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Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Student Opportunities

Asian Studies Development Program

This is a great opportunity for undergraduate students who want to study in East or Southeast Asia but need some financial support to do so.

The IIE FREEMAN-ASIA Program for Undergraduate Students provides financial support to American undergraduates to study abroad for academic credit back home during the summer, a semester or a full academic year in countries in East and Southeast Asia.

Award amounts range from $3,000 for a summer program to $5,000 for a semester/quarter program to $7,000 for an academic year program. Students must demonstrate financial need in order to be eligible. Priority will be given to students with limited or no previous experience in Asia.

Applications must be endorsed by the student’s study abroad adviser (certifying that the program will receive academic credit) and the financial aid adviser (certifying financial need).

IIE has an online directory of programs in Asia that students can apply to, available at . Students can search the database by country or field of study. They can also check with the study abroad office on their campuses, since programs offered by their own school and not open to outside students would not be included in the IIE database, but would still be eligible.

There is a new IIE handout called IIE Passport: Study in China, that gives lots of information about how to prepare for study there. It lists about 200 programs.

Information on the program and applying can be found on the website: . Students can also contact the Freeman-ASIA office at IIE in New York by email: Contact information:Elizabeth Buck, Ph.D. Senior Education Fellow Asian Studies Development Program East-West Center 1601 East-West Road Honolulu, HI 96848 808-944-7315 FAX:808-944-7070

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Graduate School Opportunities
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Sodexo Foundation Stop Hunger Scholarship

Sodexo is the provider of dining services and catering at UALR and their Foundation is sponsoring a scholarship. To apply, please see their web site.

University of Norway

The University of Norway, which UALR recently signed an exchange agreement with, will be working with UALR students who wish to study abroad. They have extensive coursework in English. Click on the link below to visit their web site. Interested students should contact Heather Binder, UALR’s Coordinator of the Studies Abroad Program. Office: 501-569-3376 (
CIA Opportunity

The CIA is looking for International and Middle Eastern Studies students!! Put your major or minor to work for your future.

International Studies and Heifer International Project and Foundation

UALR International Studies Program works closely with Heifer International Project and Foundation. Many of our students work for Heifer or do their internship at Heifer International. Students taking INTS 2302 “Global Issues” class participate in the Village One overnight program at the Heifer Ranch. The program simulates the conditions of extreme poverty and teaches students about resource scarcity, resource distribution, the importance of cooperation and the realities of life in the world’s poorest countries. For Heifer International website, please check under

Scholarships & Fellowships

Scholarship Opportunities

Deadlines listed here are intended to give you a general idea of when applications to the external scholarship offices are due. Applicants must be prepared to submit completed application dossiers to the Rhodes faculty Postgraduate Scholarship Committee about a month prior to these deadlines. See Contacts & Deadlines for more precise internal and external deadlines.

Institute for International Public Policy Program

Award Types: Fellowship, Internships, Summer, Travel Abroad, Travel Domestic & Training/Professional Development.

You must have United States citizenship (including U.S. Territories) or be a U.S. permanent resident. There are no location restrictions. Minorities and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. There is also no limit on funding and the duration is 5 years.

Students accepted into the IIPP Fellowship Program begin their journey with the five-week Sophomore Summer Policy Institute (SSPI). The SSPI introduces Fellows to the basics of international policy development, foreign affairs, cultural competence, careers in these fields and options for graduate study. To assist Fellows in putting what they learn at the SSPI into context, they participate in a study mission to Washington, DC with briefings at the Department of Education, the Department of State, and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as well as with such organizations as the Brookings Institution, the United Nations and the World Bank. After IIPP Fellows successfully complete the SIPP, they participate in IIPP’s Junior Year Study Abroad component. Through study abroad at accredited institutions, Fellows study for at least one semester at approved overseas institutions. All Junior Year Study Abroad programs will include the following components: (1) language study, (2) study of local culture, (3) international public policy, (4) service learning/volunteer activities, and (5) a research project focusing on a public policy issue. In early June, following their junior year abroad, IIPP Fellows attend the Junior Summer Policy Institute (JSPI) at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. The JSPI includes seven weeks of intensive, graduate-level work in international relations and foreign policy on such topics as security, development, economics and trade and statistics. Coursework is designed to prepare Fellows for successful admission to and completion of graduate school. Fellows without previously demonstrated foreign language competency are required to participate in the Summer Language Institute (SLI), and intensive language-training program, during the summer following their senior year of college. The IIPP internship component is generally a post-baccalaureate experience, however, an internship can also occur during the junior and/or senior years of college. Occasionally the post-baccalaureate internship can last up to a year, providing valuable job experience that strengthens a Fellow’s graduate school applications and bolsters his or her professional credentials. The IIPP Fellowship completes the education experience by providing matching funds to support each Fellow’s pursuit of a master’s degree in international affairs.
The sponsor provides college sophomores with specially designed education and training experiences critical to entry and advancement in international affairs careers. Students participate in a multi-year sequence of summer policy institutes, study abroad, intensive language training, internships and graduate study.

Eligibility requirements from undergraduate sophomores include the following: are enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year baccalaureate-granting institution; are a U.S. Citizens or legal resident; have a minimum 3.2 GPA; possess excellent critical analysis and leadership skills; have a strong demonstrated interest in international affairs, public policy and language training; are an underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander); and plan to seek admission to a two-year master’s degree program in International Affairs.

The SSPI program runs from early June through the beginning of July. For the Junior Year Study Abroad component IIPP provides funding for as much as one-half the total cost of one semester abroad, with the unmet half being covered by a combination of government and institutional aid as well as some reasonable family contribution. The JSPI program runs from early June through the end of July. The summer language sessions generally run from six to nine weeks (June-August) depending on the level and language of study. The IIPP provides up to $15,000 in matching funds to Fellows attending the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) graduate school.
Deadline is Tuesday February 1, 2011. For more information go to or

Contact Information: - E-mail 2750 Prosperity Ave., Suite 600 Fairfax, VA 22031 703-205-7623 FAX 703-205-7645. Completed applications must be submitted online and supplemental materials must be postmarked by March 15, 2011.

Fulbright Grants

Fulbright Grants
International study or teaching grants, normally for one year.

  • Eligibility: US citizen; BA or equivalent by beginning of grant period, language proficiency
  • Institutional nomination: YES, application must be coordinated with faculty contact
  • Awards: number varies
  • Approximate Deadline: Normally mid-October
  • Notes: Fulbright Grants are awarded to graduating seniors who propose a clear program of study to be carried out at a university in another country (over 70 countries participate) in one academic year. The location must be essential to the research project. Fluency in the host language is preferred, and a strong background in American culture and the host country current events are of particular consideration.The Statement of Proposed Study is reviewed very carefully. Considerations include the nature of the project, its originality, academic preparation for completing the project, and any additional investigation undertaken to ensure that resources to accomplish the project are available in the proposed host country. The screening committee also takes into account factors such as academic and professional achievement, demonstrated leadership potential, and community involvement. Successful grantees are expected to exhibit these and other related qualities that demonstrate their flexibility and aptitude for success in an unfamiliar environment abroad.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowships

Support for graduate study in selected fields in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens or nationals, permanent residents of the U.S., or citizens of any one of the Freely Associated States, entering graduate school to pursue a doctoral degree (or master’s degree, if the master’s degree is the terminal or highest degree awarded in an approved field), with demonstrated financial need
  • Institutional nomination: NO, but consultation with faculty advisors recommended
  • Awards: 48; all tuition and fees, plus stipend up to $30,000 per year (based on financial need) for up to a total of four years of graduate study
  • Approximate Deadline: Normally October 1 (FAFSA by January 31)
  • Notes: The U. S.Department of Education awards Jacob K. Javits Fellowships to provide financial assistance for students who have demonstrated superior academic ability and achievement; exceptional promise; and financial need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required as part of the application for a Javits fellowship in order to complete the financial need calculation. Applicants must be eligible to be accepted to or currently attending a graduate program leading to a doctorate or a terminal master’s degree in an eligible field of study. Applicants attending a foreign institution are ineligible. Twenty percent of Javits Fellowships are awarded to students in the social sciences, twenty percent to students in the arts, and sixty percent to students in the humanities.

Luce Scholars Program

Year long internships in Asia with stipend.

  • Eligibility: US citizen; BA or equivalent; under 29 years of age; no significant exposure to Asian culture or Asian studies
  • Institutional nomination: Yes, application must be coordinated with faculty contact
  • Awards: 15 annually
  • Approximate Deadlines: December 1
  • Notes: The Luce Scholars Program, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, is aimed at college graduates from a broad range of disciplines who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience and come to know Asia. Successful candidates will have a record of high achievement and excellent leadership abilities. The Foundation seeks to develop a better cultural exchange between Asia and the U.S.

Madison FellowshipsMadison Fellowships

Support for future teachers of US History applying to MA programs

  • Eligibility: US citizen or US national enrolled or applying to an MA program in a related field; must teach for at least one year following completion of degree
  • Institutional nomination: NO
  • Awards: at least one per state; up to $24,000
  • Approximate Deadlines: Normally mid-February to March 1.
  • Notes: Applicants are evaluated on their demonstrated commitment to a career teaching American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level; demonstrated intent to pursue and complete a program of graduate study that emphasizes the Constitution and offers instruction in that subject; demonstrated devotion to civic responsibility; demonstrated capacity for study and performance as classroom teachers, and their proposed courses of graduate study.

Marshall ScholarshipsMarshall Scholarships

For 2 years of study in any field at a United Kingdom university

  • Eligibility: US citizens who (by the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7; candidates must have at least senior standing and be no older than 25 years of age in October of the year of application
  • Institutional nomination: YES
  • Awards: Up to 40; about £20,000/year for two years
  • Approximate Deadline: Normally early to mid-October
  • Notes: Candidates must possess a keen intellect and broad outlook as evidenced both by scholastic attainments and a strong record of service and leadership plus the capacity to make a significant contribution to their own society. Selectors will also look for strong motivation and seriousness of purpose, including the presentation of a specific and realistic academic program.

US-Ireland Alliance


One year of study in any discipline at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland

  • Eligibility: 18-30 years old
  • Institutional nomination: YES
  • Awards: about 12;tuition and housing for one year along with international travel and a living expenses stipend
  • Approximate Deadline: Normally early to mid-October
  • Notes: “We look for persuasive, documented evidence of achievement in three areas: academic, leadership, and community service.”

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramNational Science Foundation

Three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering

  • Eligibility: US citizens, nationals, or resident aliens enrolled in or applying to research-based graduate programs
  • Institutional nomination: NO
  • Awards: about 1,000;$30,000 stipend for 12-month tenure plus $10,500 cost-of-education allowance per tenure year;a $1,000 International Research Travel Allowance is also available
  • Approximate Deadlines: early November
  • Notes: “In considering applications, reviewers are asked to address two questions that are the basis of NSF’s merit review criteria: (1) What is the intellectual merit of the applicant? and (2) What are the broader impacts of supporting the individual’s graduate study?”

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships National Security Education ProgramNational Security Education Program

Supports study of languages and regions vital to US security but less frequently studied by US graduate students

  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled in or applying for enrollment to a graduate program
  • Institutional nomination: NO, but consultation with institutional coordinator strongly encouraged
  • Awards: up to $28,000
  • Approximate Deadline: Normally end of January
  • Notes: “The primary factors in the selection of Fellows are demonstrated academic excellence; a comprehensive, clear, and feasible proposal; a plan to develop, maintain, or advance language competence; evidence of ability to adapt to a different cultural environment; and the integration of the proposed program into the applicant’s academic field and career goals.”

Rhodes ScholarshipsRhodes Scholarships

For two years of study at the University of Oxford

  • Eligibility: 18-24 years old (no older than 24 years of age in October of the year of application); at least senior standing; strong GPA
  • Institutional nomination: YES
  • Awards: 32;all educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees; each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations and the Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel
  • Approximate Deadline: Normally early October
  • Notes: The prestigious Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest international fellowship. It recognizes superior scholastic attainment, a history of service and leadership, knowledge of current global issues, fondness and success in sports, and altruism. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead.

Rotary International


Ambassadorial Scholarships provide funding for one year of international study

  • Eligibility: citizen of country with Rotary clubs; language proficiency
  • Institutional nomination: NO, application made through Memphis or home Rotary club, consultation with campus coordinator recommended
  • Approximate Deadline: set by individual clubs
  • Notes: “While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with local Rotarians and others the experiences that led to greater understanding of their host countries.”

undefinedTruman Scholarships

Provides support to college juniors preparing for leadership in public service

  • Eligibility: juniors in upper quarter of class
  • Institutional nomination: YES
  • Awards: 75-80 awards from 600 applications;$26,000
  • Approximate Deadline: Normally early February
  • Notes: Truman seeks candidates who have extensive records of public and community service, are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.

Thomas J. Watson FellowshipWatson

One year grant for independent study and travel outside the United States

  • Eligibility: Must be graduating senior to apply
  • Institutional nomination: YES
  • Awards: up to 50;$22,000
  • Approximate Deadline: Early November
  • Notes: “A Watson project is something that you have wanted to do and dreamed about doing for a considerable period of time. You must want to do this so badly that when it is cold and rainy, and you have lost your passport, and your camera has been stolen, and you’re sick, and your best friend is getting married back home, you will still want to stay abroad and pursue your project.”

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Many other scholarships are available that might better suit your needs, preparations, and career plans. Please contact Career Services for more information and additional resources.

Updated 6.16.2011