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The Boren Awards for International Study: Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad. Contact Kip Brooks at for further information.

The Critical Language Scholarship is offered by the United States Department of State for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.
Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites.
Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
For more information about the CLS Program and to access the on-line application, please visit the CLS website. Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS.
Applications are accepted from September 15 - November 15. Contact Kip Brooks

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program This program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The program aims to encourage students to choose nontraditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. The Gilman scholarship aims to support students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students of nontraditional age. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range and type of public and private institutions from all 50 states. Awards of up to $5,000 are made for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year undergraduate colleges or universities are eligible to apply.  Contact Kip Brooks, Study Abroad Advisor:

DAAD - Scholarship database offers undergraduate scholarships to highly qualified undergraduate students for study abroad, university language or summer courses, senior thesis research and/or internships in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2013. The projects judged to be the most promising and do-able will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace. Proposals should be sent in to the Center for International Education by 31January 2013.  Contact Latha Dawson:

The Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program identifies exceptional, second-year college students and provides them with training that will enhance their leadership abilities. The program provides young leaders with a unique international network through which they can share ideas, learn from established leaders, work collaboratively and address global challenges, expand perspectives and enhance skills critical for leadership in a changing world. Each year 150 students are selected from close to 100 top universities and colleges in 19 countries. Each student is awarded US$3,000, and given the title of Goldman Sachs Global Leader. 75 students are then selected to represent the group at the annual Global Leadership Institute in New York. At the Institute, students participate in leadership training and seminars on timely international issues. They consult with renowned leaders in the public, civic, academic, and private sectors and build ties among themselves on shared experiences and common goals.

NSEP (National Security Education Program) / Boren Program was designed to provide U.S. undergraduates with the resources and encouragement to acquire experience in those countries which play a part in the national security of the United States. It is designed particularly for those students who plan to eventually enter a branch of the U.S. foreign service. NSEP Scholarships can be applied to study abroad in all countries except those in Western Europe and Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Preference will be given to applications for study in areas deemed critical to national security. In addition, all recipients of the award must enter into an agreement to work for an agency of the federal government with national security responsibilities or to work in the field of higher education in the area of study for which the scholarship was awarded. Students may use the scholarship for study abroad during the summer, a single term, or a full academic year. Award amounts are based on financial need and the amount awarded will vary according to the specific study abroad program in which the student is taking part. The maximum awarded for an academic term is approximately $10,000. At a minimum, for all students, an NSEP award is $2,500 for the summer, $4,000 for one semester, or $6,000 for an academic year.  Check the website for deadline for applications.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel for students interested n foreign affairs. The Fellow must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools identified by the WWNFF. Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need. Fellows meet annually in Washington, DC for a program orientation.

IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding:   This funding resource database allows searching by country or subject to find study abroad funding information.  The comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make studying abroad a financial possibility.