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UNCW Scholarship Opportunities

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International Studies Scholarships & Fellowships

Purpose: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program funds international exchange programs for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide in 140 countries. Grants are awarded in nearly all fields and disciplines, including the sciences, professional fields and Creating and Performing Arts.

Qualifications: Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens who will have bachelor's degrees by the beginning date of the grant, but will not yet have a doctorate degree at the time of application, who are thinking of (1) studying, (2) assistant-teaching English or, (3) conducting research abroad.

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Purpose: The National Security Education Program encourages students to internationalize their education by studying in countries critical to US national interests, but under-represented in study abroad. Preference is given to students pursuing fields of study related to national security. The NSEP provides up to $8,000 for a summer program, $10,000 for a semester, or $20,000 for an academic year.

Qualifications: Applicants must plan to use the scholarship for a study abroad program that ends before the student graduates. Preference is given to students pursuing fields of study related to national security.

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Purpose: This scholarship is for undergraduate students who wish to study abroad. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

This scholarship awards up to $5,000 that can be applied to program tuition, room and board, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

Qualifications: Applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant, be accepted into their study abroad program, and be planning on studying abroad for more than 28 days.

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Purpose: The Truman Foundation awards scholarships to graduate and undergraduate college students who plan to pursue careers of public service in the government or elsewhere. The Truman scholarship offers $30,000 for graduate or professional school. Truman scholars participate in leadership development programs and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

Qualifications: Students must be nominated by their educational institution, be a U.S. citizen or national, have an extensive record of public and community service, and be committed to a career in public service. Applicants must also be in the upper quarter of their junior class. For the purposes of the Truman Scholarship, junior status is determined only by graduation date.

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Description: The graduate fellowship program seeks outstanding students who are interested in pursuing a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program supports students while they complete a two-year master's degree in international affairs or a related subject at a graduate or professional school approved by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center.

The program includes a summer enrichment program (six weeks), two internships (one domestic and one overseas), a mentorship with a Foreign Service Officer, and a commitment to a minimum of three years of service.

Qualifications: Graduating seniors or recent graduates are eligible to apply. Students must be U.S. citizens with a 3.2 GPA or higher. Consideration will be given to those with financial need.

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Purpose: This fellowship allows graduating seniors the opportunity to be junior research fellows. The students will work with senior associates in the Carnegie Endowment on international affairs issues.

Qualifications: Students must be nominated by their university and should have extensive coursework in international affairs, political science, economics, history, or Russian studies. Students must be graduating college seniors or have graduated within the past academic year and have not yet begun graduate studies.

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Purpose: This fellowship is aimed at undergraduate students who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the US Department of State. The Pickering Fellowship provides funding of up to $40,000 annually for actual expenses for the senior year of college and first year of grad school.

Qualifications: Students should be juniors with a minimum of a 3.2 GPA and studying in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.

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Purpose: The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) is a US government effort to expand the number of Americans who study critical need foreign languages. Provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction for undergraduate students.

CLS language instruction consists of seven to ten weeks of in-country study in the following languages: Arabic, Persian, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. CLS instruction takes place in various countries including Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, and Turkey.

Qualifications: Eligible undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college course-work by the program start date. All applicants must be 18 by the beginning of the CLS program and be in acceptable mental and physical health. Students of diverse majors and disciplines are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

The application is now live and available online 

Applications are due Tuesday, November 17, 2020 by 8:00pm EST.

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Purpose: The Payne Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to 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 in Washington D.C. and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.

Qualifications: 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. The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.

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Purpose: The Udall Foundation awards undergraduate scholarships of up to $5,000 to two groups. The first is juniors and seniors in fields related to the environment and the second to Native American and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal public policy

Qualifications: Students must be nominated by their university, be a sophomore or a junior, and have at least a "B" average GPA.

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Purpose: The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend to a graduating college senior to pursue 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.

Qualifications: Applicants should be graduating seniors who desire to pursue public service anywhere in the world. Award selection will be based on the quality of the proposal, academic record, and other personal achievements.

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Purpose: Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.

Each program is highly interdisciplinary, and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians, and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums, and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.

The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to create a forum where potential solutions can be considered and discussed.

The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights-in their own communities and around the world.

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The Rhodes Scholarships were established in 1903 by Cecil Rhodes, who dreamed of improving the world through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries, trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own.

Mr. Rhodes hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace. Each year 32 Rhodes Scholars are chosen from the US.

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