External Funding for Undergraduate Students



Alfa Fellowship Program provides U.S. professionals with a year-long opportunity to live and work in Russia. Qualified candidates will have Russian language skills, as well as a graduate degree or at least two years of professional experience in business, economics, journalism/mass communications, international relations, political science, government, or public policy.

Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates.  Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

Central Intelligence Agency Student Programs offers paid student internships of various duration for undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must be US citizens and should have a strong academic record (3.0 GPA or better).

New Voices National Fellowship Program offers leadership and employment opportunities to recent graduates of undergraduate and graduate programs, and others interested in pursuing a career in social justice. The prospective fellow should apply for the fellowship jointly with a nonprofit organization that would host her/him.

Language Study and Study Abroad

ARIT Summer Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish provide full funding for intensive study of Advanced Turkish at Boğaziçi University in İstanbul, Turkey. Applicants must test at the Intermediate-High level in Turkish. 

American Councils for International Education administers a variety of cultural exchange, study abroad, and research programs on behalf of both public and private funders.  Participation in these programs is through an open, merit-based competition, and facilitates mutual understanding between the United States and Eurasia. Full or partial funding may be provided through the American Councils Outbound Scholarship Fund for each of the programs below:

  • Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) American Councils' longest-running study abroad program, provides intensive Russian-language immersion for US undergraduate and graduate students in Russia.
  • Business Russian Language and Internship Program (BRLI) combines specialized curriculum for business Russian and a 10-hour per week internship with U.S. or Russian businesses in Moscow or St. Petersburg.
  • Contemporary Russia (CRU) is a five-week Russian area studies program in Moscow for undergraduate and graduate students as well as working professionals at all levels of Russian-language proficiency.
  • Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP) provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, scholars, and professionals the unique opportunity to study the languages of the independent states of the former Soviet Union in an overseas, immersion setting for a summer, semester or academic year.
  • Individualized Russian Language Program for Heritage Speakers (II) is intended to address the specific needs of students who speak Russian at home or with relatives, or who grew up speaking Russian and wish to strengthen their Russian skills.
  • Russian Overseas Flagship Program (ROFP) offers Advanced to professional (Flagship)-level training in Russian at St. Petersburg State University in St. Petersburg, Russia for students already at the advanced (2 or 2+) levels of proficiency.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program supports study abroad for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university.

Boren Awards for International Study support undergraduate study abroad in areas of the world critical to US national security.  Boren Scholars must chose programs of study with a justifiable connection to national security, and agree to seek employment with either the federal government or in higher education upon graduation.

  • Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Summer Programs Summer-only programs must be eight (8) weeks or more and are limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students. Maximum summer scholarship award is $8,000. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1.
  • Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Academic Term and Year focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. All applicants must demonstrate how their study programs and future goals are connected to a broad understanding of national security. Maximum semester award is $10,000. Maximum academic year award is $20,000.

Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students.

  • 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.

National Security Agency Undergraduate Programs offer several paid student internships during the summer to undergraduate students. Applicants must be US citizens and should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Intelligence Analysis Summer Program offers rising college seniors the opportunity to receive training in a multi-faceted cryptologic discipline that involves research, analysis, and the presentation of findings that enable us to provide the fullest possible Signals Intelligence picture to U.S. policymakers, military commanders, and other Intelligence Community members.
  • Summer Language Program offers foreign language students the opportunity to sharpen their language skills in reading and listening to a professional level. As an apprentice to senior NSA language analysts, you'll gain intensive experience exploiting communications for vital intelligence missions.

The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS)

  • Charles Braver Language Exploration Grant is intended to offset the costs of SRAS study abroad programs for students who demonstrate clear goals in gaining an understanding of Russia or Central Asia, the people who live there and the languages they speak. Grants may be used to study Russian, Kyrgyz, and/or Mandarin Chinese.