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Fellowships & Grants

Undergraduate External Fellowships and Grants for Study Abroad

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, click here.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. For a complete list of languages, click here.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

To view the Program Basics for the Boren Scholarship, click here.

Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program

The Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program (FINIP), funded by the Freeman Foundation, aims to develop student leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Indonesia. IIE will select and pair 10 Indonesian students pursuing U.S. degrees with 10 U.S. undergraduates and arrange internships for them to work together in an Indonesian nonprofit organization. For more information, please see the FINIP's website here:

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and developing professionals and artists opportunities for international experience, personal enrichment and an open exchange of ideas with citizens of other nations. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board looks favorably on qualified graduating seniors, who are still in the process of developing specific career plans. There are several types of Fulbright grants: Comprehensive (Research) Grant: These grants generally provide round-trip transportation; book and research allowances; maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country; supplemental health and accident insurance; tuition, in some cases; and language or orientation courses, where appropriate. Fulbright Teaching Assistantships: Opportunities to teach English language and conversation classes are available in the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam. Fulbright Opportunities in Business: Several countries offer Fulbright business opportunities, including Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain. For all Fulbright grant opportunities, students enrolled in a U.S. academic institution at the time of application must apply through the Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) on their campus. GW undergraduates should contact the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. For more information about the Fulbright Program, please email the Undergraduate Fellowship Center to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser. Information about the Fulbright Program can be found at their website:

Gilman International Scholarship Program

Sponsored by the US. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education, this program enables students who have limited financial means to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue semester or academic-year long study abroad opportunities in other countries. Students pursuing a Critical Need Language (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Indic, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkic) are eligible for an additional $3000. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application. For more information about the Gilman Program, please visit their website:

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship Program

To date, 62,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program established in 1954. There are a variety of scholarship types, some directed at undergraduate students who will be returning to their home institutions after study and others for students who have earned their undergraduate degree. There is a spring and fall application period. Students majoring in the fields other than Japanese language or Japanese culture who wish to study various aspects of Japan (engineering, economy, agriculture, architecture, art, etc.) as part of their major studies should apply to the Association of International Education, Japan for admission to the Short-term Student Exchange Promotion Program. For more information, please visit this website:

Project IMUSE

Project IMUSE (Initiating Mutual Understanding through Student Exchange) is a nonprofit organization offering undergraduate students around the United States with a unique fellowship opportunity in China. Each fellow will spend two weeks with other fellows from around the US and China, exploring US-China relations by attending events, learning from each other, and exploring their role in the future of their countries. Fellowship delegates will be provided will full living accommodations in Beijing for two weeks as they participate in a series of group discussions, cultural activities, speaker events, and guided tours that will promote both their understanding of China and of their Chinese peers. For more information about this program, please go to their website here:

Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program in Cambodia for U.S. Citizens

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) offers five American undergraduates an opportunity to join Cambodian and French students on a 6 week Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program in Cambodia. The program provides a unique experience allowing students to live and study alongside others from different backgrounds and cultures while learning about the history and society of today's Cambodia. During their residency students are based at the CKS campus in Siem Reap, which is situated in the beautiful grounds of Wat Damnak, one of the town's largest Buddhist pagodas, only minutes away from the famous Angkor World Heritage Site. It has a full range of study and research facilities, including the largest publicly accessible research library outside of Phnom Penh with over 12,000 books, journals, and other reading materials in English, French, and Khmer. Resident fellows also spend time studying in Cambodia's capital city Phnom Penh.For more information about this program, please go to their website here:



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