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International Scholarships and Fellowships

For help finding scholarships and fellowships, please visit the websites listed below and/or contact the campus representative, Dr. Olivia Metzger Jones, Lee Biology Building, Room 103, ext. 7713.

Note: Campus deadlines for the scholarships below are earlier than the program deadlines.

Scholarship/Fellowship Search Engines

Program Provider Scholarships/Fellowships

The CLS Program

  • The CLS Program is a program of the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  It is a fully funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students.  With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States, at every level of language learning. The 13 CLS languages are Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.
  • Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the 13 languages.  Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website: http://www.clscholarship.org.
  • The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds, and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural, and academic backgrounds in the United States.  Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts, and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Other Funding Sources

  • Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
    Undergraduate study for students with a Pell grant.
  • Bridging Scholarships
    Undergraduate study in Japan.
  • BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association)
    BUTEX promotes mobility between universities and colleges in the UK and North America and is pleased to offer eight scholarships for undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the US or Canada. To be eligible to apply, you must have been offered a place as a study abroad or exchange student in a UK university that is a BUTEX member.
  • Camp Adventure Youth Services
    The University of Northern Iowa’s Camp Adventure™ Youth Services program provides an extraordinary opportunity for university and college-age students to participate in a worthwhile and valuable service learning experience. Camp Adventure™ Youth Services has been successfully implemented at program sites in 27 countries/territories, including Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, The Peoples’ Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including Guam and Puerto Rico.
  • CIA Student Scholarship and Internship Opportunities
  • Clinton Scholars Program at American University in Dubai
    Provides 10 US students per semester the opportunity to expand their educational and cultural horizons by studying in the Arab world at this respected university.
  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)
    This is a US government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages.  The Critical Language Scholarships will provide funding for US citizen undergraduate, master, and doctoral students to participate in beginner-, intermediate-, and advanced-level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers. The CLS Program does not have any government service requirement upon completion; however, it is expected that participants will continue to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future academic and professional careers.
  • External Scholarships Database, University of Minnesota
  • Fulbright Program 
    Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. The flagship international educational program sponsored by the US Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and the peoples of other countries.
  • The Garden Club of America Scholarships and Fellowships
    The purpose of the Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening; to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications; and to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.
  • George J. Mitchell Scholarships
    For graduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
  • Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarships
    Golden Key believes in rewarding its members for their academic, leadership, and service excellence.  Annually, the Society offers more than $500,000 (USD) in member-only scholarships and awards.
  • Henry Luce Foundation: Luce Scholars Program 
    The Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15 to 18 young Americans each year.
  • James J. Davis Memorial Scholarship
    The James J. Davis Memorial Scholarship is offered by Kymanox Company. The Kymanox mission is to facilitate effective and efficient knowledge transfer. The selected scholarship recipient will receive $1,000.00 (USD) for education-related expenses. The goal of these funds is to encourage students to study abroad and experience something new to grow their knowledge of the world.
  • Japanese Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    JASSO offers a number of scholarships for study in Japan.
  • John T. Petters Scholarships
    The John T. Petters Foundation is a private foundation that works to advance the educational experiences by providing scholarships to deserving students. The Foundation focuses its scholarships to support international business study abroad and social entrepreneurship service programs.
  • Killam Fellowship
    The Killam Fellowships Program is a scholarship program that allows undergraduate students from accredited degree-granting colleges and universities to participate in a bi-national residential exchange program between Canada and the United States. Scholarship recipients spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the other country.
  • The Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship
    The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO—using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet have not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent US State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy. Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved, share his/her experiences with others, and be available to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the US National Commission for UNESCO.
  • National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)
    For Italian-American students and/or those studying Italian language/culture. The NIAF will award scholarships and grants to outstanding students in the summer of 2009 for use during the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and divided between two groups of students: Italian-American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements and those students from any ethnic background who are majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian-American studies, or a related field and demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Scholarship awards range from $2,000–$12,000. Each scholarship award can only cover tuition and university-provided room and board.
  • National Science Foundation
    The NSF funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.
  • National Security Education Program: David L. Boren Scholarships for Undergraduate Students
    Awards up to $20,000.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
    Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.
  • Rhodes Scholar Trust
    The Rhodes Scholarships bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. American Rhodes Scholars are selected through a decentralized process by which regional selection committees choose 32 Scholars each year representing the fifty states. Election to the Scholarship is normally for two or three years, but the Scholarship may be held for one year only, depending upon the degree program pursued by the Scholar. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory, and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees.
  • Saint Andrew's Society
    The Saint Andrew's Society of Washington, DC, annually grants awards from its Washington Scots Charity & Education Fund Scholarship Program. To be eligible, scholars must be of Scottish birth or descent. Applicants who are United States citizens must maintain their permanent residence in the Mid-Atlantic Region (defined here as comprising the District of Columbia, the States of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, West Virginia, and the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia). All applicants must be able to cite their Scottish descent. Awards are made to scholars enrolled in US or Scottish institutions for the third or fourth year of college or university or full-time graduate study. There are generally 6 to 20 awards made, totaling in excess of $20,000.
  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
    The goal of this program, administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, is to provide funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.
  • UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
  • Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice Scholarship
    Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships to students, enabling them to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies here and around the world.
  • West African Research Association (WARA)/West African Research Center (WARC)
    WARA offers pre-doctoral Fellowships, post-doctoral Fellowships and graduate student opportunities for research in West Africa.
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