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Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants for Students

There are many external awards you can apply to which can help you pay for your abroad expenses or support you to travel abroad after graduation. Here are some examples of scholarships you can apply to that are outside of Gallaudet. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship through another organization, please contact the Manager of Education Abroad and International Fellowships, who will help advise you on writing your essays.

Gallaudet Institutional Scholarships for International Internships
Some funding is available for Gallaudet students who are participating in international internships. You will need to submit a scholarship application to apply for these institutional awards. The Manager of Education Abroad and International Fellowships will let you know how much funding is available to support your international internship if you are awarded a scholarship. Typically, if a scholarship is awarded, it will cover housing, flight, in-country transportation, and some food during the time you will be doing your internship.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship
The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. Department of State's Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for undergraduates child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Developed under the framework of the State Department's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the John McCain International Scholarship for Children of Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship) is open to eligible students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid. For more information about eligibility, visit the Gilman-McCain Scholarship website
Boren Scholarships and Boren Fellowships
Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages (including Sign Languages), including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Flagship Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, or Zulu. The South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative promotes the study of Hindi and Urdu. For a complete list of languages, visit the Boren website. The 2022 Boren Scholarships application will open in August 2021 and will be due on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 5 pm Eastern. The 2022 Boren Fellowships application will open in August 2021 and will be due on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 5 pm Eastern.

Critical Language Scholarships
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness. The Critical Language Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by American Councils for International Education.The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Languages offered:  Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. The next deadline for the Critical Language Scholarship will be on November 16, 2021.  

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Fulbright grants for study or research abroad are awarded on a nationally competitive basis to U.S. citizens who are graduate students or will have earned the bachelor’s degree prior to September of the year for which the grant is being awarded. Over 150 countries worldwide participate in the Fulbright Program with teaching assistantships available in more than 25 countries. These grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage, and full or partial tuition. Though the competition is keen for a limited number of openings, this is a very attractive opportunity for students with a serious interest in advanced study or research overseas. For more detailed information about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, please see the complete Fulbright program page here on the Gallaudet Education Abroad Website.  

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program
The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities for doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula. 

Go Overseas
Go Overseas is your guide to 14,000+ programs that will change how you see the world. They offer scholarships to Australia, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, New Zealand, and more! 

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18½–24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.

Cultural Vistas Fellowship
Cultural Vistas will select up to 15 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and Hong Kong. This fellowship opportunity is funded by Cultural Vistas. Cultural Vistas Fellows will enrich their academic learning through professional internship and immersion experiences focused on civic engagement and youth involvement during the summer. One cohort of up to four fellows will travel to each international destination. 

German Studies Research Grants
Accepted applicants are awarded for one to two months to highly qualified US and Canadian undergraduate and graduate students nominated by their department/program chairs. Application deadlines in 2021 are in May, July, and November.

National Federation of the Blind
If you are a Deafblind student at Gallaudet, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship through the National Federation of the Blind. Applications are typically due annually in March. To apply, students must must be legally blind (PDF) in both eyes. Winners must participate in the entire NFB National Convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities (finalists will receive assistance to attend the national convention).  Students must be enrolled in the semester following their education abroad program.

Search All Federally Funded Language Programs
The U.S. government offers diverse programs that can help U.S. citizens learn foreign languages. Use the tool below to find a federally funded language program that meets your needs. U. S. education institutions can also apply to host some of these language programs. Learn more about the personal and professional impacts of government-sponsored language programs.


Contact if you're interested in applying to any of the above opportunities!