Scholarships & Aid

Scholarships & Aid
Scholarships & Aid

UNL Global Studies majors are likely candidates for a number of prestigious national awards such as the Boren, the Critical Language Scholarship, the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships among numerous others. Global Studies majors are some of the highest recipients of Fulbrights on campus.

Read on about some of the award opportunities available to Global Studies majors, the resources we provide to help you secure them, and about some of our student success stories. Visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid web page for more information.

Education Abroad Scholarships

Scholarships to help fund your education abroad program come from a variety of sources. Be sure to put plenty of time and thought into researching and applying for scholarships. Many students are able to combine several small awards that add up to make a big difference.

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Boren Scholarships & Fellowships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.

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Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.

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Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 2006, its inaugural year, the CLS Program offered intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

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Fulbright Fellowship

In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the United States Congress that called for the use of surplus war property to fund the 'promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.'

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Gilman Scholarship

Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the regions where they go. The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is open to U.S. undergraduate students who demonstrate high financial need.

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Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships

The Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

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Taiwan's Ministry of Education

Scholarship opportunities to study Chinese in Taiwan.

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Student Success Stories

Global Studies major, Elana Shomos, traveled to Albania as a Boren Scholar:
Shomos was funded by a David L. Boren scholarship to pursue a yearlong, self-designed study abroad program at the University of Korca in Albania. There, she took additional formal language courses, improving her fluency in Albanian, and talked to locals about the importance of democratic civic education in the community.

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Global Studies major Samantha Marcoux’s Fulbright Award returned her to South Korea to study and teach. Through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Marcoux teaches English and inform students about American culture in South Korean classrooms by using English-language media. She will also create an after-school English language club to supplement students' formal courses. She said she hopes to provide students a better understanding of conversational English with the media aid.

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Global Studies major Kaley Cook’s Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship will have her teach English while reinforcing her own skills in the Czech language and immersing herself in Czech culture. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, the Lincoln Southwest graduate said she plans to volunteer with school or community drama and debate clubs. She said she hopes that the programs will continue to grow after she returns to the United States.

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Global Studies major, Nate Hall, traveled to Tanzania as a Boren Scholar:
"I studied abroad in Tanzania during the 2012-13 academic year. The David L. Boren scholarship funded my studies of intensive Swahili and East Africa’s history and politics at the State University of Zanzibar and the University of Dar es Salaam. I spent one semester at each university and learned from Tanzanian professors, lived with a host family, and stayed in university housing.

Studying in Tanzania fulfilled several Global Studies requirements, particularly the foreign language requirement. The Boren scholarship enabled me to learn a language not taught at UNL or most American universities and prepared me for a year abroad with an intensive language program before moving to Tanzania. My interest in Tanzanian politics and security motivated me to learn Swahili so I could read local newspapers and have insightful discussions with Tanzanians.

Studying abroad in Tanzania perfectly complimented the political science and African studies classes I took at UNL. At UNL I learned how to conduct field research and professional skills such as writing reports and briefs. At SUZA and UDSM I learned Swahili and Tanzanian culture. With my skills and experiences abroad I feel more prepared and confident obtaining a government career related to national security. The David L. Boren scholarship created opportunities for me to network with like-minded students and professionals; it also allowed me to study Swahili abroad and differentiate myself from other undergraduates."