Are you looking for IR scholarships to help fund you study abroad? Look no further! Below are IR scholarships that you can apply to if you’re interested in international relations, diplomacy, languages, or a career in government.
The Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship is a U.S. Department of State grant program that assists students in financial need to study or intern overseas. The program encourages the participation of underrepresented groups in study abroad. These groups include but are not limited to ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, students attending HBCUs, STEM students, and first-generation college students. The Gilman Scholarship also encourages students to study and intern in non-traditional countries.
Award amounts for Gilman Scholarships vary by student need and length of study. However, students can win up to $5000 for one scholarship. Students studying a critical language can apply for a supplemental award up to $3,000.
If you have a love for languages, this scholarship is for you. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) is a U.S. State Department program that provides foreign language instructions and cultural immersion experiences for American undergraduate and graduate students. Students can choose from a list of 15 critical languages to study during the summer.
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This scholarship is also for those who wish to study a language and are interested in serving in the national security sector of the U.S. government. The Boren scholarship program provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages that are critical to U.S. interests.
If you are looking for more U.S. government scholarships and programs, visit USA Study Abroad, here.
If you are looking for a study abroad program sponsored by a foreign government visit, the U.S. State Department’s Study Abroad page, here.
Here are a few examples (not in any order of preference):
This scholarship allows all foreign citizens from countries which have diplomatic relations with Indonesia to study Bahasa Indonesian, music, arts, and crafts during a one-year non-degree program. The Indonesian government sponsors this program.
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If you would like to study or research in Germany, DAAD has resources to help. The German government sponsors this program
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If you haven’t already, check out How to Get a Study Abroad Scholarship
If you want more places to look for scholarships, be sure to check out:
The Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs (APSIA) aims to improve graduate education in international affairs. If you’re looking for a long list of scholarships and fellowships in international affairs, check out their “Fellowships and Scholarships” section: https://apsia.org/fellowships-scholarships/
The Institute for International Education (IIE) has an initiative to diversify study abroad. To help students find scholarships, they have created a scholarship database for study abroad. This database can be found here.
Another place to look for scholarships is university databases. Visit a university’s scholarship or fellowship page to find more opportunities.
If you are studying abroad with an external program provider they may offer scholarships as well. Just be sure to check out their deadlines early.
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