The Asian Studies Program offers several achievement and travel awards for students at the end of each school year.

  • Joseph S. Sebes, S. J. Medal in Asian Studies
    The Joseph S. Sebes, S. J. Medal in Asian Studies is awarded annually by the Asian Studies Faculty Committee to a recipient of the Asian Studies Certificate who combines excellence in the study of Asia with the dedication to the advancement of understanding of Asian affairs that characterized the career of Joseph S. Sebes, S.J. (1915-1990), Professor of History and Dean of the School of Foreign Service. Awarded during SFS Tropaia.  Please note this award is not open to application.  
  • Director’s Award for Science, Technology, and Asia
    The new Director’s Award for Science, Technology, and Asia recognizes students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement and professional potential in the field of science and technology, particularly as it relates to the study of Asia. The winner is announced annually by the Director of Asian Studies based on the recommendation of the Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) faculty committee in the School of Foreign Service. Established in 2017, this award seeks to underscore the growing importance of science and technology in understanding Asian security, diplomacy, and policy approaches.  Please note this award is not open to application.  
  • Donald S. Macdonald Prize in Korean Studies
    The Donald S. Macdonald Prize in Korean Studies provides $100 for the best paper on Korea written by a Georgetown undergraduate (in any college or school) during the academic year. Papers written for any course are welcome. Students not specializing in Korean studies are encouraged to compete. Faculty members may submit papers on behalf of their students.  Students interested in this award can apply here by Tuesday, April 30th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Henry Chen Memorial Scholarship
    The Henry Chen Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually by the Georgetown University Asian Studies Faculty to a student who exemplifies the qualities and ideals to which Professor Chen’s life was devoted. The $500 scholarship supports overseas study of Chinese language and culture. Students interested in this award can apply here by Tuesday, April 30th at 5:00 p.m.
  • John W. Witek, S.J. Prize 
    The John W. Witek, S.J. Prize in Japanese Studies was founded in memory of Father John Witek, a historian of the Jesuit missions in East Asia and Japanese history. The prize honors the graduating senior who writes the best paper in any field on Japan.  Students interested in this award can apply here by Tuesday, April 30th at 5:00 p.m.
  • The Oh Award
    The Oh Award is awarded annually by the Georgetown University Asian Studies Faculty to an undergraduate student to support overseas study of Korean language and culture or other activities related to Korean Studies, including internships and service. The “Oh Award” includes a cash prize between $500-$700 and is open to students from the School of Foreign Service and the College who have an interest in pursuing activities related to Korean Studies. Students interested in this award can apply here by Tuesday, April 30th at 5:00 p.m. Click here to read more about the Oh Award.