Funding opportunities for students


  • Boren Awards – Scholarships (for undergraduate students) & Fellowships (for graduate students) – provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. For undergraduate & graduate students.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships: U.S. Department of Education fellowships available through IRIS’s area studies centers. Deadline for Summer 2018 & AY 2018-19 awards is February 12, 2018. For undergraduate & graduate students.
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP): Don’t let the name fool you!! The Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) is designed to give soon-to-be & recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, as well as young professionals, artists, and others, opportunities for personal development and international experience. Campus deadline for 2019-2020 awards is September 12, 2018. For undergraduate & graduate students and alumni.
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA): Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays DDRA provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Applications for AY 2017-18 awards were due March 13, 2017. For graduate students.
  • IRIS Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Awards: The IRIS Summer Fieldwork Awards are one-time awards of $3,000 to be used in support of 6-8 weeks of summer fieldwork conducted outside the United States. The application for Summer 2017 awards was due March 3, 2017. For graduate students.
  • Luce Scholars Program: This program is designed to provide an extended period of exposure to an Asian country for highly qualified young Americans who lack extensive knowledge of Asian affairs and who would not gain this knowledge through their normal career trajectories. Any professional field will be considered, except Asian Affairs/Asian Studies. For graduating seniors, recent alumni, graduate students, and junior faculty.
  • Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowships: SKJ Fellowships support UW-Madison graduate students working on social justice issues through pre-dissertation research and international internship fellowships. The application for Summer 2017 Fellowships was due March 3, 2017. For graduate students.

Though not an ongoing competition, recipients of IRIS’s Mellon Foundation Area and International Studies Fellowships for Incoming Graduate Students (2013-2015) can download an award release request form here. Complete details are included on the form.

Additional Online Resources

A number of centers in IRIS offer additional opportunities and resources; see their respective websites:

Our colleagues at the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office manage a number of competitions and work with UW-Madison undergraduates & recent grads interested in pursuing an array of nationally competitive scholarships including the Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Rhodes, Schwarzman, and many others! Visit the UAA website to learn more.