Language Study

Language Study promotes language study and immersion internationally for applicants at varying levels of language proficiency.

*Note: awards with an asterisk indicate alumni and/or graduate student eligibility. View full list of opportunities here.


University Endorsement Required

USC endorsement requires participation in a formal campus process as outlined on each fellowship page. Applicants are not able to apply directly.

Boren Scholarships
Funding for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Fellowships are available for graduate students. U.S. citizenship required.

Gilman International Scholarship
Scholarship for fall, spring, summer or academic year study abroad and internship programs for Pell Grant eligible undergraduate students. Students may apply for the supplemental Critical Need Language Award to support the study of a critical-need language while abroad in a country where that language is predominantly spoken. U.S. citizenship required.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program*
Full funding for an academic year of research, English teaching, or internship abroad in over 140 countries for graduating seniors, graduate students and recent alumni. Certain countries provide Critical Language Enhancement Awards for language study prior to the start of the grant. U.S. citizenship required.


Direct-Apply Opportunities

Direct-apply fellowships do not require university endorsement to apply, however, AHF will conduct general advising and/or draft reviews during specified periods.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)*
Undergraduate and graduate students of diverse disciplines and majors apply for 8-10 week summer programs abroad to study a critical-need language. U.S. citizenship required.

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