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International External Scholarships and Fellowships

In support of its stated mission, Marlboro College encourages and provides assistance to students for pursuing external scholarships and fellowships. These programs can provide additional scholarly training, opportunities to develop a global perspective, professional development, and generous financial support. Marlboro’s Career Development office is a good place to begin exploring these opportunities. Staff at Career Development will help connect students with mentors and advisors on the Prizes & Scholarships Committee or at the Gander Center for World Studies. All of these campus organizations offer support, advice, and feedback to help students prepare the most competitive application possible. 

Successful applicants start the process early and give themselves sufficient time to prepare and organize all pieces of their application. Applicants need to coordinate well in advance with the authors of their letters of recommendation.  

Please review the growing list of opportunities below.  Good luck!

*Marlboro students who would like to study languages: please also check out opportunites for semester or summer funding to study at Marlboro!

Are you looking to BE OVERSEAS during a SEMESTER, YEAR or SUMMER?

Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship (for students on SIT Study Abroad semester programs)

This award, in honor of Alice Rowan Swanson, provides funding to assist students funding SIT Study Abroad programs.  Fellowship applications are reviewed twice annually, with application deadlines on October 1st and March 1st each year.  

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship (summer or semester)

  • U.S. government scholarship to study abroad for the semester or summer outside of Western Europe.  Additional funding available to students studying critical languages.  Cannot be studying in a country with a travel warning.
  • Eligibility Restrictions: Must be a U.S. citizen.  Must be currently receiving a federal Pell grant as part of your Financial Aid.
  • Required Materials: Application, essays, transcript.  Certification from Campus Scholarship and Financial Aid Advisors (Director of International Services and Financial Aid).
  • Deadline: early October

Boren Scholarships (academic year only)

“Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.”

  • U.S. government scholarship to do a study abroad and language program in countries on a preferred list by the U.S. government for 6-12 months; you must agree to one year of government employment after graduation.  
  • Eligibility Restrictions: Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Required Materials: Application, two letters of reference, transcript.  Certification from Campus Scholarship Advisor (Director of International Services).
  • Campus deadline late January
  • Final Deadline:  early February

Critical Languages Scholarship Program (summer or semester)

“A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages for summer 2012. The selection process will be administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program will be administered by CAORC and American Councils for International Education.”

  • Scholarship to participate in a fully funded language program overseas for 8-10 weeks in the summer.
  • Languages include: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Tukish, Urdu.
  • Eligibility Restrictions: Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Required Materials: Application, two letters of reference, transcript, language evaluation form.
  • Deadline: mid November

Humanity in Action Fellowship (summer)

Humanity in Action invites applications from college students and recent graduates who are passionate about active and responsible citizenship, diversity and human rights. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as recent graduates are eligible. They encourage students of all academic disciplines, interests and backgrounds to apply.  The deadline is early January each year. 

Middlebury Language Schools' Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace scholarships (summer)

Every summer since 2007, Fellows for Peace has brought 100 aspiring and experienced peacemakers to the Middlebury Language Schools to help develop their linguistic and cultural fluency.  The Davis scholarships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest or experience in international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; or conflict resolution.  The Fellowships cover 100 percent of tuition, room, and board for one summer of language study at any level, from beginner to graduate, in any of the eleven languages we offer. Individuals in other fields are also encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires proficiency in one of the  languages we teach. The application deadline is mid January.  

Are you a JUNIOR looking to join the U.S. FOREIGN SERVICE?

Think about entering for the Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship competition! The Pickering Fellowships help talented students -- highly motivated and academically excellent graduating seniors or college graduates -- who want to pursue a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering programs have been administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, one of the United States' top fellowship providers, for more than 20 years.  Check for eligibility requirements and application info!  Applications are due in mid January each year.

The program provides for:

  • Up to $37,500 annually for academic expenses, covering the first and second year of graduate study
  • Two paid State Department summer internships (domestic and abroad)
  • Professional development through workshops and informational seminars
  • Mentoring by U.S. Foreign Service Officers 

Are you a GRADUATING SENIOR looking for funding to CONDUCT RESEARCH OR WORK OVERSEAS?

The Presidential Internship Program at the American University in Cairo 

“Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates the opportunity to spend an academic year working at the highest levels of an international university, learn Arabic, and experience life in Cairo."

  • Working at AUC: Interns work full-time in one of seven university offices, such as the Office of Sustainability and the Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Interns in these offices are involved in multiple sustainability projects, both on campus and in the community at large, and conduct research on and promote sustainable practices across the university and Egypt.
  • Benefits: Includes a monthly living stipend, faculty housing, private Arabic tutoring, subsidized trips around Cairo and Egypt, and more.
  • The program has traditionally accepted a diverse array of students, including those with no background in Arabic or Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Deadline: mid January.

Fulbright U.S. Students 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.”

  • US government scholarship available to nearly any country in the world to either: conduct an independent research project of your own choosing, teach English or attend a graduate program overseas
  • Period of time you’d be abroad: 1 year (either after graduation or as an alum).
  • Eligibility Restrictions: Open to ALL graduating seniors and alumni who are U.S. citizens.
  • Required Materials: Application, three letters of reference, transcript, letter of affiliation.  Campus interview also required.
  • Campus Deadline: late September
  • Final Deadline: mid October 

Truman Scholarships          

“The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is:

  • to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and
  • to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.”

W. J. Clinton Fellowship

“The American India Foundation's William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is committed to developing the next generation of leaders. Through AIF's 10 month fellowship in India, Clinton Fellows are equipped with a practical, field-based knowledge of development. These fellows will become life-long ambassadors for service to the marginalized & underserved in India.”

Are you a GRADUATING SENIOR looking for funding to TEACH OVERSEAS?

Fulbright U.S. Students 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.”

  • US government scholarship available to nearly any country in the world to either: conduct an independent research project of your own choosing, teach English or attend a graduate program overseas
  • Period of time you’d be abroad: 1 year (either after graduation or as an alum).
  • Eligibility Restrictions: Open to ALL graduating seniors and alumni who are U.S. citizens.
  • Required Materials: Application, three letters of reference, transcript, letter of affiliation.  Campus interview also required.
  • Campus Deadline: late September
  • Final Deadline: mid October

Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)

  • Period of time you’d be abroad: 1-2 years (either after graduation or as an alum).To Study: Teaching English in conjunction with the Japanese Consulate.
  • Eligibility Restrictions: Open to ALL graduating seniors and alumni who are U.S. citizens.
  • Required Materials: Please see website.
  • Deadline: Early December.

U.S. Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria

Since 1962, the US Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria has provided US college and university graduates with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria as teaching assistants.  The application deadline is mid January each year.

US teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English as native speakers; they are also important resources for first-hand information about the United States and the "American way of life." The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s affairs (BMBF) finances this program, which is administered by the Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Commission). While the participants in this program contribute to the Fulbright goal of promoting mutual understanding, this is not a Fulbright grant program. 

Are you a GRADUATING SENIOR looking for funding for GRADUATE SCHOOL?

Boston College MA in Hispanic Studies Schoalrship

The Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures invites qualified candidates to apply for the Master of Arts program in Hispanic Studies. All graduate students are supported by teaching fellowships, which include full tuition, a stipend, and guided teaching at the elementary or intermediate levels accompanied by excellent training in pedagogy.  Applicants must have a firm command of the Spanish language. A Bachelors degree with a major in Hispanic Studies is preferred but not required. The program welcomes students from the United States and abroad. The deadline is early February each year. 

Gates Millennium Scholars

“The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.”

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

"The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. Generally, one Fellowship per state is awarded each year."

“Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.”

Rhodes Scholarships           

“The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars. In most years, even after a century of competition, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution which has not formerly supplied a successful applicant.”