Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

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

Stanley Graduate Awards for International Research
Boren Awards
Critical Language Scholarship
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
U.S. Fulbright Student Program

Stanley Graduate Awards for International Research. UI Campus Deadline: February 7, 2018

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.

External Awards Administered by International Programs

Boren Graduate Awards UI Campus Deadline: January 23, 2018 (National Deadline January 30, 2018 4 p.m. CST)

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 proficiency. 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 fulfill 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: mid-November, 2017

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 16, 2017

The German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD, offers a large variety of study and research grants for highly qualified graduate students of all disciplines 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 eligible. 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: Sept. 6, 2017

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research 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 in 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
Associate Director, International Fellowships
International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre