Scholarships, Fellowships, and Study Abroad


Current Opportunities

  1. 2017 Boren Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

    Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate 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.

    Maximum scholarship awards are:

    • $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
    • $10,000 for a semester
    • $20,000 for 6 – 12 months

    For more information, visit:
    Deadline to apply:February 9th, 2017 

  2. 2017 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program Scholarships

    The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships for to study for an academic year in Germany.  The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany.
    For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at:

  3. Need-based Scholarships Available for Summer Language Immersion Programs

    Need-based scholarships are available for Concordia Language Villages summer 2017 youth residential programs (one-,two- and four-week). Scholarships are available in 14 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Residential programs are open to ages 7-18 of all language levels. Four-week High School Credit programs are open to students in grades 9-12 and grant one year of language credit.

    The scholarship application deadline is February 24, 2017
    More information can be found on our website:

  4. Summer Intensive Language Programs at Monterrey

    The Middlebury Institute’s Summer Intensive Language Program at Monterey is a highly intensive and rigorous program, designed for motivated language learners who are passionate about second language acquisition and culture. The program is the equivalent of two college semesters of language learning, condensed into 8 weeks for the following five languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.

    Eligibility: All undergraduates, graduate students, working professionals, and life-long language learners are welcome to apply. High-school students over 18 years of age are also eligible and 16-17-year olds are admitted on case-by-case basis. Non-US citizens are welcome, too, and visa support is provided. Students may apply from the very beginner level (never studied the language before) through the advanced levels in each of the languages.

    Application deadline: Priority deadline March 1, 2017 (Final deadline April 15, 2017)

    To learn more and apply, visit:

  5. University of North Georgia Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA)

    The FSLA has received national recognition for its high-quality high school language program. Our languages are taught in low-stress settings by highly-trained instructors using communicative language teaching methods. FSLA students come from all across the USA, from many foreign countries and from public, private and home schools. Our outstanding applicants come from every background, ethnicity, and religion, but all have similar interests in language learning and international understanding. If you are interested in international affairs or in a federal service career in organizations such as the FBI, CIA, Department of State, or US Military after graduation from college, then you should consider applying to the FSLA.


    1. Must be a rising sophomore, junior or senior in high school when you start FSLA. The academy is open to Georgia residents as well as out-of-state students.
    2. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale in your college-preparatory courses (does not include electives such as band, chorus, technical courses, etc.).
    3. Must be interested in exploring federal service careers or international affairs.
    4. Must be in good physical, emotional and athletic condition. Physical and athletic condition means that you are able to participate in PT (all students participate in PT; no exceptions – it is not optional) as well as walk around campus and around town. We cannot provide accommodations for students with physical injuries or ailments. Good emotional health means no diagnosis of depression or suicide ideation, nor prone to physical violence or severe home sickness.
    5. Must plan to pursue a degree in higher education after high school

    Application deadline: April 1, 2017

    To learn more and apply visit:

Fellowships and Internships

Current Opportunities:

  1. Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Fellowships for Advanced Overseas Russian and Persian Language Study

    American Councils for International Education has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad, to provide fellowships for advanced overseas Russian and Persian language study. A total of 36 scholarships will be awarded – 12 each per semester for spring 2017, fall 2017, and spring 2018 – to eligible participants on the:
    1. Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) in Moscow, Russia

    2. Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

    Fellowship awards of up to $7,000 are available for semester study of either Russian or Persian.
    Deadline to apply (for Summer programs): February 15, 2017

Recurring Opportunities:

  1. White House OSTP Internship Program

    Serving as an OSTP Intern provides a unique opportunity to work closely with senior White House officials and science and technology (S&T) policy analysts in OSTP’s topic-based divisions (Division internship), or on OSTP’s legal team (Legal internship). Applicants are encouraged to apply for one of three terms (Fall, Spring, or Summer), each term lasting no more than 90 days.

    Please note that Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs, including law school programs. Law students (and any other students) who are interested in policy may apply for Policy internships. Legal internships, however, are open only to law and LLM students. You must be a law student or LLM student and submit the legal division application to apply for a legal internship. Applicants are encouraged to read the OSTP division descriptions below before submitting an application.

    For more info, visit or contact

  2. American Councils Title VIII Fellowships

    With funds from the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), American Councils administers the Title VIII Research Scholar Program and the Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program. These programs issue several major grants for independent, overseas policy relevant research in the humanities and social sciences as well as language training in Central Asia, Moldova, Russia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, and Ukraine. In recent years, American Councils scholars have conducted independent research in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine.

    Read more about JNCL-NCLIS’s work with Title VIII programs.

Study Abroad

Current Opportunities:

  1. Middlebury Interactive Summer Language Immersion Academies

    Middlebury Interactive is offering Summer Immersion Academies in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. $395 deposit required.

    Dates of Program: June 25 – July 21, 2017

    Eligibility: Students ages 12-18

    Deadline: February 15, 2017

    More information: visit

  2. Middlebury Interactive Summer Study Abroad Programs
    Middlebury Interactive is offering Summer Study Abroad programs in the following cities: Grenada, Spain; Salamanca, Spain; Nantes, France; and Beijing, China. $395 deposit required.

    Dates of Program: June 25 – July 21, 2017 (The Beijing program dates are July 1 – July 27, 2017)

    Eligibility: Students ages 14-18

    Deadline: February 15, 2017

    More information: visit

  3. Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia

    This five-week summer program is designed to give participants new insights into Russia today. Through readings and intensive coursework in the form of lectures, seminars, and discussions conducted with faculty of Moscow International University, program participants gain a fuller understanding of the complex factors that have shaped Russia’s evolution since the Gorbachev regime and the final days of the USSR.

    Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals are eligible to apply. No prior language training is required. Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the application deadline.

    Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

    To learn more, visit:

  4. Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Program (OPIT)

    Through OPIT’s six-week, English-language internships, students gain the substantive overseas professional experience and intercultural communication skills demanded by today’s global market. Participants can choose a placement in a variety of fields, including democracy building, human rights, education, business, law, gender issues, journalism, public health, environmental protection, and social services in 15 countries in Southeast Europe, Eurasia, and the Baltics.

    Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals are eligible to apply. No prior language training is required.Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the application deadline.

    Deadline to apply: February 15, 2017

    To learn more and apply, visit:

  5. Business Russian Language and Internship Program (BRLI)

    BRLI combines a specially designed curriculum focusing on the language of Russian business with an internship averaging 10-15 hours per week at a multinational company or business in Russia. Moscow International University and the Russian State Pedagogical (Herzen) University in St. Petersburg host this program; students may apply to study for a semester, academic year, or summer. Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions of Russia, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue hobbies and personal interests in a Russian context. The highly individualized BRLI curriculum can be tailored to serve students ranging from intermediate to near native speakers of Russian.

    Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals who have completed at least four semesters of college-level Russian instruction or the equivalent.

    Deadline: to apply: February 15, 2017

    To learn more and apply, visit:

  6. University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies LTLR Grants

    The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies will award up to two Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR) Grants for scholars to conduct research projects on-site at the Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute (SLI) in June – July 2017. Funded projects must focus on the teaching and learning of one or more of the following priority languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Other languages that are taught at the SLI may be included in a project proposal in addition to these priority languages; see for the complete list of language courses offered. Applicants may propose to be in residence in Pittsburgh for either all or a portion of the two-month duration of the SLI, according to the needs of their projects.

    Application deadline: February 17, 2017

    For questions about the LTLR program, please contact REES Assistant Director Gina Peirce at or visit

  7. Concordia Language Villages High School Credit Abroad Program

    Overview: As a Credit Abroad participant, you will spend the first two weeks studying at one of the Language Villages immersed in culture and language in northern Minnesota. Afterwards, you’ll fly to either France and Belgium, Germany or Costa Rica to “live the language” through a combination of homestays and guided educational tours. You’ll receive world-class preparation before you go focused on language study, practical communication skills, and the cultural nuances of speaking and living in a foreign country. But they won’t be your typical language classes, but rather Concordia Language Villages trademark immersion methodology that includes culturally authentic activities such as music, dance, games and sports. The result is that you will hit the ground speaking, ready to make the most of your time abroad!
    Deadline: March 1, 2017

    More information: Visit

U.S. Government Study Abroad Programs:

  1. K-12 Study Abroad Programs
    • Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program 

    The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides scholarships for secondary school students (age 15-17) from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend one academic year in the United States.

    • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)

    The U.S. State Department funded Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) is for motivated high school students who want to fully immerse themselves in German culture by living with a host family and attending a local high school. No previous language experience is required.

    • National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

    The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.

    • American Youth Leadership Program

    The American Youth Leadership Program is a leadership training exchange program for U.S. high school students and adult mentors. Participants travel abroad to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to examine globally significant issues, such as the environment and climate change, food security and nutrition, the role of the media, and science and technology.

  2. Undergraduate and Graduate Study Abroad Programs
    • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

    The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

    • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.

    • Fulbright U.S. Student Program and Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.

    • The Boren Award for International Study

    The Boren Award for International Study is an initiative of the National Security Education Program that provides funding for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

    • The Language Flagship 

    The Language Flagship offers programs at 22 universities and colleges across the U.S combined with overseas study opportunities at ten Flagship Overseas Centers in critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi Urdu, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, and Turkish.

    • Project GO

    Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students. Project GO programs focus on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, Africa, and South America.

    • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program

    The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Grants are given in all world areas except Western Europe as the program aims to encourage the study of regions and cultures that are not commonly explored.

    • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 

    Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide opportunities for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to engage in area studies and world language training at schools that have established a FLAS fellowship program. FLAS provides allocations of fellowships to institutions of higher education, which then make awards directly to meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students. Students must be enrolled at and apply through a FLAS-recipient institution.

    Additional U.S. Government-funded programs that do not focus on international education, but allow study and research abroad are listed below.
    • Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program provides a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.
    • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Student Scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.
    • Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate level research — particularly by female and minority students — in NOAA mission-related sciences of oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology, including all science, engineering and resource management of ocean and coastal areas.
    • Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship seeks to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities.
    • provides internship opportunities with the U.S. Commercial Service in U.S. embassies abroad.
    • Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any full-time and degree-seeking American Indian or Alaska Native post-secondary student attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution while pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, professional degree or certificate.
    • Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Fellowships   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers fellowships for undergraduate students in environmentally related fields of study
    • Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.
    • Hubert Global Health Fellowship provides third- and fourth-year medical and veterinary students with public health experience in a developing country.
    • National Science Foundation (NSF) supports international research and education through a variety of programs, including fellowships, travel grants, summer institutes, workshops, and research and education projects.
    • NIH Fogarty International Center supports and facilitates global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators.  Fogarty seeks partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad who will train the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.
    • NOAA Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to students majoring in STEM fields that directly support NOAA’s mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships
    • Registered Apprenticeship Program provides the opportunity for workers seeking high-skilled, high- paying jobs and for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce. In this regard, the Registered Apprenticeship system effectively meets the needs of both employers and workers. Registered Apprenticeship is highly active in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, but it is also instrumental in the training and development of emerging industries such as healthcare, energy, and homeland security.
    • Saul T. Wilson Jr., Scholarship Program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Students interested in a career in veterinarian services are encouraged to apply.
    • Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.
    • Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Supports masters and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences.
    • Stokes Scholarship Program develops students for future permanent employment while they pursue a degree relevant to NGA’s mission.  The intent of the Stokes Scholarship Program is to recruit high-caliber undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need and provide them with financial assistance to complete their undergraduate degrees.
    • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.
    • Udall Undergraduate Scholarship awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.
    • USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.  Funding opportunities are available to universities and research scholars.
    • USDA/1994 Tribal Scholars Program provides scholarships for applicants attending 1994 Land Grant Tribal Colleges and Universities seeking careers in food, agriculture, and natural resource sciences, and/or other related disciplines.
    • USDA/1890 National Scholars Program Designed to increase the number of minorities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and the related disciplines.
    • William F. Helms Internship Program help protect U.S. agriculture and the environment while facilitating global trade of pest and disease-free agricultural goods.
  3. Institution Study Abroad Programs
    • Capacity-building Grants

    Capacity-building Grants: to create and/or expand study abroad capacity through programs that increase participation for underrepresented student audiences, support new or expanded programs in non-traditional destinations or disciplines of study.

    • Passport to India

    Passport to India works with the university and business communities to increase the number of opportunities available for U.S. students to study and intern in India. A free interactive Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is available on India’s historic, economic, and intellectual importance.

    • 100,000 Strong in the Americas

    100,000 Strong in the Americas was established to increase the number of U.S. students studying in the Western Hemisphere and the number of Western Hemisphere students studying in the United States. The Innovation Fund awards promote transnational institutional partnerships by leveraging private sector contributions and commitments by higher education institutions to increase unique study abroad opportunities for students going to and from the Western Hemisphere region.

    • Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program

    The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program provides grants for planning, developing, and implementing programs that strengthen undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages.

    • Centers for International Business Education (CIBE) Program

    The Centers for International Business Education (CIBE) Program provides funding to institutions of higher education or consortia of such institutions for curriculum development, research, and training on issues of importance to U.S. trade and competitiveness.

    • Language Resource Centers (LRC) Program

    The Language Resource Centers (LRC) Program provides grants for establishing, strengthening, and operating centers that serve as resources for improving the nation’s capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages through teacher training, research, materials development, and dissemination projects.

    • National Resource Centers (NRC) Program

    The National Resource Centers (NRC) Program establishes, strengthens, and operates language and area studies centers that serve as national resources for international education. These centers teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and conduct research focused on specific world regions, international studies, and the teaching of less commonly taught languages.

    • Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program

    The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program provides grants for overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies by teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Grants are awarded to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), Nonprofit Organizations, or State Education Agencies (SEAs), which then distribute funds to participants who learn or teach modern foreign languages or area studies, including: K-12 teachers, post-secondary faculty, experienced education administrators, prospective teachers.

  4. Teacher Study Abroad Programs
    Opportunities for K-12 Teachers from the United States and Abroad
    • The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program

    The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program sends U.S. teachers abroad and brings international teachers to the United States for a semester to pursue individual projects, conduct research, and lead master classes or seminars.

    • Teachers for Global Classrooms 

    Teachers for Global Classrooms provides U.S. teachers with the opportunity to globalize their classrooms, schools and communities. Teachers participate in an on-line course, a global education symposium in Washington, D.C. and then take part in two-to-three week field experiences abroad.

    • Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad–Bilateral Projects

    Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad–Bilateral Projects, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities.

    Opportunities in English teaching
    • The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas.
    • The Office of English Language Programs offers exchange programs for American educators in the fields of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).
  5. Scholar Study Abroad Programs
    • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

    The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers opportunities for American faculty members and scholars to conduct research, lecture, and/or consult with other scholars and institutions abroad.

    • Fulbright Specialist Program

    The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at overseas academic institutions for a period of two to six weeks.

    • Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program

    The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, offers awards to post-doctoral U.S. faculty to support research and training efforts overseas that focus on non-western foreign languages and area studies.