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International Opportunities

These opportunities can fund international experiences through study abroad, post-graduate study, research, language acquisition, professional experiences, and more.

Boren Awards

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Churchill Scholarship

Funds one year of graduate study in engineering, math, or the sciences at the University of Cambridge. Interested students should contact the Office of Fellowship Advising in March of their junior year. The deadline for receipt at the foundation is early November, and applicants must apply independently for admission to Cambridge University no later than mid-October (the date is usually October 15 but differs from year to year).

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program is a program of the US Department of State. Application deadlines are in mid-November. See link to learn more about the new CLS Spark program, which is a virtual class/workshop students can take in Chinese, Arabic or Russian. Those who participate are automatic semi-finalists for CLS scholarships. As CLS has only a 10% acceptance rate, becoming an automatic semi-finalist is big helping hand to participants of the program. CLS students will also priority when applying for federal jobs after they complete their fellowship. 

DAAD German Academic Exchange

Highly qualified final year undergraduate students or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a full master's degree program at a German university or for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or master's degree program completed in the home country. Explore the funding opportunities that DAAD offers – from a three-week summer course to internships. DAAD offers a variety of scholarships for undergraduates to study and research in Germany.

DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)

RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering. RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. RISE Germany is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field). German language is not required and the working language will be in English.

Eisenhower Global Scholars

EF sends four outstanding university graduates abroad for an academic year of postgraduate study leading to a Master’s Degree at either the University of Oxford or IE University in Madrid. Global Scholars are US citizens between the ages of 20 and 30 years old and are expected to apply with a concrete project proposal that this international post-graduate study will advance. They also commit to lifelong engagement with the organization to advance our mission. To be considered for this scholarship program, students should be admitted to Oxford and IE and should have an exceptional undergraduate academic record.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

The FLAS fellowship program provides academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area/international studies. The goal of the program is to get students to advanced proficiency levels in a less commonly taught language in order to provide a cadre of language and area studies experts to government agencies, the private sector, and academia. FLAS fellowships support students whose studies focus upon various world and thematic areas, including: Africa, Eastern Europe/Russia/Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, and Silk Road studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and cooperating Fulbright commissions around the world, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the premier government sponsored program for study, research, and English teaching overseas. Students can apply as seniors, recent alumni, or graduate students. The on-campus deadline for applications is in early September. Final submission of applications to the Institute for International Education is in early October.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Covers the costs of studying at Cambridge for scholars of outstanding academic merit and leadership potential from every country of the world other than the United Kingdom. These scholarships are designed for students who are committed to serving their communities, and who gain admission to the University of Cambridge to pursue Ph.D. research, a second bachelor’s degree as an affiliated student, or one-year of postgraduate courses. Does not require institutional endorsement. Students must complete application to Cambridge University by mid-October. Gates Cambridge Scholarship application materials are due in mid-October for US applicants. For international students, the deadline is determined by discipline and falls between early December through January.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. This program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs, including program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare. Gilman scholarship will also have priority when applying for federal jobs after they complete their fellowship. See the link below for further details.

Global Health Corps

Global Health Corps is a leadership development organization dedicated to recruiting and training the next generation of leaders in global health equity. Global Health Corps selects highly qualified applicants with diverse skill sets to work with high-impact organizations in year-long paid positions in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US and Zambia. Over the course of their yearlong fellowship, fellows make significant contributions to the placement organization and the population that the organization seeks to serve and will learn skills for effective and ethical leadership, such as human-centered design thinking, storytelling, systems thinking and strategic planning for social change. The application opens in early November, and final application submission occurs in mid-January. This program does not require institutional endorsement.

Humanity In Action

Humanity in Action is an international educational organization. They foster a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world.

Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program enhances the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. Luce Scholars gain new perspectives and cultural insights on their host countries through immersive living and working experiences. A professional placement is individually arranged for each scholar based on his or her professional interest, background, and qualifications. Asian Studies majors or minors are not eligible. Institutional endorsement is required. Interested students should contact the Office of Fellowship Advising. The deadline to apply is typically early November.

Marshall Scholarship

Funds two to three years of graduate study at most institutions of higher education in Great Britain. Most fields of study are supported. This scholarship seeks individuals of superior achievement and leadership potential. Pays tuition and fees, maintenance, and travel allowance. Minimum GPA is 3.8. This scholarship requires an institutional endorsement, done through the Office of Fellowship Advising. Contact the OFA no later than March 1 of the year in which you wish to apply. Applications are due to the Marshall program in early October.

George Mitchell Scholarship

Provides all expenses for one year of graduate study in any field at most universities in Ireland. Requires an institutional endorsement, done through the Office of Fellowship Advising. Students interested in nomination should contact the OFA in March of their junior year. The application deadline to the scholarship is in early October.

Rhodes Scholarship

Funds two to three years of study at Oxford University. The Rhodes Scholarship seeks individuals with superior academic achievement and proven intellect who will be world leaders. Supports practically any Oxford BA, but is more limited for higher degrees. Pays tuition and fees, maintenance, and travel allowance. This scholarship requires a rigorous interview process. This scholarship requires an institutional endorsement, which is done through the Office of Fellowship Advising. If interested, contact the OFA no later than March 1 of the year in which you wish to apply. Applications are due to the Rhodes program in early October.

Schwarzman Scholars Program

The Schwarzman Scholars Program prepares young leaders to better understand the culture, economy, governance, and motivations of China, a growing world influence. Schwarzman Scholars will earn a master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and they will participate in internships with Beijing-based global and national institutions and corporations. All instruction will be delivered in English, although scholars will have opportunities throughout the year to study Mandarin.

Yenching Academy at Peking University

The Yenching Academy offers a highly customizable Master's program in China studies for English speakers with varied levels of Chinese language competency. At the core of the program lies its emphasis on interdisciplinarity and the value it assigns to thinking about China; past, present and future - from both Chinese and international perspectives. Scholars are allowed flexibility in the design of their study programs and can choose courses from any of six research areas, one of which they will choose for their theses. A wide range of electives offered by the Academy and other Peking University schools and departments supplements core courses.