In addition to the nationally competitive fellowships that require applicants to be endorsed by their institutions, there are many direct application fellowships/scholarships supporting international travel, employment, civic engagement, and language study.

Austrian Government English Teaching Assistantship – Places successful applicants in secondary schools throughout Austria as English teaching assistants for one full academic year.

Boren Scholarships – Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. U.S. Citizenship required. For more information:

BUNAC – BUNAC offers a range of exciting work abroad and volunteer abroad programmes. BUNAC is the work and travel expert and has been helping young people work and volunteer abroad since 1962. Popular gap year destinations include: USA, Canada, New Zealand, Nepal, Australia, Britain, China, South Africa and many more.

BUTEX North American Student Scholarships – Provide funding for a semester or a year of undergraduate study in the United Kingdom. For more information:

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) – CLS Institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. For more information:

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarships – Offers a wide range of highly selective scholarships, grants, and fellowships in Germany for U.S. and Canadian citizens. For more information:

Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages – Merit-based fellowships intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas:  international, global, or area studies, international politics and economics, peace and security studies, and/or conflict resolution.  Covers the full cost of language study from beginner to gradate in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools. For more information:

French Government English Teaching Assistantship – Offers the chance to spend seven to nine months teaching English to either elementary or secondary school children.

Fulbright Summer Exchange – Open to students with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete. Provides opportunity to travel to the UK for three, four, five, or six week academic and cultural summer program. Covers majority of participant costs – including round-trip airfare, tuition and fees of host institution, and accommodation and meals. For more information:

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship – Covers the full cost for graduate study up to a four year postgraduate degree study in any field offered at Cambridge University.  Open to any student who is not a citizen of the UK.

Gilman International Scholarship Program – Provides funding for study abroad to undergraduates whose financial aid package includes a Pell grant. US citizenship required. Click HERE for more information.

Huntington Public Service Award – Provides $15,000 to a graduating senior to support a year of meaningful public service anywhere in the world before going onto a career or graduate school.

Madison Junior Fellowship Program – Two years funding toward graduate study to individuals who are currently teachers or plan to become a teachers of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7–12).

Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship – The goal of the Fellowship Program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master’s degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, management or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.

Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships – Open to students in their Junior year. Provides funding for senior year of undergraduate studies as well as the first year of graduate study in international studies. U.S. citizenship required. Click HERE for more information.

Princeton in Africa – Places graduating seniors and young alumni in a year long service fellowship in Africa.

Princeton in Asia – Provides service and teaching assistant fellowships to countries such as: Cambodia, China, Timor-Leste, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Princeton in Latin America – Places recent graduates with various NGO’s in Latin America for a full year fellowship.

Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) – Prepares juniors, primarily from historically underrepresented groups, interested in public service, for careers in public policy, public administration or international affairs, or a related degree through summer programs and fellowships to support graduate study. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required. For more information:

Rangel Fellowship Program – Provides funding for two years of graduate study or professional schooling in international affairs or a related subject, enrichment study at Howard University, internships in Congress and overseas, and eventual appointment to the U.S. Foreign Service.

Soros Fellowships for New Americans – Open to resident aliens, naturalized U.S. citizens, and the children of naturalized U.S. citizens. Provides support for up to two years of graduate study.

Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) Program – TaLK Scholars teach conversational English for one semester in rural Korean elementary schools.  Program provides one-month orientation.  No Korean language skills required. For more information:

Washington Center for Internships – Provides internships in Washington D.C. to students interested in government. For more information:

Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest – Competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays (3,000 to 4,000 words) that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action.  In addition to the honor that accompanies this prize, five monetary awards are given. For more information: