientation at the 2021 ASIANetwork Annual Conference.
  • Students travel to Asia with faculty mentors to pursue their projects in summer 2021.
  • Students conduct post-trip activities and complete projects under faculty mentorship.
  • Students present projects at the 2021 ASIANetwork Annual Conference.


  • Open to U.S. ASIANetwork member institutions and all academic disciplines
  • One faculty mentor and 3 – 4 undergraduate students from the same institution
  • Two faculty mentors and 4 – 6 undergraduate students from the same institution
  • Only one non-U.S. student/group (as per Freeman Foundation stipulations)

New Two-Campus Option

  • One faculty member from each member institution
  • 2 – 4 students/college; 6 student maximum for the group
  • No more than 1 non-US student per group
  • Separate applications, budget, and supporting documents (deans letter, etc.) from each faculty member
  • NOTE: Linked applicants are considered as one application and selected or denied together.
  • Contact SFF Director Zheya Gai for more information regarding application procedures for this option.

Financial Support

  • Up to $5,000 per mentor and student, a maximum of $40,000 for a team of eight
  • Additional faculty mentor stipend at $1,000 per student
  • Application Process and Deadlines
  • Application deadline: December 1, 2020

Program Director

Zheya Gai, Ph.D., Director, Student-Faculty Fellows Program