Scholarships for Global Study and Research

The following scholarships and research grants are available to undergraduates studying abroad. Interested students should contact the Center for Global Study and Engagement which can direct you to the appropriate contacts. Information on post-graduation opportunities is available here. For information on financial aid for study abroad, please see Finances. For a comprehensive listing of scholarships for study abroad, please visit


Grants are available to students who are interested in completing a research project abroad, over and above the general coursework of their study abroad program.

SIRF and Durden Research Grant Application Information


Students who submit research proposals involving human subjects must adhere to the following IRB guidelines:

  • Students should consult a faculty advisor at the time of their SIRF application. The faculty advisor should be someone who is familiar with the norms governing research in the student's host country. That person can be either a Dickinson faculty member or a faculty member at the host institution.
  • Students should submit to the faculty advisor a document that clearly articulates the purpose and methods of the proposed study. This document should be signed by both the faculty advisor and the student, and submitted as part of the student's SIRF application.
  • If students plan to conduct research in a host country that has an internationally recognized IRB system and can handle human subjects protection requests expeditiously, the student should submit a protocol to that IRB (with assistance from their faculty advisor)
  • When this is not the case, the student should submit a protocol through the Dickinson IRB with the assistance of their Dickinson faculty advisor
  • Students will not receive any award money until documentation of IRB approval is provided to the CGSE


SIRF provides small grants of up to $750 to motivated students abroad to undertake projects in their host countries that build upon their academic interests or enhance their existing programs of study. The fund encourages students to dig deeper into the cultures they are exploring by focusing special studies on topics that are of particular interest to them and provides students with structured outlets in which to share their learning. Projects must have a connection back to the home campus, either as part of a senior capstone project or a thesis; presentation at the annual global education research symposium is required. Students are encouraged to think creatively in finding innovative ways to explore their host cultures. Research projects should be under the direction of a faculty member. 

Examples of recent research projects include:

  • A Study of the City Wall of Bologna, Italy
  • African Music, Musical Instruments, and Genres, Cameroon
  • Coastal Erosion in East Anglia, England The Medieval Churches of Norwich, England
  • Cultural Implications of AIDS Prevention, France
  • Impact of Migration on a Mexican Town, Mexico
  • Rimbaud and Russian Symbolism, Russia
  • Obstacles in the Process of Integration into a Second Culture, Spain


In general support of the overall goals of the Durden International Initiatives Fund, and as a specific way to encourage and to enhance Dickinson College undergraduate student research, the Center for Global Study and Engagement (CGSE) calls for student proposals to undertake independent study projects abroad. The basics are as follows: Dickinson students in good academic standing who have a serious interests in investigating a trans-disciplinary theme of significant importance to global life may propose to undertake an independent study project abroad. Such projects may be self-standing and be implemented abroad during the summer or January, or they may be pursued in lieu of one course as part of a student's approved fall or spring semester study abroad program. 



Summer Research Internship at the University of Bremen

The University of Bremen has funding available to students to undertake a summer research internship. Students with German-language experience can choose from a variety of fields, but there are a number of research projects and teams that work in English, particularly in the sciences and engineering. Stipends are available for up to 3,000 Euros and can cover flight costs and include a small stipend (650 Euros/month) for a stay up to 3 months. For more information and to find out if there is a fitting internship, please contact the Bremen On-Campus Coordinator, Kamaal Haque.


Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S.national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. 


The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is an educational organization in Washington, D.C. that conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international relations and U. S. foreign policy. The Jr. Fellows Program is designed to provide a one-year substantive work experience for eight to ten graduates who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. 


The Council of American Overseas Research Centers sponsors scholarships for intensive summer study of a critical language in a city abroad. Languages include Arabic, Bangla, Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Japanese, Persian, and Russian. All costs, including travel and orientation, are covered by the program sponsors for this 7 to 10 week summer experience. 


The Deutsher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), or the German Academic Exchange Service, is a private, publicly funded, self-governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. The DAAD promotes international academic relations and cooperation and offers undergraduate students a variety of support for study and research in Germany at all levels of the undergraduate program. Students can apply for fellowships for study abroad, for professional internships, for language courses, and for postgraduate research.  Dickinsonians have won scholarships to fund study abroad, to pursue summer research in science, and to undertake a professional internship after graduation. Check the DAAD website here for up-to-date information and contact Professor Sarah McGaughey.


The St. Andrew’s Society offers scholarships in the amount of $30,000 for a full year of study at one of four Scottish universities for American students of Scottish Heritage who wish to study abroad in Scotland after their senior year. Open to U.S. citizens in the top quarter of the Dickinson class. Candidates must be willing to attend any of the four Scottish Universities participating in the program (Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Glasgow and Aberdeen). While the award of a scholarship guarantees admission to one of these Scottish universities, attendance at the scholar’s first choice school is not a given and, as such, the scholar must be flexible to attend any of them. Application and personal interview in New York may be required. Application Deadline: December 15 of Senior Year.


Scholarships are awarded with a preference to under-represented students in study abroad programs, including minorities, science and technology majors, community college students and those choosing to study in non-traditional countries. Deadlines: mid-September and mid-January


The Gilman Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Scholarships are awarded up to $5,000; additional funds for Critical Language Study are available up to $3,000. Financial need is a consideration for applications.


Established in 1986 to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics, Goldwater Scholarships provide opportunities for American undergraduate students with excellent academic records and outstanding potential who are studying in the fields of mathematics, engineering and the natural sciences as preparation for careers in these areas. Up to 300 awards (for college juniors or seniors) are made on the basis of merit. Each grant covers expenses, up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for one or two years.


Pickering Fellowships fund students who are interested in pursuing a foreign service career with the U.S. Department of State. Fellows are selected their junior year of college, and receive up to $40,000 annually for actual expenses for the senior year of college and the first year of graduate study.


The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships support several different kinds of study abroad (up to two years). Funds are provided for academic study, for multi-year study, or for cultural study. Students must have completed at least two years of coursework in order to apply and must initially apply through a Rotary Club.  


Morris K. Udall Scholarships provide up to $5,000 for tuition and expenses to students majoring in fields related to the environment, as well as Native American or Alaskan Native students pursuing health care or tribal policy. Juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.


The US-UK Fulbright Commission has announced its Summer programs for US students.  The summer Institute will cover a majority of participant costs.  This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK. tuition and fees at the University, accommodation and social programme, subsistence e.g. food and drink..   


Early in your senior year students may want to consider post-graduation opportunities for international study. Click here for a list of designated Dickinson faculty representatives. 


J. William Fulbright Scholarships enable students to spend a year studying, researching or teaching abroad in one of more than 100 countries. In general, transportation, living expenses, language training, and tuition are covered: details vary by country. Senior and graduate students who do not yet hold a doctorate degree are eligible to apply. 


George C. Marshall Scholarships provide tuition and personal stipends to students to pursue a graduate degree in any field at any British college or university for two years. Seniors and graduate students with at least a cumulative GPA of 3.7 (after the freshman year) are eligible to apply.


The US-Ireland Alliance established the scholarship to educate future American leaders about Ireland and in honor of George J. Mitchell, former U.S. Senator who served as Chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. Twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18-30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community. Seniors and graduate students, no older than 30, are eligible to apply.


The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship is a program designed for students who will pursue a doctoral degree in fields such as biosciences, engineering, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, naval architecture, physics, and other related fields. The Department of Defense pay fellows’ full tuition and fees, and will provide an approximately $30,000 stipend each year of study.


The National Science Foundation Provides graduate research fellowships for students enrolled for doctoral or masters work in science, mathematics, and engineering programs. Fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend for 12 month tenures, and a cost-of-attendance allowance of $10,500 per tenure. Fellowships are renewable for 3 tenure years. 


The Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship aims to support students interested in international service pursue a master’s degree. Fellows pursue study at a U.S. institution, focusing on international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, business administration, or another area of relevance to the Foreign Service. Upon completion of the two year fellowship program, fellows enter the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University. It provides benefits of up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships at the Capitol and U.S. embassies, and provides professional development and support for twenty interested in becoming Foreign Services Officers in the U.S. Department of State.


One of the nation’s most prestigious awards, Rhodes Scholarships fund tuition, travel, and living expenses for up to three years of undergraduate or graduate study in any field at the University of Oxford. Seniors and graduate students, no older than 24, are eligible to apply.


Harry S. Truman Scholarships recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or other arenas of public service. The award provides financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other scholars who are committed to making a difference through public service. Commitment to work in public service following graduate school is required.