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External Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants for Undergraduate Students

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad
Open to undergraduate students studying in Africa, Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, Central and South America, and the Middle East. All Boren scholarship recipients must seek employment with a federal agency or office involved in national security affairs.
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Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. 

Critical Language Scholarship Program
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. CLS for Intensive Summer Institutes is a program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and the American Councils for International Education.

Young Explorers Grant
Young Explorers Grants (YEG) offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT). In addition, the YEG program recently teamed with the Luce Foundation to provide increased funding opportunities for fieldwork in 18 Northeast and Southeast Asian countries, including Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

ACC Summer Field Studies program in Mainland China
Fulbright-Hays scholarships will be awarded to all accepted students covering tuition, lodging, and generous portion of international travel.

SIT Asia Fund
SIT Study Abroad offers a merit-based award to undergraduate students with a background and demonstrated interest in Asian Studies.

Chinese Local Government Scholarships
In order to encourage more outstanding international students to pursue a higher education in specific areas within China, facilitate the internationalization of the higher education institutions in those areas, many local governments offer scholarships to study within those areas.

Chinese University Scholarships Study in China
In order to promote study within China and exploration of its culture, specific universities within China offer numerous scholarships.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.There are two major components to the Rangel Program: an International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service, and an undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy.

International Higher Education Scholarship Program
International education and training has long been one of the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund’s (ICDF) core operations, among many others. Human resources development programs play a vital role in assisting partner countries achieve sustainable development, and education is a crucial mechanism for training workforces in developing countries. The Taiwan ICDF provides scholarships for higher education and has developed undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. programs in cooperation with renowned partner universities in Taiwan.

MOFA Taiwan Scholarship
The Taiwan Scholarship program is a joint initiative launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the National Science Council (NSC) in 2004. At the Republic of China's centennial in 2011, the Taiwan Scholarship program evolved into the MOFA Taiwan Scholarship program and the MOE Taiwan Scholarship program in order to cater to students of varying backgrounds. The MOFA Taiwan Scholarship is, in principle, granted to students from countries that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. However, special consideration may also be given to students from other countries.

Taiwan Scholarships
In 2004, four government agencies of Taiwan, the Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and National Science Council of the Executive Yuan (NSC), jointly established the Taiwan Scholarship Program to encourage outstanding international students to undertake degree programs in Taiwan. Details about each of the Taiwan Scholarships are shown below. Some universities offer scholarships.

Japan Foundation Grants
List of grant programs offered by the Japan Foundation, based in New York City.  The Japan Foundation serves to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries.  The New York office provides support for Japanese Studies, exchange of performing arts, and Japanese language education.

Japan Foundation and Language Center (Los Angeles) Research Grants
A variety of research, teaching, and Japanese language study grants are detailed on the following website. Additionally, the website provides instructions for receiving applications which are currently available.

Japanese Consulate Scholarships
Several scholarships available for graduates and undergraduates studying or conducting research in Japan

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship
Monbukagakusho offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities as research students for the academic year the Japanese Government Scholarship program. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate student in Japanese language or Japanese culture major in the U.S institution. For further information, contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulate nearest you.

Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Scholarships
Scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan

Japanese Government Undergraduate Scholarship
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program.

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), Japan
Scholarships for students studying at partner Japanese Universities

Japan Exchange & Teaching Program USA
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program seeks to enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations. The Program aims to enhance foreign language education and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike.

Korea Foundation Fellowship for Korean Language Training
Fellowships are designed to assist university students, faculty members, and other professionals who wish to learn Korean at a Korean university for six, nine, or twelve months.  Fellowships are to be carried out at one of the language institutes specified by the foundation.  Fellows will be expected to engage in language training full time. Fellowship provides for tuition. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, as well as faculty members and professionals who work in institutions related to Korea.  Applicants should have basic Korean language ability, but applicants who have long-tern plans for a career in Korean studies will still be considered even if they do not have any Korean language ability.  Those under the age of 30 will be given priority.

Study in Korea Scholarships
The Korean government offers various scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students and through universities.

Korean Government Scholarships
The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students in order to promote international exchange in education and mutual friendship between the participating countries

The 23rd AKS Summer Program for International Students
The Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) is pleased to announce the "23rd AKS Summer Program for International Students." As an important part of our mission is to cultivate young leaders, who can contribute to the development of Korean studies, the academy has organized an intensive summer program for international undergraduate students in Korean studies. This program is composed of various components, such as special lectures on Korea, intensive Korean language course, field trips, excursions, and traditional cultural activities. Since its starting in 1993, we held the program for 22 times and around 637 students from 45 countries attended the program. For those who are interested in the 23rd AKS Summer Program for International Students, please read the notification carefully and apply for the program.



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