Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

If you are interested in finding for out more about these awards, please fill out our Preliminary Grants Application Form to set up an appointment.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

April 16, 2014 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Conversations about Countries

  • A panel of faculty members and study abroad advisors will discuss preparation for international opportunities and how to become an expert in your country of interest! Click here for more information on the Conversations about Countries event.

April 17, 2014 12:00-3:00 p.m. | Grant Chats

  • Karen Wachsmuth, Academic Programs & Student Services Administrator and Jennifer Teitle, Associate Director of Graduate Student Success will discuss questions about specific grants, the application process, essay writing and more!​

May 13, 2014 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Windows to Opportunity

  • Join Karen Wachsmuth, Academic Programs & Student Services Administrator for the official opening of this year’s Fulbright competition! During the information session she will discuss the new opportunities for students to do research, graduate study, and or teach English abroad, highlighting the new countries and programs offered around the world. Click here for more information about the event.

May 15, 2014 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Windows to Opportunity

  • Join Karen Wachsmuth, Academic Programs & Student Services Administrator for the official opening of this year’s Fulbright competition! During the information session she will discuss the new opportunities for students to do research, graduate study, and or teach English abroad, highlighting the new countries and programs offered around the world. Click here for more information about the event.

*All events will be held in 1117 University Capitol Centre (next to International Programs).

Stanley Graduate Awards for International Research
Global Health Studies Conference Travel Awards
Global Health Studies Travel Awards
Boren Awards
Critical Language Scholarship
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
U.S. Fulbright Student Program
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program

International Programs Awards

Stanley Graduate Awards for International Research. UI Campus Deadline: February 2015

For graduates, these short-term awards can be a "first step" to international experiences abroad that can help you get valuable contacts for Fulbright, Boren, DAAD, and other awards! Students need not be U.S. Citizens to be eligible. The Stanley awards support independent research or fieldwork projects on international topics that require travel abroad (may in some cases be used in conjunction with a Study Abroad program).

Visit the Stanley Graduate Awards for International Research webpage for more information.

Global Health Studies Conference Travel Awards. UI Campus Deadline: February 2015

The Global Health Studies Program (GHSP) invites applications from undergraduate and graduate students for a $500 award to attend a U.S. or foreign global health conference or meeting during calendar year 2014. All currently registered undergraduate and graduate University of Iowa students may apply, but preference will be given to students in the GHSP certificate program. Two awards will be given: one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student. Students need not be U.S. Citizens to be eligible.

Visit the Global Health Studies Conference Travel Awards webpage for more information.

Global Health Studies Travel Awards. UI Campus Deadline: November 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014

Students admitted to the Global Health Studies Certificate program are eligible to apply. Travel must be related to student's approved international experience.

Visit the Global Health Studies Travel Awards for more information.

Crossing Borders - Stanley Graduate Awards for International Research. UI Campus Deadline: February 2015

Please apply for Stanley Graduate Awards

External Awards Administered by International Programs

Boren Graduate Awards. UI Campus Deadline: January 2015

Boren Awards for international research

Boren Fellowships provide up $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education and specialization in area study, language study, or increased language profiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Fellows are interested in studying less commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Students must fufill a one-year federal service requirement within two years of graduation. For U.S. Students only.

Please consult the UI Boren webpage for a complete list of application materials.

Critical Language Scholarship. Deadline November 2014

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Programs offers State Department-administered overseas intensive summer language institutes for currently-enrolled university students in thirteen critical foreign languages, some of which may require previous study. The languages include: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. For U.S. citizens only.

Please visit the Critical Language Scholarship webpage for more information.

Onalee Yousey, a 2013 UI graduate in political science and international studies, studied in Tangier, Morocco through the CLS program. Watch a video about Onalee’s experience!

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarships. UI Campus Deadline: October 15, 2014

The German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD, offers a large variety of study and research grants for highly qualified graduate students of all disicplines to provide the opportunity to study or obtain a degree in Germany. The UI is a DAAD partner university that nominates priority candidates for the fall competition. U.S., Canadian citizens, and permanent residents are eleigible. International students who have been enrolled at a U.S. or Canadian university for at least two years may also be eligible.

Graduate students will find information on Study Scholarships under Graduate Student Funding Opportunities on the UI DAAD Study Scholarship and Research Grants page. 

U.S. Fulbright Student Program. UI Campus Deadline: September 11, 2014

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/reasearch projects or for English Teaching Assistantships. The awards are designed to give recent B.A. recipients, master's and doctoral candidates, artists, and recently-graduated young professionals opportunities for personal development and international experience. For U.S. citizens only

Please visit the UI U.S. Fulbright Student Program webpage.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program. UI Campus Deadline: TBA

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of less-commonly-taught modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States. Applications will only be considered for research projects that focus on one or more of the following geographic areas:  Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories). For U.S. citizens only.

Please visit the UI Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program webpage.

Graduate Fellowships for Study Abroad

Please see Costs & Funding of Study Abroad.

Additional Grants and Fellowships

Below is a list of additional external and internal funding opportunities for graduate and professional students.  Students should also contact Jennifer Teitle, Ph.D., Associate Director of Graduate Student Success, UI Graduate College, 413 GLH, 319-335-3597.  Please consult the blog Grants 4 Hawks for additional graduate grant opportunities.  

External Funding Opportunities

Internal Funding Opportunities

Institutional Review Board Approval

Some research projects that involve human subjects require approval from the University of Iowa's Institutional Review Board. Please see IRB Review Steps and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) information guide for information regarding the IRB review process of proposed research projects.  Students are advised to begin this process a minimum of six months to one year in advance.

Contact Information

Karen Wachsmuth
Academic Programs and Student Services Administrator
International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre
319-335-1436
karen-wachsmuth@uiowa.edu