Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Scholarship:

A scholarship designed for undergraduate students who wish to pursue National Security as a career. It funds opportunities for students to study cultures and respective languages (study abroads) of countries relevant to National Security matters in the United States. Students enrolled in this program can choose their own country and language or join one of the special initiatives: South Asian Flagship, African Flagship, ROTC, and STEM. Awards are allotted by semester and up to a school year. Students that complete the program must dedicate at least a year working for the federal government after graduation.

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Boren Fellowship:

Also focusing on National Security, this fellowship is geared towards graduate level students. Students who want funding must enroll in a domestic program that allows them to study a specific culture and respective language for at least 12 weeks (1-year maximum) overseas. Students may design their initiative or choose one of the two special initiatives (South Asian Flagship or African Flagship), but must enroll into a specific university domestic or overseas program. Awards go up to $24,000.

The Office of Study Abroad conducts Boren workshops throughout the year to go over application requirements, procedures, and tips for strengthening your application. We also review your application essays and conduct interviews for applicants during the application cycle. Before you submit your Gilman application, visit our calendar at for information on upcoming workshops and visit SASC 230 for feedback on your Boren essays.

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Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship:

Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs from the U.S. Department of State, this scholarship focuses on giving opportunities for under-represented undergraduate students to obtain an international experience via study abroad or oversea internships. Preferred students are those with either of the following: disabilities, high financial constraints, enrolled in community college, studying an under-represented discipline, and diverse background. Awards are up to $5,000 or more if students become eligible for the Critical Need Language Award.

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Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship:

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, this fellowship focuses on catering to undergraduate and graduate students wishing to pursue a career in public service, particularly on foreign affairs and diplomacy. Students accepted in the fellowship will be given up to $37,500 annually for tuition, internship opportunities, mentors, and employment in the Department of State Foreign Service (upon program and requirement completion).

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Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program:

The U.S. Department of State and Howard University are collaborating in an effort to recruit more minorities to become diplomats in the Foreign Service. Students who wish to pursue this field, may complete one of the two fellowship programs: Summer Enrichment Program or the Graduate Fellowship Program.

The Summer Enrichment Program comprises of 15 selected undergraduate students, who for six weeks, will learn more about issues and opportunities in international affairs getting a $3,200 stipend upon completion.

The Graduate Fellowship Program comprises of 30 selected graduate students supported financially for two years of studying disciplines pertaining to international affairs. Students will also have access to internship opportunities, professional development initiatives, and employment in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service upon program completion.

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 Payne Fellowship

In partnership with Howard University, the USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract students from underrepresented groups in International Development careers like minorities and those with financial need, and who are interested in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It provides up to $90,000 for graduate programs and other leadership opportunities such as internships. After successfully completing the fellowship and USAID entry requirements, students will be able to join USAID.

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Critical Language Scholarship

Critical Language Scholarships offer U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students to participate in beginning, intermediate, and advanced level intensive summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers:

The deadline for CLS each year is early January.

Additional Scholarship & Fellowship Information

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