The federal government supports study and research abroad for individuals and institutions.
The Department of State and other federal agencies fund a number of programs that enable K-12 students, university students, educators, and scholars to conduct research, work, or study abroad. In addition, the Department of State provides funds and other programming to help both U.S. and foreign institutions improve their capacity to host study abroad programs. Click on a link below to find specific program information.
Are you pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree? Interested in research? Enhance your education by studying abroad. You can learn how to communicate across cultures and work with diverse teams while working toward your degree. Find a program that’s right for you.
INFORMATION FOR U.S. UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides need-based scholarships of up to $5000 for students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.
- Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program provides fully funded intensive summer language institutes overseas in fifteen critical languages.
- Fulbright U.S. Student Program sends recent college graduates and early career professionals to live, study and conduct research abroad in 140 countries.
- Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program places recent college graduates in classrooms in 75 countries to help teach English and serve as cultural ambassadors.
- The Boren Award for International Study is an initiative of the National Security Education Program that provides funding for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.
- The Language Flagship offers programs at 22 universities and colleges across the U.S combined with overseas study opportunities at ten Flagship Overseas Centers.
- Project GO provides scholarships to ROTC students in three services for critical language study domestically and abroad.
- Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Grants are given in all world areas except Western Europe as the program aims to encourage the study of regions and cultures that are not commonly explored.
- Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide opportunities for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to engage in area studies and world language training at schools that have established a FLAS fellowship program. FLAS provides allocations of fellowships to institutions of higher education, which then make awards directly to meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students. Students must be enrolled at and apply through a FLAS-recipient institution.
BELOW ARE ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE FUNDING FOR EDUCATION AND RESEARCH. WHILE NOT EXCLUSIVELY FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, THEY DO ALLOW FOR STUDY AND RESEARCH ABROAD.
- Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program provides a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.
- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Student Scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.
- Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate level research — particularly by female and minority students — in NOAA mission-related sciences of oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology, including all science, engineering and resource management of ocean and coastal areas.
- Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship seeks to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities.
- Export.gov provides internship opportunities with the U.S. Commercial Service in U.S. embassies abroad.
- Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any full-time and degree-seeking American Indian or Alaska Native post-secondary student attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution while pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, professional degree or certificate.
- Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Fellowships The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers fellowships for undergraduate students in environmentally related fields of study
- Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.
- Hubert Global Health Fellowship provides third- and fourth-year medical and veterinary students with public health experience in a developing country.
- National Science Foundation (NSF) supports international research and education through a variety of programs, including fellowships, travel grants, summer institutes, workshops, and research and education projects.
- NIH Fogarty International Center supports and facilitates global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators. Fogarty seeks partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad who will train the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.
- NOAA Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to students at Minority Serving Institutes majoring in STEM fields that directly support NOAA’s mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships.
- Registered Apprenticeship Program provides the opportunity for workers seeking high-skilled, high- paying jobs and for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce. In this regard, the Registered Apprenticeship system effectively meets the needs of both employers and workers. Registered Apprenticeship is highly active in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, but it is also instrumental in the training and development of emerging industries such as healthcare, energy, and homeland security.
- Saul T. Wilson Jr., Scholarship Program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Students interested in a career in veterinarian services are encouraged to apply.
- Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.
- Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Supports masters and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences.
- Stokes Scholarship Program develops students for future permanent employment while they pursue a degree relevant to NGA’s mission. The intent of the Stokes Scholarship Program is to recruit high-caliber undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need and provide them with financial assistance to complete their undergraduate degrees.
- Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.
- Udall Undergraduate Scholarship awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.
- USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. Funding opportunities are available to universities and research scholars.
- USDA/1994 Tribal Scholars Program provides scholarships for applicants attending 1994 Land Grant Tribal Colleges and Universities seeking careers in food, agriculture, and natural resource sciences, and/or other related disciplines.
- USDA/1890 National Scholars Program Designed to increase the number of minorities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and the related disciplines.
- William F. Helms Internship Program help protect U.S. agriculture and the environment while facilitating global trade of pest and disease-free agricultural goods.