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Grants & Fellowships for Graduate & Postgraduate Foreign Language Study

Foreign language fellowships for graduate students and professionals

Below you will find several excellent fellowship and scholarship opportunities to support graduate study in a foreign country, to encourage advanced-level participation in cultural exchanges, and to promote research on topic related to area studies. In addition to those listed below, many individual graduate programs offer stipends and fellowships for foreign research. There are many more opportunities for graduate students. If you are searching for grad schools, you might also consider what scholarship opportunities are also available for students.

Apart from these opportunities, you should check with the government of the country where you would like to do research -- Contact either an embassy or consular office or the country's department of education. Many countries would like to attract international students in a variety of fields to do research in their country and offer financial assistance to make it a more attractive and feasible option.

Because the intention of our pages is to present undergraduate and graduate students with ways to finance their foreign language study, we generally have not included foreign opportunities for professional development. Check with professional associations in your career field for field-specific support for the pursuit of foreign languages.

Graduate fellowships for the study of various languages

Fulbright Full Grants: For graduates with a 4-year degree who intend to study in a qualified foreign country, not including study abroad programs hosted by U.S. universities. Provides round-trip transportation costs, tuition, living expenses, book and research allowances, language or orientation courses, health and accident insurance. Applicant must hold BA or the equivalent at time grant begins.
Level: post-undergraduate / Award amount: varies

The Language Flagship Fellowships: Provides full financial support to U.S. citizens to participate in one of the Flagship Programs in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, and Persian. The first year is spent at a U.S. Flagship institution, the second in an immersion program overseas.
Level: graduate / Award amount: tuition and living expenses for up to 2 years

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships: The Rotary Club offers 3 different types of scholarship: Academic Year Ambassadorial Scholarships for 1 year of study abroad, Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships for 2 years of degree-oriented study abroad, and Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships for 3 or 6 months of language study and cultural immersion abroad. Applicants must be a citizen of a country that has Rotary Clubs and must have completed at least 2 years of college-level coursework or equivalent professional experience before commencing their scholarship studies.
Level: any / Award amount: $13,000 - $25,000

Thomas J. Watson Fellowships
One-year grant to support independent travel and study outside the US to work on a project that is creative, feasible, and personally significant. Awarded to graduating seniors from participating institutions. US citizens and foreign nationals studying at US institutions may apply.
Level: post-undergraduate / Award amount: varies

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs): Selected participants work for one academic year in a school or university in a foreign country in Europe, Asia, or South America, assisting in the teaching of English language and American culture. Participants are integrated into the life of the host country. Program details differ from country to country, but participants receive a stipend, paid round-trip airfare, and other benefits. Applicants must have B.A. at time the award year begins. Graduate students are welcome to apply.
Level: post-undergraduate / Award amount: varies

Fascell Fellowship Program: One- or two-year fellowships for graduates of programs focused on Eastern European, Slavic, or Mandarin Languages to work in support of a diplomatic or consular mission in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, or China. Duties include administrative, consular, political, economic or public diplomacy responsibilities. Fellowships include housing, travel, and transportation costs.
Level: post-undergraduate / Award amount: varies

National Security Education Program David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships: Enables US graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to US national security but are less frequently studied by US graduate students (i.e., areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand), and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government.
Level: graduate / Award amount: $10,000 - $28,000

Alfa Fellowship Program: Year-long fellowship enables young US professionals ages 23 to 35, with at least 2 years relevant work experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or government, and holding a graduate degree to participate in intensive language instruction and a professional assignment in Russia.
Level: holding graduate degree or equivalent experience / Award amount: varies

American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship: Scholarships to support well-defined research projects requiring a stay in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, or Iceland.
Level: graduate / Award amount: $4000 grants / $20,000 fellowships

Fulbright Travel Grants: To pay round trip travel expenses to study abroad programs in Germany, Hungary, Italy in cases where the cost of travel is not covered by the program fees.
Level: all / Award amount: varies

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes: The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provide US graduate students in science and engineering first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan, an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location, and orientation to the culture and language. Applicants must be enrolled in graduate programs in science, engineering, or biomedical research or other fields supported by the National Science Foundation.
Level: graduate / Award amount: $3000 plus round-trip international travel

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships For Advanced Asian Language Study: Available to American citizens and permanent residents of the United States who have a college degree and plan to use an Asian language in their career. Fellowships are awarded to those pursuing an academic, professional or business career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language and who are at an advanced level of language study. Includes tuition and a stipend for living expenses.
Level: post-undergraduate / Award amount: at least $20,000

Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program: Provides support for up to 3 years of formal graduate study leading to a graduate degree at any institution in the world. Candidates must be residents of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Russia. US nationals are not eligible. Awards are made based on academic merit, leadership potential, and commitment to community or national service. Candidates must enroll in a program that is consistent with the goals of the Ford Foundation; these include fields that strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.
Level: graduate, non-US citizens / Award amount: varies

Graduate fellowships for the study of specific languages


American Australian Association Education Fund: Financial awards for US citizens or permanent residents wishing to study in Australia or Australian nationals planning to study in the US to support research or study at the PhD or post-doctoral level. US to Australia applicants are accepted in the fields of life sciences, medicine, or mining. Australia to US applications are accepted in the fields of business, science, technology, medicine, or engineering. Round trip airfare may also be included.
Level: graduate or post-doctoral / Award amount: varies


Department of Education Scholarship for Programs in China: Provides financial assistance to students who are participating in the Chinese language programs offered by the CIEE Centers at Peking University (Beijing), East China Normal University (Shanghai), Nanjing University, and National Chengchi University (Taipei). Based on merit, financial need, and previous language experience.
Level: upperclassman undergrad or graduate / Award amount: $500 - $8000 toward program fee


The Walter J. Jensen Fellowship For French Language, Literature, and Culture
Awarded by the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa for at least 6 months of study in France. Candidates must be US citizens holding a B.A. who can demonstrate that their career does or will involve the active use of the French language. They must demonstrate superior competence in French.
Level: post-undergraduate / Award amount: $10,000

Walter Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad: Awarded to a future teacher of French to help pay for a semester or a year studying French abroad in an accredited program in any Francophone country. Student must be currently enrolled in an established teacher education program in French and must be sponsored by a member of the American Association of Teachers of French. Awards are based on financial need and can be used to cover tuition, fees, travel, or housing costs.
Level: undergraduate or graduate / $1500


Congress - Bundestag Youth Exchange Program: Scholarship program that facilitates cultural exchange for American and German young adults in the business, vocational, technical, and agricultural fields. 75 Americans and 100 Germans are selected annually. 12-month program includes support for intensive language instruction, university classes, and a 5-month career-related internship. Funds round-trip airfare, language study and university classes, living stipend
Level: any / Award amount: varies

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
Fellowship enables young American professionals ages 23 to 34, with at least 2 years work experience, and holding or pursuing a graduate degree in the field of business administration, economics, journalism, mass communications, law, political science, or public affairs/public policy, to participate in an intensive work and study program in Germany.
Level: graduate / Award amount: varies

German Academic Exchange Service (for US or Canadian students)
German Academic Exchange Service (for students outside US and Canada)
Offers 7 different types of scholarships, grants, and fellowships for study and research in Germany. There are awards for undergraduate students to post-doctoral scholars in every field imaginable. Ranges from financial support for 3-week courses to full-year financial support for an academic year abroad.
Level: any / Award amount: varies


George J. Mitchell Scholarships: Financial awards to support a year of graduate study for American citizens at universities in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program offered at the institution. Provides tuition, housing, plus a $12,000 living expenses stipend, and international travel. Awardees selected based on academic merit, leadership, and public service.
Level: graduate / Award amount: $12,000 plus tuition, housing, and travel


Japanese Language Scholarship
Provides assistance for Japanese teachers or graduate students in Japanese language education to spend time in Japan carrying out a project of his/her choice. The project can be anything that would enhance the quality of the grantee's teaching.
Level: graduate or teacher / Award amount: $3000 plus round trip air fare


Fellowship for Korean Language Teaching
: [Click English in the top right corner, then Support for Korean Studies Overseas tab, and find this in the left menu under Fellowships.] 6-month fellowship to support graduates majoring or minoring in Korea-related subjects, faculty members and researcher engaged in teaching or research activities at universities or research institutes, or professionals working in a field related to Korea. Extensions of 3 to 6 months possible. Includes tuition plus stipend.
Level: graduate and faculty / Award amount: 900,000 won - 1,100,000 won plus a one-time 300,000 won allowance upon arrival


Kosciuszko Foundation Graduate Studies & Research in Poland Award
The grant from the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Polish Ministry of Education and Sport supports US graduate students and university faculty members in their research at universities in Poland. Includes a stipend for housing and living expenses. Candidates are judged on academic merit and motivation.
Level: graduate and faculty / Award amount: varies

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