Funding International Study, Internships, and Research
Many programs offer scholarships to attract students with strong academic records. Some of these scholarships are open only to students already on aid; others are awarded on the basis of merit alone. It is wise to check with the programs in which you have an interest. Check websites for application deadlines (check early!).
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables undergraduates who have limited financial means to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 to U.S. citizens who wish to pursue semester/academic year or summer study abroad. To be eligible, students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba. 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 for study of the following languages: Chinese, Arabic, Turkic languages, Indic languages, Persian, Korean, and Russian.
Boren Scholarships fund academic study in all countries except those in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Preference is given to applications for study in areas deemed critical to national security. Appropriate and integrated language study is required for all proposals. If you receive a Boren Scholarship, you must fulfill a service requirement to work for a year in the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, or State, or in the intelligence community. The Boren Scholarships offer a special initiative for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors. The scholarships fund up to $8,000 for summer study (minimum of 8 weeks) for students majoring in the STEM fields. All other applicants must plan to study overseas for at least a semester. STEM field majors may also apply for semester and year programs.
Bridging Scholarships are offered by the Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the U.S. before and during the time they are studying abroad. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive stipends ranging from $2,500 to $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan. Applications for Bridging Scholarships are accepted twice a year.
BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association) North American Scholarship Programme is open to all undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the U.S. or Canada. To be eligible to apply, you must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place at a UK university that is BUTEX affiliated. Your study abroad or exchange place must be for a minimum of one semester.
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers a number of scholarships to students who participate in CIEE programs: Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Scholarship, Michael Stohl Scholarship, Kathleen McDermott Scholarship, John E. Bowman Travel Grants, Robert B. Bailey Scholarship, CIEE-International Study Program Scholarships, Peter Wollitzer Scholarship for Study in Asia, Jennifer Ritzmann Scholarship for Studies in Tropical Biology. If you are studying on a CIEE program during the academic year or summer, these scholarships are worth investigating.
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for Intensive Summer Institutes, a program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in 13 critical need foreign languages.
Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program, launched by the Institute of International Education, aims to develop student leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Indonesia. IIE will select and pair ten Indonesian students pursuing U.S. degrees with ten U.S. undergraduates and arrange internships for them to work together in an Indonesian nonprofit organization. The nine-week experience, arranged by IIE's partner organization, the Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF), will take place in three cities: Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta. All program-related costs will be covered.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers financial assistance for a summer, semester, or year abroad in Germany to U.S. and Canadian citizens. There are a number of different programs available, including some designed specifically for engineering and science students. Research grants, ranging from $1,500 to $2,000, are also available to students with at least junior standing who are pursuing a German studies track or minor.Available programs:
- Undergraduate Scholarships: Scholarships for 4 to 10 months of study, thesis research or an internship for students in any academic field.
- RISE--Research Internships in Science and Engineering: Summertime internships with German doctoral students at universities and research institutions--no German required.
- University Summer Course Grant: Summer courses at German universities to help build your language skills while studying anything from film to politics to engineering.
- German Studies Research Grant: Funding for research in the U.S. or Germany in all areas of contemporary German Studies.
- internXchange: Summer program in Berlin for American journalism and communications students with advanced-intermediate German.
- EMGIP - Bundestag Internship: Two months at the German parliament for students who are fluent in German.
- Study & Internship Program (SIP) in Germany: A semester of study at one of the UAS7 universities in Germany followed by a one-semester professional internship at a company or research institute in Germany. A joint program of German Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS7) and DAAD.
Killam Undergraduate Fellowships for Americans funds one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and nominated by their home university. Princeton students may apply to the open competition.
Rotary Grants offer a variety of educational awards with the aim of promoting friendly relations between peoples of different nations. Undergraduate and graduate scholarships as well as funding for summer language study may be available through local clubs. Application deadlines are set separately by each Rotary Club and may be as early as March 15 or as late as July 15.
St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia offers a $18,000 scholarship to students interested in studying for a year at one of four Scottish universities (St. Andrews, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, or Glasgow). Princeton is one of 18 schools that may nominate a candidate. Please see Dean Nancy Kanach by early February if you wish to be nominated for the scholarship.