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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.
  • German Studies Research Grant: juniors and seniors majoring or minoring in German may be nominated by their department/program chairs for one- to two-month grants for research work in North America or Germany. Applicants must have completed at least two years of college German and at least three German Studies courses. Application deadlines: November 1st and May 1.
  • EMGIP (Émigré Memorial German Internship Program)-Bundestag Internship: advanced undergraduates or graduate students with outstanding academic records and fluency in German may apply for this two-month internship program in the German parliament. International students may also apply. Application deadline: mid-September.
  • University Summer Course Grant: students of at least junior standing who have completed a minimum of four semesters of college German (or have attained an equivalent proficiency level) may apply for this grant to fund 3-4 weeks of summer courses at a German university studying literary, cultural, political, and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Program includes extensive extracurricular activities. Application deadline: usually mid-December.
  • 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. Preference given to applicants whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Funding available for a minimum of 4 months and a maximum of 10 months during the German academic year (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 and 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 Germany university research groups. Knowledge of German not required for most positions but would be helpful for life outside the laboratory. 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 a full semester of study at a participating German university of applied sciences followed by a semester-long paid internship a German company or research institute. Basic German skills helpful, but some courses available in English. Application deadline: usually mid-February.
  • See program website for more detailed information, application forms, and exact filing deadlines.

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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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Humane Studies Fellowship

  • For juniors, seniors, and graduate students of any nationality "embarking on liberty-advancing careers in ideas;" must have clearly demonstrated interest in the classical liberal/libertarian tradition of individual rights and free-market economies. Open to candidates from various fields of study.
  • Awards of $2,000 to $15,000; may be used at any degree-granting institution in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Selection based on academic performance, relevant admission test scores (GRE, LSAT, SAT, etc.), demonstrated interest in classical liberal ideas, and potential to contribute to "the advancement of a free society."
  • Application can be downloaded and usually must be postmarked no later than January 31.
  • Approximately 100 IHS fellowships are awarded each year.

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Josephine de Karman Fellowship

  • For juniors of any national origin pursuing studies in any discipline. Special consideration given to qualified applicants in the humanities.
  • $14,000 fellowship to fund the senior year of undergraduate study in the U.S.
  • Selection criteria include evidence of exceptional ability and seriousness of purpose.
  • Application requires a 250-300-word statement of intellectual interest and two letters of recommendation.
  • Application is available online and usually due in late January.
  • Approximately 10 fellowships are awarded each spring.

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McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

  • For sophomores and juniors to pursue academic research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are (1) members of an underrepresented minority group (African American, Hispanic, or Native American) or (2) low-income, first-generation college students . Aim is to encourage these students to pursue doctoral degrees.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.80.
  • Program offers academic-year option ($1200 stipend) or full-time summer option ($3600 stipend, room & board, and travel expenses). Participants gain experience presenting their research and receive guidance on graduate-school application process.
  • Application deadlines: early December for academic-year program; early February for summer program.

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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 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 February; present draft application to the Fellowships Office by mid-January for critical feedback.

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Harry S. Truman Scholarship

  • For outstanding juniors (top 25% of class and minimum 3.60 cumulative GPA) in any field who are change agents, plan to pursue a career in government or elsewhere in public service, and wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for career. Open to U.S. citizens and nationals.
  • Students from all majors may apply, but some coursework in political science, policy studies, or social analysis strongly recommended.
  • $30,000 scholarship for graduate study. Other benefits include a week of seminars and networking with prominent public servants at the Truman Library, graduate-school and professional mentoring, as well as internship opportunities.
  • *Walsh nomination required; we may nominate up to four juniors.
  • Scholars selected on basis of academic achievement; exceptional leadership, community service, participation in local or national elective politics, or advocacy work; a policy proposal; 3 letters of recommendation.
  • Complete, polished draft application for the campus nomination process due in early November for review by campus committee. Nomination process includes campus interview. A first draft must be submitted for feedback in late October.
  • 75-80 Truman Scholars are selected each spring.

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