The University of Iowa

Types of Awards

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

Stanley Awards for International Research

Deadline:  January 31, 2022

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 19, 2022 for Undergraduates--please contact IP-Grants for an appointment by mid-November

Graduate Fellowships: use Boren National Deadline: February 2, 2022, 4 p.m. CST

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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Center for Asian AND Pacific Studies Student Awards (CAPS)

Deadline: Varies

Available to: Undergraduate and graduate students

CAPS offers both undergraduate and graduate awards for the study of culture and institutions of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific region.

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Critical Language Scholarship

Deadline: November 16, 2021, 7 p.m. CST--please contact IP Grants for an advising appointment by mid-October

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:  October 15, 2021: Please contact IP Grants for an advising appointment over the summer or at the beginning of the semester

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:  Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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: Spring: generally April-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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Additional Grants and Fellowships

Below is a list of additional external and internal funding opportunities for graduate and professional students. For advising or feedback on external fellowships, students can also contact the Graduate Student Success office (, led by Jennifer Teitle, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Graduate Development and Postdoctoral Affairs, UI Graduate College, 413 GLH, 319-335-3597.

External Funding Opportunities

Internal Funding Opportunities