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Scholarships Related to International Studies

The International Studies Department offers several scholarships to meet the needs of the diverse student body.This includes of scholarships for academic achievement, financial need, diverse and unique backgrounds, specific major and career choices

Some of these scholarships include:

Follow the links for more information on:

Foreign Language scholarships visit the Department of Foreign Languages Scholarship page.

General scholarships visit Portland State University's Scholarship page.


1. Oregon Consular Corps International Studies Scholarship 2014-2015

The Oregon Consular Corps International Studies Scholarships are intended to assist highly qualified upper division students in Oregon public universities who are planning a career in international relations or affairs. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Oregon Consular Corps annual dinner. Consul members of the Oregon Consular Corps (OCC) are committed to improved relations, communications, understanding, and trade between nations, peoples, and regions of the world. Oregon public universities are poorly funded and fewer young people in Oregon have the opportunity to pursue their educational and career dreams. Oregon Consular Corps members remember their own educational dreams and objectives and want more students in Oregon to have the opportunity to build a better world and better lives for themselves and for others.

Oregon has had Consular Services for over a century, with Consular representatives stationed in Portland, for the most part, having jurisdiction extending throughout the western United States from Portland. Oregon Consular Corps members represent Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Iceland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA & CONSIDERATIONS

Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship: Two scholarships of $2500 each for PSU students majoring in International Studies. Student must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.A.

Requirements:

  • completed a minimum of 8 credit hours INTL core coursework
  • declared major (ISAF, ISEA, ISEE, ISLA, ISME, or IDS) by fall term 2014
  • junior class standing (90+ credits)
  • maintain full-time status during the 2014-2015 academic year
  • maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. OCC application form
  2. Statement of Purpose: a personal statement, maximum three double-spaced, typed pages, answering:
    • Why are you pursuing a degree in International Studies?
    • What are your career plans?
    • What is your level of study or fluency in a foreign language or languages?
    • Optional: Your personal statement may include a description of your community service or international experience, if any; and a description of obstacles you face, if any, in acquiring a degree in International Studies.
  3. Two letters of reference - At least one letter should be from a PSU faculty member with specific knowledge of your international study, international-related work experience, volunteer experience, or school work. Please have your reference letters sent directly to the PSU address on the application form.

Application Deadline: Friday, November 14, 2014
The winners will be announced mid-December 2014
The scholarship will be awarded for Winter term, 2015

Links:

  1. OCC Scholarship Flier 
  2. OCC Scholarship Application 

2. Matching Fulbright Grants (Beginning in Fall 2012)

Beginning Fall 2012, Fulbright scholars who are admitted and enroll in Portland State University degree programs will recieve a matching grant of up to $4,500 per year. This renewable matching scholarship is available to all Fulbright Scholars who begin a degree program at Portland State University during the 2012-2013 academic year. The grant will match up to $4,500 of Fulbright sponsorship during each academic year in which admitted Fulbright scholars are enrolled in a Portland State degree program. 

This grant is applicable to Portland State University instuctional fees in each elible term of enrollment. A seperate application form is not required to receive this grant. It is automatically awarded to students receiving Fulbright sponsorship when enrolled at Portland State University beginning 2012-2013.

Portland State also waives application fees for Fulbright scholars who apply for admission. 

Links:

  1. Matching Fulbright Grants Flier

 

4. Hellenic Studies Travel Grant

The Hellenic Studies Program at Portland State University recognizes outstanding students with a serious interest in the study of Greece with up to four travel grants per academic year. These awards are for undergraduate and graduate students to supplement the cost of coursework and research in Greece, and come from the generous gift of E. John Rumpakis to foster the study of the Hellenic heritage in the Portland community. 

 

Award Amount: $1,500 maximum

 

Prior coursework requirement: This grant is intended for students who have already successfully completed at least 8 credit hours at PSU in subjects related to what they will study in Greece.
What the grant supports: Classes or research projects that require at least three weeks in Greece and must meet the PSU Travel Guidelines
A student can only receive this award once during their studies at PSU

 

Deadline for Summer Travel Grant Applications: May 1, 2012 

There will applications throughout the year; the first deadline of May 1 is coming up soon for summer 2012 travel.

Application can be found here:

http://www.pdx.edu/hellenic-studies/hellenic-studies-travel-grant-0

 

3. John Damis Middle East Studies Scholarship

Purpose: For International Studies and Political Science Majors

Amount:  $500-$1000

Application deadline:  May 7, 2010

Criteria for Selection:
•    Undergraduate or graduate student at Portland State University
•    International Studies or Political Science major with Middle East focus
•    Overall grade point average of 3.00

Application materials:
•    Completed application form
•    Essay of 250 words maximum describing how this scholarship and focus on Middle East-related course work will help in reaching academic, career, and/or personal goals
•    Recommendation letter from academic advisor or other professor
•    Copies of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Questions:
Call the Middle East Studies Center, (503)725-4074 or write to: middleeaststudiescenter@pdx.edu

To obtain application forms: Middle East Studies Center, East Hall, #322 (on bulletin board across from the MESC office); International Studies office, East Hall, #224, International Affairs Office, East Hall #101,  Political Science office, Urban Center #650, or online at www.oia.pdx.edu/mesc

Scholarship Application Form


4.Patricia and Gary Leiser Middle East Scholarship

Purpose: For study of Middle East languages

Amount:  $500

Application deadline: 
May 7, 2010

Criteria for Selection:
•    Undergraduate student at Portland State University
•    Enrollment in Arabic, Turkish, or Persian language class at PSU during the year for which the scholarship is granted
•    Overall grade point average of 3.25
•    U.S. citizen
•    Demonstrated interest in the Middle East through coursework related to the region, although enrollment in a Middle East Studies degree program is not required

Application materials:
•    Completed application form
•    Essay of 250 words maximum describing how this scholarship and study of a Middle East language will help in reaching academic, career, and/or personal goals
•    Recommendation letter from academic advisor or other professor
•    Copies of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Questions:

Call the Middle East Studies Center, (503)725-4074 or write to: middleeaststudiescenter@pdx.edu

To obtain application forms:: Middle East Studies Center, East Hall, #322 (on bulletin board across from MESC office); International Studies office, East Hall, #224, International Affairs office, East Hall #101, Political Science office, Urban Center #650, or online at www.oia.pdx.edu/mesc

Scholarship Application Form

 

5.D. Paul Fansler Memorial Scholarship 2008-2009

D. Paul Fansler Memorial Scholarship 2008-2009

Purpose: Support students from China or students whose focus of study is on China

Criteria for Scholarship Recipients:
Field of study: all disciplines
Class level: undergraduate or graduate level
Number of Awards: 1 or 2
Amount: $1,000 for at least one and where possible two students a year - $600.00 per student.
Scholarship Year: 2008-09
Deadlines: March 1
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM

For more information please contact:

Meiru Liu, Ph.D.

Director, Confucius Institute

Chinese Language & Culture Professor

Master of International Management Program

Portland State University

P. O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751
Tel. 503-725-2285, Fax: 503-725-2290
lium@pdx.edu
www.ci.oia.pdx.edu