Critical Language team

Other Major Awards

There are many other awards both for undergraduate and graduate work that do not require institutional (UB) nomination.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

Students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship in order to be eligible.

More information can be found at their website.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Programs

The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. There are two major components to the Rangel Program:

  • Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service.
  • Rangel Undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy during a six-week summer program at Howard University.

More information can be found on their website.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program (PDF) offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen (13) critical need foreign languages. The selection process is 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 is administered by CAORC and the American Councils for International Education.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students.

  • Arabic, Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate or advanced level;
  • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu: Beginning, intermediate or advanced level;
  • Chinese, Japanese, Russian: Intermediate or advanced level.

Host countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. For more information, visit their website.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

To facilitate this goal the Fellowship grants awards at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and, Postdoctoral levels to students who demonstrate excellence, a commitment to diversity and a desire to enter the professoriate. For more information, visit the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs site.


The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. More information can be found on their website.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

In October 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of Seattle, WA, announce a donation to the University of Cambridge as an endowment for the Gates Cambridge Trust. The purpose of the Trust is to award scholarships to enable outstanding young men and women from outside the United Kingdom to study as graduate students at the University of Cambridge. The Trustees award scholarships on the basis of a person’s intellectual ability, capacity for leadership, and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to the well-being of society. All fields of study are welcome. The Trust expects to elect around 110 new Scholars annually, of whom about 45 will be students who are permanently resident in the United States. All non-UK citizens are eligible to apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarships.

Applicants do NOT need to be nominated by UB, and should apply directly to the Gates Cambridge Trust for the Scholarship as well as applying to the University of Cambridge for graduate admission. You are responsible for submitting your application and supporting materials by the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and University of Cambridge deadline.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service, or “DAAD” as it is known by its German acronym, provides support for over 70,000 people every year, making it the largest international exchange organization in the world. They offer grants and scholarships for undergraduates through faculty members to spend time in or conduct research in Germany. Some programs include intensive language grants, support for conferences, and the “High Tech in Germany” summer program for engineers, graduate grants for research/study, a study scholarship for graduating seniors, and much more. For more information visit the German Academic Exchange Service site. Deadline to apply varies depending on program; see website for details.

The Hertz Foundation

The Hertz Foundation is a private foundation which provides fellowships that can be used at three dozen of the nation’s finest universities for graduate work leading to award of the PhD degree in applications of the physical sciences. The fields of study include—applied physics, applied chemistry, applied mathematics, applied modern biology and all areas of engineering which apply results from the basic physical sciences. The award, which is based on merit (not need), consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend ($25,000). The Fellowship award is renewable annually (upon a showing of satisfactory progress toward receipt of the PhD degree) for a total Fellowship tenure of no more than five years. Fellows must attend one of the Foundation’s tenable schools. For more information, visit the Hertz Foundation site.

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have recently completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. Junior Fellows have two years to complete their degree. The Fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master’s degree in one of the following (listed in order of preference): Master of Arts degree (MA) in American history or in political science (also referred to as “government and politics” or as “government”); Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions and political theory (in a political science department); Master of Education degree (MEd) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education, with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, prorated over the period of study. For more information, visit the James Madison Graduate Fellowships site.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program awards over 100 fellowships each year to graduate students in the fields of science and engineering. Fellows may choose any accredited institution of higher education in the United States offering doctoral degrees in science or engineering. The tenure of the award is 36 months cumulatively, beginning in the fall of the year the fellowship is awarded. The evaluation of candidates will be based on all available evidence of ability, including academic records, recommendations regarding each applicant’s qualifications, and the score obtained on the GRE. The award includes full payment of tuition and required fees. In addition, fellows receive a stipend to cover related living expenses. For more information, visit National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship site.

National Institutes of Health — Graduate Partnerships Program

The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) links the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with universities in the graduate level training of students. Through university partnerships (refer to website for details on University Partnerships) the NIH strengthens and expands its role as a provider of excellent training for the biomedical scientists of the future. Participants are provided with a stipend, medical insurance, and tuition as appropriate.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have an undergraduate degree and plan on pursuing a PhD in the biomedical sciences, and must meet the admission deadlines established by each program. Students submitting an application may select up to five National University Partnerships and up to three International University Partnerships. For more information visit the Graduate Partnership Programs site. Deadline to apply varies depending on program; see website for details.

National Institutes of Health — Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Disadvantaged background means that your financial aid office has certified you as having “exceptional financial need” (EFN), as defined by the Federal Government. Applications are due in late February. For additional information, visit the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program site.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to: (1) increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; (2) increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; (3) recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and (4) recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States. For more information, visit NOAA — Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship program site.

National Science Foundation Scholarship

The NSF awards three-year scholarships for graduate study in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science. There are Graduate Fellowships, women in engineering, and women in computer and information science awards. Applications are available online and Part One of the application is due in early November. This fellowship carries a stipend of $30,000 per year plus tuition wavers and fees for three years. Candidates must have research experience. For more information visit the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) site.

National Security Education Program: David L. Boren Fellowships

NSEP supports undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate high levels of academic performance and strong motivation to internationalize their education by developing expertise in the languages, cultures, and world regions less commonly studied by Americans. NSEP fellowship and scholarship recipients incur a service agreement. For more information, visit the Institute of International Education site.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a merit-based graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants who are 30 or younger as of the application deadline. Every year the program selects 30 Fellows, each of whom receives up to $90,000 over one to two years for full-time graduate study in any discipline or profession at a US graduate institution. Fellows also join an extraordinary community of past recipients that includes over 550 New Americans working at the tops of their respective fields. If born abroad, an applicant must be a naturalized citizen, a green card holder, or a DACA recipient. If born in the United States, an applicant’s parents must have been born abroad as non-US citizens. Applicants must be applying to graduate school or in the first two years of their graduate program as of the application deadline. Learn more and apply online.

SMART Scholarship for Service Program

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is part of a highly concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into the Department of Defense (DoD). The purpose is to promote the education, recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering studies; the DoD is also interested in supporting the education of future scientists and engineers in a number of interdisciplinary areas. SMART Scholars are awarded an annual stipend, full tuition, required fees, health insurance, and up to $1000 book allowance per year. The SMART Program will allow individuals to acquire an education in exchange for a period of employment with the Department of Defense. The program is intended for citizens of the United States; students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of award. For more information, visit the SMART Scholarship website.

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. These Fellowships are available to STEM majors who commit (a) to pursue a master’s degree program in teacher preparation that includes a full academic year of experience in secondary-school classrooms, along with intensive coursework; and (b) upon certification, to teach for three years (with continued mentoring) in a high-need school in one of our participating states. Currently, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship is offered at 28 participating universities in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, and Georgia. Each Teaching Fellow receives a $30,000 stipend to enroll at one of these partner institutions.

Full information is available at

Last updated: February 13, 2017 3:09 pm EST