Boren Graduate Fellowship
Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide funding for US graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests. Boren Fellowships provide funding for overseas language study, academic study, research, an academic internship, or a combination of the above (though all proposals must include a significant language component). Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
Penn Deadline: January 13, 2020
Penn’s Application Process
- Submit your application materials directly through the Boren Fellowship website by January 13, 2020. CURF is then responsible for the final submission of your application.
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
Please call 215-746-6488 to schedule an appointment
The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund was established by the Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann and is administered by JPMorgan, Trustee. Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer and statesman and was married to one of the owners of a successful American business. She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime. Mrs. Liebmann's primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study. The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.
Fellowships are available to students who are currently enrolled in and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution of higher learning located in the United States of America.Undergraduate students are no longer qualified candidates.
The program of study being pursued by the candidate may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.
The candidate must have received a baccalaureate degree at the time of application and have an outstanding undergraduate record.
The candidate must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
The candidate must be a citizen of the United States of America.
The candidate may be of any national descent or background.
The amount of each Fellowship will cover actual tuition costs plus an $18,000 annual stipend to be allocated towards room, board, and ordinary living expenses, as well as any income taxes thereon.
The recipient of a Fellowship shall be known as a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow.
Fellowships are awarded annually. Each Fellow MUST APPLY FOR A RENEWAL of his or her fellowship by March 30 of the following year in accordance with the terms in effect at the time the fellowship is awarded. (No reminder will be sent by the Fund or by the University of Pennsylvania). Fellowships will be limited to a maximum of three years.
Awarded fellowships may not be deferred.
A Fellowship may be canceled at any time if a Fellow engages in misconduct affecting the Fund, breaches any of these rules, or provides false information to the Fund either directly or indirectly. The Fund is the sole arbiter of this term and the University of Pennsylvania takes no stance and will provide no mediation.
Penn Application Instructions:
This internal Penn application requires 2 letters of recommendation from professors who have taught or worked closely with you. Please visit the Letter of Recommendation Request form as soon as possible so as to give your recommenders ample time to submit letters of recommendation before the December 1 Penn Deadline. Penn will require a letter from the Dean of your Graduate School or your Department Chair if you are nominated.
Please combine the following into one PDF:
1. A completed version of this document. For now you may omit the financial aid information and tax returns.
2. Most current CV
3. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts
4. Copy of graduate exam scores, or a statement explaining why these were not needed.
5. A Statement of Purpose up to three pages long (double spaced) which considers the relationship between your graduate level study and your intended personal and/or professional goals. Your Statement of Purpose must include a 10-15 line abstract at the top (included in the three pages) that explains, in LAYMAN’S terms, the essence of your proposed topic of study or dissertation, the methodology of its treatment and its anticipated impact on your field of study.
Once that is prepared, visit the Penn Internal Fellowships Application to submit your application.
Please note that official transcripts, official copies of test scores, FAFSA, School Financial Aid Summary and tax returns (along with a letter from the Dean of your Graduate School or your Department Chair) will only be required if you are chosen as one of the three institutional nominees.
Dr. Aaron Olson
For more information or to apply, see Penn's Dolores Zorab Liebmann Fellowship page.
Critical Language Scholarship
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.
Deadline: November 19, 2019 (by 8:00pm EST)
Penn’s Application Process
- While the Critical Language Scholarship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to interested graduate students. Undergraduate students are encouraged to contact Kristyn Palmiotto in Penn Abroad (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.
During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.
Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the Fulbright website for details.
Open Study/Research Award
Applicants for study/research awards design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The study/research awards are available in approximately 140 countries. Program requirements vary by country, so the applicants' first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country.
English Teaching Assistant Programs
The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. Applicants for ETA Programs can apply to only one country. Visit the ETA landing page for specific country requirements and numbers of awards.
Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship
The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for selected Fulbright US Student grantees to participate in an academic year of storytelling on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.
For the 2020-2021 competition, the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship will accept proposals to undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue as an enhancement to their Fulbright research or arts project. Utilizing a variety of storytelling tools—including, but not limited to text, photography, video, audio/podcasts, public speaking, maps, and graphic illustrations - Storytellers have the opportunity to share their stories, and the stories of those they meet, through National Geographic and social media platforms. For more information, visit the Fulbright-NatGeo Storytelling Fellowship landing page.
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services invites applications from scholars and researchers to its annual program designed to facilitate access to Columbia’s special and distinctive collections, the Libraries Research Awards. (see: http://library.columbia.edu/about/awards/research-awards.html)
The Libraries will award ten (10) grants of $2,500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult Columbia University Libraries/Information Services holdings for their work. The award was established in 2011 and supports scholars and researchers who may benefit from access to Columbia’s special and unique collections. Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus:
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/avery.html)
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/burke.html)
Butler Library (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/butler.html)
Lehman Social Sciences Library (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/lehman.html)
Rare Book & Manuscript Library (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/rbml.html)
C. V. Starr East Asian Library (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/eastasian.html)
Global Studies Collections (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/global.html)
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). Persons holding J-1 or F-1 exchange, student, or visitor visas are not eligible for this grant. Preference will be given to those applicants residing outside the greater New York metropolitan area who need to travel to New York City to conduct their research.
Applications will be accepted until February 29, 2016. Award notifications will be sent to applicants by April 30, 2016 for research conducted at Columbia during the period July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.
For more information and application materials, please visit the Libraries Research Awards page.
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 21 libraries and various academic technology centers, including affiliates. The Libraries employs more than 450 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.
Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Are Available for Summer 2016 and the 2016-17 Academic Year.
Applications for summer 2016 and academic year 2016-17 fellowships are due March 1, 2016.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
(1) Graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents AND who are enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in a program that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study, OR
(2) Undergraduates who are US citizens or permanent residents AND who have declared a major by the application deadline AND who will study a FLAS language at the intermediate or advanced level during the fellowship summer or academic year.
FLAS awards may be used by students participating in official overseas language programs, and in very limited cases, for dissertators. Please see the FLAS FAQsection of our web site, or contact the relevant FLAS Coordinator, for more information.
What are the Benefits for Penn Students?
- Graduate academic year FLAS Fellows will receive $18,000 toward tuition and a $15,000 stipend.
- Undergraduate academic year FLAS Fellows will receive $10,000 toward tuition and a $5,000 stipend.
- Summer FLAS Fellows will receive $5,000 toward tuition and a $2,500 stipend.
Academic Year Fellows: The successful applicant must enroll each semester of the Fellowship year in a FLAS-approved language and in full-time study in either area studies or professional studies related to the world area where the FLAS language is spoken. Undergraduates must enroll each semester in a language course at the intermediate level or higher.
Summer Fellows: The successful applicant must enroll in a formal domestic or overseas program of intensive language study during the summer. Students at the beginning (graduate only) and intermediate levels are expected to attend domestic or overseas programs offering a minimum of 140 contact hours of instruction, while advanced students may attend programs with fewer hours (but not less than 120).
Can I Use a FLAS Fellowship to Study Abroad?
YES! FLAS may be used at Penn or abroad, for:
- Domestic full-time language and area or international studies.
- Overseas full-time language and area or international studies.
- Domestic beginning, intermediate and advanced intensive language programs.
- Overseas intermediate and advanced intensive language programs.
Students may propose to use FLAS to study overseas at approved programs. Students wishing to use an award for an overseas program must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency. Graduate students may use an award for beginning level study abroad if an appropriate beginning language program in the student’s language is not available in the United States. Check with the relevant FLAS Coordinator at Penn to see whether your intended overseas language program is approved.
Application & Deadlines
For instructions on how to apply, please see the Application & Instructions page.
Applications for summer 2015 and academic year 2016-17 fellowships are due March 1, 2016
For More Information
About FLAS Fellowships
The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program assists meritorious undergraduate and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or fields of study.
FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Title VI National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies, including the international aspects of professional or other fields of study. FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding. Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.
The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund fellowship pays tuition plus a stipend of $18,000 for three years. U.S. citizens in any field of study are eligible. The terms require that the Fellow conduct studies entirely within the USA and prove financial need.
We are permitted three institutional nominees, so there is an internal selection process coordinated by the Provost’s Office. Students should complete the online form HERE and submit all supporting documentation online by midnight Tuesday, December 15th.
REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS FOR ONLINE FORM
Upload as a single PDF:
• Student's CV
• Letters of recommendation from two professors who have taught or worked closely with the student.
(If preferred, letters of recommendation may be submitted separately (by December 15th)
via email to Office of the Vice Provost for Education email@example.com)
• Transcripts of ALL CURRENT and PREVIOUS academic records (can be unofficial copies)
• GRE test scores
• Statement of purpose and abstract as specified in the Liebmann Fund application
NOTE: Official transcripts, official copies of test scores, FAFSA, School Financial Aid Summary and tax returns will only be required of those chosen as institutional nominees.
The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate students in the humanities to apply for the 2016 Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies. Each fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees.
Application period opens October 1, 2015. Only US citizens and green card holders may apply.
For eligibility details and to submit an application, visit the website.