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David L Boren/NSEP (National Security Education Program) Undergraduate Scholarship

  • For undergraduates who are U.S. citizens and wish to study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, or the Middle East.
  • Maximum scholarship awards are: $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum); $10,000 for a semester and; $20,000 for a full academic year
  • Academic program must include formal study of a modern language other than English and the study of an area and culture considered critical to U.S. national security.
  • Selection based on academic achievement and potential to succeed in the proposed study abroad experience; commitment to international education to fulfill academic and career goals; commitment to seek work in the federal government; and the quality and appropriateness of the proposed program.
  • Application usually due in mid-January.

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Critical Language Scholarship Program

  • Program of intensive summer institutes offered overseas for language training and cultural enrichment in selected languages deemed of critical importance to the U.S. (e.g., Arabic, Persian, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, Urdu).
  • Open to currently enrolled students (undergraduates and graduates) in all academic disciplines who are U.S. citizens. Undergraduate candidates must have completed at least one year of college by program start date. Candidates must meet language study prerequisites set for language of interest. Application may be made for only one language.
  • Award covers all CLS program costs.
  • Selection basis includes academic record and potential to succeed in rigorous academic setting, cultural adaptability, diversity, plan for continuation of language study, and plan for use of language studied in future career. Two letters of recommendation are required; one from a language instructor and one from an academic contact, preferably a professor.
  • Application available online and usually due mid-November.

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DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

  • Programs open to all students studying in North America. Students who are citizens of countries outside North America may also apply for certain DAAD programs; see website for details.
  • Undergraduate Scholarship: sophomores and juniors with demonstrated interest in German and European affairs may apply for this award to support study abroad, senior thesis research, or internships in Germany. Funding available for a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 months during the German academic year, i.e. October to July. Proficiency in German is not mandatory, but applicants should have the necessary language skills for the programs they propose to undertake. Application deadline: usually January 31st.
  • RISE: Research Internships in Science & Engineering: sophomores and juniors majoring in a science or engineering field may apply for summer internships of 6 weeks to 3 months; placements provided by top German university research groups. Knowledge of German not required for most positions but would be helpful for life outside the laboratory. Two-week intensive language course available for participants with little or no German. Application deadline: mid-January.
  • Study & Internship Program (SIP) in Germany: sophomores and juniors majoring in an engineering, science, economics, or art/design field may apply for full semester of study at a participating German university of applied sciences followed by semester-ling paid internship in a German company or research institute. Basic German skills helpful, but some courses available in English. Application deadline: usually mid-February.

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Fulbright US-UK Summer Institutes Scholarship

  • Academic and cultural summer program to promote mutual understanding and ties between the U.S. and the U.K. First-year and sophomore students in any major who have little or no study or travel experience in the U.K. or anywhere else outside the U.S. may apply. Only U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years of age and possess a U.S. passport at the time of application are eligible.
  • Minimum 3.5/4.0 GPA required; must also be mature, responsible, independent, open-minded, and willing to become an ambassador for studying in the U.K.
  • Institutes available at several highly regarded U.K. universities; each institute offers several different options for the academic component of the program; all institutes include intensive study, discussions, and cultural excursions. Institutes vary in duration from four to six weeks, with varying start dates.
  • Program covers international round-trip travel fare, tuition, fees at host institution, accommodation, and meals; also provides small daily allowance.
  • Application requires a personal statement; an essay on a specific topic; two letters of reference, one of which must be from a professor who has taught you.
  • 8-12 Scholars are selected for each institute.
  • Competition opens in January; applications available online and are usually due mid- to late February.

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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • For undergraduates in any field to pursue full-time international study worldwide but especially in countries outside of Western Europe and Australia. Open to U.S. citizens and nationals receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application.
  • Study periods may be from four weeks up to an academic year. A limited number of summer programs are available.
  • Study abroad program must be approved by the University for academic credit.
  • Awards of up to $5,000; average award is $4,000.
  • Application available online and must be officially endorsed by Walsh University.
  • Apply in the academic term prior to the start date of the study abroad program: March for fall and summer study abroad or October for spring study.

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Humanity in Action Foundation Fellowship

  • International human rights education and internship program sponsored by foundation "devoted to the study and betterment of human rights and specifically the relationship between majority and minority populations." Students from any national background of sophomore through senior standing may apply.
  • Students chosen from the U.S. travel to Washington, D.C. for orientation and then to a participating European country for 4-week European core program of seminars, workshops, site visits, and meetings with figures from various fields, such as academia, government, journalism, and human rights organizations. Fellows engage in outreach programs to their peers and local communities during the academic year following the summer program in Europe.
  • Selection based on leadership potential, academic achievement, interest in minority issues, concern for human rights, willingness to engage in intellectually and socially rigorous work in group settings, maturity, and self-reliance.
  • Foundation pays expenses for European travel and accommodations.
  • Application deadline: early January. See program website for more detailed information, application forms, and exact filing deadline.

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National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • For students committed to pursuing health-related research careers in biomedical, behavioral, or social science fields. Open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or qualified permanent residents with a documented history of significant financial need. First-years through juniors may apply; first priority given to junior applicants.
  • Scholarship worth up to $20,000 per year. Other benefits include 10-week paid summer internship at NIH, professional mentoring, scientific seminars, and employment after completion of graduate school.
  • Minimum 3.50 GPA required.
  • Application available online.
  • National deadline usually in late January.

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