UNL Global Studies majors are likely candidates for a number of prestigious national awards such as the Boren, the Critical Language Scholarship, the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships among numerous others. Global Studies majors are some of the highest recipients of Fulbrights on campus.

Read on about some of the award opportunities available to Global Studies majors, the resources we provide to help you secure them, and about some of our student success stories. Visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid web page for more information.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.

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Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.

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Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 2006, its inaugural year, the CLS Program offered intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

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Fulbright Fellowship

In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the United States Congress that called for the use of surplus war property to fund the 'promotion of international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.'

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Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001. 

Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000. This award is competitive and offered to a limited number of Gilman scholars each year. 

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Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships

The Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

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Taiwan's Ministry of Education

Scholarship opportunities to study Chinese in Taiwan.

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Allianz Global Assistance

How can international travel impact your life? Answer this question in a short video or essay and you could win a $2,500 scholarship to study or volunteer overseas in the country of your choice. Allianz Global Assistance is a world leader in the travel insurance and assistance industry, and ScholarTrips is our way of helping students explore the globe and experience different cultures.

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Giva Scholarship

Giva's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is for anyone attending a college or university worldwide. This $1,000 scholarship grant is aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students further their education as well as expand their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world. There is no specific course of study or major required.

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Tortuga Backpacks Scholarship

Are you dreaming of studying abroad and experiencing other cultures overseas but can't do so because of a tight student budget? Twice a year, Tortuga Backpacks offers students a chance to live their dream through a study abroad scholarship funded by the company's customers when they purchase luggage. The scholarship awardee will receive a $1,000 USD scholarship which will be sent directly to the student's study abroad program of choice and 1 awesome Tortuga Travel Backpack.

To apply, read all the instructions and eligibility requirements on their website's scholarship page and fill out the application form at the bottom. Only one submission per person is allowed. Please check our website for submission deadlines and the announcement of the winner. The winner will be featured on our blog and social media accounts. Deadlines: May (Fall deadline) and December (Spring deadline)

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