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Portland State University Scholarships, Fellowships & Opportunities

World Languages & Literatures Scholarships are awarded for a variety of language study options at Portland State University, as well as for study abroad. Amounts and eligibility requirements vary by scholarship.

Education Abroad Scholarships are awarded for a variety of Education Abroad programs offered through Portland State University. Amounts and eligibility requirements vary by scholarship.

The Portland State University Scholarships Database is an excellent resource for Portland State University students to discover available scholarship and financial aid options.

General Scholarships, Fellowships & Opportunities

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. 

David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages. Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program provides up to $5,000 to U.S. citizen undergraduates from two-and four- year institutions. It aims to support students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. Must receive a Federal Pell Grant to be eligible.

Fulbright Fellowships are awarded for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year. The Program also includes the English Teaching Assistant component.

Fullbright mtvU Awards are awarded to up to four students pursuing projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference will be given to creative projects that are conveyed in a dynamic fashion and are accompanied by a feasible plan.

The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate & Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships seek to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. Undergraduate students in their junior year may apply to the Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship. The Graduate Fellowship selects individuals seeking admission to graduate school for the following year, who plan to enroll in two-year master's degree programs..

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs 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. There are two major components to the Rangel Program: an International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service, and an undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy.

The Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship Program enhances US national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service, and awareness among a broader, more representative cross-section of the American citizenry. We prepare a cadre of well-trained, language proficient minority young people to compete in the global marketplace. The Institute helps ensure that those entrusted with the affairs of the United States reflect the diversity that defines us as Americans and confronts us as citizens of our global village.

Rotary International's Ambassadorial Scholarships program promotes international understanding and friendly relations among people of different parts of the world. The scholarships sponsor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the country where they study and give presentations about their own culture to Rotary clubs and other groups. Back home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that deepened their understanding of another culture.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants provide fifty $1,000 scholarships. Eligibility: limited to students with: 3.5 GPA, 30 - 90 hours of academic credit (including AP, transfer, etc.) completed by the deadline date, at least two semesters remaining at home institution after completing study abroad program. Scholarships offers funding for students studying abroad. Economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native-American students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Corinne Jeannine Schilling Study Abroad Grant offers travel grants to Silver or Gold Award Girl Scouts who are full-time undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Awardees will receive up to $1000 toward the cost of an airline ticket to study abroad.

Fund for Education Abroad is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.

CIEE Scholarships make study abroad possible for students in CIEE programs through financial assistance. Each year, CIEE awards over $1 million in scholarships to students who plan to study overseas on their programs. This financial aid can be applied towards, or even defray, program fees and travel costs. You do not need to have already been accepted into a program to be considered for a scholarship award, but you do need to apply early!

The Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages cover a significant portion of program costs for summer language study from beginner to graduate levels in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools. The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed above.

SIT Study Abroad Scholarships are awarded to defray the costs of SIT study abroad programs. SIT scholarships and grants are available for all terms of study: semester, summer, and academic year. Individual awards generally range from $500 to $5,000. SIT scholarships and grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The Middle East and Islamic Studies Scholarship is for students participating in programs with significant Middle Eastern and/or Islamic studies content. 

AMENDS is a student initiative at Stanford University that enables the most promising youth change agents from across the Middle East, North Africa, and United States to learn from each other, advance their work, and share, through TED style talks, their ideas and experiences with the world.

Scholarships for Arabic Studies

The Qatar Scholarship Program offers dedicated Arabic language students from the United States the opportunity to master their skills in an intensive Arabic language program at Qatar University (QU) in Doha for an entire academic year (September to June). The scholarship includes tuition, room and board in university dorms, round-trip airfare, local transportation and books.

Qatar University Arabic Language Scholarships are awarded on annual basis for qualified applicants to study in the Arabic Program for Non-native speakers at Qatar University in Doha as a one year certificate program. Short scholarships are available for students from outside Qatar only. Students admitted to the scholarship program will be provided with a round-trip ticket from their home-country to Doha, furnished university accommodation, full board, transportation to and from university accommodation to campus, and all textbooks and course materials.

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) Summer Arabic Language & Media (SALAM) Program offers scholarships for a six-week intensive Arabic and cultural immersion program in Oman. In addition to classroom instruction, students are paired with Omani student language partners.

Oman Learning Center Scholarships are offered for study abroad programs of fifteen weeks each semester, which are designed to examine the Renaissance of rapid development that has moved Oman into the top spot on the world development chart, and also explores how this ancient culture seeks to maintain its deeply-rooted tribal traditions.

The Qalam wa Lawh Ibn Battuta Scholarship for Arabic language study in Morocco covers all tuition and housing costs for the duration of the program (an approximate value of $3715.00 for semester programs,  and $1250.00 for the winter and summer sessions). Partial Scholarships cover tuition-only costs for the duration of the program (an estimated $2100 for semester programs, and $700 for the winter and summer sessions).

The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai seeks to further the goals of the Clinton Presidential Foundation to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. In partnership with the American University in Dubai, the program will provide American students based in the US the opportunity to expand their educational and cultural horizons by studying in the Arab world.

Center for Arabic Study Abroad Fellowships are awarded for advanced level training in Arabic language and culture to qualified American students at The American University in Cairo. Applicants to the various CASA programs must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and with a minimum of 3 years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to joining CASA.

American University in Cairo Scholarships are offered for study in Egypt. The Arabic for Non-native Speakers Program offers six levels of Arabic study: Beginner 1 and 2, Intermediate 1 and 2, and Advanced 1 and 2. Student concentrates on language functions and communication skills, including listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and appreciation of language patterns, in an interactive atmosphere. Intermediate and Advanced students are offered specialized courses such as Media Arabic, Modern Arabic Literature, and Classic Arabic Literature.

The Gulf Exchange Program, a flagship initiative of Project Encounter, is a visit program for young influence-makers and future leaders from North America and Europe to the UAE, Qatar, and the Gulf, with an integrated itinerary to deepen understanding of the political, economic, and social dimensions of the Middle East. It is organized in partnership with

Scholarships for Hebrew, Jewish & Israel Studies

American Jewish League University Scholarship Fund – An endowment fund has been established where all contributions are retained and prudently invested.  Income is withdrawn and awarded to qualified students annually as scholarships.  As gifts are added to the Fund, income grows annually.  The goal is to double the number of scholarships granted at regular intervals. For application form, click on the link at the end of this page. The Screening Committee will consider each student's merit regardless of whether or not there is financial need.  Qualified individuals must be accepted for credit at one of the following Israeli institutions of higher learning:

Jewish Community Endowment Fund Haas/Koshland Memorial Award - Each year, the Jewish Community Endowment Fund invites students to apply for the Haas/Koshland Memorial Award. The grant, which is given annually by the descendents of Walter A. Haas, Sr. and Daniel E. Koshland, Sr., funds a year of study and personal development in Israel. This past summer the Haas/Koshland Memorial Award brought together 27 years of past winners to reunite with the Haas and Koshland families. Please visit the reunion site to read more.

Scholarships for Persian & Iranian Studies

The Houtan Foundation Scholarship is offered to students who have high academic performance and proven interest in promoting Iran's great culture, heritage, language and civilization. The candidates for the award must demonstrate leadership ability and the desire to make a difference in the society where they reside. The Houtan Foundation has a strong interest in each of these students’ achievements throughout the scholarship period and beyond, as the foundation’s goal is to participate in each student’s success. The Houtan Foundation offers the award of $2,500 per semester which will be given toward a graduate school education for the selected applicant. The award will be offered each fall and spring semester.

Scholarships for Turkish Study

The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) Advanced Turkish Language Study Fellowships are offered to 15 advanced students for participation in the summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul.  This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend.

The Turkiye Burslari Scholarship Program is administered by the Turkish Government and offers scholarships for Associate, Undergraduate and Graduate (Master/PhD) studies, as well as for Research and Turkish Language Summer Courses through. It is divided into a number of scholarships catering to varied academic levels and topic areas.

TCA Study Abroad in Turkey Scholarships are offered by The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA), a public charitable organization, founded in Washington, DC to promote goodwill between the United States and Turkey and to enhance a better understanding of Turkish American issues through public education. TCA awards up to 100 scholarships per year for African American, Hispanic American and Native American Students. These scholarships are awarded to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a university in Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) or in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).