US Government Scholarships and Fellowships

Charles B. Rangel Fellowship and Summer Program
Howard University, in partnership with the Dpt. of State offers both a summer enrichment program for undergraduate students and a graduate fellowship program. Students accepted to the summer program are offered full tuition as well as a stipend to study in DC for six weeks in June and July. Graduate fellows will receive support throughout the internship and career search process. Those who seek employment with the Foreign Service are encouraged to apply.

Pickering Fellowship
The Pickering Fellowship is available to undergraduate and graduate students in the US. Accepted students will receive up to $37,500 annually. The fellowship also includes orientation at the Department of State, two summer internships (one in DC and one at a US consulate/embassy abroad), and mentorship. It is an excellent way for students to grow their networks and gain hands-on experience in the policy-making world.

Americans Promoting Study Abroad Scholarship
APSA is offering two scholarship programs to high school students in grades 9 through 11. One offers funding for Mandarin learning here in the States while the Global Youth program offers students the opportunity to study abroad in China by paying for a portion of the tuition costs.

US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
The State Department offers many programs for Americans wanting to go abroad for cultural, educational or professional exchange. This website provides the information you need to get started. 

Fulbright Student Program
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government; it is designed to increase mutual understanding between the US and other countries. The Fulbright Program offers fellowships for graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study or conduct research abroad for one academic year. Additional funding is available for critical language study.

China Scholarship Council
The China Scholarship Council, affiliated with the Chinese government, provides information about numerous Chinese universities, programs and Chinese government scholarships for studying abroad in China. You can also find application requirements, tips for study abroad planning and preparation, and facts about China in general.

Critical Language Scholarship Program
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is part of a US government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. It provides fully funded, group-based overseas intensive instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences in 13 critical need languages for US higher education students. Undergraduate, master’s and doctoral-level students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply for the seven- to 10-week long programs.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Gilman Scholarship Program provides scholarships for study abroad to US undergraduates with financial need, including students from diverse backgrounds and those going to non-traditional study abroad destinations. Scholarships provide 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.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
The NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for eligible American high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs through a combination of classroom instruction, applied learning opportunities, peer relationships and host family experiences. NSLI-Y is part of a US government initiative that prepares Americans to be global leaders. NSLI-Y aims to provide opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in language learning. Previous language study is not required and language learners of all levels are encouraged to apply.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Boren Awards, funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), provide unique funding opportunities for US undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships can provide undergraduates with up to $20,000 and graduate students with up to $30,000, depending on the length of time overseas and the cost of the program. In exchange for scholarship and fellowship funding, Boren Award recipients commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Schwarzman
Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.  Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines: Public Policy, Economics and Business, International Studies.

Yenching Academy, Peking University

The Yenching Academy provides a generous postgraduate scholarship that covers tuition fees, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey between each Scholar’s base city and Beijing, accommodations, and living costs on Peking University’s campus. The Academy offers a residential program aimed at creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators in the heart of China’s top university. Such close proximity to the academic infrastructure of Peking University provides a unique opportunity to participate and fully immerse oneself in the life of the university.