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January 2008

IEAS Summer Study Program Scholarships

The Institute of East Asian Studies is pleased to announce the availability of seven summer study program scholarships for Berkeley undergraduates with proficiency in Mandarin, funded by a generous gift of Dr. Shiu Lee, a Berkeley alumnus.

Dr. and Mrs. Lee of Hong Kong have sponsored, since 2001, summer programs hosted by the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong (Chung Chi College). A group of approximately 80 students from China, Hong Kong and the USA come together in both programs for four weeks to contemplate a wide range of issues that are of vital significance to the sustainable development of China. Both programs will begin in Hong Kong and will end in Beijing, with stops along the way (depending on the program) in Singapore, Guangzhou, and/or Shanghai.

Dr. and Mrs. Lee are providing a total of seven full scholarships for the 4-week programs, covering tuition, room and board. Participants will be responsible for their own trans-Pacific airfare and visa costs. All intra-Asia travel will be covered by the program.

Students selected for The University of Hong Kong's Lee Shiu Socio-Economic Study Project of 2008 will travel from Hong Kong to Shanghai (and other Yangtze delta cities) and finally to Beijing. The general topic of the program this year is the "sustainable development of China." Up to four scholarships are being offered to Berkeley students. The program will end in Beijing only days before the Olympics are set to begin. Much of this program will be delivered in Mandarin, so students joining the UHK program must have completed a minimum of three years of college-level Mandarin or have equivalent ability.

Students selected for the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Chung Chi College) 2008 Summer Program "China Rising: One World One Dream" will travel from Hong Kong, to Singapore, then to Beijing to examine aspects of the rise of China and the challenges it faces in pursuit of peace and power in the world. There is also a Mandarin language requirement for this program: students need to have completed at least two years of college-level Mandarin (or equivalent). This program will be delivered primarily in English, with Mandarin required for the Beijing portion. Three scholarships for the CUHK program are being offered. Students completing their second and third year of undergraduate study may receive preference in the selection process.

Application instructions:

Students should download the attached application sheet in Word format or PDF format, follow the directions, and submit the required documents to:

Martin Backstrom, Associate Director
Institute of East Asian Studies
2223 Fulton Street, #2318
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2318

The application deadline is February 28, 2008.

Applications may be emailed to Martin Backstrom or snail-mailed to his attention by the deadline, with two letters of support from recommenders likewise mailed or emailed directly (letters should be sent separately by the recommenders). Incomplete applications will not be considered. A selection committee will review applications and announce scholarship recipients no later than March 10, 2008.

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