Graduate College

There are a few scholarships, fellowships, and other academic awards that are internationally and nationally recognized as prestigious honors. Their recipients are examples of outstanding scholars, leaders, and socially engaged individuals.

Winning a prestigious award offers more for a graduate student than monetary gain or incentive. Recipients can say they are among an elite few, chosen from hundreds or even thousands of applicants, further improving their chances of continued success.

Two such awards with nearing deadlines are the Critical Language Scholarship and Boren Fellowship. We encourage you to apply.

Critical Languages Scholarship

Deadline: November 15, 2017

A program of the U.S. Department of State, the Critical Languages Scholarship is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. citizens enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences in 13 different languages.

  • Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels in Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.
  • Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels in Arabic and Persian.
  • Intermediate and advanced levels in Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen, currently enrolled in U.S. degree-granting program, at least 18 years of age, appropriate level of foreign language proficiency (varies by country).

Boren Fellowship

Deadlines: First week in January and February 2017

The Boren Fellowship provides unique funding opportunities (up to $24,000) for U.S. graduate students, who want to work and study in less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests that are underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Preference given to applicants proposing overseas programs of 6 months or longer. Those proposing overseas programs of 3-6 months, especially those in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree program.