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Stanley Awards for International Research

Deadline: Early February
Available to: Undergraduate and graduate students

The Stanley Undergraduate and Graduate Awards for International Research are given annually to outstanding University of Iowa students for the pursuit of research and learning activities in international studies not available on the UI campus.

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Boren Scholarships

UI Campus Deadline: January / February
Available to: Undergraduate and graduate students

Boren Scholarships (Undergraduate) and Fellowships (Graduate) are an initiative of the National Security Education Program. They provide funding for U.S. students to study less commonly taught languages in 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. 

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Critical Language Scholarship

Deadline: Mid-November
Available to: Undergraduate and graduate students

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The fully funded program held in country includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains equivalent to one year of college language instruction.

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DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarships

UI Campus Deadline: Mid-October
Available to: Undergraduate and graduate students

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a variety of funding opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and professional scholars to study and research throughout Germany.

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U.S. Fulbright Student Program UI Campus

Deadline: September 5, 2018
Available to: Undergraduate juniors and seniors , graduate students, and alumni

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent Bachelor’s graduates, Master’s and Doctoral candidates, young professionals, and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience.

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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program

UI Campus Deadline: May
Available to: Graduate students

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.

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faculty funding opportunities


Deadline: October 15

In recognition of the increasing importance of globalization in higher education research, the Global Research Partnership Award (GRPA) is intended to help initiate new or expand existing international partnerships and/or to build an institutional relationship to facilitate future joint research projects.

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Deadline: The last day of each month

International Travel Awards contribute to internationalization at the University of Iowa by funding the international scholarship and engagement of UI faculty. International Travel Awards support international travel for research, creative activity, and active conference participation or other collaborative activity.

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Deadline: October 31 of the year before the summer in which the funding will be used

Summer Research Fellowships are developmental award designed to promote the internationalization of research on campus. The strongest proposals demonstrate genuine engagement with international issues, whether aesthetic, cultural, historical, political, or global. 

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Deadline: May 1 

The Global and International Program Grant funds semester-long or year-long creative public discourse and large-scale curricular development projects designed to focus attention on global and international issues.

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Deadline: May 5

The Global Curriculum Development Award is given to faculty creating a new undergraduate course, or substantially revising an existing course, in order to integrate international or global perspectives into an undergraduate major. 

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Deadline: August 1

The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends more than 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Awardees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

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