Study Abroad and Language Study

NOTE: The awards below appear in alphabetical order. This list is not comprehensive. Use the databases on our Resources page and your own independent research to find awards not represented here.



ARIT

American Research Institute in Turkey Summer Fellowships

The American Research Institute in Turkey offers full travel and fellowships for advanced students to participate in the summer program in advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend. Full-time students who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017



Beinecke

Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies. Potential applicants must have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years. Third-year students who are US citizens are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017


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Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for US undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Students who are US citizens are eligible to apply. Contact Stephen Hill at s-hill@northwestern.edu to learn about the campus application process.
Campus deadline: January 2017



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Bridging Scholarship

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduates participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. The scholarships are funded by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation through contributions from corporations, private foundations, and individual donors. Students who are US citizens and who are studying in Japan for at least three months are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted twice a year.
National spring deadline: Wednesday, October 11, 2017; National fall and academic year deadline: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

 

Churchill

Churchill Scholarship

The Churchill Scholarship provides funding to American students for a year of master’s-level study in science, mathematics, or engineering at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College, in the spirit of US-UK scientific exchange. Northwestern may nominate up to two students each year. Scholars often have at least a 3.9 GPA. Students who are US citizens and graduating seniors or have graduated within the last 12 months are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017

 

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Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded overseas summer language and cultural immersion program for American students. CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students at every level of language learning. Students who are US citizens and at least 18 years old are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

 

Beebe

Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians

The Beebe Fund for Musicians provides fellowships for gifted young musicians, generally performers and composers in classical disciplines, who wish to pursue advanced music study and performance abroad, usually in Europe. Enrollment in a school or university is not required unless such study is an essential part of the project. The fund provides financial support for round-trip transportation, living and other expenses. An all-inclusive grant of $22,000 is offered for one year. Students must be less than 30 years of age to be eligible.
National deadline: Monday, December 19, 2016

 

Freeman-ASIA

Freeman-ASIA

The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States. First-, second-, and third-year students are eligible to apply.
National deadline: multiple deadlines

 

US Dep of Ed

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. (Projects focused on Western Europe are not supported.) Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Students who are US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who have advanced to candidacy in a relevant field are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline: Monday, February 27, 2017


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Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

FEA was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2010 to address the need for an independent study abroad scholarship provider. FEA is expanding access to study abroad by raising awareness of its benefits to the individual and value to the collective, and by granting scholarships of up to $10,000. Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference in an effort to make the demographics of US undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the US population. Students who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

 

Gates

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside of the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Students must first apply, and be accepted to, the University of Cambridge. The scholarship covers the full cost of study at Cambridge, plus airfare, visa fees, and discretionary funds for conferences, fieldwork, and family allowances. The selection criteria include outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, a commitment to improving the lives of others, and a good fit between the applicant’s qualifications/aspirations and the postgraduate program at Cambridge.
National deadline for US citizens: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
National deadline for non-US citizens: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

 

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Gilman International Scholarship

Funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Gilman Scholarship offers grants of up to $5,000 to US students of high financial need participating in a credit-bearing study abroad program or internship. The Gilman Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries where they go by supporting US undergraduates who might otherwise not consider these unique and valuable opportunities due to financial constraints.
National Spring deadline: Tuesday, October 4, 2016; National summer, fall, and academic year deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2017


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Hosteling International Explore the World Travel Scholarship

The Explore the World Travel Scholarship is for aspiring global travelers who want to give back while they experience another culture. Scholarship recipients will receive $2,000 to support a trip that includes an educational or service component. Students who are at least 18 years old and US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

 

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Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship

The Kinley Memorial Fellowship supports promising college graduates seeking advanced study in architecture, art, dance, landscape architecture, music, theatre, or urban and regional planning. Awards include one fellowship up to $20,000 in music; one fellowship up to $20,000 in architectural design and history, art and design, dance, instrumental or vocal music, or theatre; and one fellowship up to $9,000 in architecture, art, dance, landscape architecture, theatre, or urban and regional planning. Fourth-year students and recent alums, including graduate-school alums, are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Friday, December 9, 2016

 

Marshall

Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom for two years (or one year in exceptional cases wherein the student can demonstrate an inability to complete the second year—e.g., evidence of deferral for military deployment or graduate admission). Scholarships include tuition, cost of living stipend, and funds for books, research, and travel to and from the US. Northwestern may nominate a limited number of candidates to each consular region each year. Most applicants granted interviews have at least a 3.85 GPA, and most winners have at least a 3.9 GPA. Graduating seniors and interested applicants who completed their first bachelor's degrees within the past two years and who are US citizens are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

 

Mitchell

Mitchell Scholarship

Sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance, the Mitchell Scholarship program supports one year of post-graduate study in any discipline offered by select institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on scholarship, leadership, and sustained commitment to community and public service. The scholarship provides tuition, accommodation, and a stipend for living expenses and travel ($1250/month). Graduating seniors must receive Northwestern’s endorsement to apply. Alums apply without endorsement, but may seek advice from our office. Most applicants granted interviews have at least a 3.85 GPA, and most winners have at least a 3.9 GPA. Interested applicants who have not yet reached their 30th birthdays and who are US citizens are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

 

Rhodes

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship provides full financial support to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the UK. Northwestern may nominate a limited number of candidates per district each year. Most applicants granted interviews have at least 3.85 GPA, and most winners have at least a 3.9 GPA. Graduating seniors and alums who have not yet reached their 24th birthdays and who are US citizens are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

 

Schwarzman

Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars provides the world’s best and brightest students with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities. Students live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College and pursue degrees in one of three disciplines: public policy, economics and business, or international studies. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, students learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future. Chinese language skills not required. Enrolled students must be endorsed by Northwestern. Graduating seniors and recent alums are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline for enrolled Northwestern students w/ US citizenship or citizenship of a country other than China: Friday, September 1, 2017
National deadline for US citizens and citizens of countries other than China: Thursday, September 28, 2017 
National deadline for Chinese citizens: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

 

ThinkSwiss

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

ThinkSwiss encourages collaboration between Swiss and US students and academics in a variety of fields. The scholarship is open to outstanding students in all fields with an interest in conducting research or participating in a summer school course in Switzerland. The program provides a monthly scholarship of approximately $1,100 for a period of two to three months. Currently enrolled second-, third-, and fourth-year students as well as graduate students at US universities are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

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UK Summer Fulbright

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK. The summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates to come to the UK on a three-, four-, five-, or six-week academic and cultural summer program. Participants will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK university, explore the culture, heritage, and history of the UK, and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research, and communication skills. First- and second-year students who are at least 18 years old and have at least a 3.7 GPA and who are US citizens are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Thursday, February 23 or Sunday, February 26, 2017

 

Whitaker

Whitaker International Fellowship

This program sends young biomedical engineers anywhere outside the US or Canada to conduct academic or scientific research in a university or laboratory, pursue coursework at a foreign academic institution, or intern at a public-policy, industrial or non-profit setting. The award pays for round-trip international airfare, a monthly stipend, and any tuition fees involved. Awards typically begin between August 1 and October 1, but may begin as early as July 1 of the competition year, and as late as June 30 of the following year, as long as the start date allows the grantee sufficient time to complete the academic-year grant-length requirement. Interested applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents and graduating seniors, currently enrolled in a graduate or doctoral program, or currently employed with a degree no higher than a master’s degree are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

 

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Yenching Academy of Peking University Scholarship

The Academy, founded in 2014, offers full scholarships for outstanding students from around the world to pursue a master's degree in China studies. Courses are taught in English, so there is no requirement of Chinese language proficiency. The program is located in the center of the Peking University campus, and is designed to ensure that Yenching Scholars are fully integrated into life at China's premier university.  Each class will consist of 120 to 150 outstanding young people from around the world, with approximately 80% from outside of China, and 20% from mainland China. Yenching Scholars will be a diverse group of talented young leaders who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, innovative thought, and a commitment to the betterment of society. Graduating seniors and recent alums are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline: Monday, November 14, 2016