ASAM Research Fellowship

ASAM Fellows Program

In addition to pursuing the minor, undergraduates can apply for the ASAM Fellows Honors Program, which provides students with comprehensive academic training in archival research, methodology, and theory to enhance their critical thinking and writing skills. Along with a faculty advisor, students conduct original research to complete an independent honors project that strengthens their knowledge of Asian American studies, topics, and identities. The program provides an excellent opportunity to build one's resume while exploring personal interests and learning valuable skills and expertise for one’s professional future.

Fellows have the option to (1) complete an independent research project or (2) intern at an Asian American-based organization during the summer. The project can be for a course requirement, an independent project, or a senior thesis. Upon return in the fall, fellows will present their research at the ASAM Research Colloquium in the Fall.

For the 2022-23 ASAM Fellowship program, there is an additional opportunity for 1 to 2 students to apply to become an ASAM Archival Fellow (3).For over 25 years, students, staff, and faculty have worked to build and grow Asian American Studies at Penn. To better document and preserve this past, the ASAM program is building an archive. The ASAM Archival Fellow, who will be advised and mentored by an ASAM faculty member, will help shape the structure of ASAM’s physical archive and the design of a digital archive. This fellow will gain experience in historical methods, archival practices, digital humanities tools, and grant writing while learning about the struggles and accomplishments of ASAM.

Throughout the fall semester, fellows will be given a budget to design and curate a speaker series of ASAM scholars that take place during the Spring in the ASAM Fellows Symposium. In addition, each ASAM Fellow will become a part of the ASAM community, attend special fellows’ events during the Fall and Spring semesters, and have lunch with ASAM faculty to learn about their research experience.  Throughout the year, ASAM sponsors conferences and hosts a variety of events, including film screenings, academic talks, and performances.

As part of this fellowship, each participant will receive the following:

  • A $ 2,100 to support research initiatives that will be awarded in 3 installments (Summer, Fall, and Spring)
  • Opportunity to present at the ASAM Research Colloquium
  • Experience with designing, curating, moderating, and executing a speaker series
  • Mentorship and guidance from ASAM faculty at Penn
  • Personal connections with ASAM scholars and the support of an academic community
  • Tools for success that students can use inside and outside of the classroom (i.e. writing, research, public speaking, and event planning)


Candidates for this fellowship are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Penn who are highly motivated, well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to work in small group settings. You do not have to be an ASAM minor to apply, but preference will be given to students who have taken at least one ASAM class.

Applications are due Friday, April 21th, 2023, and must provide:

  • Research proposal OR detailed statement of plans (if the candidate is pursuing an organization-affiliated internship or the ASAM archival fellowship)
  • Letter of support, preferably from your research advisor or internship supervisor (does not have to be a Penn affiliate)
  • Proposed budget (approximate)
  • Personal Statement discussing how Fellowship and future Speaker Series will enhance your educational goals of approximately 500 words.

    Interviews will take place in late April.

    Awards will be announced by early May. 

    By May fellows are expected to submit finalized project plans for the summer.

    For more information and to apply please contact Dr. Fariha Khan at

    Learn about the ASAM Fellows:

    ASAM Fellows 2022-2023 Self-Determination

    ASAM Fellows 2021-2022 Reclaiming Narratives

    ASAM Fellows 2020-2021 The Foreign Body