Language Initiatives and Study-Abroad Grants


Boren Scholarships (undergraduate): Provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduates "to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in study abroad." Programs include full-year, one-semester, and summer-immersion. Requirements: American citizen.

Boren Fellowships (graduate): Provides support for graduate students who want to include an international component to their master's or doctoral programs. "Boren Fellowships provide support for overseas study, domestic study, or a combination of both." Awards range from one semester to two years, including special opportunities for Asian studies. Requirements: American citizen, enrolled in or applying for graduate student at U.S. universities.

Gilman: Provides aid for financially needy students to pursue study abroad in non-traditional areas. Note that emphasis is placed on the development of "critical need" languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, Turkic, Persian, Indic, Korea, and Russian. Attributes: U.S. citizen; demonstrable financial need.

U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer InstitutesOpportunities for undergraduates and graduating seniors to develop languages critical to develop U.S. interests: Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Azerbaijani. Attributes: U.S. citizen, varying prerequisites.

Princeton: Awards in each region provide 'immersive work experiences" by connecting "service-minded graduates and partner organization." 

Princeton in Africa (PIAf): about 50/year
Princeton in Asia (PIA): about 150/year
Princeton in Latin America (PiLA): about 50/year

Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace at Middlebury College: Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace scholarships for summer language study at Middlebury College: Mandarin, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Italian and Korean.