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SIS Abroad

Funding for Graduate Study Abroad


SIS Graduate Research, Conference, and Internship Grant
For SIS graduate students to help offset costs associated with research, internship, or conference travel. Applications are open twice each year: in the fall for experiences in the spring and in the spring for summer/fall experiences.

Leeanne J. Dunsmore Study Abroad Scholarship
For SIS graduate and undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups who wish to study abroad through AU. Applications are open twice each year: in the fall for study abroad in the spring and in the spring for summer/fall study abroad.

Charles O. and Margaret Lerche Travel Grant
For graduate students in the M.A. IPCR degree program who are pursuing practical learning experiences or research in the field of International Peace and Conflict Resolution and American peace policy. The grant may be applied toward travel related SRP/thesis research, internship experience, or conference attendance. For more information, please contact

Tinker-Walker Fellowships, SIS International Development Program
For graduate students in the M.A.I.D. and M.S.D.M. degree programs who are pursuing SRP or thesis research, a practicum, or an internship abroad.

Tinker Field Research Grants, AU Center for Latin American and Latino Studies
For graduate students conducting preliminary dissertation or thesis research in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Non-AU Awards

Rotary Peace Fellowships
The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the world-competitive Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world.

Cosmos Scholars
A grant program of the Cosmos Club Foundation in support of graduate students at Washington area Universities. The program provides grants to meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funds.

Rotary Foundation Global Grants
For graduate students spending one or more academic year abroad.

American Association of University Women
Fellowships and grants, including an International Fellowship for women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Christianson Grant
The Christianson Grant is awarded to individuals who have arranged their own work abroad programs. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant program does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs.

Study Abroad Loans
Private loans for study abroad programs.

The National Federation of the Blind 

The NFB offers scholarships ranged between $3000-$12,000 to students who are legally blind.

The Rainbow Scholarship 

The Rainbow Scholarship offers up to $10,000 scholarship to a deserving LGBTQ student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous study abroad program.

The Gamma Nu Scholarships Program 

This scholarship provides support to gay men who want to further their education at a college, university, or vocational or professional training program.

The Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship (TDRS) 

The TDRS is a scholarship between $1,500 and $3,000 awarded to LGBTW members who identify themselves as women.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund 

The HSF assists students of Hispanic heritage to obtain college degrees.

The United Negro College Fund 

The UNCF helps students of African American heritage to achieve success in college.

US Government Fellowships

N.B. Must be a US citizen

Boren Fellowships
For graduate students studying world regions and languages critical to US interests (excluding Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand).

Critical Language Scholarship Program
All disciplines eligible.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.


Scholarships for study in Germany

The Institute of Turkish Studies Grant Program
The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) will offer grants and fellowships in the field of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies to graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, universities, and other educational institutions through its Grant Program

IREX Grants
The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO) offers U.S. scholars and professionals the opportunity to conduct policy-relevant research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Latin America

Organization of American States
Scholarships available for a full academic year (renewable for second year). Read more about other scholarship opportunities for specific countries, as well.

Inter-American Foundation PhD Grassroots Development Fellowship Program
IAF Fellowships support dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean undertaken by students who have advanced to PhD candidacy in a university in the United States. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or citizens of the independent Latin American countries.


Blakemore Foundation Language Grants
For the advanced study of Asian languages abroad.

Directories and Search Engines

AU's Office of Merit Awards National Scholarship Directory

AU's Office of Sponsored Programs
For list of funding opportunities and funding listserv

IIE Passport


These search engines are useful for finding resources and funding for specific locations and disciplines. You may want to try using general search engines (like Google) to find other sources – try looking for small organizations in your home town or pertaining to your gender, race, or religion.