National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Starting in 1994, more than 2,800 Boren Scholarships have been awarded by NSEP to U.S. undergraduate students.

Boren Scholarships helps American college students who are still in their first four years with an opportunity to study abroad in regions of the world that are vital to U.S. interests along with being inadequately represented in international studies, such as Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.  Popular countries in Western Europe,  Australia,  New Zealand, the U.S., and Canada are not eligible. Click to view more eligibility guidelines -

Undergraduates who apply for the scholarship seeking a full-year of academic study overseas are given priority.  One semester and summer programs are are also available. Although, the courses in the summer for students are restricted to just engineering, mathematics, science, and technology.  All undergraduates are required to learn a foreign language relevant to the country in which they are studying.  The program tends to favor applicants who want to learn a language that is not popularly taught such as Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, and Swahili and many others.  As part of receiving the scholarship, an agreement all Boren scholarship recipients must accept is, a national security job in the Federal Government lasting one year within three years of completing your four-year college degree.

Award Amounts:  $8,000 for summer program, $10,000 for a semester and up to $20,000 for a full academic year.

Deadlines:  the last day to apply nationally is normally the first week in February however, the actual university deadline is sometime in the first ten days of January. if you are serious about it then you should go to  and contact them for more information.

U.S. graduate students who want to strengthen their graduate education even more are able to incorporate an expertise in a field of study or further proficiency in a language can apply for the Boren Fellowship and receive up to $30,000.  

Similar to the scholarship, it seeks to educate students more in areas of the world with less U.S. representation.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

This scholarship offers U.S. undergraduate students who are citizens and have limited financial resources an opportunity to continue their academic studies overseas. This kind of international study program was created to effectively get U.S. students ready to take on important tasks in an steadily growing  global economy."

Applicants need to be Pell Grant Recipients.

Award Amounts:  $5,000 for U.S. undergraduates for a full academic year to take courses abroad.

Supplemental award: Another $3,000 may be awarded to eligible students as well if they received the initial $5,000 scholarship from the Gilman Scholarship. The Critical Need Language Supplement by the Gilman Scholarship provides this to total $8,000.

Deadlines: Early October for the spring semester and in early March for those who prefer the fall or full-year academic study programs. Students who were awarded Pell Grants and have a real interest should make an appointment with their scholarship departments in early September or late January, based on when they want to attend school abroad. Applications and more information can be obtained on the Gilman website.

Here's some additional scholarships available below:

CIEE:Intensive Language Scholarship:

CIEE, a major nonprofit organization specializing in international academic and exchange programs, offers scholarships for students enrolled at leading U.S. college and universities to attend full-year intensive language study courses abroad.

CIEE's Language Intensive Focus Track Scholarship (LIFT) allocates $100,000 per year to entice students to study overseas for a full year in one of the following languages—Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, or Russian. Scholarship awards will be a minimum of $5,000 and will be awarded to exemplary students who have a undergraduate GPA fo at least 3.0 along with a compelling personal essay.

Number of Scholarships:  unknown

Award Amounts:  Global Access InitiativeGAIN Grant:    $1500,   

                              Language Intensive Focus Track (LIFT):  $5,000 and up

                              Global Architecture and Design Program:  up to $18,850  and many more scholarships. Check website for more info

Deadlines:  November for winter, spring, and full year; April for summer, fall and full year programs

Critical Language Scholarships:

CLS, funded by the U.S. Dept. of State's, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers group-based summer intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for eight to ten weeks.  The scholarships focuses on thirteen critical foreign languages --Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu-- in beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.

For the fortunate ones awarded the scholarship, all programs expenses are taken care of by CLS. What exactly is covered? travel from the student's U.S. home location and the program city, costs for pre-departure orientation, any necessary visa fees, room, board, travel within program country, and all other fees for program functions. Please note that U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship, and students will be required to travel to and from his or her US home city and the airport for CLS Program travel.

Number of Scholarships:  unknown

Award Amounts:  Contact CLS

Deadlines: Fall for the following summer.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens.


Whitaker International Summer Grants Program - Institution: Institute of International Education (IIE)

A scholarship available to graduate and doctorate students in the U.S. who are seeking to advance their education in Biochemistry, Biomedical engineering, Biomedical sciences, and Engineering abroad.

Number of Scholarships:  unknown

Award Amounts:  approximately$10,000, travel, living expenses and health insurance

Deadlines: early February

Eligibility: Applicants must be Graduates or Post Doctorates


Diversity Network Summer Scholarship:

Diversity offers summer scholarships for students from eligible institutions. Criteria needs to be satisfactory in order to participate in the programs such as summer research, study, intern or service-learning/volunteering.

Award Amounts: $500

Deadlines:  unknown

Eligibility:  must be full-time students at a university or community college in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or the United States with a 2.75 GPA

Diversity Abroad Scholarship:

Diversity Abroad in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, offers scholarships of $500 for fall, spring and summer sessions. Economically disadvantaged students and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Award Amounts: $500

Deadlines:  mid-October for Spring; March 15th for Summer

Eligibility:  must be full-time students, U.S. citizens or permanent residents at a U.S. university  with a 2.75 GPA

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Scholarships:

The FLAS Fellowship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents and are enrolled full-time in a domestic or international program.

In addition, this competitive program requires a blend of foreign language learning with research studies in an international field of discipline.  Studies should focus on either East Asia, East Europe, Africa or the Middle East.  

The student's language proficiency level needs to be intermediate or advanced. Most foreign languages such as Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Turkish are available while selecting popular languages like French, German and Spanish are not.

Award Amounts: $10,000 for undergraduates; $18,000 for graduate students. A subsistence allowance is also provided for other school fees, medical insurance, and living expenses.

Deadlines:  December 20th (undergrads) and Dec. 31st for graduates

Eligibility:  must apply with an institution that the U.S. Department of Education has given fellowships to. Inquire with the university.

Fund for Education Abroad:

FEA mission is to expand opportunities for U.S. students by cutting down the financial limits with the creation of grants and scholarships. As a a result, this allows them to take part in challenging and enriching education abroad programs to acquire critical foreign language skills and appreciation of foreign cultures.

FEA is an independent non-profit organization that understands the difficulties some students face with when trying to take their college courses overseas. Industry experts and other proponents of international education from around the country make up FEA's board.

Students who are typically not represented, such as minorities, those with aspirations to study in non-traditional locations, and those in a community college are encouraged to apply.  Scholars need to apply one year early for their academic year abroad versus the common 3-6 months at other organizations which is in stark contrast to  other popular international scholarship programs.

Number of Scholarships:  up to 20

Award Amounts: $5,000 semester;  $10,000 full year

Deadlines:  Mid-January for following year

Eligibility:  must be full-time undergraduate students in a U.S. university, U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Rotary Foundation Academic Year Ambassadorial Scholarship:

The Ambassadorial Scholarship program is the largest privately funded international scholarships program worldwide. It is ideal for undergraduates to  do your research studies, learn a culture, and language abroad. While abroad, scholars will be the voice of the U.S. and represent the country in goodwill with locals in their country and make presentations in regards to the U.S. to local groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to greater understanding of their host countries.   There are three types of scholarships grants from the Rotary foundation: District Grant, Global Grant, and Package Grant

Number of Scholarships per year:  varies

Award Amounts: range up to $30,000 for one full year depending on the discipline

Deadlines:  Varies for different Rotary clubs

Eligibility:  must be a U.S. citizen and complete two years of undergraduate work


The World Affairs Forum:

Headquartered in the northeast U.S., in the city of Stamford Connecticut, the Norman Woodberry Scholarship, by the World Affairs Forum, is a program for high achieving college students to promote study abroad for those who are considering a career that is globally connected. Recent recipients selected institutions in France, Italy, Brazil, China, and Argentina.

Number of Scholarships:  varies

Award Amounts: up to $5,000

Deadlines:  Starts in March for the fall semester

Eligibility:  Need to be residents of Fairfield County, CT or Westchester County, NY.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

Goal is to help undergraduates in thir academics by assisting with their education with a study abroad grant for schools around the world.

Number of Scholarships:  50

Award Amounts: up to $1,000

Deadlines:  15 February & 15 September

Eligibility: Must have a GPA of 3.75/4.0; attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter, been acepted into an accredited study abroad program

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World Citizen Talent Scholarship

Offers 54 (one-time) scholarships each worth €5,000 available to prospective bachelor degree students and 9 to masters students.

Eligibility: Student must be from outside the European Union (and not from Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland or Surinam)

More details:

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