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Each year, more than $600,000 in scholarships and grants is awarded to deserving students. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs. A list of available scholarships can be found below. Questions regarding the specifics of each of these scholarships should be directed to the program of interest.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Applications for are availalbe at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

National Application Deadlines

  • Boren Fellowship: the application is normally due in January, please verify dates on the homepage
  • Boren Scholarship: the application is normally due in February, please verify dates on the homepage

Visit to find RU campus representative and check for campus deadlines.

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for a webinar, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.


The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States.


The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is open to U.S. undergraduate students who demonstrate high financial need.

Students studying abroad during the Spring 2014 term will be able to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship starting in mid-August.

Scholarships by Study Abroad Program

General Scholarship Information