International Opportunities

Boren Graduate Fellowship

NAU Representative: Melissa Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
Boren Graduate Fellowship provides 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: Zach Tobin, CIE Acting International Internships Coordinator
The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship offers 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 and volunteer teaching positions around the world 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, native English speakers, and a kind, patient, and enthusiastic attitude that will inspire students. CIEE provides job placement, visa assistance, and 24 Hour In-Country support throughout your program duration.

Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

The Clinton Fellowship pairs a select number of highly skilled young professionals with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable. Through ten months of service and fieldwork, Fellows gain knowledge of development on the ground in the fields of education, livelihoods, public health, and social enterprise, honing and harnessing their growing skills as change agents capable of effecting lasting change.

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

The Foundation for Global Scholars offers over 200 study abroad/travel scholarships between $1,000 and $2,500 which 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-Clinton Fellowship

The J. William Fulbright - Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship (Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship) will support master’s and PhD students who want to serve in professional positions within foreign-government ministries while also conducting research in policy areas like public health, energy, and economic development. The awards are available in Haiti, Thailand, and nine other countries around the world. Under the Obama administration, the Fulbright Program has put an emphasis on supporting fellowships that help develop ideas that contribute to meeting global challenges, like developing renewable energy or fighting HIV/AIDS.

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-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and international area studies. Students may request funding for a period of 6 to 12 months. Institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the U.S. are eligible to apply for grants under this program. As part of the application process, students submit individual applications to the IHE, which then submits all eligible individual student applications with its grant application to the U.S. Dept. of Education.

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 graduate study, research or creative projects, or English Teaching Assistantships in one of 140+ countries. Applicants may be graduating seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students.

There are a number of specialized Fulbright opportunities by country, and including the Fulbrights listed above and the recently developed Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, which provides a unique platform for American Fulbright students to develop global narratives and discuss commonalities across borders around a common issue or theme. Trained, supported, and mentored by National Geographic Editors during their grants in one or multiple countries, Fellows will use new media platforms to help build ties across cultures while enhancing mutual understanding. The digital content that they produce will be featured online in various places, including, most prominently, a blog hosted by National Geographic.

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: Zach Tobin, Acting Gilman Campus Representative, 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.

Humanity in Action

Since 1999, Humanity in Action has awarded more than 1,300 competitive fellowships to outstanding college students, recent graduates, and young professionals from universities in the United States and Europe. Recipients participate in an orientation hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC and a month-long human rights fellowship program in one of five European cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw. Applications for the HIA Fellowship open in September and the application deadline is in January.

There is also a new program for graduate students: The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship is an educational program for 24 American and European graduate students about the changing international dynamics of diplomacy and diversity. In Washington, DC and Paris, the Fellows explore how American and European governments and societies are responding to a wide range of international and national diversity issues. The program’s guiding mission is to increase awareness of the importance of diversity in diplomacy and other international fields and to encourage and sustain the careers of professionals from minority backgrounds in foreign affairs. Applications open in September and the application deadline is in January.

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.

International Postgraduate Opportunities

Opportunities for postgraduate teaching and service abroad requiring the bachelor's degree.

Luce Scholars Program

The Luce program is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. Contact the NAU Scholarship Coordinator if you are interested.

Peace Corps

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year. You do not have to be a PKP member and must have at least a 3.75 GPA to apply.

Princeton in Africa

Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent. Young alumni and graduating seniors from any accredited college or university in the United States are eligible to apply. Prior experience in Africa is not a prerequisite.

Princeton in Asia

Princeton in Asia offers service-oriented fellowships in the fields of education, media/journalism, international development (NGOs), and business, with a majority of fellows working as English teachers at universities and high schools.  PiA fellowships are open to graduates or graduating seniors from all accredited colleges and universities. 

Princeton in Latin America

Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) is a non-profit organization that partners with non-profits throughout Latin America to match them with young, public sector professionals seeking full-year fellowships in development work. We are an independent 501(c)3 which is not funded by Princeton University. PiLA placements offer important field experience to recent college alumni who cannot otherwise find NGO work in Latin America and who are eager to pursue careers in development work; no other program like this exists. Therefore, PiLA provides crucial work experience to aspiring public sector professionals. In return, our partners receive a new member for their workforce, one with training in needed areas such as grant writing, program evaluation, field biology, teaching, research and writing of policy proposals. Requires working knowledge of the target language (Spanish, Portuguese, or French).

Rotary Foundation International Funding

Rotary Foundation international opportunities work differently 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. There are other opportunities as well.

Short-Term Study Abroad Scholarships

See a list of short-term study abroad scholarships including some that work for international study that is less than a semester.

U.S. Government Info for Travel Abroad

The U.S. Department of State provides advice and information on travel abroad, including Travel Alerts & Warnings. Research your destination for conditions and laws affecting your health and safety. 

Volunteering Abroad: Service Opportunities

One of the best resources for international voluntary programs is the Catholic Volunteer Network’s database. Volunteers for Peace is also highly recommended.  See International Postgraduate Opportunities on this website: most of these are service oriented.

Gap Year Teaching and Service Experiences

An excellent list courtesy of Oberlin College.


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