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Scholarship Information

A list of national and international scholarship opportunities for outstanding undergraduates and recent graduates.

For more information on any of these scholarships, contact Timothy Jones or the campus contact person mentioned under a specific award.

Freshman Scholarships

This page lists scholarships for which students may apply during freshman year.

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Boren National Security Education Program Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2015.01.15 (expected campus deadline for 2015-16 scholarships)

Supports a term or year of study abroad, for the purpose of equipping Americans with an understanding of less commonly studied languages and cultures in regions critical to U.S. interests. NSEP emphasizes the importance of language study as a major component of the study abroad program. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country must be an integral part of the proposal. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with strong academic records, language and international interests. FRESHMAN through SENIORS may apply for the undergraduate scholarships. (Boren Fellowships are also offered for GRADUATE STUDENTS, who should visit the Office of International Programs website for further information.) Carries a one-year service requirement. Approximately 150 are awarded nationwide. An institutional review and interview process is conducted on campus for undergraduate applicants. Campus contact: Amanda Fischer, Learning Abroad Center, 230 Heller Hall, Further information is available at the Boren website. Click here for recent recipients.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.12.01 (for the 2015-16 awards)

Year-long work-study program beginning in July provides opportunities for young adults to gain cultural understanding, education, and professional experience in Germany. Applicant must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident, age 18-24 at the start of the program; high school, college (FRESHMAN through SENIOR), or GRADUATE STUDENT. Must have coursework and some practical experience relevant to the intended internship field. Exchange Program includes classroom instruction and an internship experience. Covers international and in-country travel, university tuition, a living stipend, and accommodations with a host family or in a student residence. Preferred fields include business, technology, engineering, and agriculture. All fields may apply. German language proficiency is preferred but not required. 75 awards nationwide. Campus contact: Timothy Jones, Further information is available at the CBYEYP website. Click here for recent recipients.

Critical Language Scholarships °

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U.S. State Department-sponsored scholarships support intensive summer language study in the critical need languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu, at designated language institutes abroad. Applicants must be U.S. citizens; may be FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS, SENIORS, or GRADUATE STUDENTS. All fields of study are eligible. Some institutes have language prerequisites, but many are open to beginners. All program costs are covered, including travel, room and board, instruction, visa fees, and entrance fees for program activities. Campus contact: Timothy Jones, Further information and an online application will be available during the fall at the Critical Language Scholarships website. Click here for recent recipients.

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Undergraduates °

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Supports full-time undergraduates taking certain world languages--in general, the less commonly studied languages that are taught at the U through the advanced- (third year) level. Applicant must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident, FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR, or SENIOR; must be a full-time enrolled undergraduate during the grant period and must be well prepared to pursue an eligible language at the INTERMEDIATE LEVEL OR HIGHER during the grant period. Must have excellent academic record, strong international interests, and long-term plans that include further study/use of the language. Academic year fellowships (estimated amount: up to $15,000) are for enrollment in residence at the U of M; summer fellowships (estimated amount: up to $7,000) may be used at other US institutions (or in limited cases abroad) if intensive summer courses are not offered at the U of MN. Candidates must be nominated by their major department; students who do not yet have declared majors may be nominated by an academic advising office. Campus contact: Jodi Elowitz,, 612.624.6527. Further information at this webpage. Click here for recent recipients.

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): Announcement coming in November

Three-to-six week summer programs at world-class UK universities for FRESHMAN and SOPHOMORES who are US citizens with strong academic records. Leadership, initiative, character, adaptability, and ambassadorial qualities are highly valued, along with an interest in the UK and its culture. Participant costs including academic program fees, travel, housing, subsistence, and cultural activities are covered. Campus contact: Timothy Jones, For further information and the application form, visit the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes website. Click here for recent recipient.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2015.01.16 (for 2015-16 scholarships)

Supports undergraduate students planning to participate in rigorous education abroad programs during the 2013-2014 academic year or summer 2013. FEA will award $5,000 scholarships to students who study abroad for one semester and up to $10,000 for two semesters of study abroad; students who study abroad for other lengths of time (minimum of four weeks) will receive a proportionate amount. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be committed to supporting education abroad in their campus community through work with the FEA and their campus education abroad staff upon return. Up to 15 grants will be awarded. Campus contacts: Thuy Doan ( or Lindsey Lahr ( at the Learning Abroad Center. For details and application instructions, visit the Fund for Education Abroad website.

Gilman International Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.10.07 (for spring and summer 2015); 2015.03.03 (for fall 2015, and AY 2015-16)

For a semester, summer, or academic year of study abroad worldwide, for undergraduates with significant financial need. FRESHMAN through SENIORS may apply. Awards are for up to $5000, with the amount varying depending on the length of study and student need. Gilman Scholars studying certain languages may also apply for an additional Critical Need Language Supplement of up to $3000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, Pell Grant recipients, must be applying to or accepted by a study abroad program of at least 4 weeks in length for which the U will award academic credit. Carries a small service commitment. Over 2300 Gilman Scholarships are awarded nationwide. Campus contact: Thuy Doan, Learning Abroad Center, 230 Heller Hall, 612.626.8686, Further information and online application available at IIE. Applicants should request study abroad advisor approval and obtain financial need verification well before the deadline. Click here for recent recipients.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): Varies

For undergraduate or graduate study in any field. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage as defined by the Scholarship Fund, U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident, with GPA of 3.0 or higher. FRESHMAN through SENIORS and GRADUATE STUDENTS may apply. Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. Campus contact: Timothy Jones, Further information and applications will be available in September at Hispanic Scholarship Fund website.

Lorenzen Scholarship °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 05.01.15 (for 2015-16 scholarships)

Administered by the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, the Lilly Lorenzen Scholarship provides funding for a Minnesota resident to carry out scholarly or creative activities in Sweden. FRESHMAN through SENIORS and GRADUATE STUDENTS may apply. Must have a working knowledge of Swedish language, a serious desire to make a contribution to American-Swedish cultural exchange, and achievement in the selected field of study. Campus contact: Timothy Jones, For further information and the application, visit the American Swedish Institute.

Malmberg Scholarship for Study in Sweden °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2013.11.15 (for 2014-15 scholarships)

Administered by the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, this scholarship provides up to $10,000 for up to a year of study or research in Sweden, with some attention to Swedish America or relations between the U.S and Sweden. FRESHMAN through SENIORS and GRADUATE STUDENTS may apply. Must have a working knowledge of Swedish language. The scholarship will not be awarded for language study alone, although language study may be part of the proposal. Must establish an institutional contact in Sweden that can provide a letter of affiliation or invitation. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, For further information and the application, visit the American Swedish Institute.

NanoJapan International Research Experience for Undergraduates °

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Please see the Summer Research Opportunities page for details.

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.03.03 (for scholarships beginning fall 2014)

Supports outstanding undergraduates from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research, for one to four years. Applicants may be full-time FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORES, or JUNIORS. Must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be certified by the Office of Student Finance as having exceptional financial need. In general, applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, but foreign nationals may apply under certain conditions. Carries a service requirement. Approximately 15 scholarships of up to $20,000 are awarded per year; scholarship may be renewed for up to four years. Also includes paid research training at NIH during the summer. Carries a commitment to take up paid employment and training at NIH for one or more years after graduation. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, Further information will be available this fall at The National Institutes of Health.

Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2015.02.04 (for summer 2015)

Six-week summer program at Howard University in D.C. to enhance the knowledge and skills of undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in international affairs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens; FRESHMAN through SENIORS with GPA of 3.2 or higher. Those with financial need, and members of minorities underrepresented in the foreign service, are encouraged to apply. Program covers tuition, room, board, travel, and a $3500 stipend. Campus contact: Timothy Jones, Further information is available at the Rangel Program website.

Tillman Military Scholarship °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2015.03 (expected)

Provides financial support for undergraduate and graduate students who are veterans or active duty military service members in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, and for spouses or surviving spouses of veterans and active service members. Amount of award is determined case-by-case on the basis of need. Recipients are expected to participate in Tillman-sponsored community service and leadership activities. Additional selection criteria include strong educational and career ambitions, community service, leadership potential, excellent application essays. 60 Scholars will be selected nationwide. Campus contact: Carin Anderson, Veterans Services,, 612.625.8076. Further information and online application are available at the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Veterans United Foundation Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.4.30 and 2014.10.31

Assists military service members and their families by awarding $2000 scholarships to be used toward tuition and books. Applicant may be a current active-duty service member, a veteran, the spouse or child of a service member or veteran, or the surviving spouse or child of a fallen service member. Current freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student may apply; must have cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Up to 20 scholarships are awarded nationwide. Campus contact: Jenni Peterson, University Veterans Services, For further information visit Veterans United.