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Boren Graduate Fellowship

The Boren Graduate Fellowship supports students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to US interests. Boren Fellowships are merit-based. The maximum level of support for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country or region must be an integral part of each application proposal. To learn more about the Boren Fellowship, contact the AU Office of Merit Awards at 202-885-1854 or

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship funds American students in the study of world regions critical to US interests, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships are merit based. The maximum award is $8,000 for a summer, $10,000 for a semester, or $20,000 for a full academic year. All scholarship recipients are required to work for one year in a national security-related position with the federal government within five years (which may be done as summer employment or during the semester). The campus deadline for this scholarship is in late January. To learn more about the Boren Scholarship, contact the AU Office of Merit Awards at 202-885-1854 or

The US Department of State's Critical Language Scholarships provide funding for intensive overseas study of "critical need" languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Critical Language Scholarships will provide funding for students to participate in beginning, intermediate and/or advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners. All program costs are covered for participants. University level credit may be available. All applicants must be US citizens. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level. The application deadline is in early to mid-November. To learn more about the Critical Language Scholarships, contact the Office of Merit Awards at 202-855-1854 or e-mail

The DACOR Bacon Graduate Fellowship is an annual fellowship providing up to $10,000 in tuition assistance for one SIS graduate student for the second year of full-time study toward an MA in SIS. This award is funded by DACOR Bacon House Foundation's Education Committee. Applicants must be US citizens in their first year of a graduate program. The application deadline for this award is in mid-December. Please see the DACOR Bacon Graduate Fellowship website for the most up-to-date information or email with questions.

Fulbright Diplomatic Academy Grant

The Diplomatic Academy in Vienna offers a grant for a qualified student to enroll in one of the two courses the Diplomatic Academy offers for university graduates: its one-year Diploma Program, or the first or second year of its two-year Master of Advanced International Studies (MAIS) Program. Please note that this grant is limited to one academic year for students accepted into the first year of the MAIS Program. Especially qualified students may enroll directly in the second year of the program. Applicants for the Fulbright Diplomatic Academy award will simultaneously also be considered as candidates for traditional Fulbright student grants. Candidates for the Diploma Program are expected to have a good knowledge of English and of either German or French with at least basic skills in the third language. Grantees receive an award to cover tuition and the costs of room and board on-site, will be enrolled at the Diplomatic Academy and housed on-site. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements, including language ability, for the selected program at the Diplomatic Academy. For eligibility requirements and application deadlines, please see the Fulbright Diplomatic Academy Grant website.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Fellows in the Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Program teach English conversation, American studies, and literature abroad for one year in Argentina, Belgium/Luxembourg, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Korea, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Taiwan, and Turkey. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen; hold at least a bachelor's degree at the time of the award; and have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country to carry out graduate-level academic work in their discipline. No previous coursework in a school of education is required. The Fulbright ETA campus deadline is in mid-August. To learn more about the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, contact the Office of Merit Awards at 202-885-1854 or e-mail

Fulbright Grant

The Fulbright Grant provides one year of academic study or independent research in one of 100 nations. The study should be at the post-baccalaureate or graduate level. Recipients receive a stipend, round-trip travel, university expenses, and health insurance for one academic year abroad. To be eligible, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen, hold at least a bachelor's degree at the time of the award, and have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country to carry out graduate-level academic work in their discipline. The campus deadline is in early August. For more information about the Fulbright Grant, contact the Office of Merit Awards at 202-885-1854 or e-mail

The Rosenthal Fellowship offers qualified SIS graduate students the opportunity to spend a summer in Washington, DC, pursuing professional fellowship positions with a Member of Congress or in the US Federal Government. Fellows receive fellowship placements and, in some cases, financial stipends to support their summer in Washington. APSIA member schools may nominate up to three candidates from their institution who meet the eligibility criteria for the program. Applicants must be full-time graduate students both at the time of nomination and during the fellowship. Students must return to school for at least the fall semester following their fellowship. International students eligible if they have a J-1 visa. The campus deadline is in early November. For more information about the Rosenthal Fellowship, please visit the Rosenthal Fellowship website for the most up-to-date information or email

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars gives qualified students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master's Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Students live and study together for a year on the campus of Schwarzman College, where all classes are taught in English, and pursue a Masters in Global Affairs. Every year, up to 200 Schwarzman Scholars will be selected. All qualified candidates will have successfully completed their undergraduate degrees prior to enrollment and must be proficient in English. For more information, please visit the Schwarzman Scholars website.

The Straus Historical Society accepts applications for its scholarship program aimed at supporting the continuing education of a graduate student whose professional goal is in the field of public service. Public service can be in the form of employment in the government, the uniform services, or public interest in non-governmental research and/or educational and nonprofit organizations. The scholarship is $5,000 in value and applicants must be US citizens. For more information about applying, please visit the Straus Historical Society site.

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