Students generally receive a five-year fellowship from the Graduate School, covering tuition, health care, and a monthly stipend. After completing their dissertation prospectus defense, usually in the third year, students are encouraged to apply to outside grants to sponsor archival or field research abroad. In addition, the East Asian Studies Program offers competitive dissertation write-up funding for a sixth year of study after the Graduate School fellowship is exhausted.
The Ph.D. program in East Asian Studies is language-intensive. Applicants for admission to the Department are expected to have a proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean equivalent to three academic years of training. The Department currently offers financial support to incoming Ph.D. students to participate in approved domestic and international language-study programs during the summer before their official enrollment. The Director of Graduate Studies helps admitted students to find appropriate programs.