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This page provides information for study abroad scholarships, both within and outside the OIP. BSC students are encouraged to apply, as the scholarships have provided and continue to provide students with the financial means to study internationally. Additionally, scroll down to find a listing of study abroad resources not only for funding, but for all travel and study abroad needs. Unless otherwise noted, contact Anne Ledvina at 226-7722 in the Norton Campus Center, Suite 280 for further information.

“The Freeman Asia Scholarship is helping to open a new door in my life and my study of China. It is an amazing blessing to receive financial aid and great to know there are organizations that sponsor the study of other cultures. I hope other students will pursue interests in a non-traditional setting and take advantage of opportunities with the assistance of programs like Freeman Asia”
- Kate Chandler, BSC student and winner of Freeman Asia Scholarship
"The NSEP scholarship will allow me to better enjoy my time in Japan without worrying so much about money. I applied for the scholarship while aware of the service requirement because I am interested in working in the federal government. This way, I will have the insider's edge in the highly competitive job market with an active resume available to all hiring portions of the government. I'm already on the Scholars and Fellows mailing list that receives notices about job openings."
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Brandy Felice, BSC sophomore and National Security Education Program Scholarship winner
"For my trip to Japan I was awarded two non-BSC scholarships, the Bridging Association and Freemen Asia, as well as a grant directly from BSC. I am not sure it is fair to say that my trip would have been impossible without one of these, but the combination of all three made it even easier for my father to agree to the journey. Fortunately, besides ensuring that I left the country, they did not specify to what end the money was to be used. My plane ticket, various security deposits for dorms in Japan, and general necessities were all covered by the grants. At times I was even able to travel to different parts of the country, which would definitely not have been possible without the help of the aid."
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Karen Claunch, BSC senior and Bridging Scholarship and Freeman-Asia Winner

Undergraduate Scholarships/Fellowships

Undergraduate Scholarship

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year. All applications for the academic year 2007/08 must be postmarked by January 31, 2007. (http://www.daad.org/?p=50407)

RISE

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) - in cooperation with science organizations in North America and Germany— is pleased to invite undergraduate students from the US and Canada in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences and Engineering to apply for a summer research internship in Germany. RISE summer placements take place with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany. The RISE interns are matched with a doctoral student whom they assist and who will also serve as their mentor. This program is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as part of the European Recovery Program (ERP). The application deadline is February 1, 2007 (receipt date). You will be notified by the beginning of March 2007 whether or not your application has been successful. (http://www.daad.org/?p=50407)

University Summer Course Grant

Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing full-time study at Canadian or US colleges or universities. There are no restrictions as to field of study, but applicants must have attained at least Junior standing (10 full-course credits for Canadians) at the time of application. As a rule, applicants must be citizens of Canada or the US. Foreign nationals may be eligible to apply if they have been full-time students at an American or Canadian university for at least one year at the time of application. Applicants must have completed a minimum of four semesters of college German (or have obtained an equivalent level of language proficiency elsewhere) in order to be able to participate in group projects and follow lectures in German. Applicants must be younger than 32 at the start of the grant period. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their academic record and statements of projected academic and professional future. Demonstrated interest in Germany and Europe and/or the need to learn the German language for professional or academic purposes will also be taken into consideration. All requirements must be met by the application deadline. Scholarships are available for courses lasting a minimum of three weeks. The scholarship is approximately €770, which covers tuition, room and board in whole or in part. Accommodations are arranged by the host institution. In addition, DAAD will provide an international travel subsidy of €210. Scholarship recipients are expected to devote their full attention to the course and may not concurrently undertake individual research. A written report is requested within four weeks of the end of the course. Applications postmarked January 31, 2007 or earlier will be accepted; those with later postmarks cannot be processed. (http://www.daad.org/?p=50407)

High Tech in Old Munich

DAAD New York is pleased to announce that we will again offer the special program in Munich for engineering students from the US and Canada. Venue and organizer of the course is the prestigious Technische Universität München.

The curriculum encompasses a German language component (70 hours, 4 ECTS credits); specialized subject seminars and workshops in engineering and life sciences, e.g. Medical Technology, Sustainability and Environmental Protection, Hydrobiology (in English) (70 hours, 4 ECTS credits); project work and lectures on intercultural communications (in English/German); and German and European history and culture.

Site visits to high tech and traditional industrial sites in and around Munich (e.g. Siemens, State Brewery Weihenstephan) complement the program. Rounding out the program are social and cultural activities, including excursions to cultural and historical landmarks in Munich and environs.

TU München student tutors will accompany participants through the various course components and extra-curricular activities. The program also offers the opportunity to establish close contact with science and engineering faculty at TU München through participation in small group workshops focused on specific disciplinary areas (e.g. environmental technologies / modern technology and sustainability; renewable energy / technologies of the future) that the organizers are planning to hold in the Bavarian Alps during the final week of the program. For an extra fee, interested participants may be placed in pre- or post-program internships. Applications submitted by March 15, 2007 or earlier will be accepted. (http://www.daad.org/?p=50407)

German Studies Research Grant

This specialized DAAD program offers up to five German Studies Research Grants to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department/ program chairs. The grant may be used for short-term research (one to two months) in either North America or Germany. The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective. Application deadlines are November 1, 2006 and May 1, 2007. (http://www.daad.org/?p=50407)

EMGIP

Bundestag Internship - DAAD programs are helping to create goodwill and professional relationships that will help build a solid basis for relations between Germany and North America. EMGIP Internships were founded in 1965 by Professors Louise Holborn and George Romoser with the assistance of many scholars of German affairs, especially in the social sciences and contemporary history, and with the financial and planning aid of various German offices also interested in encouraging the development of future generations of German experts. In view of the contributions of German émigrés, the experiential program was named Émigré Memorial German Internship Program. November 18, 2006 is the application deadline. (http://www.daad.org/?p=50407)

Study Scholarship

Highly qualified graduating Seniors and graduate students of all disciplines may apply for the Study Scholarship to study in Germany, or complete a postgraduate or Master's degree course and obtain a degree from a German higher education institution. November 1, 2006: for all applicants in the fields of music, visual arts and performing arts who wish to study during the upcoming German academic year (October 1, 2007 to July 31, 2008). November 15, 2006: for applicants (outside the fields of music, visual arts and performing arts) who wish to study during the upcoming German academic year (October 1, 2007 to July 31, 2008).
(http://www.daad.org/?p=50407)

North American Study Abroad Programs:

Students may elect to apply for non-BSC scholarships through the following approved programs— Augsburg's Center for Global Education, American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), CIEE: Council for International Education and Syracuse University and the School for International Training (SIT). Birmingham-Southern maintains cooperative agreements with these institutions and will work closely with BSC students to secure funding from those sources.

AIFS Scholarships:

The American Institute for Foreign Study annually offers 100 semester scholarships of $1000 each to be used towards any of the programs they sponsor in 11 countries. There are also 10 scholarships of $500 for summer study. This summer 2001, 10 scholarships of $2000 each are available for summer study in Krakow, Poland. Applicants must satisfy the requirements of the program for which they are applying, have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, show leadership potential, and be involved in extra-curricular activities centered on multicultural and international issues. Applications for the spring term are due by Oct. 15th, for the summer byMarch 15th, and for the fall term by April 15th. Visit the Web site http://www.aifsabroad.com/css/scholarships.htm for additional information.

AIFS Minority Scholarships:

AIFS also awards full scholarships to African-Americans, Native-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Pacific Islanders. The scholarship includes the program fee plus round trip transportation. Applicants must have completed 24 credits by the beginning of the foreign program. All other requirements and deadlines are the same as those listed above.

Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE):

Through Council a number of scholarship and funding options are available. Materials are available in the OIP. Minority scholarships are included. Deadlines for application: Summer, fall, and academic year programs (beginning between June 1 and December 31): April 1st; Spring programs (beginning between January 1 and May 31): November 1st.

IFSA-Butler:

There are a number of scholarships awarded to students through IFSA. There are General Scholarships ranging from $500-$3,500 as well as Memorial Scholarships in the amount ranging from $2,000-$3,500. There are also Designated Scholarships ranging from $1,000-$3,000. In addition, IFSA also offers 25 to 35 travel grants that cover round-trip international airfare. Information available on the IFSA-Butler Web site or at the Sklenar Center for International Programs.

International Studies Abroad (ISA):

ISA awards 10 merit scholarships of $1,000 each semester/summer to students studying abroad on ISA programs. Early application is recommended. Deadlines correspond with application deadlines for programs.

Syracuse University:

Tuition grants and academic scholarships are provided for study. These scholarships are based on need and merit. Automatic scholarships are awarded based upon GPA. Work-study is also available for students based upon their leadership qualities and a character recommendation from a faculty member. There is also an institutional scholarship applied to all BSC students traveling through Syracuse programs. Deadlines for fall semester and academic year applications are April 1st and for spring semester by October 15th.

School for International Training (SIT):

Through SIT there are a number of scholarships available to students studying through their programs. Awards range from $500 to $4000 dollars. The awards are considered based upon academic and personal qualifications as well as financial need. Scholarship applications are provided to students along with the secondary application materials. There are scholarships promoting cultural and racial diversity, peace studies, environmental studies, development studies and Asia studies. There is a Freeman scholarship specifically for Asian studies in China, Mongolia and Vietnam for students applying to SIT. Deadlines correspond with application deadlines for programs.

Study in Europe:

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association - Scholarship to Middlesex University

BUTEX is pleased to offer two scholarships for students currently registered at an institution in the USA  for the academic year 2006/07. To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a place as a study abroad student at Middlesex University.   Deadline is September 1, 2006 and the winners will be notified by the end of September. Contact Anne Ledvina in the Sklenar Center if you have any questions. 

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX):

    This is a State Department sponsored scholarships program that funds stipends, international flights, German language schools and internships. All academic fields are welcome and no German knowledge is necessary. For more information and an application, http://www.cdsintl.org/cbyx/cbyxfromusa.htm or #212-497-3522. Deadline: December 1st

British Studies Scholarships:

    Limited funds are available for students participating in the British Studies Summer Scholar Program. For information on qualifications and deadline for scholarship application, contact Dr. Mark Lester.

Study/Work in the United Kingdom:

    If enrolled as a full-time student during a semester, summer or year-long period at an accredited university in the United Kingdom, American students are permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours a week while affiliated with their study abroad programs. You must ask for the appropriate stamp on your passport upon entering the United Kingdom.

British Council - Funding Your Study in the UK :

UK 9/11 Scholarship Fund :

    This scholarship gives awards for study in higher and further education in the United Kingdom to children or dependants of victims of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Visit the site http://www2.britishcouncil.org/911scholarships.htm for detailed information.

Non-Traditional Study Abroad Sites:

Institute of International Education IIE – Houston Grants (preference given to those studying in non-western nations) Contact Anne Ledvina for more information.
Deadline: March 15th. Notified May 15 th.
Contact: IIE Staff (713) 621-6300 ext. 29 or ext. 16

National Security Education Program:

This is a major scholarship award available to students who have completed their first year at BSC and who are interested in pursuing fields of study related to national security or working for the government. Scholarships can be applied to study abroad in all countries except Western Europe, Canada, Australia & New Zealand. Knowledge and /or study of a foreign language critical to national security are favorable. If you are eligible to study abroad through BSC, you are eligible for the NSEP scholarship for study abroad. Awards are available for a minimum of one academic year and range from $2,500 for summer to $10,000 maximum for semester-long study and $20,000 for year-long study abroad. Contact Anne Ledvina in the Sklenar Center for International Programs, Suite 280, for an application. Deadline is February 10 th.

AIEJ (Kansai Gaidai):

The AIEJ will award 24 slots for students from N. America to study at Kansai Gaidai next year. Deadlines: February 15 for beginning studies in Fall semester and August 1 for beginning studies in Spring Semester.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia:

Priority given to students with no experience in the Asian country in which they plan to study. Contact Anne Ledvina who serves as advisor for the Freeman-Asia Scholarship. Be sure to discuss your service project with her prior to application so she can support your application. Deadlines: Summer, March 1; Fall/Academic Year, April 1; Spring, November 1.

Bridging Scholarships (Study in Japan):

Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a pre-requisite. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens/Permanent residents. Recipients will receive a stipend of $2,500 (semester) or $4,000 (academic year). Students attending programs at Japanese 4-year universities may also be eligible for supplementary monthly stipends form the Japanese government through the Association for International Education, Japan. Deadline for application: April 5th.

MSDW Japan Scholarship:

Eligible students include Juniors and Seniors interested in economics and international finance who intend to do a year of study in Japan. Two $7,500 scholarships will be awarded to finance each students study. Students may also be considered for a one-month internship at MSDW Japan's Tokyo Headquarters. Deadline for application: April 3 rd.

Blakemore Asian Language Fellowships :

The Blakemore Foundation was established in 1990 by Thomas and Frances Blakemore to encourage the advanced study of Asian languages and to improve the understanding of Asian fine arts in the United States. Visit the site http://www.blakemorefoundation.org/ for additional information.

Other additional Scholarships

Useful Resources for Study Abroad