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Awards for International Research, Travel, Foreign Service, and Study Abroad

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Also, be sure to contact the Winthrop University International Center for study abroad opportunities: http://www.winthrop.edu/international/

Benjamin Gilman Award

Description: Over 1,200 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Critical languages include: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Russian, and others.

Eligibility: Applicants must be Pell-Grant eligible. Must study in one country for at least four weeks. Fall, Winter, Spring, and full Academic Year programs only (not summer only).
Information: http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program
ONCA Deadlines: March 1 (for study beginning in Fall); October 1 (for study beginning Winter/Spring)
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Description: The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Each scholarship recipient will be expected to send a brief report about his or her study in Japan to the ATJ office within 60 days of returning from abroad.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad. Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.
Information: http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/scholarships
ONCA Deadlines: Applications for Bridging Scholarships are accepted twice a year. For study beginning Fall, the deadline for application is April 1. For study beginning in Spring, the deadline is October 1.
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

FIE Dublin London Madrid Scholarship

Description: Sharif Rahman Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships, worth $1,000, are open to all students enrolled in FIE programs. (See the International Center for more information - this is a study- abroad program.) Application is by competition. Students can choose from three application routes: an "Importance of Study Abroad" route, an environmental initiative route and a charity initiative route. These various pathways provide students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful cultural immersion and social responsibility projects and activities.

Eligibility: Must be enrolled in the FIE Dublin study abroad program, which includes Fall, Spring, Summer, and Internship programs. (NOTE: we are told that FIE rarely exhausts its scholarship fund!)
Information: For the FIE program, the Winthrop International Center (studyabroad@winthrop.edu). See also the FIE/Dublin scholarship site: http://fie.org.uk/fie/student/scholarships
ONCA Deadlines: Fall Semester or Quarter participants: June 1 prior to fall arrival. Spring Semester or Quarter participants: October 15 prior to spring arrival.
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Fulbright Awards for Graduate Study Abroad

Description: One of the most widely recognized academic honors, the Fulbright awards provide support for graduate students and young professionals to study abroad. Awards include full grants for an academic year of study or research, travel grants and teaching assistantships in English. The Fulbright Program: (1) Is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.; (2) Is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide; (3) Was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."

Eligibility: U.S. citizen; senior, recent graduate, or graduate student. NOTE: Students may begin the application process as juniors or seniors and are strongly encouraged to begin well in advance of the deadline.
Program Information: http://www.iie.org/fulbright
Application: Includes two-page proposal, autobiographical statement, three letters of recommendation, language proficiency evaluation, and interview. Available online at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html.
ONCA Deadline: October 1
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Fulbright-mtvU Award

Description: Up to four awards will be available to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference will be given to creative projects that are conveyed in a dynamic fashion and are accompanied by a feasible plan. In addition to presenting unique projects on music as a global force for mutual understanding, applicants must submit a Documentation and Outreach Plan describing how they intend to share their activities with their peers during their Fulbright year abroad through mtvU print, broadcast and/or online mediums. The Documentation and Outreach Plan form must be submitted as part of the Fulbright application. Applicants are encouraged to consider all aspects of the power of music in developing their proposals. Along with the study of music in a specific cultural context, proposals will be considered in other music-related fields including music and social activism; music in learning; music and the community and musical performance.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen; senior, recent graduate, or graduate student. Preference will be given to graduating seniors who meet all host country requirements, including those related to language, affiliation and program start dates. Please refer to the Participating Country Summaries for details. Applications for all countries where there is an active U.S. Student Fulbright Program are encouraged.
Application Information: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/types_mtvu.html
Deadline: March 1
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Laura W. Bush Travelling Fellowship

Description: The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO - using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy. Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. Expected award amount is $2,500.

Eligibility: Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for foreign travel. Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application. Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the United States.
Information: http://www.state.gov/p/io/unesco/programs/143138.htm
ONCA Deadlines: February 10 (for study in Summer/Fall of application year); September 10 (for study in the Spring semester of the next year)
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

MEXT Research Student Scholarship

Description: The Research Student Scholarship is a one-and-a-half to two-year scholarship for students with undergraduate degrees to study a subject of their choosing at a graduate school in Japan. Benefits of the program include a monthly allowance of 152,000 yen (approx. $1450) per month; transportation to and from Japan; and university tuition. To qualify, applicant must be a citizen of the United States, have been born on or after April 2,1975, and should be in good health. All applicants must hold an undergraduate degree by the time of departure. Proposed field of study must be the field, or any related field, that the applicant studied at a previous university. Applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between April 1-7 or between October 1-7. Proficiency in Japanese is not required.

Eligibility: College graduates not older than 35 years of age; U.S. citizen.
Information: http://www.atlanta.us.emb-japan.go.jp/MEXTresearch.htm
ONCA Deadline: May 1 (for Fall entry)
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Organization of American States Fellowships

Description: The Department of Human Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) administers one of the hemisphere's largest multinational fellowships and training programs. In recent years the Department of Human Development has provided several hundred fellowships for graduate studies and research, fellowships for undergraduate studies at universities through the region and awards for specialized, short-term training at educational institutions and training centers in OAS Member and Observer States. OAS offers fellowships for graduate study or research in the Americas in any field except medical and related fields and introductory language studies. Awards are tenable for at least 3 months and up to 2 years and provide travel expenses, tuition, special fees, study materials, and a subsistence allowance.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a university degree, know the language of their host country, and secure acceptance at chosen university, study center, or research site.
Application Information: http://www.oas.org/en/scholarships/
Approximate Deadline: March 15
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

National Security Education Program (NSEP - Boren)

Description: The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. NSEP provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students for study abroad in world areas critical to U.S. National Security. Recipients incur an obligation to work either for an office or agency of the Federal Government involved in national security affairs or in higher education. NSEP is merit based. The maximum NSEP Boren Scholarship award is $8,000 for a summer, $10,000 for a semester, and $20,000 for an academic year. The maximum NSEP Boren Fellowship awards generally vary between $12,000 and $30,000.

Eligibility: The National Security Education Program includes three components: (1) The National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad offers opportunities for U.S. students to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests but generally underrepresented in study abroad; (2) The National Security Education Program David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships encourages U.S. graduate students to add an important language component to their educations; (3) The Critical Language Enhancement Opportunity offers advanced language training in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Persian, or Russian.
Application Information: http://www.borenawards.org/
ONCA Deadline: February 1
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Awards

Description: Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Thirty-eight $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

Eligibility: The competition is open to Phi Kappa Phi members and non-members in all fields of study who meet the following requirements:
(1) Attend an institution with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter; (2) Have a minimum of 30 credit hours (or equivalent) but no more than 90 credit hours (or equivalent) by the deadline, including all AP, credit by exam, transfer credits, etc.; (3) Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; (4) Have at least two semesters (or equivalent) remaining in residence at their home institution after completing the study abroad experience; (5) The study abroad program must be taken between May 1 and June 30;  (6) Must have been accepted into a study abroad program (provide the letter of acceptance on an official letterhead as part of your application); (7) Your study abroad plan should relate directly to your academic preparation, potential career choice, and commitment to the welfare of others.
Application Information: http://www.phikappaphi.org/Web/Awards/Study_Abroad.html 
ONCA Deadline: February 1
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

Description: The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program is Ambassadorial Scholarships. Since 1947 nearly 37,000 men and women from 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. Nearly 800 scholarships were awarded for study in 2005-06. Through grants totaling approximately U.S. $500 million, recipients from some 70 countries studied in more than 70 nations. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships aim to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. Recipients are expected to be good will ambassadors, making appearances and giving presentations in their host and home countries.

Academic Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are for one academic year of full-time study at an institution assigned by The Rotary Foundation Trustees. Awards are intended to cover round-trip airfare, tuition, fees, some educational expenses, and room and board, not to exceed $25,000. Language proficiency expected.

Multi-year Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either two or three years of graduate degree-oriented study in another country. A flat grant of $12,000 is given per year to be applied toward the cost of a degree program. Language proficiency expected.

Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country, and are used to cover round-trip airfare, language training expenses, and homestay living arrangements, and do not exceed $12,000 and $19,000 respectively.

Eligibility: Must have completed two years of university course work; must be a citizen of a country in which a local Rotary club exists (U.S. is included).

Program and Application Information:
https://www.rotary.org/en/create-scholarship

Approximate Deadline: Varies depending upon location; between March and July.
Contact:
Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship

Description: The U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was renamed the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program to honor one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century. Mr. Pickering held the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as Ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, and the Russian Federation, finishing his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. 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 for travel (one round trip per academic year, up to a set maximum amount). Fellows must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools participating in the program. Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need. Fellows meet annually in Washington, D.C., for a program orientation.

Eligibility: Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered; Applicants must be in the sophomore year of undergraduate study; Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application; A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program. Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need. The number of fellowships will be determined by available funding. Finalists will attend an interview session in Washington, D.C.; the program pays the costs of transportation to the interview. Those selected as new Fellows will attend an orientation in Washington, D.C. Medical and security clearances will be required for program participation.
Information: http://woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/
ONCA Deadline: January 15
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Description: The U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was renamed the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program to honor one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century. Mr. Pickering held the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as Ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, and the Russian Federation, finishing his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The goal of the fellowship program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial 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 who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

Eligibility: Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale. At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year. Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master's degree program in either public policy, international affairs, or public administration, or in an academic field such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages (U.S. graduate institutions only).
Information: http://woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/
ONCA Deadline: January 15
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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