Government Scholarships

Gilman Scholarships

Undergrad students with Federal Pell Grants are eligible to apply.  The program selected must be at least 4 weeks in length and must fall within the academic year. No awards are made for summer only study.  Non-traditional destinations outside western Europe are preferred.  Awards are up to $5,000, and an average award is $4,000.  There are two funding rounds each year in September and April.  There is a service requirement to share the experience on campus the semester following your time abroad. 

Boren Awards (formerly National Security Education Program-NSEP) 

Boren Scholarships provide funding for summer, semester, or yearlong study in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. national security, but are underrepresented in study abroad, hence the program chosen must be outside western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Language study is required. Full year programs are preferred although semester study is allowed. Awards for summer study only are very limited.  Awards range from a maximum of $8,000 (summer), or $10,000 (semester) to $20,000 (year).  Students who receive awards should be aware of the service requirement after graduation from college. All applications must be completed online.

Fulbright Fellowships

Fulbright Fellowships give support for graduate study or research in a wide variety of academic disciplines, and professional training in the creative and performing arts. Fellowships may be used in many countries throughout the world. 

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

The United States Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) have announced the availability of scholarships for intensive overseas study in critical-need languages such as Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu.

As part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages, the Department of State Critical Language Scholarships will provide funding for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers.

Recipients of these scholarships will be expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs provide funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs seek to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Programs develop a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

The Pickering Fellowship has both an Undergraduate and Graduate Program. Pickering Undergraduate applicants must apply as rising seniors; Graduate applicants must be seeking admission to a two-year master's degree program.