Freeman Stipend for Internships in Asia

A student overlooks a mountain range abroad with arms outstretched and a Bevo baseball cap on backwards.

The Freeman Stipend for Internships in Asia fosters deeper understanding between the United States and Asia through funding immersive educational experiences.

About Freeman and the Stipend

The Freeman Stipend for Internships in Asia is a prestigious award that provides generous funding to undergraduate and graduate students completing internships in East and Southeast Asia. The primary objective of the scholarship is to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the U.S. and East Asia through funding immersive experiences for students to gain a deeper understanding of the different cultures, economies, systems, and values prevalent in the region.


History of Impact

Since 2012, over 280 students have been awarded Freeman Stipends. These Freeman Scholars have developed cultural competencies and professional skills all while contributing to a workplace abroad. Students have interned in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Indonesia. Upon their return, each student has completed a project to share their experience in Asia with their UT community.



Eligible countries




Weeks of internship



Average award



Freeman Scholars since 2012



Impact on Scholars

Freeman Scholars share the personal impact of this stipend and their experience in Asia.

Hailey Hellesvig.
"I learned so much about myself on this journey, and it would not have been possible without this program.”

Hailey Hellesvig
South Korea, Summer 2017




How to Apply

Three students hold hands together up in the air at a scenic overlook.

This is a competitive award. Students may apply for this award in conjunction with an internship program coordinated by UT Education Abroad, or to fund an independently-sourced internship.



In order to apply, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin as a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing during the entire application process and internship
  • Participating on an internship of at least six weeks
  • Interning in one of the following Asian countries: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam.



Education Abroad Applicants

All applicants who will be interning as part of an approved UT study abroad program will need to submit:

Independent Applicants

Students who have independently arranged an internship will need to submit:

  • Completed Freeman Stipend application for Independent Applicants (PDF)
  • An estimated budget (see example in application)
  • Letter from your internship site confirming your start and end dates and your job duties



The following deadlines are priority deadlines, meaning that applications are still accepted after these dates, but awards are contingent on remaining funds.

  • Spring Internships: October 15
  • Summer Internships: January 15
  • Fall Internships: April 15

Completed applications should be emailed to Please save your file as one combined PDF in the following format: LASTNAME, firstname_FreemanApp_Year.pdf.



Freeman Projects

A student delivers a presentation on his internship.

Upon their return to campus, each Freeman Scholar designs a project to share their experience in Asia with their UT community.


Selected Projects

Through these projects, Freeman Scholars reflect upon their experience in Asia and share what they learned with classmates who may never have been to Asia. These self-designed projects can take many forms, but some past examples include:

  • Reflective blog or vlog post
  • Videos of their experience in Asia
  • Presentations to classes or student organizations


  • Cooking class of local cuisine
  • Art installation
  • Talking with students at outreach events



Adiba Oiyshi.
"I spoke specifically about my internship and the cross-cultural communication skills I learned through exposure in an international hospital."

Adiba Oiyshi
Bangkok, Thailand, Summer 2018

Watch Adiba's video on her internship in Thailand >