Many opportunities exist where you can continue learning and develop strong language and culture skills. Several provide financial support.
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Support for High School Students for Language Study
U.S. Government Programs:
- American Youth Leadership Programs
The American Youth Leadership Program is for participants from the United States to travel abroad to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues.
- Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program (YES)
This program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend the academic year abroad in countries that may include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia and Turkey. The program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations.
- National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) / NSLI for Youth
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, this intensive language immersion program provides merit-based scholarships for high school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year and learn Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.
- STARTALK Summer Language Programs.
Support for College and University Students for Language Study
U.S. Government Programs:
- American Councils for International Education
The American Councils administers many programs for overseas language and culture study in all world regions except Western Europe, Canada and Australia/New Zealand.
- Critical Language Scholarship Program (Look under opportunities for U.S. Citizens)
Department of State intensive summer language institutes overseas for the study of critical languages and for cultural enrichment. Open to American undergraduate and graduate students. Languages include but are not limited to: Arabic, Azeri, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.
- Critical Language Enhancement Program (CLEA)
Department of State program for U.S. Fulbright Student Program Grantees that provides three to six months of intensive language training before the Fulbright grant period begins. Open to Americans accepted to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, or Russia, who intend to use one of the following languages in their Fulbright project: Arabic (all dialects), Bahasa Indonesian, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese , Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Russian, and Urdu.
- Central Intelligence Agency Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Offers major-related career experience for undergraduate students, including foreign language majors.
- Central Intelligence Agency Undergraduate/Graduate Co-Op Program
Seeks motivated undergraduate students pursuing degrees in a variety of liberal arts degree programs to work as Open Source Officers (OSO).
- Clinton Scholars at the American University of Dubai
Study abroad at the American University in Dubai for students who show interest in being exposed to the Middle Eastern and Islamic cultures for the first time.
- Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Programs, Department of Education (See also Global Competence Documentaries.)
For graduate and undergraduate study of less commonly taught languages as part of a course of study. Apply to the institution.
- Fulbright Program for U.S. Students
Grants are typically 9-12 months. Provides support for study/ research/ teaching in a single country. Grantees meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.
- Gilman International Scholarship
Offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional Critical Need Language Supplement if their study abroad plans involve studying any of the following critical languages: Arabic (all dialects), Chinese (all dialects), Turkish, Persian, Languages of India and Pakistan, Korean, Russian.
- The Language Flagship: Creating Global Professionals
The National Security Education Program supports 25 programs at 21 institutions of higher education. Generally designed as four-year programs, Flagship programs enable students from all majors to work towards professional-level language proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, or Turkish in their chosen discipline. Students begin with intensive domestic courses targeting advanced level proficiency followed by direct enrollment in overseas universities and internships that promote practical language usage, culminating in superior level proficiency.
- National Security Agency Summer Language Program
The Summer Language Program is an intensive 12-week intern program intended for high-potential college upperclassman and graduate students. It offers foreign language students the opportunity to sharpen their language skills in reading and listening to a professional level.
- National Security Agency Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
Stokes is open to high school seniors planning on majoring in computer science or com-puter/electrical engineering. College sophomores majoring in Persian Farsi are also invited to apply.
- Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
The Boren Awards provide funding to U.S. students to study in world regions critical to U.S. interest and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Maximum awards are $20,000 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduate students. The Boren Awards emphasize less commonly taught languages and long-term linguistic and cultural study, as well as research and academic internships abroad. In exchange for funding, Boren Award recipients commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. The Boren Awards are funded by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education..
- Project GO
Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Project GO offers full scholarships for ROTC students to participate in critical language study programs domestically and abroad. Project GO is funded by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education.
- Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. The goal of the fellowship is to attract talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.
- American Foreign Policy Council Internships
Unpaid internship positions are available year round. Hours are flexible with interns expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Candidates should have a strong interest in foreign policy and national security. Knowledge of Russian, Mandarin, Arabic or Farsi is helpful.
- American Institute for Yemeni Studies Fellowships
Offers fellowships for a 10-week intensive Arabic language program in Yemen.
- American Institute of Iranian Studies Persian Language Study in Tehran
AIIrS offers two-month fellowships for advanced language study in Tehran at the Dehkhoda Institute.
- Center for Arabic Study Abroad
Offers intensive advanced level Arabic in Cairo, Egypt and Damascus, Syria.
- College Scholarships.Org
Scholarships are quite plentiful from federal sources to college scholarships. There is no limit to the career path for a foreign language major since nearly all fields require professionals versed in a foreign language.
- Rachel Corrie Memorial Scholarship
For students dedicated to gaining a better understanding of the Middle East and to working, locally or internationally, to further Middle East peace. Areas of interest may include Arab culture and Arabic language, US Policy in the Middle East, and peace, justice, and conflict resolution studies.
- IES Excellence in a Foreign Language Scholarship
Open to students who excel in the study of one of the following foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish.
- Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship
This scholarship provides funding for students who want to study Mandarin at a university- or college-affiliated Mandarin training center in Taiwan.
- St. John Fisher College Foreign Language Scholarship
Each year, St. John Fisher College offers two Foreign Language Scholarships to high school seniors. These scholarships recognize achievement in foreign language as a sound preparation for college work.
- Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation
To provide financial assistance to young women who are pursuing undergraduate college degrees in the study of languages, or who are studying in a foreign country as enrichment for their undergraduate college program.
Careers in Language-Related Fields
About Language, Languages, and Language Learning
Resources and Support for Language Teachers
LangCred is a first of its kind interactive website designed for US teachers of less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) that functions as a clearinghouse of up-to-date information and reliable guidance on obtaining a teaching certificate/credential.
- Language Resource Centers
This program supports 16 university-based centers that serve as resources for improving the nation’s capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages. Visit the website to learn about available teaching materials and resources, professional development opportunities, and relevant research.
- Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program
This program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs.
- Fulbright-Hays Research Abroad Fellowship Program
This program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of modern foreign language and area studies in the U.S. by providing opportunities for scholars to conduct research abroad.
- International Research and Studies Program
This program supports surveys, studies, and development of instructional materials to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields.