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Scholarships

UIS has several institutional scholarships that can be used to help cover the costs of international travel related to participating in approved study abroad programs.

The Global Experience, Droegkamp, Humphrey and Lundquist scholarships are applied for through the yearly scholarship application process coordinated by the Office of Financial Assistance.  There is one application form that is used for all four. It can be found here

General information on UIS scholarships can be found here

Application Deadline for UIS Global Experience Travel Scholarships is February 15th for all immediately following fall, summer and spring study abroad programs.

Please note – the UIS travel scholarships require the submission of a Global Experience Program application prior to the submission of the application for the travel scholarship. The signature of the Director of the Office of International Programs is required on the travel scholarship application. The last day to acquire this signature is February 10th.

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom in a system of higher education recognized for its excellence.

Eligibility: Open only to United States citizens who (at 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. To qualify for awards tenable from October 2009, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2006.

The Office of International Programs coordinates the preliminary screening of applications by UIS students and graduates.  For more information on the application process please contact our office or visit the Marshall Scholarship web page ( http://www.marshallscholarship.org/)

Application deadline-early October

Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars were elected in 1904.

Conditions of Eligibility:   An applicant must be a citizen of the United States; pending application for citizenship does not qualify a person to apply.  An applicant must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age.  An applicant must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 of the initial year of study.

The Office of International Programs coordinates the preliminary screening of applications by UIS students and graduates.  For more information on the application process please contact our office or visit the Rhodes Scholarship web page ( http://www.rhodesscholar.org/)

Application deadline-early October

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarships

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers a competition for awards for undergraduate study abroad. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.
More information can be found on their website

http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program

Application Deadlines: For fall/academic year programs – early April
For spring programs – mid-October

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship provides funding for one regular academic year (usually nine months) of study in another country and aims to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. Study or training must be undertaken in another country or territory where there are Rotary clubs. It cannot take place in the country of the sponsor Rotary district. During the study year, scholars are expected to be outstanding ambassadors of goodwill through appearances before Rotary clubs, schools, civic organizations and other forums. Upon completion of the scholarship, scholars are expected to share the experiences of understanding acquired during the study year with the people of their home countries and with the local Rotarians who sponsored their scholarship. Academic-Year Scholarships may be used for almost any field of study but cannot be used for unsupervised research, medical internships or residencies, or employment.

SUPPORT PROVIDED: Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide a flat grant of US$25,000 for one academic year of study in another country. These awards are intended to help defray costs associated with round-trip transportation, tuition and other fees, room and board, and some educational supplies. They are the most common type of Ambassadorial Scholarships.

APPLICANT INFORMATION: Applicants must have completed two years of university- or college-level course work or employment when the scholarship begins. Applicants must be citizens of countries in which there are Rotary clubs. Contact local Rotary clubs for further information and availability of particular scholarships. Further eligibility information is available on the Rotary Foundation’s web site. Any applicant for Academic-Year scholarships whose native language is not that of the proposed study country must submit evidence of ability to read, write, and speak the language of that country. Academic-Year Scholarship candidates must also pass a language proficiency examination determined by the Foundation. Candidates whose native language is not English and who propose to study in an English-speaking country should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before submitting this application.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Contact local Rotary clubs for further information and availability of particular scholarships. Interested applicants must apply for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships through their local Rotary club; applications submitted directly to The Rotary Foundation will not be considered. For 2010-11 awards, club deadlines may be as early as 1 March 2009 or as late as 15 August 2009. Please note that scholarship availability varies by Rotary district.

Grants

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.  It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Eligibility

Applicants Must:

Be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.

Hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.

Applicants who have not earned a B.A. degree or the equivalent, but who have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project, may be considered.

In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional study and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.

Applicants may hold a J.D. degree at the time of application, but not a doctorate.

M.D.s or medical students or the equivalent (e.g, D.D.S, O.D.) who wish to continue medical or hospital training or to obtain practical clinical experience should apply to IIE. However, M.D.s who have completed formal postgraduate training and propose attachment to a hospital or clinic for independent or collaborative research should apply to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician.

Have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.

The Office of International Programs coordinates the preliminary screening of applications by UIS students and graduates.  For more information on the application process please contact our office or visit the Fulbright Program web page ( http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html/)

Application deadline-early October

Fellowships

Rotary World Peace Fellowships

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution program supports the mission of The Rotary Foundation of improving health, supporting education, and alleviating poverty. The Rotary Centers program is intended for individuals who have chosen a career in international relations, peace, and conflict resolution and who already have no less than three years’ experience in these areas. The Rotary World Peace Fellowships are offered on a world-competitive basis. Up to 60 Rotary World Peace Fellows will be selected each year to begin one- to two-year master’s degree programs in conflict resolution, peace studies, international relations, or international development at six Rotary Centers. Ten fellows on average are assigned to each Rotary Center. Fellows will be assigned to study at a Rotary Center located in a country other than that of their citizenship or permanent residence, with the exception of Japanese citizens interested in enrolling at the Rotary Center university partner in Japan. Rotary Centers are at the following institutions: Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; International Christian University of Tokyo, Japan; Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina; University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England; University of California, Berkeley; and University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

SUPPORT PROVIDED: The fellowship funding is for up to two academic years plus an applied field experience. Funding will be limited to the following categories: tuition and fees, a standardized room and board stipend, transportation, contingency expenses, and an applied field experience. Rotary World Peace Fellows must locate funds to pay for all expenses that are not specifically funded by their fellowships. Fellowship funds are intended for use by the fellowship recipient only. Fellows may be accompanied by their spouses/dependents during their study years. However, The Rotary Foundation will not provide funding for spouses, dependents, or anyone other than the fellow.

APPLICANT INFORMATION: Applicants for the Rotary World Peace Fellowships should have: (1) a bachelor of arts or equivalent with strong grades at the time of application at the Rotary club level; (2) the training, academic background, and work experience in a relevant field required for a master’s program at the Rotary Center university partners; (3) a minimum of three years combined paid or unpaid full-time work experience in a relevant field at the time of application at the Rotary club level; (4) proficiency in more than one language (even if they propose to study in a country where their native language is spoken); (5) excellent leadership skills; and (6) a demonstrated commitment to peace and international understanding through their professional and academic achievements and/or personal and community service activities.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Applicants must contact a local Rotary club (in their area of legal or permanent residence or place of full-time study or employment) to submit the Rotary World Peace Fellowship

Application. Applications generally need to be completed approximately 18 months in advance of the planned study period. Club deadlines may be as early as February or as late as June of the year before the study period. Clubs then forward endorsed applications to compete at the district level.

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