Internal Nomination or Review Required

Boren Scholarship (undergraduate study abroad)

Highly competitive study abroad scholarship funding U.S. undergraduate students in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, click here. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

  • Eligibility: Undergraduates (all levels); must be  U.S. Citizen
  • Award: Up to $20,000
  • Deadlines: 
    • Internal: TBD
    • National: TBD
  • Notes: Applicants will have to identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined (includes sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness). Students studying abroad for a 2 semesters or for 1 summer + on summer (can be different programs)  will be given priority.  Winners must also agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.
  • On the Web: Boren Scholarship

Gilman Scholarship (undergraduate study abroad)

Grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career oriented internships abroad. Over 2,300 scholarships will be awarded this academic year. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need.

  • Eligibility: Pell Grant recipient; U.S. Citizen
  • Award: Up to $5,000
  • Deadlines:
    • October 5, 2023 11:59 Pacific Time : for study abroad or internship programs beginning between December 1, 2023 and October 31, 2024
    • March 7, 2024 11:59 Pacific Time: for study abroad or internship programs beginning between May 1, 2024 and April 30, 2025
  • Notes: Those who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award from the Gilman Scholarship Program of $8,000. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad will automatically be considered for the Critical Need Language Award (check website for qualifying languages).
  • On the Web: Gilman Scholarship

Internal Review Available

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals

A reciprocal exchange program between the United States and Germany, designed to strengthen ties and understanding between the people of both countries.  The fellowship is annually awarded to 75 American and 75 German young professionals, and is funded by the German Bundestag and the U.S. Congress through the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  CBYX participants act as ambassadors of their home country and culture while immersing themselves in the academic, professional, and everyday life of their host culture.

75 American participants are selected annually to participate in a program of cultural immersion that includes intensive language training, university study, an internship in a German-speaking work environment, and accommodation in a German home or student residence.  The program provides participants with first-hand experience in many aspects of German life and culture.  CBYX participants are between the ages of 18-24, have well-defined career goals, have some prior experience in their career fields.  Participants come from a wide range of career fields, and possess strengths such as independence, flexibility, and diplomacy.  Please see Eligibility for more information.

  • Eligibility: U.S. citizen aged 18-24
  • Award: language training, academic study, and internship. Although this is a funded fellowship program, participants must pay for their transportation to the orientation seminar in Washington, D.C. and for all of their transportation from the evaluation seminar in New York City at the end of the year. Participants also need to bring spending money for the year—we suggest € 250–300 per month for the duration of the program.
  • Deadline: November 1, 2023
  • Notes: The program includes two months of intensive language training upon your arrival in Germany. We strongly recommend that applicants and participants have some German language skills prior to departure, but there are a number of participants every year who speak little or no German at the beginning of the program.

Critical Language Scholarship (summer language study)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 2006, its inaugural year, the CLS Program offered intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. CLS is an overseas, group-based program that takes place each summer. Program sites, dates, and overseas institutional partners may vary from year to year.

  • Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens; applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level; current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college course-work by program start date (one year is defined as two semesters or three quarters).
  • Award: Airfare, tuition, room and board, cultural program expenses, overseas health benefits, and applicable visa fees – are fully covered for all participants. Participants receive a small stipend to cover incidental expenses and meals not provided by the program. The CLS Program provides undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. Upon completion of the program, participants also receive a certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score.
  • Deadlines:
    • Suggested Internal Deadline: October 13, 2023
    • National: Early November 2023
  • Notes: Many specific language options assume that you have no experience with the language (you can enter as a beginner)
  • On the Web: Critical Language Scholarship Program

Fulbright US-UK Summer Institutes (first-year, sophomore; summer abroad)

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers highly competitive, special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK.  These summer programmes provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer programme. Participants in these programmes will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic programme at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.

  • Eligibility: undergraduates with at least years left of study to complete.
  • Award: The Summer Institutes will cover the majority of participant costs.  This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host university/institution, accommodation and meals and in some cases a small daily allowance.
  • Deadlines:
    • Suggested internal deadline: January 1, 2024
    • National: Early February 2024 (TBA)
  • Notes: This award is looking for students without significant UK or international experience
  • On the Web: Summer Institutes

The Harvard Public Policy and Leadership Conference inspires talented undergraduate students to be future leaders in federal, state, and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofits, intergovernmental organizations, international institutions, and social enterprises. This three dayconference gives students a chance to experience what it is like to study public policy in a graduate school environment and gives more information about other fellowships and scholarships for graduate study.

  • Eligibility: First- and second-year undergraduate students. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or above and demonstrate a commitment to public service through activism, student leadership, civic participation at school or in the community, or volunteering.
  • Award: All travel costs, accommodations, and meals.
  • On the Web: Harvard PPLC


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