Global Scholarships and Fellowships for U.S. Students
Scholarships for undergraduate students:
Critical Language Scholarship Program: This State Department program sends US students abroad to 15 countries to study less-common, critical languages every summer for approximately 8 weeks. All fees (including airfare, room, board, visa, etc.) are paid for by the program and you even get a little bit of pocket money for incidentals while abroad. Applications are due in mid-November.
Gilman Scholarshipprovides up to $5000 (or $8000 if studying a critical language) for study abroad, and is specifically aimed towards students with limited finances. Check with your school’s scholarship office for application tips, as this is a well-known scholarship program! Application deadlines vary depending on the start date of your program, and the application is very straight-forward (plus, NO letters of recommendation are needed, so you can take that off the list of things to do).
Boren Scholarship: This federally-funded program provides up to $20,000 for students to study critical-need languages. Students are responsible for applying to study abroad programs/exchange programs separately: The Boren Scholarship only provides funding. In exchange, recipients must work for the U.S. government for one year. Applications due in January for the following academic year.
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship: This scholarship awards $5000/semester of study abroad travel to students who are deemed under-represented in study abroad (race, gender, socio-economic background, major of study, location of abroad program, etc.). It’s pretty competitive, and requires a couple essays and letters of recommendation as part of the application process. Semi-finalists are then invited for skype interviews. The applications are due in January for the upcoming school year–so Spring semester study abroad-ers, start early! By accepting the scholarship, scholars also must write blog posts for the FEA blog and do several service projects after returning to the US.
Foundation for Global Scholars: FGS aims to equip students with overseas experiences through study abroad, and is open to both undergraduates and graduates. The award amounts vary, and are broken down into six different scholarships, each focusing on a different area of need. Applications can only apply to one of the six scholarships, so, if you qualify for multiple scholarships, be careful with one you choose! The deadline varies depending on program date, and the application is very straight-forward 🙂
Fellowships/Programs for recent grads:
Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Spend one year conducting research or teaching English in one of over 140 countries. All airfare, visa fees, and housing is included, and students get a living stipend (usually around $1000/month). Applications are due mid-October for the following academic year.
Luce Scholars: A one-year fellowship for recent grads who have had little/no experience in Asia. Learn the language and culture of one of fifteen Asian countries. All expenses paid. Applications are due in mid-Fall. **NOTE: Your university must nominate you and be part of the 75-school consortium.
Princeton in Asia/Africa/Latin America: A one-year program for recent grads interested in working with NGOs and non-profits around the world. Fellows are matched with NGOs based on skillset and need. Housing and a small living stipend is included, but fellows are responsible for their own airfare. Applications due in November to leave the following summer. Selected applicants must finance their transportation to Princeton University for interviews in February-March.
Volunteers in Asia: Spend one year working with a NGO in Asia—perfect for people interested in breaking into international development. Most volunteers have a few years of post-college experience under their belt, but there are a few who come straight from undergrad. The deadline is in November each year
Global Health Corps: U.S. students can spend one year in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, or Zambia. Fellows are matched with global health NGOs and work on specialized projects based on organizational need and the fellow’s skillset. Applications are due in February to leave the next summer.
Peace Corps: You’ve probably already heard of this one. Spend 2-2.5 years working in one of over 60 countries on projects ranging from HIV/AIDS education to teaching English to agroforestry! Applications rolling.
U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program: This two-summer internship program with the U.S. Department of State is a PAID position. The first summer is spent in Washington, DC and the second at an international embassy of the interns’ choosing. Applications are open for 7-10 days in late September to early October. Applications must submit an analytical essay, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. I participated in this program in 2015-2016, working at the International Health and Biodefense office in DC and U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi.