David L. Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships promote linguistic and cultural immersion for overseas research.  New STEM summer programs! $8000-10000 per semester.  Students must be U.S. citizens, enrolled at an accredited university at the time the scholarship is in use.  Application deadline in early February.

One page handout (pdf)

Faculty Advisor:

Adriana Crocker

Email: acroc2@uis.edu

Critical Language Scholarship  (Summer program)

This scholarship provides an 8-10 week overseas experience studying one of 14 critical languages.  Sophomore or higher students must be a U.S. citizen and enrolled at a US university (all levels, including graduate) during the program.  This program covers all costs of overseas visit, excepting passport and medical exam fees.

Faculty Advisor:

Lan Dong

Email: ldong4@uis.edu


DAAD funds long term study abroad in Germany.  U.S. and Canadian Citizens as well as international students in their sophomore year or above enrolled in U.S. accredited universities may apply.  Includes a monthly stipend of 650 euros, insurance and travel allowances.  Special summer research program (RISE) for STEM students. Application deadlines in January.

Faculty Advisor:

Elizabeth Kosmetatou

Email: ekosm2@uis.edu


Fulbright UK Summer Institutes (Summer program)

A 3-4 week study abroad program designed to allow students to experience the culture and heritage of the United Kingdoms.  U.S. citizens of no more than sophomore standing with at least a 3.7 GPA may apply to have all travel, accommodation, and tuition fees covered.  Applications are due in February.

Faculty Advisor:

Keenan Dungey

Email: kdung1@uis.edu

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship funds study abroad with focuses on national security and international economics.  Focuses on students who could otherwise not afford study abroad, with an award of up to $5000.  Applicants must be US citizens, in good standing with the university, and applying/accepted for a study abroad experience.

One page handout: Gilman Info (pdf)

Application deadlines (by travel date):

  • Spring: October
  • Summer: March
  • Fall: March

Faculty Advisor:

Jonathan GoldbergBelle

Email: jgold1@uis.edu

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship


The Goldwater Scholarship focuses on identifying and supporting future research leaders.  U.S. sophomores and juniors in STEM fields with a GPA of at least 3.0 can be nominated by the campus representative for a research scholarship of up to $7500 a year for up to two years.  Application deadline is the last Friday in January.

Faculty Advisor:

Marc Klingshirn

Email: mklin2@uis.edu

David Prior Award

The David J. Prior essay contest is for senior-level undergraduates whose academic careers and future goals have been shaped by the transformative power of the liberal arts and sciences experience at a COPLAC institution, such as UIS. Application Deadline: end of February


Public Policy and International Affairs program (Summer)

The purpose of the fellowship is to promote underrepresented groups to participate in public service. The Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) are part of the Public Policy and International Affairs program, an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Participation qualifies alumni for a graduate fellowship at 40 select institutions nationwide.  Application deadline Nov 1.

One page handout (pdf)

Faculty Advisor:

Jason Pierceson

Email: jpier2@uis.edu

Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment (Summer program)

U.S. citizens with full time standing and a 3.2 GPA are eligible to apply for a 6 week internship in Washington DC studying current issues and international affairs. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. The program covers tuition, travel, housing, meals, and a $3200 stipend.  The application deadline is in February.

Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. Application deadline is in March.


Elie Wiesel Essay Prize

Offering a yearly theme, this contest is open to any essay pertaining to ethics.  Current event discussion is strongly encouraged.  This essay contest is open to students with Junior/Senior standing at an accredited 4-year university.  Multiple prizes each year run from $500 to $5000.  Deadline is in December.


Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship recruits current college seniors, recent grads, and alumni with backgrounds in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to teach in high-need schools. Fellows receive generous financial support to complete a master’s degree program in education that includes an intensive clinical placement in a local high-need school, as well as mentoring throughout their three-year teaching commitment.  Application deadline is October, November, and January of your senior year (includes applying to grad school).