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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.

GilmanProvides 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 Institutes:
Opportunities 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.

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

For more information, please visit the Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies