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Bringing Southeast Asia Home is a five year initiative (2022-2027), generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, which aims to grow the profile of Southeast Asian studies at UNC-CH by providing research opportunities to faculty, students, and community members; strengthening ties with our global partners like Kenan Foundation Asia and the National University of Singapore; growing our network of scholars of Southeast Asia in the US Southeast; adding more course offerings on Southeast Asia; increasing library holdings on the region; supporting postdoctoral scholars; hosting speakers and workshops; and so much more.


Late-breaking funding for graduate and undergraduate students
The BSEAH initiative is pleased to offer additional funds to UNC students to support scholarship on Southeast Asia. These awards of up to $2,000 may be used for research or for conference participation, domestically or internationally. To apply, please submit the following to by Friday, March 1:

  • A one-page summary of your project, program, or research agenda
    • Grad Students: Be sure to explain how this activity contributes to the field of Southeast Asian Studies
    • Undergrad Students: Be sure to explain how this activity contributes to your academic and/or trajectory.
  • A detailed budget
  • One-page CV/Resume
  • A brief statement of financial need, including other sources of funding you have applied for, funding you are eligible to apply for, and funding you have received for this work.

Minor in Southeast Asian Studies
We hope to launch a minor in Southeast Asian Studies in Fall 2024 in Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Tentatively, the minor will require four content courses, one of which may be a Southeast Asian language course at the 204 level or its equivalent.
BSEAH workshop 2024 to be held on Monday, May 13, at the FedEx Global Education Center
We are now accepting proposals for this year’s BSEAH workshop, which brings together scholars of Southeast Asia from around the US Southeast and is open to scholars from all disciplines. Paper presentations should be 20 minutes in length, and we are also accepting panels, round-tables, and other creative formats. Proposals are due Friday, March 29. Sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Carolina Asia Center, and the UNC Asian American Center. For more information and to register, please CLICK HERE
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Opportunities for study and funding

Learn a Southeast Asian language

Study abroad in Southeast Asia

Complete list of funding opportunities for faculty

Complete list of funding opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students


Information and resources

Faculty and graduate student bios

Annual BSEAH workshop

BSEAH award winners

Regularly offered courses on Southeast Asia

How to pronounce BSEAH



Please direct all inquiries about Southeast Asia opportunities and programming to Dr. Becky Butler, Assistant Director for Southeast Asia Initiatives.