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Scholarships for Study Abroad

National Security Education Program (NSEP) 

NSEP was designed to provide American undergraduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in less commonly studied languages and cultures. As you probably know, study abroad equips you with skills that are vital to international competence, enabling you to communicate in others languages,to know other cultures and markets, and to understand increasingly fluid economic and political realities. An NSEP scholarship can help you meet the challenges of an interdependent world head-on.

Scholarship awards will be made for as much as $10,000/semester or $20,000/year for undergraduates. Freshmen have only been eligible for summer scholarships. (One is considered a freshman until the beginning of the fall of the following year.) Sophomores have been eligible for scholarships during the summer, fall and spring. Juniors' and seniors' eligibility has been for the fall and spring semesters. There will probably be some adjustments to this policy for the competition of 2002-2003. We will keep you apprised as information becomes available to us.

There is a graduate component to the NSEP for students at the master's and doctorate levels. They are to assist those students in adding an international dimension to their program. The graduate enhancement fellowships range from $2,000 to $10,000 per semester depending upon your place of study. The doctoral fellowships have been for the amount of $25,000 per year for up to three years.

Deadline is usually in December or January.

Benjamin A. Gilman, International Scholarship Program 
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program reduces barriers to study abroad through providing assistance to those undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. This program is offered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000, depending on the length of their program, to defray the costs associated with studying abroad.

Dr. Brown immediately concerning the deadlines for this program. 

UNCF Joseph A. Towles African Studies Endowed Scholarship 
In the past, this scholarship,named in memory of a black anthropologist, has been made available for undergraduate and graduate students to undertake studies in an African university.One must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, be an entering junior or senior, and have a financial need as verified by the financial aid office.
Normally two or three awards are made each year, each for $10,000-$15,000.

Deadline for internal review will be announced at a later date. The application must be complete- three-to-five-page essay, one academic letter of recommendation, an official transcript- and delivered to the Study Abroad Office no later than 5:00 p.m.   

The Freeman Asia Program: 
Awards for Study in Asia The primary goal of the Freeman-ASIA Program is to increase the number of American undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia, by providing students with the information and financial assistance they will need. Awardees will be expected to share their experiences with their home campus to encourage study abroad by others, and to spread understanding of Asia in their home communities.

Consult the following website for further information: 

Diversity Abroad

Diversity Abroad is partners with dozens of study abroad organizations. Several of these organizations offer diversity study abroad scholarships. Visit their site to avail yourself of these scholarships.

Consult Dr. Brown if you have any questions. You can also consult the following website:

The UNCF/Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellowship Program 
The IIPP program is funded by a grant from the United states Department of Education. The goal of the IIPP is to increase awareness of and interest in careers in international service among undergraduate students, especially students who are members of underrepresented minority groups. The program has a two-fold mission: 
        1) to identify, recruit and prepare promising undergraduates for international service through a sequential program of policy institutes, study abroad, language training, internships and graduate education;
        2) to strengthen, through resource development grants, the ability of minority-serving institutions to prepare students for international careers. The IIPP fellowship program is open to sophomore students enrolled full-time at a four-year institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale. In selecting Fellows, emphasis will be placed on identifying applicants from minority-serving institutions.

Dr. Brown for additional information concerning the nomination process.     

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship for Undergraduates 
The fellowship program is funded by the United States Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF). The Fellow must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools identifies by the WWNFF. The vision of the fellowship is to represent America in world affairs with citizens who reflect the diversity and excellence of our society.

The goal is to attract outstanding students who represent all ethnic and social backgrounds, and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program develops a source of trained men and women, from academic disciplines representing the skill needs to the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel.

Dr. Brown for further information concerning the scholarship.
Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
The fellowship program is funded by the United States Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF). The vision of the fellowship is to represent America in world affairs with citizens who reflect the diversity and excellence of our society.

The goal is to attract outstanding students who represent all ethnic and social backgrounds, and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program develops a source of trained men and women, from academic disciplines representing the skill needs to the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. 

The fellowship will award tuition, living stipend (based on the institution's room and board rate), mandatory fees, reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel between home and school are paid during the first year and second year of graduate study. 

Dr. Brown for further information concerning the scholarship.    

The James and Wilhelmina Miree Endowed Scholarship
In recognition and support of Clark Atlanta University's tradition of excellence and its dedication to the task of educating its students for a socially intelligent and morally responsible life and of its determination to provide an opportunity for a quality education to all its students, The James and Wilhelmina Miree Endowed Scholarship Fund is hereby established to be used for worthy students enrolled at Clark Atlanta University. 

The Fund is established by a contribution of $25,000 with additional contributions to be made over time. The principal will be invested under the provisions of Clark Atlanta University's investment policy. Only the interest income will be made available for scholarship purpose. Whenever sufficient interest has accrued, awards will be made to cover full tuition.

Dr. Brown for further information concerning the scholarship. This scholarship may also be awarded to a student who is not interested in studying abroad.    

British Marshall Scholarship
The scholarships are awarded annually to up to forty young U.S. citizens, who are college graduates. The emoluments include tuition fees, a living allowance, fares between the United States and Britain, and a book grant. 

Awarded for two years, the scholarships enable the successful candidates to study a wide range of subjects for a further degree at any of Britain's universities and business schools. 

An application and additional information can be downloaded from the web site Look under Funding for studies or work abroad under the rubric Student Services.
American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) 
The AIFS Minority scholarship is designed to increase study abroad opportunities for college students who are from certain ethnic groups. Applications will be accepted from African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Pacific Islanders who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at a U.S. institution.

To be considered, a candidate must: Meet the admission requirements for the AIFS program selected as described in the AIFS catalog; demonstrate financial need, academic accomplishment and leadership ability; be involved in community/extra-curricular activities centered on multicultural or international issues; have already completed a minimum of 24 hours toward a degree; submit required application materials. An independent committee of international educators reviews eligible applications and selects the recipient.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually around March 15. 

 AIFS International Merits Scholarships
The purpose of International Merit Scholarships is to promote international understanding through study abroad. Candidates will be limited to currently enrolled college undergraduates with a 3.0 cumulative GPA who also satisfy the requirements for the program for which they are applying.

Deadline for applications for the spring is usually around October 15. The deadline for the fall usually falls around April 15. Awardees are notified within one month after application deadline. 

College Language Association (CLA) Study Abroad Scholarship 
The CLA Study Abroad Scholarship is to support students at member institutions who want to participate in a study abroad or an exchange program. The scholarship is open to any student who is presently attending a CLA college or university. A CLA college or university is one where a member of the College Language Association is presently employed or is a retiree emeritus. 

Preliminary eligibility requirements are as follows: a) have at least six completed credits of language study; b) have an overall GPA in the major/minor language of 3.0; c) have an overall GPA of 2.5.

Dr. Brown or Dr. Monye (chair) in the Department of Foreign Languages.  

Scholarships offered through the Consortium:

College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS)
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
International Education of Students (IES)
This scholarship is awarded each semester for a student who will be participating in a CCIS program during the succeeding semester. It is a merit- and need-based award which should make a difference as to whether a good academic student will participate in the program. Several CAU students have received this award in the past. An essay is required as well as a letter of support from the study abroad advisor Therefore, an internal committee will review the applications and only the best will be sent forward to the competition. Only one student from any institution is allowed to receive this award per year. This award is for one thousand dollars.


The Bowman Travel Grants
Scholarships for high school and undergraduates student participating in study, work and volunteer programs in developing countries. These awards were established in the memory of John E. Bowman, Executive Director of Council from 1952 to 1979. Applicants must be high school or undergraduate students participating in Council Study Center, Direct Enrollment, Work or volunteer programs or those of Council member institutions.

The Robert B. Bailey III scholarships 
Scholarship for members or underrepresented groups participating in Council Study Abroad Programs. These scholarships are made possible by the generous bequest of Robert B. Bailey III, a former member of Council’s Board of Directors and Professor of Sociology and Director of Study Abroad at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and by other private donations.
International Study Programs scholarships 
Scholarships funded by the International Study Programs Division of Council. The ISP scholarship is awarded to Council Study Abroad participants from Academic Consortium schools on the basis of need and merit.
Department of Education scholarship
Scholarships for programs in China: The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Council funding under the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program to provide financial assistance to students participating in the Chinese language programs offered by the Council Study Centers at Peking University and Nanjing University.

Department of State scholarship 
Scholarships for programs in Russia: The U.S. Department of State has awarded Council funding under the Program for the study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII) to provide financial assistance to students participating in the Russian language and summer business program offered by the Council Study Center at St. Petersburg State University. 

Scholarship program is a program sponsored by IES. It awards scholarships to all students from HBCU institutions who academically qualify for their programs. Additional IES financial aid is received by HBCU students through IES merit scholarships.

The Australian National University and IES are cosponsors of the Adelyn Dougherty Minority Scholarship which will be awarded to an IES student who studies at the Australian National University for a semester or an Australian academic year.The scholarship is valued at $8,050 per semester or $16,000 for a full-year student. Only one scholarship will be awarded each calendar year.

Grants and Fellowships for Advanced Study or Research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.     

Awards for Study in Scandinavia 
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization that promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange with Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Through its awards programs, the ASF encourages lasting academic, professional and personal ties between the U.S. and Scandinavia. The ASF offers fellowships and grants to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian countries for up to one year. Awards are made in all fields.

Applicants must have a well-defined research or study project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential. Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents, and must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their projects in Scandinavia.

For additional information, see their web site  or telephone (212) 879-9779.
The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships 
Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are awarded for one academic year of study abroad. Multiyear Ambassadorial Scholarships awarded for two or three years of specific degree-oriented study abroad. Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are awarded for three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country. 

The availability of Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships is determined by each Rotary district and varies from year to year.

Applicants must contact their local Rotary clubs:
1) to determine whether funding for the desired scholarship is available for 2000-2001;
2) to ask about local application deadlines
3) to obtain application materials. 

Applications may also be obtained directly from the Rotary Foundation if the applicant has confirmed with the local Rotary club that the type of Ambassadorial Scholarship he or she wishes to pursue is available. 

Initial application must be made through a local Rotary club in the applicant’s legal or permanent residence, or place of full-time study or employment. Applications sent directly to the Rotary Foundation without club and district endorsements will not be considered. 

Contact your Rotary Club immediately to determine deadlines.     

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The U.S Student Fulbright Program holds a unique position in grants available for graduate study abroad. While the purpose of other graduate student programs is primarily to give grants to individuals to conduct research which may lead to their next degree and to their career development, as well as to contribute to their field of study, the vision and goals of the Fulbright Program are much larger than these still worthy outcomes. 

As outlined by Senator Fulbright, the purpose of the program is threefold:
a) to promote mutual understanding through a commitment to the free flow of ideas and people across national boundaries;
b) to expand, through this understanding, the boundaries of human wisdom, empathy and perception;
c) to create true and lasting world peace through cooperation in constructive activities among people of different nations. 

Contact Dr. Jacqueline Howard-Matthews, campus representative for information. This is a very prestigious award.
International Fellows Program (IFP) 
The IFP is sponsored by the International foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), which was founded by the Reverend Leon Sullivan for the purpose of encouraging American involvement in the improvement of conditions of developing countries. The program seeks graduating seniors and graduate students with a strong academic background who are interested in a nine-month grass root internship in the developing world, particularly in Africa.

Dr. Brown for further information.
The Middlebury College Language Schools 
Every summer for more than 80 years, Middlebury College has created a unique, controlled linguistic environment, one that provides students with unlimited opportunities to speak their target language with native and near-native language professionals and with each other. Students there use their language exclusively—in classes, dining halls, dormitories, and throughout an exceptional range of cocurricular activities. Whether they are studying Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish, they are strongly encouraged to remain on campus during evenings and weekends, to take advantage of a rich and varied program of language-specific activities designed to enrich their classroom learning. Students are required to sign a pledge only to speak the target language—a pledge which is strictly enforced.

Scholarships are available for all students who are academically eligible for the program.

Dr. Brown for additional information.

If you would like to research further sources of financial aid, check FastWeb (Financial Aid Search Through the Web) at: 

“FastWEB is a searchable database of more than 180,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans. It is available free through the World-Wide Web, courtesy of the Financial Aid information page and Student Services, Inc. To use FastWEB, a student fills out a detailed profile through a series of online forms. After the forms are complete, FastWEB responds within 15 minutes with a list of matching award programs. Each entry on this list includes a deadline, a list of required majors, and the amount of the award, a short description, and contact information.”

Many of these outside sources of aid have early application deadlines, so if you are interested, you should act immediately.