Prestigious Scholarships

"Fostering leadership, learning and empathy between cultures was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program."

– Senator J. William Fulbright

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Part of "becoming a university" is preparing highly academically successful students to study, do research, and teach English abroad. Organizations around the country and the world have allocated funds to support this international endeavor. Students and institutions benefit from global experiences and enrich their environment wherever they spend time. Conversations in the classroom change as a result of multilingual and multicultural experiences of both the faculty and the students. Students who have not had the opportunity to study abroad, learn a second or third language, or teach non-English-speaking people gain from the experiences of students around them who have had those opportunities.

At UVU we are committing resources to enhance the likelihood that UVU students will be awarded a Prestigious Scholarship. Memberships are being arranged in organizations that help campus representatives understand the advising process as well as training from the various organizations who administer the scholarships is being accessed.

Don't miss your chance to explore the possibilities!

Public and private foundations and entities allocate funds to encourage students to:

  1. Earn a degree from a foreign university
  2. Learn a language in the country in which it is spoken
  3. Do research abroad
  4. Teach English in a non-English speaking country

The award amounts, deadlines, application policies and procedures are determined by the funding entity. A chart on this website provides organizational information and application procedures. Scholarships funded in this manner are called "prestigious" because very few awards are given domestically and internationally. Highly successful academic achievement and an expansive resume are usually required to be competitive, however, there are exceptions to that criteria.

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Fulbright Programs

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.

Was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."

Receives its primary source of funding through an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions in foreign countries, and in the United States, also contribute financially through cost-sharing and indirect support, e.g., through salary supplements, tuition waivers, and university housing.

The U.S. Student Program grant numbers are subject to the availability of federally appropriated funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, numbers of awards, terms of agreement, and allowances.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Offers fellowships 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.

Other Fulbright Programs

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to conduct research and study in the United States. Some scholarships are renewed after the initial year of study.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Sends American scholars, professionals, and artists abroad to lecture and/or conduct research for up to a year.

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

Brings foreign scholars, professionals, and artists to lecture and/or conduct post-doctoral research for up to a year at U.S. colleges and universities.

The Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program

Offers educators the opportunity to exchange teaching positions with a teacher from another country for one semester or academic year.

The Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program

Recognizes and encourages excellence in primary and secondary classroom teaching in the U.S. and abroad.

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program

Provides opportunities for young English teachers from overseas to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of American culture and society while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at colleges and universities in the United States.


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.


Boren Awards for International Study

Opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

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. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Each year the endowment offers approximately ten one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration. See your school’s nominating official to learn more about the college application process.