General Information

Headquartered in
Seattle, Washington
Eugene H. Lee, Trustee

Contact Information

  • The Blakemore Foundation 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900 Seattle, WA 98101-3099
  • Tel: (206) 359-8778
  • Fax: (206) 359-9778



Since 1990, the Foundation has awarded over $14 million in language grants to individuals using an East or Southeast Asian language in their careersThe Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund an academic year of advanced language study abroad of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and selected Southeast Asian languages.

Blakemore Refresher Grants are short-term grants intended to provide mid-career professionals an opportunity to refresh their language skills. They are available to former Blakemore Freeman Fellows, professors teaching in an Asian field at a university or college in the United States and professionals working in an Asian field.

2014 Language Grant Applicants

We award fellowships to individuals who want to spend a year abroad in an intensive language program to improve their Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Burmese or Khmer language skills.Grants are only available for study at specific language schools in East and SE Asia (see list of eligible programs).

Who are we looking for? Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as business, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply.

An applicant must have (at minimum) a bachelor's degree and at least three years of study of the language at the college level by the start of the grant.

Chinese Language Specific Programs

Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies, located at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China

International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan

We only fund Chinese language study at the IUP or the ICLP.