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Department Awards

Kristin Carosella Memorial Fellowship

Kristin Carosella was a member of the University of Michigan’s Class of 2013. During her time as an undergraduate, she earned bachelor’s degrees from the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. She stood out among her peers as an exceptionally bright and engaged student, who constantly pursued her long-standing interest in Asian culture. Upon graduation, Kristin moved to Jinjiang, China, where she taught English to first and second graders at a local primary school until her death in September 2014. This scholarship was established to honor her memory and to inspire other students to dedicate their lives to living and teaching abroad.

The Kristin Carosella Memorial Fellowship is an annual award for a Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language student who has shown a great deal of promise and is interested in teaching in China, Japan, or Korea. The award provides travel expenses and may be used in conjunction with other awards from the University of Michigan as well as other sources. The scholarship competition is open to all enrolled University of Michigan undergraduates who have studied Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language while at Michigan.  Applicants must present a plan to move abroad to teach for a minimum of one year after graduation.

One award of $4,000 will be given each year.

Application Deadline
All application materials must be submitted electronically to the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures by 5:00 PM on March 20.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Procedure
All applicants must submit the following materials as email attachments to

  • A short narrative (not to exceed 3 double-spaced pages) that details your academic background in Asian Studies, how you became interested in living/teaching abroad, and what you hope to contribute to others as a teacher in Asia as well as what you hope to gain from the experience. The narrative should include approximate dates of when you plan to move abroad and where you plan to live in China, Japan, or Korea.
  • Two letters of recommendation.  The letters should address your readiness to teach, performance in your undergraduate coursework, and your potential impact as a teacher in Asia. Letters should be emailed by the recommender to
  • An unofficial University of Michigan transcript

Selection Procedure

The awardee will be selected by a committee drawn from Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Department of Anthropology. Applicants will be notified in early April regarding the award decision. The awardee will be expected to attend the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures Graduation and Awards Ceremony held in late April. At this ceremony, the awardee will be recognized and will meet members of the Carosella family. 


Charles and Myrl Hucker Undergraduate Essay Prize

This prize is awarded to one undergraduate student a year who has written the best essay on China for an Asian Studies (ASIAN) course. The prize consists of $500 and is disbursed directly to a student's account at the start of Spring term. Essay submissions from Fall and Winter courses are welcomed; the submission deadline is April 1. To be considered, email your essay to with the subject "Hucker Essay Prize Submission." The awardee will be recognized at the ALC Graduation and Awards Ceremony held at the end of April.  




ALC undergraduates are also encouraged to seek other awards in associated departments or University units. 

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan: These scholarships may be used for study abroad U-M and Non-U-M programs located in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend for students on semester-long programs and students on academic year programs.

Center for Chinese Studies: The Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS) awards a number of fellowships and grants to U-M graduate and undergraduate students in Chinese studies.

Center for South Asian Studies: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and a stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. The priority is to encourage the study of less commonly taught modern languages. FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Michigan Area Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through annual fellowship competitions.

International Institute: Funding includes fellowships and grants for faculty and student research abroad, international internships, and the study of less commonly taught languages.

Japanese Studies Center: The William P. Malm Award for Outstanding Student Writing in Japanese Studies seeks to encourage and recognize exceptional writing on Japan.  Two awards, of $500 each, will be awarded annually, one for an outstanding paper by an undergraduate, and the other for an outstanding paper by a graduate student.

Nam Center for Korean Studies: Funding opportunities consist of travel scholarships, community service and academic achievement awards, and tuition support.