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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Gilman Scholarships help to fund study and intern abroad programs for Federal Pell Grant recipients.

Boren Scholarships - An initiative of the National Security Education Program, Boren Scholarships fund undergraduate study abroad with a focus on less commonly taught languages and countries traditionally underrepresented by study abroad programs. In exchange, Scholars agree to work for the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program - A program of the U.S. Department of State, the CLS Program is a fully funded overseas summer immersion program promoting the study of critical languages. Languages currently offered include: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. The CLS Program is administered by American Councils for International Education.

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program - The U.S. Government awards FLAS grants to higher ed institutions, who then select modern language undergraduate and graduate students for academic-year or summer allocations. For consideration, students must submit an application through a grantee institution.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program - A program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Student Program offers recent college graduates, post-graduate scholars, and young professionals grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Program (+ high school) - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the NSLI-Y program offers high-school students and recent graduates merit-based scholarships for overseas immersion opportunities to study less commonly taught languages. The NSSLI-Y program is administered by American Councils for International Education.

Project Global Officer (Project GO) Scholarships - A Department of Defense initiative administered by the Institute of International Education, Project GO provides funding to ROTC students for critical language study both at home and overseas.

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program - Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Fellowship provides funding for the final year of undergraduate study and first year of graduate study in a field related to the Foreign Service (including specialization in a language). Successful completion leads to employment by the Foreign Service.

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs, U.S. Department of State (High School)

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute - For four weeks, the U.S.-based Institute unites 45 European youth with 10 American high school students to foster transatlantic relations and a sense of shared values.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad Program - YES Abroad allows U.S. high school students to study abroad in a predominately Muslim country while living with a host family for an academic year. The YES Abroad program is administered by American Councils for International Education.

The Youth Ambassadors Program - This 3-4 week program centered on community service and team building sponsors the exchange of high school students and adult educators with Youth Ambassadors from Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Youth Leadership Program - A 3-4 week exchange of high school students, the Youth Leadership Program fosters mutual understanding, respect, and civic engagement. Countries currently available include Indonesia and Iraq.

Private Sector and University Grants and Scholarships

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation Academic Scholarship - The Foundation awards several academic scholarships each year to undergraduate women studying a language other than English who have attained at least the level of Silver Award Girl Scout. The $1,500 award is renewable for four years of university language study.

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation Scholarship to Study Abroad - The Foundation provides non-renewable awards of $1,000 to undergraduate Silver and Gold Award Girl Scouts to fund academic-year and summer study abroad experiences.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship - The Fund for Education Abroad provides financial support for U.S. undergraduates to study overseas, with a preference toward rigorous, immersive academic programs and underrepresented students.

Golden Key Joan Nelson Study Abroad Scholarship - The Joan Nelson Study Abroad Scholarship is a $5,000 award given to a Golden Key International Honour Society member to be used toward overseas study.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant - Each year, the Society awards 75 study abroad grants of $1,000 to students on campuses with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter who have earned a GPA of at least 3.75 on a 4-point scale.

Phi Sigma Iota Scholarships - The International Foreign Language Honor Society offers multiple academic scholarships each year for members; applicants should inquire through local chapters.