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

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

For undergraduates, 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. These 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 Undergraduate Awards for International Research webpage for more information.

External Awards Administered by International Programs

Boren Awards UI Campus Deadline: January 22, 2018

Boren Awards for international research

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars 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 three years of graduation. For U.S. Students only. Applicants wishing to apply for the Boren Scholarship Program will work with Study Abroad to determine a suitable program, and work with Karen Wachsmuth on application submission. 

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. Current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college coursework by the program start date in summer. 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 graduating seniors 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. Undergraduate students should consult the Study Abroad webpage for details.  

Graduating seniors 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.

Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad

For information about undergraduate study abroad scholarships, see Costs & Funding of Study Abroad.

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