Scholarships

There are many scholarships and fellowship for students, teachers, and professionals to see the world. Click on any of the links below to learn more and apply for some amazing international experiences.

Note: This list is for reference use only and the scholarships and links mentioned are the sole property of the individual sponsor organizations as well as all copyrights and brands.

U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs

http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/alphabetical-list-programs

American Arts Incubator Program
American Arts Incubator uses new media and/or mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in overseas communities in Asia to advance U.S. foreign policy by addressing a local community issue, such as women's empowerment, HIV-AIDS prevention, social inclusion, conflict resolution, and the environment. Applicants must be emerging, mid-career or established new media and or digital artists, U.S. Citizens at least 18 years of age who are residing in the U.S. at the time of the project. Participants must also have a strong record of artistic accomplishments with examples of international experience, relevant experience working with youth and or underserved communities.

Applications are due by February 29th (applications closed for the 2016-2017 programs)

American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL)
American Council of Young Political Leaders programs are designed to promote mutual understanding, respect, and friendship and to cultivate long-lasting relationships among young people who are poised to become tomorrow's global leaders and policy makers. Applicants must be between 25-40 years of age, local or state elected office holders or local party, policy making, corporate or labor advocacy, grassroots organizing professionals, and be demonstrated leaders with future potential.

Applications are accepted throughout the year  

American Music Abroad
American Music Abroad artists represent the new generation of musical ambassadors; reaching beyond concert halls to interact with other musicians and citizens around the globe. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a US citizen and either hold or be able to obtain a valid US passport. Additionally, applying ensembles must be either trios, quartet, or quintets. Follow link to program to find out more about applicant qualification and the application process.

Applications are due in January

American Youth Leadership Program
Participants travel abroad to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to examine globally significant issues. Programs involve homestays with local families, language lessons, leadership training, and community service opportunities. Participants implement a follow-on project in their communities once they return home. Applicants must be American high school students, between the ages of 15-17, and have at least one semester of school remaining after program participation.

Application dates vary depending on program.

Arts Envoy
The Arts Envoy Program shares the best of the U.S. arts community with the world to foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration and to demonstrate shared values and aspirations. American arts professionals-- including performing artists, visual artists, poets, playwrights, theatrical and film directors, curators, and others-- travel overseas to conduct workshops, give performances, and mentor young people. Applicants must be US citizens at least 18 years of age and be an expert/professional practitioner in the arts field.

Individuals and groups are selected by U.S. embassies in collaboration with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Follow the program link to find out more.

Benjamin Franklin Summer Institutes
The Benjamin Franklin Summer Institutes are intensive academic institutes that focus on global issues and are hosted by a U.S. college or university. The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute fosters relationships among the younger generation of Europeans and Americans to build strong linkages and an awareness of shared values. The summer Institute engages 45 teenagers from Europe and ten American teenagers (ages 16 - 18) in a four-week U.S.-based exchange program that aims to reinforce the transatlantic relationship. Applicants must be US citizens between 16-18 years old.

Applications are due April 15th

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations. The program offers up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit. Students studying critical need languages are eligible for up to $3,000 in additional funding as part of the Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement program. Follow program link for a list of critical need languages.

Applications for spring and summer (early application) are open in mid-August and closed in early October.

Applications for summer and fall or academic year programs are open mid-January and closed in early March.

Community Engagement through the Arts

Community Engagement through the Arts uses mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in overseas communities in South and Central America and Africa to advance U.S. foreign policy by addressing a local community issue, such as women's empowerment, HIV-AIDS prevention, social inclusion, conflict resolution, and the environment. Follow program link to learn more about applicant qualifications and application due dates.

Applications are closed for this year's program. Follow the program link for more information.

Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange
Graduating high school seniors will spend a year in Germany living with a host family and participate in an internship with a German company. Applicants must be 18-19 years old, have a "B" (3.0) academic and or vocational grade point average, graduate from high school in January or June, receive a strong recommendation from their school, and demonstrate leadership ability.

Applications are due by January 31st

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange For Young Professionals
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals is a full-year work-study fellowship program that offers two months of intensive German language training in Germany (no prior German language knowledge required), four months of classroom instruction at a German university or college of applied sciences, and a five-month internship in each participant's career field. Applicants must be US citizens aged 18-24 at the start of the program, have earned a high school diploma or equivalent, have completed general coursework in the target internship field at a community college, college or university, possess some relevant work experience in the target internship field, preferably proficient in the German language (but not required), and have clear career goals, good communication skills and exhibit flexibility and diplomacy.

Applications for the 2017-2018 program year will be available in September.

Critical Language Enhancement Award
Open Mar 31st and close Oct 11th

Critical Language Scholarship Program
Applications open in September and due in mid-November

English Language Fellow Program

Applications are open from September to November each year and are accepted until all projects are filled for that cycle.

English Language Specialist Program

Fulbright Canada Scholarships

The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada) is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in both countries and engage them in residential academic exchange. They offer multiple scholarships for American students and scholars to conduct research, lecture, or enroll in formal academic programs in Canada.

Application deadlines vary based on the different programs and time of year applicants wish to study abroad. Visit the program link to find more information on deadlines and eligibility.

Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program

Application deadlines vary depending on the desired country and program.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship
Applications are open March 31, 2016, and are closed October 11, 2016

Fulbright  Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program
Applications are open March 31, 2016, and are closed October 11, 2016

 

Fulbright  Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program
The Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching sends select U.S. primary and secondary school teachers abroad for three to six months to pursue projects, conduct research, take courses and lead master classes or seminars for teachers and students. All applicants must be US citizens, employed full time at accredited K-12 schools, hold a Master's degree or be enrolled in a Master's program at the time the grant begins. They must also have a minimum of 5 years full-time teaching experience, be able to demonstrate experience conducting and leading professional development activities, and be able to meet current J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) eligibility requirements regarding previous grants.

Applications are usually open in July and closed in early November.

Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program
Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be senior scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record. Applications must have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree, college or university teaching experience at the level and in the field of the proposed lecturing activity, and foreign language proficiency. Grant lengths vary in duration: applicants can propose projects for a period of three to 12 months, as specified in the award description.

Applications are due August 1, 2016 (all day)

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program
Applications are open March 31, 2016, and are closed October 11, 2016

Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health
Fellows spend nine months in one of nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or South America.

Applications are open March 31, 2016, and are closed October 11, 2016

Fulbright International Education Administrators Program
Applications are open March 31, 2016, and are closed October 11, 2016

Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program
The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program is a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations participating in a year-long program that includes multi-disciplinary, team-based research, a series of three seminar meetings, and a Fulbright exchange experience. Among other requisites, applicants must be conducting current research relevant to the program's themes and objectives, open to exploring and incorporating comparative, interdisciplinary approaches in their investigations and interested in developing collaborative activities with other NEXUS Scholars.

Applications are due April 1st

Fulbright Specialist Program

Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline schedule so applicants can apply throughout the year.

Fulbright Travel-Only Grants
Grants for international travel are available to Germany, Hungary and Italy to supplement other fellowships that do not include travel costs or to supplement a student's own funds for study/research. Applicants must be US citizens with at least a Bachelor's degree by the start of the grant (Applicants with a doctorate are ineligible), and sufficient proficiency in the host language to carry out the project required.

Application dates vary by country.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 800 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program has a series of new innovative opportunities to meet the changing needs of a diverse academic community in the United States.

Fulbright Flex Awards allows scholars to propose multiple stays of one to three months in the host country over a period of two to three years.

Fulbright Postdoctoral and Early Career Awards are designed for postdoctoral and early career academics.

A Salary Supplement Stipend has been approved for 2014-2015 to bring the stipend amount to the same level as salary, up to a maximum.

Scholars who specialize in Teaching English As a Foreign Language are able to apply to more than 50 different programs simultaneously.

Application dates and availability vary depending on the program and country

 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research or be an English teaching assistant abroad for one academic year.

Applications for 2017-2018 are open March 31, 2016, and are closed October 11, 2016

German-American Partnership Program
The German American Partnership Program (GAPP) supports partnerships and exchanges between high schools in the U.S. and secondary schools in Germany. GAPP allows groups of U.S. high school students and German secondary school students to visit a secondary school in the other country. The recommended group size is 10-20 students of approximately the same age. In Germany, as well as in the U.S., students live with their host family and participate in school activities.

Applications are due by April 4th

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad
The YES Abroad program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to develop a perspective of a Muslim culture first-hand. Participants spend an academic year attending a high school while living with a host family in select countries with significant Muslim populations.

The 2016 - 2017 program is no longer accepting new applicants. Go to yes-abroad.org to find out more and to be notified when the 2017 - 2018 application becomes available.

Museums Connect
Museums Connect (formerly known as Museums & Community Collaborations Abroad) is designed to strengthen connections between people in the United States and abroad through museum-based exchanges. Non-profit museums of any size and discipline are eligible to participate. To apply, museums must have been open to the public for at least two years, have the institutional and financial capacity to complete the activities and create outputs described in their proposal, have at least one partner (U.S. museums must partner with a non-U.S. museum and vice versa)

Applications are due in stages with the first portions due in early January (for currently un-partnered museums) or February (for already partnered museums), and all components due by mid-April.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth
National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships to U.S. high school students and recent graduates interested in learning less-commonly studied foreign languages overseas. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently enrolled in high school, between the ages of 15-18 years old at the start of the program, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and meet other criteria defined in the application.

Applications due in October for the 2017-2018 program.

Next Level
This unique arts-based exchange employs multi-disciplinary hip hop collaborations, and explores and addresses conflict resolution strategies by sending up to 20 American beat makers, DJs, B-Boys/B-Girls (or experts of other types of hip hop dance), or MCs in teams of 5 artists to lead four- to six-week exchange programs in various countries. Overseas programming will include but is not limited to: workshops, master classes, community performances, and outreach activities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 21 years of age, able to commit to traveling abroad for 2-4 weeks in one or more countries, outstanding performers with teaching experience, and be experienced in one or more of the following areas: Beat Making, DJing, B-Boying/B-Girling (or other forms of hip hop dance), or MCing.

Applications closed for the 2016-2017 program, follow program link for more information on applications for the 2017-2018 program.

Sports Envoy Program
Sports Envoys are athletes and coaches who travel overseas to lead programs that were developed by U.S. embassies and consulates. These American coaches and athletes hold sports clinics for young people and their coaches, participate in community outreach activities, and engage youth in a dialogue on the importance of leadership and respect for diversity. Athletes and coaches in various sports are chosen by U.S. embassies and consulates. To learn more about sports programs, visit the Sports Diplomacy page.

smARTpower
smARTpowerSM engages a diverse range of American visual artists to work with communities around the world to create community-based projects. Focusing on direct community engagement that encourages dialogue, experimentation and creativity, this program is designed to stimulate discourse around local or global social issues including the environment, education, health, girls and women's issues and freedom of expression.

Application period closed for 2016 program. Follow program link to find out more about the 2017 program.

Teachers for Global Classrooms

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long professional development opportunity for United States elementary, middle and high school teachers to become leaders in global education. TGC allows U.S. middle and high school teachers to participate in an online professional development course, two Washington, D.C.-based symposiums and a two-week professional development exchange.

Applications are currently closed for the 2016-2017 program. Follow program link for more information about next year's program.

Venice Architectural Biennale  
The Department of State supports official U.S. participation at select international art exhibitions called biennales. The Department's support ensures that the excellence, vitality, and diversity of American arts are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding. For more information on the Venice Architectural Biennale, visit the La Biennale di Venezia official website. Applicants must be a U.S. based non-profit museum, school, gallery or a visual arts organization subject to 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code, U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status in the United States. Architects whose work is proposed for representation must be US citizens. For more information about qualifications and how to apply, follow the program link in the title.

The closing date for application submissions is usually about 18 to 24 months before the opening date of the exhibition.

Venice Art Biennale  
This program ensures that the excellence, vitality, and diversity of American arts are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding. Held biannually in odd-numbered years (2013, 2015, 2017, etc.), the program lasts typically six months. For more information on the Venice Architectural Biennale, visit the La Biennale di Venezia official website. Applicants must be a U.S. based non-profit museum, school, gallery or a visual arts organization subject to 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code, U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status in the United States. Artists whose work is proposed for representation must be U.S. citizens.

The closing date for application submissions is usually about 18 to 24 months before the opening date of the exhibition.

Youth Ambassadors
The Youth Ambassadors Program brings together high school students and adult mentors from countries across the Americas to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities. Exchanges are primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States, but also include delegations from the United States to select countries. Participants will engage in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, and live with local host families. Upon their return home, the students apply what they have learned to implement projects that serve needs in their communities. Applicants must be American high school students between the ages of 15-18 and have at least one semester of school remaining after program participation. Adult participants may be teachers, trainers, school administrators and/or community leaders who work with youth.

Application vary depending on the program's destination country. Follow the program link for more information.

Youth Leadership Program
Students from various countries study topics that include civic education, leadership development, and community service. During the exchanges, students and educators participate in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, leadership development, and live with local host families. Upon their return home, the students apply what they have learned to implement projects that serve needs in their communities. Programs typically last about 3-4 weeks. Applicants must be between the ages of 15-17. Adult participants may be teachers, school administrators and/or community leaders who work with youth.

Application requirements, availability and deadlines vary depending on the program's destination country. Follow program link for more information.

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship

The Rotary Foundation offers grants that support a wide variety of projects, scholarships, and training that Rotarians are doing around the world. Follow the link to explore the grant types and find one that's right for your project.

Application deadlines vary depending on the program