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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. 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.

Career Center Support for International Internships
Some funding is available through the Gallaudet Career Center for students who are participating in international internships. If you are applying to intern abroad, you must make an appointment with Beth Keller in the Career Center after you have finished your application. You will fill out a "Learning Agreement" and a "Travel Stipend Form." The Career Center will let you know how much funding is available to support your international internship.

The Gilman Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. If you are currently receiving a Pell Grant as part of your financial aid package, you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. If you aren't sure if you are receiving a Pell Grant, please contact the office of Financial Aid. Want to learn more about the Gilman Scholarship in ASL? Watch the video below.

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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. 

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is committed to increasing the 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 give general scholarships as well as a couple dedicated scholarships which Gallaudet students are eligible to receive.  The first is called the Rainbow Scholarship and is specifically geared towards supporting LGBTQ students who study abroad. Secondly, FEA also gives out a DC Area Scholarship which is available to a deserving student who attends a U.S. university/college located in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, or suburban Maryland. This scholarship is made possible by the generous support and fundraising efforts of international educators working in the DC Area. When you apply, you are automatically entered into all the scholarship categories you are eligible for. Click here to download the 2020 Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship Flyer.

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.

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. Download the CLS Flyer here.

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.  

Explore America Travel Scholarship
HI USA is offering Explore America Travel Scholarship to individuals, ages 18-30, who are excited to travel to a destination in the United States. HI USA is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting intercultural exchange and these scholarships are designed to help young people who wish to travel, but lack the financial means to do so. We are happy to announce that DACA recipients are now eligible to apply for Explore America Scholarship.  This scholarship is exclusively for residents of: District of Columbia, MD - Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, VA - Arlington County, City of Alexandria, City of Arlington, Fairfax County. Each recipient will receive a $500 travel stipend and 4-10 free overnights at HI USA hostels. The scholarship is good for travel between Feb. 1, 2019 and Jan. 31, 2020.  HI USA’s staff and volunteers will work with you to plan your trip and once you arrive at our hostels you’ll find that while you may be traveling solo, you’re not alone. Our hostels offer a wide variety of tours and activities to help you meet other travelers, learn about the people and culture of the destination you’re visiting, and have experiences you’ll remember for a lifetime.  The deadline to apply is November 11, 2018.

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. The seventh class of 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, with the application deadline May 1, 2020.

Young Ambassadors
Accepted applicants are undergraduate students who recently studied abroad in Germany and promote study in Germany at their home universities with help from the DAAD. Only one student may be nominated per university, with the application deadline April 20, 2020.

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