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Boren Fellowship

Boren Fellowships offers U.S. graduate students the opportunity to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study and may also provide limited funding for domestic language study that supplements the overseas component. The maximum total award is $30,000.

Note: The National Service Education Program Service Requirement stipulates that an award recipient work in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities for one year or the duration of assistance provided under the program, whichever is longer. Boren Fellows must begin filling the service requirements within two years of graduation.

Find more details and a list of Frequently Asked Questions about NSEP Service Requirements

Fill out a Boren Fellowship pre-application online

Application deadline: Late January for the following academic year.

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UIS Faculty Representative: Dr. Adriana Crocker

 DAAD  (German Academic Exchange  Service) Study Scholarship

The DAAD Study Scholarship offers funding for highly qualified individuals  to carry out independent study in Germany or to complete a full Master’s degree program at a German university.  Study scholarships are  for one academic year (October -  July)  and there is the possibility of a one-year extension for students completing a full degree program in Germany.

Scholarships provide a €750 monthly stipend, health insurance, and a flat  subsidy for travel costs. Limited funds are available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.

Eligibility:  See current requirements.

Application deadline:  Applications for the 2014-15 academic year are sent to DAAD and must be postmarked by November 15, 2013.   Results will be announced at the end of March/beginning of April.

Note:  Before beginning to apply, make an appointment with the Prestigious Scholarship Office (217-206-7363) to discuss application procedures.


Fulbright Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad. The program is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” To be eligible to apply candidates must; present a strong academic or professional record, demonstrate language preparation, demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed study/research/teaching assistantship project and provide personal qualifications.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. citizens who have legal permanent residency status in the United States are not eligible for any Fulbright grants. See also the FAQ on dual citizenship.

Application Deadline: Mid-October for following academic year.

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UIS Faculty Representative: Dr. Jonathan GoldbergBelle

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Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships awarded to outstanding applicants from outside the UK to pursue a full-time graduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded on the following criteria

  • leadership capacity
  • a person’s desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others
  • a good fit between the abilities and aspirations of the applicant and what the University of Cambridge can offer in its graduate programme.
    While at Cambridge Gates Scholars pursue the full range of academic disciplines and are spread throughout all 31 Colleges. All applicants for the scholarship apply for – and must gain – admission to the University of Cambridge.

Eligibility: Candidates for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship:

  • may be citizens of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • may apply to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study:
    PhD (three year research-only degree)
    One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
    MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree)
  • may apply to study any subject available at the University of Cambridge
    • must be admitted to one of the degrees above at Cambridge through the University’s normal admission procedures – the Trust does not admit students
  • must be applying for a new course of study or research if they are already a student at Cambridge–e.g. those who have already started their PhD are not eligible to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • who are – or have been – in receipt of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship may apply for a second scholarship; such candidates must apply by the second, international deadline and go through the same process of departmental ranking, shortlisting and interviewing as all other candidates.

Application deadline: October 15 for following academic year (for U.S. citizens normally resident in the U.S.)

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There is no Faculty representative for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Applicants apply for admission to the University of Cambridge and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship directly.

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Marshall Scholarship

Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, and named in honor of US Secretary of State George C, Marshall, the Scholarships commemorate the ideals of the Marshall Plan. Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 scholarships are awarded annually, covering university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse. The traditional Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two academic years (i.e. 22 months), but may be extended by the Commission, though not beyond the end of a third academic year.

Eligibility: Candidates must be U.S. citizens at the time they, hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States, have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree, have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2008 and not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.

Fill out a Marshall Scholarship pre-application online

Application deadline: Early October for following academic year.

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UIS Faculty representative: Dr. Jonathan GoldbergBelle

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Rhodes Scholarship

Applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans, although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford University and the applicant’s undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for study in the proposed field.

Election to The Rhodes Scholarship is normally for two or three years, depending upon the degree program pursued by the Scholar. Scholars may, however, do a one-year degree only, though the benefit from two or more years’ tenure is usually exponentially greater.

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 (the stipend) adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, one time each way. They do not pay for passports or visas, which are now required for overseas students studying at Oxford.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a citizen of the United States; pending citizenship does not qualify; at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (i.e., the applicant must still be 23 on October 1 in the year of application); sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election. The applicant must be eligible to apply through one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia: either in the state where he or she was legally resident on April 15 in the year of application, or where he or she will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election. (U.S. citizens who are residents of U.S. territories are only eligible to apply if they will have at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree from a college or university in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.) The applicant must be prepared to appear for a reception and personal interview, and remain for possible reinterviews and the election announcement, in the city serving the respective District region, on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Thanksgiving holiday. Telephone and electronic interviews are not permitted.

Fill out a Rhodes Scholarship pre-application online

Application deadline: Early October for following academic year.

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UIS Faculty representative: Dr. Jonathan GoldbergBelle

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