Research Scholarships

Research Scholarships

Scholarships to Study/Conduct Research/Intern Abroad

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships to Study Asian Languages Blakemore Foundation

The Blakemore Foundation provides academic year scholarships to enable recent college graduates to engage in advanced intensive study of an Asian language. Applicants must have completed at least three years of study in the language by the time they begin the program in June. Blakemore Freeman fellows study Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and other Asian languages at carefully selected, rigorous language centers as listed at http://www.blakemorefoundation.org/programs.html. Applications are accepted from graduates who plan to use the langugage in a wide variety of fields including academia, STEM, international business, law, journalism,  teaching, social or NGO work, and government service. The fellowship provides airfare, tuition, living expenses, a stipend for travel, insurance, etc. Applications for this highly competitive fellowship are due by December 30. 
Boren Fellowships: Boren Website

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide funding for students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Applicants must be applying to or enrolled in a graduate program. Since students who receive funding must commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation, this grant is appropriate only for students who are interested in working for the government in some capacity related to national security. For more information about the types of jobs that fulfill the service requirement, click here. Maximum scholarship awards are up to $20,000 for language programs lasting 25-36 weeks and up to $24,000 for programs lasting 37-52 weeks; students may also apply for up to $12,000 for preparatory language study in the U.S., e.g. summer intensive language programs. Students interested in applying for this grant should contact Rowan's Boren campus representative, Dr. Christina Solomon, solomonca@rowan.edu, AFTER reviewing the website carefully. Applications are due in January.


Christianson Grant Christianson website

The Christianson Grant provides up to $10,000 to students (including undergraduates) to participate in meaningful service work, internship, or volunteer abroad program for at least six months.The website states that past grantees' projects have focused on international issues such as "public health, environmental conservation, legal advocacy, women's and girls' rights, microfinance, education, and poverty alleviation, among other topics." Recipients must participate in an established program, and projects may not be part of a degree requirement or for class credit. Applications are accepted March 15, July 15, and Oct 15, but note that the application requires a $50 non-refundable application fee. If you are Pell Grant eligible, it might be worth checking to see if they will waiver the application fee.


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) Bundestag Website

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the U.S. Department of State and the German Bundestag that provides 75 American and 75 German Young Professionals annually the opportunity to spend one year in each others' countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. Participants from a wide range of backgrounds and career fields are welcome to apply, especially students from business, engineering, and technical backgrounds; ability to speak German is an asset, but not a requirement. Recipients of the grant will receive two months of intensive German, study their field at a German university for 4 months, then complete an internship for 5 months. Applicants must be between the ages of 18-24, possess a high school diploma, and have some experience in career field (volunteer, internship, or paid work); students may apply while still in college or as a graduating senior. Although this is a funded fellowship program, participants must pay for some personal expenses. The deadline is typically December 1.


DAAD Grants (German Academic Exchange Service) DAAD

The German Academic Exchange Service offers a wide variety of programs for recent graduates who are interested in studying, researching, and/or pursuing a higher degree in Germany in virtually any field. Grants are available for German degrees, which require high-level German, as well as international programs taught in English. Grants typically pay about 750 euros/month in living expenses, tuition waivers, language training, and some money for travel. Applications deadlines and requirements vary by program; for details, see the website.


Fulbright Scholarships: Fulbright Website

This prestigious and very competitive scholarships offers study/research grants for graduating seniors and graduate students in both academic and arts fields as well as English Teaching Assistantships; there are also grants for students interested in business and journalism. Fulbright study/research grants, which are available in approximately 140 countries, typically cover airfare, tuition, and living expenses; applicants to certain countries can also apply for up to 6 months of intensive language study before being the grant. Applicants for these grants should work with their professors at Rowan and the foreign university or other institutes of higher education where they would like to study; students are responsible for developing their own plan of study and/or project. See the individual country descriptions for more information as requirements vary by country. While countries in Europe and Latin America typically require language proficiency, other countries accept applications from students with no language training. Many countries encourage applications from graduating seniors, but others indicate a preference for graduate students. After carefully reviewing the website, students with an outstanding academic record who are interested in applying for this scholarship should contact Rowan's Fulbright Program Advisor, Dr. Christina Solomon, solomonca@rowan.edu, preferably in the late spring, and develop their application over the summer. Applications are due at the beginning of October.


Live Like Ally Foundation Scholarships Live Like Ally

The Live Like Ally Foundation awards grants to 15-23 year old students who intend to intern, volunteer, or participate in a service learning project while abroad, in honor of Allison Willen, who was studying abroad in New Zealand where she passed away. Funds may not be used towards Study Abroad. You can get an idea of the types of projects they fund by reviewing the "Ally's Allies" section of the website. Students must affiliate with an organization as the funds are distributed through an organization. Live Like Ally's goal is to give students with financial need the opportunity to “have life-affirming, life-changing experiences,” awarding up to $10,000. Grant requests most likely to be considered would be from "those individuals looking to experience world travel; serve underserved groups on the local, national, or international level, and, in the student’s personal way, align with global perspectives on human rights and respect for the environment." The application process is described on the website. Basically, you submit an essay, photos etc., about what you want to do and if they're interested, they'll contact you within a month to submit a longer application. You should submit the initial application at least 4 months before you're hoping to travel abroad.
 

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award: Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. $7,500 is awarded at the beginning of the project; and the remaining $7,500 is awarded upon receipt of a six-month progress report. To apply, a proposal must be developed for public service in the United States or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by the student alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. Applications are typically due at the beginning of January.


University of Hong Kong M.A. and Ph.D. Scholarships HKPF Scholarships

The University of Hong Kong, one of the most prestigious university in Asia that also ranks among the top 30 universities worldwide, offered several scholarships of about $30,000/year for international students interested in earning an M.A. or Ph.D. in one of its programs in the social sciences, arts, business, STEM, etc. All programs are offered in English. Applications for both the university and the scholarships are due December 1; however, there's an application fee of about $50 to apply to the university.


William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India Clinton Fellowship

This highly competititve ten-month volunteer service program matches graduates with development organizations working in a wide variety of fields, including education, public health, and technology. They are looking for applicants who are flexible and adaptable and have a deep interest in and commitment to social and economic development in India. Applicants should have relevant volunteer or other practical experience, and be "entrepreneurial, innovative, and creative in finding solutions and navigating unknown environments." Knowledge of an Indian language is not required, but would be a plus. The grant pays for airfare and a stipend to cover living expenses as well as insurance. Applications are due January 15 and the program begins in September. Successful applicants will progress through phone and in-person interviews, then apply for specific positions.


Yenching Academy at Peking University Yenching

This prestigious and highly competitive fellowship offers graduating seniors interested in China the opportunity to study for 12 months with 125 students from China and all over the world and earn an M.A. in China Studies from Peking University, which is generally seen as "the Harvard of China." Students, who live together in a centrally-located, newly renovated dorm, choose one of six specializations: Politics and International Relations, Philosophy and Religion, Literature and Culture, Law and Society, History and Archaeology, or Economics and Management. Previous knowledge of Chinese is helpful, but not required as all courses are taught in English (though students will be required to study Chinese). The scholarship covers tuition, accommodation, airfare, medical insurance, and a living stipend. Applicants should have an outstanding academic record, and be able to show leadership potential; strong preference is given to applicants under 26. Applications are due on Dec. 11.