Funding: Undergraduate Students / Non-Duke Grant Opportunities

Boren Scholarships for International Study

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

For more information, see the Boren Scholarships site. To apply, see Duke's Office of Undergraduate Scholars & Fellows page. On-campus application deadline is January 25, 2012.

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.

Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.

Application information can be found here.

Duke Phillips Ambassador Scholarship (UNC)

Fostering relations in Asian Studies between UNC and Duke University, the Phillips Ambassadors offers one scholarship each summer to a Duke undergraduate student who is participating in the UNC Summer in Japan program, or the UNC Japanese Theater and Culture program (offered in the fall.) For further information and requirements, please visit the Duke Phillips Ambassador website.

Iris Chang Memorial Essay Contest

The Iris Chang Memorial Fund sponsors an annual essay contest. Learn more by visiting the Fund's website:
Iris Chang website

Other Grants

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

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