Distinguished International Scholarships and Fellowships

The Center for International Education and Global Strategy supports University at Albany 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 colleges, departments and faculty here on campus in a positive and collaborative way to assist students in realizing their dreams. We hold workshops, 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].

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, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition. Our University at Albany deadline is September 21, 2018.


  • 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, Academic Coordinator, at [email protected] for additional information.

Critical Language Scholarship

The 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.

Schwarzman Scholars

The Schwarzman Scholars program is a fully funded M.A. 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.

The 18/19 application is currently open online with September 28th, 2017 as the deadline. The program commences in August 2018.

Please visit www.schwarzmanscholars.org for more information. Please contact Jacqueline Ledermann in the Center for International Education and Global Strategy for application support and advisement: [email protected]

Graduate Opportunities

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 1st)

Fulbright-Hays—Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

  • 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

  • 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

Note: For a list of current approved language programs click here

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

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

Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship

  • 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

  • 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 

Opportunities for Seniors and Recent Graduates

George J. Mitchell Scholarships

  • For study in Ireland

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

  • Graduating college seniors wishing to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world before attending graduate school
  • Application deadline: January 19, 2016

Marshall Scholarships

  • US citizens who have graduated with a BA degree and have a minimum GPA of 3.7
  • Students wishing to study in the U.K.

Rotary Global Grants

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

Rhodes Scholarship

  • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 18 and 24 who have a B.A. degree