There is no requirement for proficiency in Chinese language… indeed, the program’s aim is to provide opportunities to those who have not experienced a study-aboard program either in China or Taiwan, but are eager to pursue some overseas immersion Mandarin and cultural study.   Accepted students will be enrolled in the Chinese Language Center at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU,  ) in Tainan City, Taiwan. The University is recognized as one of the two top institutions of higher education in Taiwan.  The application period ends on  Feb. 15, 2013 for early  acceptance  and  March 31, 2013 for  general acceptance. Applications can be submitted on line at .

The 2013 TUSA program starts July 1 and ends August 23th.  A stipend of NT $25,000 (US $800) per month for two months (July & August) will be awarded to each scholarship recipient. The scholarship is budgeted to cover tuition, dormitory fees, all program-related travel and excursions, and accident/outpatient health insurance. The program is sponsored by  the  Ministry of Education  in Taiwan,  and a total of 36 ‘Ambassador’ students will be accepted for the 2013 class.

Visit the web site at  for additional information about the 2013 TUSA Summer ‘Ambassador’ program.


Joint Summer Research Programs
sponsored by
University of California, Berkeley & Columbia University
for students at
the Creating Connections Consortium (C3)*
Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Students from the Creating Connections Consortium (C3) – which includes Middlebury College – are encouraged to apply for faculty/graduate student-mentored research opportunities in the Arts, Humanities, and Social and Physical Sciences. Participants will engage in graduate-level research and hone skills necessary to apply to and succeed in graduate and professional programs.

C3 applicants from diverse populations and backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education are encouraged to apply.

  • Exposure to graduate-level research, mentor/advisee relationships, GRE preparation, and the graduate school application process
  • Weekly seminars, workshops, and group events
  • Participants present research results to faculty, graduate students, and the campus community at final Research Symposium
  • Transportation, stipend, and campus housing provided


Columbia University
Program dates: June 2 – August 3, 2013

University of California, Berkeley SUMMER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM
Program Dates: June 2 – July 27, 2013

Application deadline: February 22, 2013


The application deadlines for the Rangel and Payne Fellowship Programs are approaching.  Below are the deadlines, followed by short descriptions of each program.  Please note that there is a page on the websites under each opportunity entitled “Tips for Preparing a Competitive Application” that may assist you.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program:  January 18, 2013

Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program:  January 23, 2013

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program seeks outstanding young people interested in careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.  The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides professional development and support activities.  Those who successfully complete the program enter the State Department Foreign Service.  Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2013, have GPAs of at least 3.2, and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials are at The application deadline is January 18, 2013. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University.

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship prepares outstanding young people for careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials for the program are available at The application deadline is January 23, 2013. The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.


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.

Middlebury’s internal deadline for sophomores planning to apply for a Boren Scholarship to fund their study abroad next year is February 1, 2013.

For more information about the Boren, as well as to review other sources of funding for Study Abroad, see the Study Abroad website: or contact Stacey Thebodo in International Programs, x5745.

More information about the Boren can be found on its website:

Program Deadline: January 31st, 2013

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship to Germany 2013-2014

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.
Be aware, that the deadline of January 31st 2013 is for students wishing to study in Germany between fall 2013 through July 2014.
The scholarship committee is looking for students who:

  • are currently second and third year students and will be in their third and fourth year during their stay in Germany
  • are seeking DAAD support for a 4-10 month period in Germany during the German academic year.
  • possess outstanding academic records and personal integrity, as evinced by both their grades and letters of recommendation.
  • have well-defined study, research or internship plans for their stay in Germany.
  • submit the DAAD language evaluation form with their application, although German language competency is not mandatory.
  • demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs and who explain the significance of their project in Germany to their future studies, research or professional goals.
  • are enrolled, full-time students in an undergraduate degree-granting program at an accredited North American college or university.
  • will return to the US or Canada after the scholarship period to complete their Bachelor’s degree.

More information at:

DAAD New York

871 UN Plaza

New York, NY 10017


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad.  Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually.  In 2013, the Foundation will select up to 15 recipients for this award.

The award provides funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books.  Scholarship amounts vary based on several factors, including cost at the institution each recipient attends and other grants and scholarships the student receives.


Jack Kent Cooke Scholars possess exceptional academic records and demonstrate unmet financial need. At a minimum, each candidate for the Graduate Arts Award must have:

  • Senior standing or have graduated from an accredited four-year US college or university within the past five years.
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.20 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need.
  • A bachelor’s degree by the start of the fall 2013 semester.
  • Plans to begin their first graduate degree program in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2013.
  • Not have been previously nominated for the Graduate Arts Award.

While the Foundation considers artistic and creative merit first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also demonstrate significant unmet financial need, which has two components:

  • Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other grants or scholarships the applicant receives.
  • Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs

Phase One deadline is November 28, 2012 (closes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time)

Materials to be submitted:

  • Portfolio with descriptions and a summary
  • Short application including demographics, GPA, and other basic information
  • Financial information comprising of the last three years’ AGI for yourself and for your parent(s) if you are under 30 years of age

If you are selected as a semifinalist based on the Phase One application, you will be invited to submit additional information in Phase Two of the application process.

For more information regarding your application and how to apply, go to:

For advice and guidance on preparing your application, contact Amy McGlashan in the EIA Fellowships office, x5103 or

Gates Cambridge will host an outreach event in Washington D.C from 2pm to 3:30pm on Thursday 31 January 2013.

The event will include a brief welcome from the Provost, an overview of the Scholarship programme from Jim Smith, Executive Officer, a section dedicated to the interview process led by three interview panel chairs, and an alumni panel which will share their own Gates Cambridge experiences.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s office in D.C. has kindly agreed to host this event.

While the event is primarily aimed at Fellowship Advisors and similar institutional representatives, there are limited spaces for students interested in applying for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.  If you would like to attend please complete the form using the link below, no later than 3 December 2012:

Attendees will be sent full information about the event (including a final schedule and exact location) in December.



“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…”

–Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad

$500 – 2,500

 The Mark Twain Awards for Travel support deserving students who wish to enrich their education through exposure to people and places they would otherwise not encounter. Once awarded, the funds are unrestricted and can be used towards any local or international travel of any duration. Awards range between $500-$2,500. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions are strongly encouraged.

To apply, take a few seconds to create a username and password at and then copy this link into your browser:  You will be asked to submit a brief 250 word statement and some additional information.  Finalists will be invited to share further details about their plans.


Any currently enrolled freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in any major

  • A graduate student in a masters, doctoral, or professional degree program
  • A recent college graduate who completed coursework less than 2 years ago
  • All applicants will be considered equally on the merits of their proposed travel regardless of affiliation or memberships

 The Mark Twain Awards are brought to you by Mortar Board, the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership and service since 1918, and by Letterbanc, the leading application platform for academic awards, admissions, and employment.

Best of luck with the application, and in the spirit of Mark Twain, happy travels! 

*Decisions will be made by the selection committee on a rolling basis throughout the 2012-2013 academic year.  A formal press release naming successful applicants will be released in June 2013.  The number of awardees and exact amount of money awarded will depend on the quality of applications and funds available.

Over the past ten years, The Rotary Foundation has provided over 700 future peace leaders with peace and conflict resolution education and field experience at Rotary Peace Centers around the world.  Each year, up to 100 fellows are selected in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn a master’s-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, the United States, Sweden and Thailand. Our alumni work all over the world with organizations ranging from grassroots peace initiatives in Africa to the United Nations.

The Rotary Foundation provides fellows with funding to cover the required tuition and fees, room and board, travel to and from the study city, books and supplies, and an applied field experience.

For more information, please visit the Rotary Website or contact:

Niki Fritz

Rotary Peace Centers Program Assistant

Rotary Peace Centers

The Rotary Foundation

Tel: +1 (847) 866-3307

Fax: +1 (847) 556-2141

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK.

The Chevening programme began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme. Chevening Scholars come from over 116 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and this year the Scholarships will support approximately 700 individuals. There are over 41,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

The programme provides full or part funding for full-time courses at postgraduate level, normally a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any UK university.

US Citizens are not eligible for this Scholarship but  international students may well be eligible.  You would need to be able to return to your home country for interview and intend to return to your home country at the end of the Scholarship.

There are no age restrictions for Chevening Scholarships. To qualify for a Chevening Scholarship, you must:

  • demonstrate that you have achieved a minimum English language requirement (set out below) at the time that you submit your application
  • be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country at the time of applying for the award, and intend to return there at the end of the period of study
  • hold a degree that is equivalent to at least a good UK second-class honours degree. Further information on UK degree equivalency can be found from UK NARIC
  • have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience by 30 September 2012

For more information:

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