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Country-Specific Grants and Scholarships

East and Southeast Asia | Ireland | UK


Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan provide scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in any field of study. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be enrolled in a college or university in the United States. (For a list of the most recent recipients of the Bridging Scholarship, scroll down to the bottom of this page.)  Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Students attending programs at Japanese four-year universities may also be eligible for a supplementary monthly stipend from the Japanese government through the Association for International Education, Japan (AIEJ).

Freeman-ASIA awards increase the number of American undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing students with the information and financial assistance they will need. Awardees will be expected to share their experiences with their home campus to encourage study abroad by others, and to spread understanding of Asia in their home communities.  You must be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States at the time of application.  You must be an undergraduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions).

The Luce Scholarships were established to provide future American leaders with a deeper, first-hand appreciation of Asian cultures and societies. Every year 18 American college graduates are chosen to live for ten months in East and Southeast Asia and to work with fellow professionals there. The Luce Scholars program is not for Asian specialists or for those who have already lived for some time in Asia; instead, it offers a cultural and experiential opportunity to those with career interests outside of Asian studies who might not otherwise live or work in East Asia. The Luce program operates throughout most of East and Southeast Asia. It is appropriate for a candidate to express a preference for a particular country, but candidates cannot be guaranteed their first choice. The Foundation then seeks out a firm or institution where the scholar can work and provides a significant monthly stipend, cost of living and housing allowances, plus air fare to Asia.

The Luce Foundation judges applicants on the basis of high academic achievement, a clearly defined career interest, leadership potential, and adaptability to other cultures. Luce Scholars must be under 30 years of age by September 1 of the year in which the award is used. Materials usually arrive in mid-summer. Applications are reviewed first by the Committee on Graduate Fellowships, which selects two nominees and then forwards their materials to the Luce Foundation. Luce Scholars Program Deadline: First Monday in December; INTERNAL W&L DEADLINE:  November 1st.  For more information, please contact the W&L Luce Scholarship liaison  Dean Janet Ikeda.


The George J. Mitchell Scholarships, named in honor of the former Senator's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, are intended to familiarize and engage the next generation of America's leaders with the island of Ireland. These Scholarships allow Americans to pursue one year of post-graduate study in any discipline offered at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition and housing for one calendar year along with international travel and a living expenses stipend. Normally, 12 Scholarships are awarded each year. Mitchell Scholars must exhibit superior levels of academic achievement, leadership and community service


The Marshall Scholarship finances young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Open only to United States citizens who (by the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. To qualify for awards tenable from October 2007, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2004.
The Scholarship provides University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.: Up to 40 Scholarships awarded annually.  A Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two academic years (i.e. 22 months), but may be extended by the Commission, though not beyond the end of a third academic year. If you have any additional questions, please visit:

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship  hopes to create a network of future leaders from around the world who will bring new vision and commitment to improving the life circumstances of citizens in their respective countries. Over time, it is anticipated that Gates Cambridge Scholars will become leaders in helping to address global problems related to health, equity, technology, and learning. The program offers scholarships for study as an affiliated student or to pursue taught or research courses of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. The Gates Cambridge Scholarships cover university fees, a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single student, a contribution towards return airfare, and other discretionary allowances. Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree, gain admission to the University of Cambridge and to a constituent College in due course, be able to meet the conditions set by the University, and be under the age of 30. If you have any additional questions, please visit:

The Rhodes Scholarships bring students of considerable academic distinction students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University each year. 32 U. S. citizens are among more than 90 Rhodes Scholars worldwide accepted to the program every year.  Courses in the applicant's field of study must be available at Oxford, and his or her undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for further study in the proposed field.  Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, living expenses, and travel to and from Oxford are covered by the scholarship.  For more information please visit:

The English-Speaking Union (Richmond Branch) offers scholarships to rising seniors for summer study at the University of Oxford, the International Shakespeare Globe Centre in London, or the Scottish Universities International Summer School in Edinburgh.  Applicants must be a US citizen and a legal resident of Virginia.  The English Speaking Union is a non-profit, non-political educational organization committed to promoting scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through effective use of the English language. 

The St. Andrews Society of New York awards a limited number of scholarships for graduate study in Scotland. Washington and Lee may nominate one senior undergraduate student each year for this scholarship. Nominations require a letter of endorsement from the President. To be competitive a candidate must have achieved an outstanding academic record while participating in various extracurricular activities, demonstrate leadership qualifications, financial need, and be of Scottish descent. The scholarship provides $13,000 to be used against tuition, board, transportation, and other expenses. For more information, contact W&L  liaison  Dean Janet Ikeda.

Latin America

LIVFund   LIVfund was established in 2011 in order to recognize and proudly support study, internship and volunteer opportunities in Latin America. LIVfund has been designed for anyone who wants to learn, intern or volunteer [LIV] in Latin America and is seeking financial assistance in order to offset program or living abroad expenses. Our goal is to help others get the most out of their experience abroad. 

LIVfund Scholarships are offered to people traveling abroad to study, intern or volunteer in the following 21 countries:
Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela.  Apply directly to the LIVFund.