Monday, January 26, 2009

Various Opportunities for Funding


State Department Fellowships
The State Department underwrites the Rangel and Pickering Fellowship Programs for undergraduate and graduate fellowships. These programs are designed to support interest in, and entry into, the Foreign Service by traditionally under-represented socio-economic and ethnic groups in the Department of State. The summer undergraduate programs are “for credit” courses hosted by Howard and Princeton Universities. For example, the six week Rangel program at Howard offers the “History of US Foreign Relations,” “˜Political Economy,” and “Writing” classes. Students receive tuition, travel, room and board, as well as a stipend. Program administrators pay close attention to these students taking them to visit U.S. agencies and Congress to meet foreign policy policymakers and practitioners.
Both the Rangel and Pickering programs also underwrite the full costs for graduate studies for motivated and talented students. Students are also assigned internships at the Department of State and an embassy or consulate overseas. On successful completion of the program, the student is eligible for entry into the Foreign Service, subject to passing the Foreign Service oral examination.
The deadlines for the coming year’s Rangel full time graduate and summer undergraduate programs are, respectively, January 23 and February 13, 2009. The Pickering graduate and summer programs deadlines are, respectively, February 3 and February 6, 2009.
Further information for these programs can be found at: (click on the foreign affairs drop down tab) and .

InterCultural House Program
The ICH program is a membership organization that includes both academic and service learning components. Students from all walks of life will be exposed to a variety of learning opportunities about race and cultural diversity. Students living in the house will take part in weekly dialogues on race and racism, community service work with middle school students as well as have access to a variety of leading educational resources on race and racism. This is a great learning experience for anyone interested in education, children, becoming a mentor or expanding their knowledge on Black-White race-related issues. The program is also a great experience to add to students' resumes!
We are currently searching for full-time students for membership/housing for our program beginning in the Fall 2009 academic year. Attached to this email is information, along with the application and letters of reference form (two (2) required), for the ICH program. Please feel free to forward this information to students that you may know of that would be interested in this program or are currently looking for housing in Fall 2009. For more information or questions you may have, contact the ICH staff at

Gilman Awards
Over 1,200 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.
Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. 25 Critical Need Language Supplements were offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients during the 2007-2008 academic year. There will be an increased number of Supplements this academic year.
Critical Need Languages include:

Arabic (all dialects)
Chinese (all dialects)
Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek)
Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki)
Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi)
This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education -- Southern Regional Center in Houston, Texas.

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)
For more information visit

SMART and Academic Competitiveness Grants

Study Abroad Language Scholarships
National Security Education Program: Boren Scholarships
Austrian American Educational Commission Teaching Assistantship
French Ministry of Education Teaching Assistantship
Princeton in Asia Teaching Fellows
Spanish Ministry of Education and Science North American Language and Culture Assistants
Freeman-Asia Program
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan
German Academic Exchange Service
National Security Internship
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China Teaching Opportunity
If you would like to teach English in China with a team of proven professionals for five months (or longer), the Graduate School, USDA and F&S International may have an opportunity for you. We are looking for college students or already graduated students (those between one and five years post-graduation with a B.A. degree or above) with excellent English language skills to work at elementary/high schools and universities in Dalian, Hangzhou, Beijing and other cities in China. As part of the program, we will provide a basic salary, free housing in modern facilities with Western conveniences, free Chinese lessons and an international travel bonus.
Thirty (30) college, recently graduated university-level students, or adults with TESOL or teaching-related experience and strong English skills
Five (5) months minimum (renewable once for a total of 10 months) – March 1, 2009 through July 15, 2009 or September 1, 2009 through January 15, 2010
Ten (10) months from March 1, 2009 through December 30, 2009 or September 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.
Basic salary of RMB 4000 per month (equivalent to USD 570); round-trip international airfare bonus (USD 500 – paid at the completion of program period of 5 months, or USD 1000 for 10 months); airport pick-up and ground travel assistance if necessary; free accommodation on or off campus in the form of a furnished flat with one bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom (24 hour hot water shower, TV, telephone, internet, bed, etc. Occupant will have to pay utilities, which should be no more than RMB 500.) A program for 10 months includes 2-3 weeks free to travel around China and free Mandarin lessons by native speakers.
The interns will be covered by a basic accident and sickness insurance through the Graduate School, USDA during the duration of their stay. The intern will receive an insurance card and booklet detailing the coverage before departing from the United States.
Applicants need not know Chinese or to have taken Chinese classes. EFL and English majors are encouraged to apply. Those with majors in other subjects, such as social sciences, are also welcome to submit an application.
November 30, 2008 for spring placement, and March 30, 2009 for fall placement for spring and fall placement, postmarked.
Rolling selection policy - Priority will be given to those who apply by the above deadline. Applications for the September start date only will be accepted after the deadline up until May 15, 2009. Please submit applications with all sections (main application, letters of reference, and official transcript) in one package. Letters of reference should be in a sealed envelope signed over the flap by the reference. References should comment on applicant’s teaching ability and international/cultural experiences, and suitability for the assignment. Teachers must apply 4-6 months in advance of their desired program. We will confirm the offers 3 months before the starting date. Teachers are required to arrive 1-2 weeks earlier for Orientation and training in China.
Interested applicants should e-mail Colin Fink at for a copy of the Chinese Internship Application and submit the entire application package (application, two references, copy of passport and transcripts) to: International Institute, Graduate School, USDA, Attn: China Internship Program, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 320, Washington, DC 20024-2520.

Scholarship – Pitt Alumni Association Graduate Student Tuition Scholarship

This $5,000 scholarship is a one-time, merit based award open to both continuing grad students and those just entering graduate study in any of the University’s schools or colleges. The student must have received an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh; have a minimum 3.5 GPA (undergraduate and graduate); and submit a statement of personal and professional goals, three letters of recommendation (one from the department chair or dean), a resume (not to exceed two pages) and transcript of undergraduate work and any graduate courses to date (if applicable). Applications are available in room 140 Thackeray Hall. For more information contact Laraine Hlatky at or 412-624-5589.

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