The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation
Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia - 60 Years
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Asia Foundation?

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. In addition, our Books for Asia and professional exchange programs are among the ways we encourage Asia's continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2013, we provided nearly $114 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at over $10 million.

What types of programs does The Asia Foundation support?

Through our staff expertise, cooperation with local partners, and a long history in the region, The Asia Foundation offers distinctive insight on local issues and have successfully implemented thousands of programs that benefit current and future generations in the areas of:

How do I make a donation to The Asia Foundation?

Please visit our How You Can Help page for more information.

Where is The Asia Foundation located?

Headquartered in San Francisco, the Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. We focus on country, regional, and cross-border issues through our field offices in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. We also conduct programming in Japan, Pacific Island Nations, and Singapore.

Who is The Asia Foundation's staff?

Our staff of 800 international development professionals are experts on the countries in Asia where they live and work. Please visit our Senior Staff and Experts Guide pages to reach our staff.

How does The Asia Foundation receive funding?

Working with public and private partners, we receive funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2012, we provided nearly $100 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at over $30 million.

Who are The Asia Foundation's grantees?

We collaborate with private and public partners in Asia in the areas of Governance and Law, Economic Development, Women's Empowerment, Environment, Regional Cooperation, Books for Asia, and Exchanges.  During the past five years, the Foundation has supported more than 1,000 nongovernmental organizations throughout Asia.

How do I apply for a grant?

The Asia Foundation is not a general grant foundation. Our grants go to specific organizations in Asia that fall within our program areas. We do not provide funding to individuals that are not affiliated with projects or with institutions with which we collaborate. Most of the Foundation's grants go to organizations in Asia. For more detailed information, please visit our Grant Guidelines page.

Do you have internships available?

The Asia Foundation's Junior Associates in Asian Affairs program takes applications for a limited number of opportunities for graduate students and recent graduate degree holders.

Do you have scholarships available?

We do not have programs or scholarships for individuals that are not affiliated with projects or with institutions with which we collaborate. The Foundation administers the Luce Scholars program, while the Henry Luce Foundation funds the program. This scholarship, supported by the Luce Foundation, provides an opportunity for young Americans to spend a year in Asia working in the fields of medicine, law, international relations, performing arts, and other areas.

How do I get on The Asia Foundation mailing list and/or listserv?

Please visit our Stay Informed page and tell us your interests. You can sign up for various Foundation updates, including news, blog, and annual report.

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