College of Arts and Sciences

Foreign Language Opportunities

General Opportunities

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study
  • Graduating seniors or recent graduates with a strong background in an Asian language and a career objective that involves its regular use. For U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Award: A stipend that covers a year of advanced language study in an approved study abroad program.
CIA Graduate Studies Fellowships
  • For full-time Master's or PhD candidates who are U.S. citizens and have demonstrated reading proficiency in one of the following languages: Turkish, Farsi/Persian, Kurdish, Hebrew, and Arabic; Spanish, French, Portuguese, and two or more West European languages; East European languages; Russian, Uzbek, Ukrainian, and Central Eurasian dialects; Chinese, Korean, and Japanese; Hindi, Urdu, Dari, and Pashtu. Fellowships range from 60 to 90 days.
  • Award: Fellowships are paid, but no specific information is available on the website.
Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes
  • For undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D students enrolled at a U.S. institution. U.S. citizenship required.
  • Award: Fully-funded seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences held overseas. Languages included are: Arabic, Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate or advanced level; Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu: Beginning, intermediate or advanced level; Chinese, Japanese, Russian: Intermediate or advanced level. Travel between the student's U.S. home city and program location, pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room and board are covered.
Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace - Middlebury Language Schools
  • For all students studying or wanting to begin studying Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, or Russian. Applicants must also submit an application to one of the Middlebury Language Schools. Intended for students with demonstrated interest in one of the following areas (although students studying other subjects are still invited to apply): international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution.
  • Award: Covers the full cost of summer language study at a Middlebury Language School, including tuition, room, and board.
National Security Agency Summer Language Program
  • For sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students who are U.S. citizens and are studying one of the following languages: Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Pashto, Persian-Farsi, Russian, or Urdu. Requires a 3.0 GPA, with a 3.5 GPA in language studies preferred, and students must continue to take at least one language course each semester. A 12-week summer internship program that may continue for a second summer, and may also include a conditional job offer from the National Security Agency after graduation.
  • Award: Participants receive a salary throughout the course of their internship. Participants who travel to the internship from an out-of-state school are eligible for travel reimbursement.


Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
  • For U.S. citizens who will be between 23 and 34 years of age on the application deadline. Requires a graduate degree or equivalent training in business administration, journalism, law, public policy, international relations, or a closely related field, and at least two years of relevant work experience. No German language ability is required, but applicants must be willing to participate in language training. Participants serve a 9-month fellowship during which they have the opportunity to experience two high-level work phases at leading institutions in Germany, customized to their interests. Past host institutions have included federal and local government, private corporations, media outlets, and NGOs. German language training is also provided in the U.S. and in Germany.
  • Award: Travel and language training expenses are covered, and a 2,000 euro monthly stipend and insurance are provided. For those traveling with a spouse and/or children, financial support for such accompanying family, including 50% of travel costs, supplemental living stipend, health insurance, and limited funding for language training is also provided.


National Organization of Italian Women - Cultural Exchange Program
  • A 10-day cultural exchange program in Italy for women between the ages of 19 and 22 who have at least one ancestor of Italian heritage. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and functional/conversant Italian language ability.
  • Award: International airfare and accommodations are covered. Participants are advised to bring some money for incidental personal expenses.
Order Sons of Italy in America - Language and Study Abroad Scholarships
  • For U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian-American grandparent) who are juniors or seniors and will be enrolled for the fall 2012 semester. Applicants must be majoring/minoring in the Italian language OR hoping to study abroad at the Sant'Anna Institute-Sorrento Lingue in Sorrento, Italy.
  • Award: Range from $5,000 - $25,000.