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Scholarships

Many outside organizations and third-party providers, such as AustraLearnCETCIEEDISIESIFSA-ButlerSchool for Field Studies (SFS), and SIT, offer a number of scholarship opportunities for studying abroad. As do international institutions such as King's College London and the American University of Cairo. Click any of the links to be taken directly to their scholarship page.

You can also search for study abroad funding opportunities on the Database for Study Abroad Funding.

The following prestigious awards require nomination from Barnard. If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please meet with the Dean for Study Abroad at least six weeks before the application deadline.

National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Boren Scholarships support U.S. undergraduate students studying abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Easter Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Preference is given to undergraduate applications proposing a full-year academic study. Summer-only programs are limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematic students. In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to work in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities for one year within three years of graduation. Awards range from $8,000 for summer study, $10,000 for a semester and up to $20,000 for an academic year. The on-campus deadline for this scholarship is around early January and the national deadline is usually in early February. Interested students should look at the Boren website and contact Dean Young for more information.

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research inareas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The pilot National Security Education Program African Languages Initiative will offer Boren Fellowship applicants the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of, and proficiency in, African languages and cultures. They seek applicants who have had exposure to Bambara, Swahili, Yoruba, or Zulu, and can demonstrate proficiency of novice-high or above. Specifically, this pilot initiative will provide the opportunity for Fellows to enhance their Boren Fellowship with additional language study in the United States and overseas. Beginning summer 2011, Fellows will have the opportunity to enroll in domestic university-based summer intensive courses in the targeted languages. The summer U.S. programs will be followed by intensive language and culture study programs during the fall semester at specific language centers in Mali (Bambara), Tanzania (Swahili), Nigeria (Yoruba), and South Africa (Zulu).

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

This award provides "U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world." Applicants must be Pell Grant Recipients. The scholarship awards up to $5,000 for U.S. students to study abroad for up to one academic year. Students who receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program, for a total possible award of up to $8,000. The deadline every year for the spring semester is around early October and it is in early March for the fall and full-year programs. Interested students who are Pell Grant recipients should contact Dean Young in early September or late January, depending on their study abroad plans. Applications and more information can be obtained on the Gilman website.

Some other scholarships to consider are listed below:

Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan: Recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for academic year programs). Undergraduates majoring in any field are eligible. No prior language required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
 
Ben Gurion University Undergraduate Research Travel Grant: Open to semester and year-long participants on the Overseas Student Program (OSP) in Israel. These grants can be used to cover travel expenses within Israel for one of the following purposes, to: continue or develop a research project with a faculty supervisor from the home institution, develop a project or research for personal or academic development, supplement work in the BGU research internship program with relevant travel, or engage in an independent study with a BGU faculty supervisor.

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association: Each year BUTEX awards eight scholarships to students studying in the UK for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.

Blakemore Foundation: The Blakemore Foundation was established in 1990 by Thomas and Frances Blakemore to encourage the advanced study of Asian languages and to improve the understanding of Asian fine arts in the United States.

CIEE: Intensive Language Scholarship: CIEE, the world’s leading nonprofit international educational and exchange program organization, has initiated a scholarship program to encourage full-year intensive language study by today’s top U.S. college and university students. CIEE’s Language Intensive Focus Track Scholarship (LIFT) will provide $100,000 annually to encourage students to study one of five languages—Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, or Russian—for a year in another country. LIFT scholarships will be initially offered to current CIEE students pursuing intensive language development in Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Russian, and will expand to all CIEE language programs beginning in fall 2013. Scholarship awards will be a minimum of $5,000 and will be awarded to exemplary students based on undergraduate GPA and the strength of a personal essay.

Columbia's School for International and Public Affairs: SIPA offers many opportunities according to the geographic location, area of specialty. e.g the Weatherhead Institute "offers funding for research, language acquisition, unpaid internships, and dissertation write-up during the summer and academic year to selected Columbia students [including Barnard students] committed to professional and academic engagement with East and Southeast Asia." The Institute for Latin American Studies also offers funding to Barnard undergraduates for summer programs.

Critical Language Scholarships: CLS provide group-based summer intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for eight to ten weeks. CLS institute dates are posted once finalized, but the institutes generally begin within the first three weeks in June, and end within the first three weeks in August. All CLS program costs are covered for scholarship recipients. This includes travel between the student's US home city and program location, mandatory pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, program-sponsored travel within country, and all entrance fees for program activities. 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.

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst: DAAD offers a wide range of opportunities to students, scholars, and higher education institutions of the United States and Canada, from undergraduate students to faculty, for study and research in Germany.

Diversity Network Summer Scholarship: Diversity Network, in partnership with STA Travel, offers eighteen travel scholarships for students from member institutions. Students must meet grant criteria and participate on a credit bearing summer research, study, intern or service-learning/volunteer abroad program. Award Amount: $750.

FLAS ScholarshipsThe FLAS Fellowship competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students of Columbia University and Barnard College who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are enrolled in a full-time program(either domestic or overseas) that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies. The FLAS award offers fellowship assistance to meritorious students undergoing beginning, intermediate, or advanced training in modern foreign languages with concentrations in related international or area studies. Undergraduates students must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency and can apply for a Less Commonly Taught Language, except French German and Spanish.

Barnard students apply through Columbia. The application for academic year programs can be found here. The application for summer programs can be found here.

Fund for Education Abroad: FEA is committed to increasing opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. They are independent non-profit organization with a board comprised of study abroad professionals and other supporters of international education from around the country. Scholarships are $5,000 per semester or $10,000 for the year and are not limited to specific programs, destinations, or fields of study - however - FEA gives priority to underrepresented students (including  but not limited to minorities, students planning to study in non-traditional destinations and community college students). The online scholarship application can be accessed at http://www.fundforeducationabroad.com/applicants/. Unlike many other scholarship programs, FEA asks our scholars to apply one year in advance of their academic abroad year.

Rotary Foundation Academic Year Ambassadorial Scholarship: This program sponsors scholarships for undergraduates studying abroad. While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to greater understanding of their host countries. Also of note: "The scholarship may not be used in conjunction with a study-abroad program affiliated with a home-country institution." (i.e. you can only use this scholarship to pay a foreign institution directly - NOT exchanges, NOT CIEE, SIT, IFSA- Bulter etc)

Society of Teachers of French and Francophone America: SPFFA welcomes all French teachers or teachers interested in research or activities that involve the use of the French language. The SPFFA has several scholarships or research which are awarded annually to students who wish to continue their work in France or Quebec. The Exchange Dufrenoy is aimed at students of scientific disciplines; the Marandon Scholarships are open to different types of students and researchers specializing in literature, humanities, or the arts. Scholarships in Quebec allow students to attend a session of summer school in a Quebec university.

Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship Corporation: This program supports U.S. university students who study abroad in Denmark, with the aim of helping to strengthen the cultural and friendship ties between our two countries. This award, up to $3,000, supports a student of Danish background or one who has demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to Denmark and "matters Danish". The application, along with detailed criteria, timing and instructions, is available at the link above, and is open to US citizens or permanent residents attending any U.S. college or university, registered to study abroad in Denmark for a minimum of one semester/trimester.

The World Affairs Forum: Based in Stamford Connecticut, the World Affairs Forum has established a scholarship program for deserving university students to encourage study abroad for those interested in pursuing an international career. Applicants must be residents of Fairfield County, CT or Westchester County, NY.