The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. Participants study one of 13 critical languages for approximately 8-10 weeks over the summer.
Fellowships and Scholarships
What are international scholarships and fellowships?
International scholarships and fellowships are financial awards granted to students to support study, research, or work abroad. Eligible students are selected through an often competitive application process. List of featured awards
Featured Study Abroad Scholarships for Undergraduate Students
- Fund for Education Abroad
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
- Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship
- CIEE Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship
- Fulbright UK Summer Institute
Language & Culture Intensive Scholarships for Undergraduate Students
International Research Fellowships for Undergraduate Students
- DAAD Rise - funding for graduate students to assist with research in Germany in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth science, or engineering
- Fulbright Canada-Mitacs Globalink - funding for 10-12 week summer internship for U.S. undergraduate students to work on research projects in Canada in the areas of science, engineering, math, and social sciences.
- Amgen Scholars Program - funding for summer research experience in Japan, China or Singapore for undergraduate engineering or science majors.
- DAAD RISE Professional - funding for graduate students to assist with research in Germany in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth science, or engineering
- Fulbright Fellowship (U.S. Student Program) - funding for upcoming or recent graduates to go to grad school, complete an independent research project abroad, or teach English abroad
Contact Jenny Sullivan (email@example.com), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships, for more information on these opportunities and to assist you in the application process.
RIT Fellowship and Scholarship Advising Services
As an RIT student or alumnus/a, you have the benefit of applying to international fellowships through RIT.
Specifically, the RIT Education Abroad & International Fellowships office provides:
- Resources such as webinars and videos about award specifics, application tips, etc.
- Individualized coaching
- Hands-on proofreading and review of application materials
- Vetting of application by RIT faculty and staff
To learn more about scholarships and fellowships for international education, contact Jenny Sullivan at Jenny.Sullivan@rit.edu.
As a Critical Language Scholarship awardee Michael will be studying Russian language through the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic during the summer of 2021. “I pursued this award to advance my Russian-speaking skills, particularly in an immersive environment,” says Michael.
As a Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link awardee Imani will assist with research at the University of Montreal on a computational neuroscience project to examine how social norms and hierarchy impact brain function and processes. “I wanted to gain research experience, and the fact that the research would be international was a major draw for me. I'm excited to explore an area of interest and connect with experts in the field,” says Imani. With collaboration being a cornerstone of working in a scientific field, the opportunity to work on a global team will be especially fruitful.
As a Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link awardee Margo’s research assignment at the University of Montreal will analyze the pathways of potential microRNAs used in the infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) vaccines. This research experience will help further her future academic goals of earning a master’s degree in global health and eventually a Ph.D. in virology. “I’ll be able to work with others who are also interested in viral diseases. I hope to use what I learn to help lessen the impact of infectious diseases on vulnerable populations,” she says.
Ashley will conduct a research project at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, working with the malaria research group led by Professor Catherine Falade, Director of the Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training, College of Medicine. Her research will study rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) used to diagnose malaria in Nigeria and how the deletion of Histidine-Rich Proteins in RDTs can lead to malaria misdiagnosis.
As a DAAD RISE awardee Sam’s will work with Technische Universität Kaiserslautern in Germany on a project to develop a simple, easy-to-use, and portable electric photometer to measure the quality of wine in an industrial setting. “As a Biomedical engineer, I am interested in one day designing and manufacturing biomedical devices that can make healthcare more accurate and accessible to people all over the world.