International Opportunities

Boren Graduate Fellowship

NAU Representative: Melissa Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. The fellowships support graduate students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Boren Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

NAU Representative: Danielle Varnes, International Internships Coordinator
The Boren Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. Boren awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). the scholarships promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion. Preference will be given to undergraduate applicants proposing a full-year academic study.

CIEE Teach Abroad

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers paid teaching positions in seven countries (Chile, China, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam) for university graduates looking to teach English abroad and immerse themselves in a foreign community. General requirements for Teach Abroad programs are a bachelor’s degree in any subject and a kind, patient, and enthusiastic attitude that will inspire students.

CIEE Teach Abroad programs provide a salaried teach placement, a fun and informational in-country orientation, classes on TEFL theory and teaching methodology, travel and medical insurance, knowledgeable staff offering pre-departure and emergency support, visa application advice, and housing at the beginning of your stay (housing included for full term in Thailand and China). For U.S. students, faculty, and administrators, CIEE offers programs including study abroad, teach abroad, and faculty development seminars.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical 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. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

DAAD Scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. DAAD North America supports academic exchange between the US, Canada, and Germany. It offers a wide range of highly selective scholarships, grants, and fellowships in Germany for US and Canadian citizens, from undergraduate students to post-doctoral scholars as well as faculty and higher education professionals. Opportunities in many fields, and some opportunities do not require German. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis based on the academic merit of the individual, the feasibility and quality of the proposal, and the impact of the applicant and application as a whole.

Foundation for Global Scholars

Over 200 study abroad/travel scholarships between $1,000 and $2,500 will be awarded this calendar year for U.S. and Canadian citizens by the Foundation for Global Scholars. Award amounts will vary. Most awards are $1,000.  Freshmen through seniors and graduate students with a minimum 2.5/4.0 GPA are eligible. At the time of applying for any of the Foundation scholarships, you must be enrolled in a U.S. college or university where transfer credit from an academic program abroad will be applied to your US degree being earned.

Fulbright-Fogarty Awards

Fulbright-Fogarty Awards offered in partnership between the Fulbright Program and the Fogarty International Center of the NIH were established to promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. Locations include Botswana, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia. All awards are for nine months at the overseas site. U.S. students who are currently enrolled in medical school or a graduate-level program and who are interested in global health can apply.

The basic requirements and process for applying for the Fulbright-Fogarty Program are the same as for any Fulbright U.S. Student Program study/research grant. 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

NAU Representative: Melissa Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides one-academic-year grants for individually designed international study/research/creative projects or English Teaching Assistantships in one of 155 countries. Applicants may be graduating seniors, recent undergraduate alumni, or master's or doctoral students.

See also descriptions of the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, which allow fellows to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic study/research project. There is also a a Fulbright mtvU Award in all countries where there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program: projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression.

Fund for Education Abroad

Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs in the academic year or summer. Applications open in November. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in U.S. universities who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks between May and May. The financial support for these scholarships is provided by generous donors who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students.

Gilman International Scholarship

NAU Representative: Danielle Varnes, Center for International Education
The Gilman International Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship

The Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) fellowship program aims to nurture deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures by supporting a Fellow who carries out a program of self-designed, independent study abroad for a minimum of two years. The organization's mission is to foster understanding of the world by immersing promising individuals in a region, country, or globally important issue and by sharing the benefits of their knowledge with society. Language proficiency required.

Rotary Foundation International Funding

Rotary Foundation international opportunities will work differently in the future than the previous Ambassadorial Scholarships.One student opportunity: Rotary Peace Fellowships fund either master’s degree or professional development certificate study at one of the six Rotary Peace Centers. Fellows earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.  Because application deadlines vary by club and district, applicants must contact their local Rotary clubs and districts for specific deadline information. District-endorsed Rotary Peace Fellowship applications are due to The Rotary Foundation by JULY 1. Note: Individuals applying immediately after obtaining an undergraduate degree are generally not strong candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships.


Also see opportunities under Graduate Study in the UK, and NAU scholarships for international opportunities at the Center for International Education website.