Scholarships and Fellowships
Possible sources of funding for students seeking to study abroad are listed below. Please note that most of these programs will require that you apply and receive admission to an approved study abroad program. For more information on how to apply, and which program may be applicable to your academic goals at the university, please contact the Office of Global Programs.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The program offers competitive awards up to $5,000 for study abroad to students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000 Critical Need Language Supplement. The applicable critical need languages are: (1) Arabic (all dialects); (2) Chinese (all dialects); (3) Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek); (3) Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki); (4) Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi); (6) Korean; (7) Russian; and(8) Swahili. For more information, visit: http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program
John T. Petters Scholarships
The John T. Petters Foundation is a private foundation that works to advance the educational experiences by providing scholarships of deserving students. The Foundation focuses its scholarships to support international business study abroad and social entrepreneurship service programs. For more information, visit
CDS International (CDS)
CDS is a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of international practical training opportunities for young professionals, students, educators, as well as labor, business, and government representatives. CDS serves over 2,000 individuals annually from over 70 countries (worldwide) in a variety of work/study, internship, fellowship, and study tour programs. For more information visit the website at: http://www.culturalvistas.org/
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. student program gives a one year award for study or research in any country where there is a Fulbright commission. The program accepts applications from seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates. The program provides opportunities to engage in the following activities abroad: university course work, library and field work, classes in a music or art school, independent projects in the social or life sciences, Assistant in teaching English, or a combination of activities. For more information about the U.S. student program, please visit the website at: http://www.fulbrightonline.org/us/home.html
NSEP (National Security Education Program): David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For additional information, please visit the website at: http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Boren-Awards-for-International-Study
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation promotes scholarships, education, and research programs in the social sciences, chemistry, computers, engineering, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology and other related fields. NSF funds may be used for study abroad. For more information on NSF Programs visit: http://www.nsf.gov
Humboldt Foundation Fellowships
The foundation awards scholarships and fellowships to seniors, graduate/professional students, and post doctoral candidates for research and study abroad in Germany. The program is open to U.S citizens as well as nationals of other countries. More information is available at: http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/home.html
CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) Scholarships
CIEE Scholarships are awarded to support study abroad in CIEE International Study Programs. These scholarships are given to individuals or members of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. For more information, visit the official site at: http://www.ciee.org/study/scholarships.aspx
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.
There are two major components to the Rangel Program: an International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service, and an undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy. At the conclusion of two years of study, the Rangel Fellow is expected to obtain a degree in international affairs or a related subject (such as public administration, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, political science, communications) at a graduate or professional school approved by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center. The program includes international internships. For more information visit the website at: http://www.howard.edu/rjb/rangelprogram.htm
IIPP (International Institute of Public Policy) - UNCFSP
The IIPP program administered by United Negro College Funds Special Programs is open to sophomores enrolled full-time at four-year colleges and universities. The goal of the program is to increase the participation and influence of underrepresented minority groups in international affairs. Successful applicants participate in a multiyear sequence of summer policy institutes, study abroad, intensive language training, internships and graduate studies. For more information, please visit the official website at: http://www.uncfsp.org/iipp/
Note: Although, since 2012, congressional action, taken via the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012, eliminated funding for the UNCF Special Programs Corporation's Institute for International Public Policy and no new fellowships are currently being awarded, please check the website periodically for the re-opening of the program due to possible restored funding.