Funding opportunities for students & alumni

  • Area and International Studies Undergraduate Paper Awards – Participating area and international studies centers of the Institute for Regional and International Studies award up to $1,000 (actual award amounts vary) to the best paper/s and projects written by undergraduates during the academic year focused on their respective world regions. For undergraduate 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.
  • Critical Language Scholarship – Summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. Additional UW-Madison-specific information forthcoming. For undergraduate & graduate students.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships: U.S. Department of Education fellowships available through IRIS’s area studies centers. 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. 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. 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 or more weeks of summer fieldwork conducted outside the United States. 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.
  • Schwarzman Scholars: Post-graduate scholarship funding leading to a one year Masters degree as a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. For graduating seniors and recent alumni.
  • Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowships: SKJ Fellowships support UW-Madison graduate students working on social justice issues through pre-dissertation research and international internship fellowships. For graduate students.

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, and many others! Visit the UAA website to learn more.