Scholarships & Fellowships

Distinguished International Scholarships & Fellowships

The Center for International Education and Global Strategy supports UAlbany undergraduate and graduate students in their application processes for distinguished scholarship and fellowship awards and grants.

Preparation well in advance of deadlines is important and our office can assist you in:

  • Identifying scholarships and fellowships that match your academic interests and career goals
  • Sharpening and focusing your application essays and other components
  • Creating a global perspective in areas of the world that you may not have considered

International scholarships and fellowships are highly competitive so the earlier you reach out, the more comprehensive the process will be.

Our office works with schools/colleges, departments and faculty here on campus in a positive and collaborative way to assist students in realizing their dreams. We hold workshops and information sessions, and conduct one-on-one advising.

To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Jacqueline Ledermann, Assistant Director of Global Academic Programs and Fulbright Program Advisor, at [email protected].

Note: UAlbany's Honors College is the contact for several other competitive scholarships and fellowships, including the Marshall, Mitchell and Rhodes Scholarships. Please visit Honors College's Nationally Competitive Scholarships webpage for information.

Fulbright US Student Program

The Institute of International Education (IIE), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, will open the U.S. Student Fulbright Program AY 22/23 in early April 2021.  Please contact Jacqueline Ledermann at [email protected] for more information.


  • Must be U.S. citizens at the time of application

  • Must hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant.

The Center for International Education & Global Strategy is spearheading the Fulbright student application process and advising is available throughout the process.

Interested students can contact Jacqueline Ledermann, Assistant Director of Global Academic Programs, at [email protected] for additional information.

Fulbright Scholar Program (Faculty)
Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply.


  • Must be a US citizen.
  • Must be enrolled in any degree program (grad or undergraduate) and are interested in learning a critical language. For more details check their eligibility website.

The program offers the following 14 languages for 3 academic credits: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu.

Gilman International Scholarship

Up to $5,000 offered to enrolled students with financial need. To be eligible for this scholarship you must be a U.S. Citizen, have a Pell Grant and be accepted on a study abroad program that is longer than three weeks in length.

Since the application is competitive, we strongly encourage you to meet with our Gilman Scholarship Advisor. Students who make regular appointments and come to the process early are the most successful.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Jacqueline Ledermann, Assistant Director of Global Academic Programs, at [email protected]. Jacqueline can:

  • Guide you through the scholarship process
  • Provide essay advisement and review
  • Certify your scholarship application

The deadline for fall and summer applications is approximately March 1. The deadline for spring applications is approximately October 1.

For more information on the Gilman Scholarship program, including deadlines, helpful links and full instructions for applying, please visit the Gilman Scholarship website.

Schwarzman Scholars

The Schwarzman Scholars program is a fully funded master's of arts program in one of three disciplines: Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Relations.

It is a one year program at the prestigious Tsinghua University in China that encapsulates leading academics and access to the international community and its brightest leaders and policy makers.

In addition, students have experiential and applied learning built into their program and will have opportunities to engage outside of their day to day studies, within the grand landscape of China.

Please contact Jacqueline Ledermann, Assistant Director of Global Academic Programs, at [email protected] for application support and advisement.

Rangel Scholarship

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program offers a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers.

The Summer Enrichment Program encourages the application of students from minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need in order to fulfill the Rangel Program mission of enhancing diversity in U.S. representation abroad. The Program is a U.S. Department of State program administered by Howard University.

The International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program takes place at Howard University in Washington, D.C. To enhance participants' academic preparation to work in international affairs, the Program provides two courses that focus on enhancing knowledge and skills related to U.S. foreign policy and economics, plus a writing seminar.

To give the scholars greater insight into the foreign policy making process and international affairs careers, the Rangel Program introduces them to a wide range of professionals from government and non-governmental organizations who work on global issues. It also arranges trips to various governmental and non-governmental institutions involved in international affairs and explores options for graduate study, fellowships, and internships.

NSEP Boren Fellowship

Learn about the NSEP Boren Fellowship.


  • US graduate students looking to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency
  • Students looking to work in the federal national security arena
  • Participants of a program no less than 12 weeks and no more than 24 months

Note: Recipients incur a service agreement of at least one year with the federal government. Campus deadline is prior to national deadline (usually February 1).

Fulbright-Hays — Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

Learn about the Fulbright-Hays — Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program.


  • Graduate students in doctoral programs in the fields of foreign languages and area studies and are in good academic standing
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Students who are planning a teaching career in the U.S. upon graduation

Note: Applicants must apply through the University.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

Learn more about the Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study.


  • US citizen graduate students pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language
  • Students with an undergraduate degree and an advanced level in the chosen language
American-Scandinavian Foundation Awards for Study in Scandinavia

Learn more about the American-Scandinavian Foundation Awards for Study in Scandinavia.


  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. with an undergraduate degree who have a well-defined research, study or creative arts project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential
  • Applicants must have at least some ability to speak the language
DAAD Study Scholarship

Learn more about DAAD Study Scholarship.


  • Undergraduate seniors or graduate students who desire to study in Germany for an academic year (10 months)
  • U.S./Canadian citizens or permanent residents
Rotary Peace Fellowship

Learn more about the Rotary Peace Fellowship.


  • Students seeking a Master's Degree in a form of Peace Studies
  • Will study at one of five universities based in the United States, Japan, England, Australia, and Sweden
Rotary Global Grants

Learn more about the Rotary Global Grants.


  • Graduate students looking to fund a humanitarian project or graduate academic studies