Scholarships, Fellowships, and Study Abroad
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: usagermanyscholarship.org.
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: go.miis.edu/SILP
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.
- 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.
- 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.).
- Must be interested in exploring federal service careers or international affairs.
- 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.
- Must plan to pursue a degree in higher education after high school
Application deadline: April 1, 2017
To learn more and apply visit: https://ung.edu/global-engagement/fsla/index.php
QFI Arabic Study Awards
The goal of the QFI Arabic Study Awards is to recognize outstanding graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students committed to furthering their knowledge of the Arabic language and the Arab world. By providing tuition support and professional development to these outstanding students, QFI seeks to develop cohorts of future leaders who are equipped with advanced Arabic language skills and cultural knowledge and ready to contribute to strengthening professional ties between the U.S. and the Arab world.
Between 2011 and 2016, 45 Education Awards were given. For the 2016-2017 academic year, QFI provided 33 Awards for students to study Arabic at universities in 10 different states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, some students will be studying abroad in Morocco, Jordan, and Oman with university-sponsored programs during the academic year.
Deadline: April 2, 2017
More information: visit http://www.qfi.org/programs/youth-engagement/academic-excellence/arabic-study-awards/
Fellowships and Internships
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 https://m.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/about/student or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Astana Expo 2017 Student Ambassador Program
For Astana Expo 2017, Eurasia Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the American Councils for International Education are partnering to facilitate the USA Pavilion Student Ambassadorship program. Student Ambassadors are young people who will serve in various capacities at the USA Pavilion and will interact with the estimated two million visitors expected to attend Expo 2017.
Eligibility: Approximately 40 Student Ambassadors will be selected. Familiarity with Russian and/or Kazakh required. A minimum of three years of Russian OR two years of Kazakh at the college level or the equivalent is preferred; a working proficiency (ILR 2 /ACTFL Advanced) or higher in Russian or Kazakh is strongly preferred. An interest in the broader Eurasia region and those who could stay for the duration of the Expo (1 June to 12 September 2017) is required.
Deadline: March 15, 2017
More information: visit http://projects.international.wisc.edu/expo2017/
U.S. Government Study Abroad Programs:
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.
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.
- Export.gov 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.
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.
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).
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.