Weir Honors Fellowships in Asian Studies

Become fluent in Mandarin and gain practical, independent work experience in China, home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations and the 21st century’s fastest growing economy.

William D. Weir Honors Fellows in Asian Studies spend the Spring semester in Beijing for intensive language study at the CET Chinese Language Center (12-18 credits) and then complete an eight-week summer internship (6 credits) in either Beijing or Shanghai exploring careers in fields such as banking, law, journalism, public health, and historic preservation.

The program is designed for students who are interested in developing advanced, working language skills in China. Up to three fellowships are awarded annually. Students contribute one semester’s tuition and the fellowship covers all other program expenses.

UPCOMING PROGRAM
February 15 – August 13, 2017
It’s almost impossible to sum up the incredible experience that the Weir Fellowship provides. If you want top notch academics, amazing teachers and classmates who will guide you every step of the way in your Chinese improvement, a vibrant colorful city with delicious food and warmhearted people, and an internship experience that will leave you with powerful impressions and lasting connections, then you have to apply for the Weir Fellowship.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Honoring William D. Weir

The Weir Fellowship was established by Heather and Peter Boneparth to honor Heather’s late father, William Donald Weir. It is predicated on the belief that a successful long-term relationship between the United States and China requires more U.S. citizens immersing themselves in the language and culture of China.

William D. Weir was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served on a minesweeper during the Korean War, and spent much of his career at the State Department Arms Control and Disarmament Agency engaged in the SALT-START talks.  He was above all a man of great compassion, understanding and peace.