Summer and Study Away Opportunities

In addition to the external funding opportunities listed below, students will find information about Connecticut College funding on the Internal Funding Opportunities pages. Contact staff in the Walter Commons and sign up for the weekly newsletter to be kept up to date on upcoming deadlines. 

Boren Scholarship
Area of Focus: Language study, culture
Description: Supports semester long, 6-12 months or summer-only study abroad programs in all regions/countries except Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Focused on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Special summer-only programs for STEM students, do not need to be STEM-focused. Recipients commit to working for the federal government in some capacity for at least one year after graduation.
Candidate Profile: Successful candidates will meet Boren preferences for country, language, field of study, duration of program and articulate the ramifications of these choices to matters of interest to U.S. national security. Candidates commit to at least one-year of service with the federal government (preference given to well researched longer term plans), must also include a study plan with an immersive language component and possess appropriate academic preparation, cultural adaptability, flexibility and maturity. 
Eligibility: First Years, Sophomores, Juniors. GPA: No minimum
Campus Deadline: December
Critical Language Scholarship
Area of Focus: Language study, cultural exchange
Description: Fully funded intensive summer overseas language and cultural immersion for one of 15 critical languages. Part of U.S. Government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. Further goal to represent geographic, institutional and field of study diversity.
Candidate Profile: Applicants selected based on merit, with consideration for academic record and potential to succeed, commitment to language learning, connection between target language and career/academic goals, ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging environment, potential to contribute to overall CLS program goals. 
Eligibility: All enrolled students, U.S. citizens. GPA: No minimum
Campus Deadline: Mid-October
Fulbright UK Summer Institutes
Area of Focus: cultural exchange, history of UK, diplomacy
Description: Three-to-four week summer opportunity to explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. Open to students with little or no travel experience outside of the US who come from a broad range of backgrounds with a strong academic record and demonstrated leadership.
Candidate Profile: Successful candidates will exhibit curiosity and openness, evidence of leadership qualities and initiative, academic ability, character, adaptability and ambassadorial qualities as well as an interest in the UK and its culture. 
Eligibility: First years and Sophomores with at least two academic years left, U.S. Citizens. GPA: 3.7 minimum (average 3.8)
Campus Deadline: December
Gilman International Scholarship
Area of Focus: study abroad, all fields, language
Description: U.S. Department of State program enables Pell Grant recipients and those who have been historically underrepresented to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. 
Candidate Profile: Pell recipient, academic preparedness and impact of planned program on student's academic and career trajectory, diversity of background and experience, choice fo program and destination, impact to community. 
Eligibility: Pell grant recipients, U.S. Citizens, GPA: no minimum.
Campus Deadline: September
Humanity in Action Fellowship
Area of Focus: Human rights, democracy, international 
Description: Fully funded, month-long educational program on human rights, pluralism and democracy in a program city, followed by local community project that each participant designs and implements. Objective is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, provide a forum for discussion of potential solutions and to inspire HIA fellows to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world. 
Candidate Profile: openness, collaborative, inquisitive, critical, self-reflective.
Eligibility: Sophomores or higher, U.S. Citizens and all nationalities and DACA students studying at U.S. institutions
Campus Deadline: December
Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program
Area of Focus: Summer enrichment, U.S. Foreign policy, economics, international affairs, global challenges
Description: Six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. Students live at Howard University, attend classes and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at divers locations around Washington, DC.
Candidate Profile: Interest in public service and international affairs,strong academics and leadership potential. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. 
Eligibility: Sophomores and Juniors, U.S. Citizens, Min GPA: 3.2
Campus Deadline: December
Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA)
Area of Focus: Summer study, preparation for graduate school, international affairs, public policy and administration
Description: Fully funded PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) is an intensive seven-week summer program for students committed to completing a Master's Degree in public and/or international affairs. The institute prepares students for related graduate programs and takes place at one of five sites around the country and is structured to introduce or strengthen skills in economics, statistics, policy analysis, writing and public speaking. Successful alumni who complete the JSI are eligible for fee waivers and scholarships from PPIA consortium member graduate programs and often receive additional financial aid from consortium members.
Candidate Profile: Successful candidates are committed to bringing diverse perspectives in public policy and international affairs. Demonstrated commitment to public service, strong academic record, cultural awareness, social sensitivity, commitment to public service, and to making the world a better place. 
Eligibility: Rising Juniors and Juniors, all sites open to U.S. Citizens/permanent residents,, some sites open to international and DACA students. Open to all majors.
Campus Deadline: October