External Funding Options
The CACS (Center for Advising and Career Services): keeps lists of thousands of foundation grants. You can also go to the Seaside Library and ask to use the Foundation Directory Online. The Seaside Library has a subscription to the Foundation Center’s foundation information database that is updated weekly. Most foundation grants are designed for graduate students doing research. Review your immersive learning program and placement to see if there is a research component that can be emphasized when applying for these grants. Most deadlines are 8-14 months in advance of the award, making this option best for students in their first semester.
National Security Education David L. Boren Fellowship: This fellowship provides up to $30,000 for U.S. citizen students to study, intern, or research abroad with the requirement that the study of a language deemed critical to US national security be a central focus of the overseas experience. Recipients are required to fulfill a NSEP Service Requirement fulfilled by at least one year of work for the US Federal Government in a national security capacity. Application deadline: every January 31st, 5:00pm EST.
Fulbright Travel Grants: Every country runs their Fulbright program differently. Contact the US Embassy or Fulbright office directly in your country of citizenship/permanent residence. For US citizens, Fulbright has limited travel grants only to Germany, Hungary or Italy. The deadline for Fulbright applications is October 18th, so the timing of this award would only “work” for students applying in their first (if you started in the Fall) or possibly second (if you started in January) semesters, and you would not receive the funding until July/August of the IPSS period.
Bowman Travel Grants to Developing Countries: For students participating in study, work, and volunteer programs in developing countries. Students must develop a proposal indicating the value and nature of the activity for which they are requesting travel assistance. Deadline: November 1 for winter/spring programs. Website: www.ciee.org or call 1-888-COUNCIL
Professional Development Fellowship-NIS, East & Central Europe: Supports young specialists in the fields of business and economics, education reform, environmental and conservation policy, international relations, journalism, law, public administration and public health. Fellows will go to a country in the region to deepen their understanding of current reforms and national development, and become familiar with scholarly resources, which they will use in future projects. Applicants will be expected to propose feasible research; study or internship plans for the period of the fellowship and indicate a desired institutional affiliation in the host country. Grants are available for a period of 3-7 months, and include airfare, a monthly living stipend, insurance, and allowances for books and in-country travel. Must be a US citizen, at least in the second year of a graduate or professional degree program, and have sufficient language ability to carry out the proposed project. Only advanced language study will be approved as part of the award. Deadline: Check website at a later date for next year’s deadline. For more information please visit http://www.iie.org/en/What-We-Do/Fellowship-And-Scholarship-Management/Programs/Educating-Global-Citizens
Annie’s Homegrown Environmental Studies Scholarship: A scholarship program that focuses on students who advocate for the Earth and are focusing on classes in the environmental studies field. The scholarship is awarded to 25 people - $1,000 scholarships to help them with their tuition, books, and other educational expenses. The scholarship is open to any student beginning or returning to an accredited 2- or 4-year technical or college program focusing on classes in the environmental studies field. Graduate students are also welcome to apply. Annie's accepts applications postmarked between August 15th, 2010 and December 15th, 2010. If you are chosen to receive an award, you will be notified by a phone call and email by April 15th, 2011, and funds will be dispersed directly to your school on or around July 15, 2011. Contact: mail application (online) to Annie’s Scholarship Applications, Annie’s Homegrown, P.O. Box 554, Wakefield, MA 01880; Call: (781) 224-9639 with questions
Patrick Stewart Human Rights Scholarship: The Patrick Stewart Human Rights Scholarship, working in conjunction with Amnesty International, offers students a unique opportunity to gain practical experience in the field of human rights during the summer. Approximately 15 scholarships will be awarded to youth displaying a strong past and future commitment to human rights work. This is an excellent for students to design their own projects for practical, applied fieldwork. The scholarships can be used for work in the US or abroad.
2013-2014 International Fellowships for U.S. Scholars and Professionals: IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program and Short Term Travel Grants Program. These innovative and flexible programs offer U.S. scholars and professionals the opportunity to conduct policy-relevant research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Researchers are able to increase their understanding of current regional issues, develop and sustain international networks, and directly contribute to the formation of U.S. public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the academic and policymaking communities. Fellowships provide international airfare, a living/housing stipend, visa support, emergency evacuation insurance, logistical support and, in many countries, field office support.