Grants & Fellowships

Northwestern University provides a wide array of opportunities for students seeking fellowship opportunities, grant opportunities or funding for a study abroad experience. We encourage International Studies students to take advantage of these great opportunities available.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Undergraduate Research provides academic and summer undergraduate research grants (URGs); an Undergraduate Research Assistant Program; Undergraduate Language Grants; Circumnavigators Travel-Study Grant; Conference Travel Grants; and an Undergraduate Research & Arts Exposition.

The Office of Fellowships is designed to help assist you in your search for national and international fellowship competitions that meet your educational, intellectual, and personal needs. You can apply for a fellowship for funding to attend graduate school, to study or conduct research overseas or gain practical experience in your field of study.

The Office of International Program Development (IPD) offers a variety of need and merit-based fellowships for research and study abroad programs. There is a list of study abroad scholarships and funding on the IPD website. The Global Health Studies minor has a list of independent research fellowship opportunities.

Other opportunities include the Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP) offered by Northwestern Career Advancement. SIGP is available to undergraduate students doing an unpaid summer internship and participating in a variety of Northwestern Career Advancement designed career development programs and projects.

Starting Summer 2015, the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) will offer the Bonnie and Mike Daniels GESI Scholars Fund. This fund will award 15 scholarships that will cover full tuition and other program costs. For more information, please visit the GESI Scholarships website

The Buffett Institute for Global Studies has many international grant and fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students:

International Studies students are among the outstanding students who have received many of these great opportunities and awards. A few are listed below:

  • Jessica Castellanos, ‘18, Undergraduate Language Grant Winner, will study French at the Institute for the International Education of Students summer program in Arles, France
  • Jackson Walker, '18, Critical Language Scholarship and Clinton Fellowship for Service in India, Study in India
  • Tara Mittelberg, '17, Fulbright (IIE) US Student Award, Research in Brazil
  • Alli Divine, '16, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program, Internship in Washington, DC
  • Lindsay Jagla, '14, Fulbright (IIE) US Student Award, Teaching in Colombia
  • Ashley Augustine, ‘15, Academic Year URG Winner, “Prenatal Testosterone and Trust”
  • Nicholas Kazvini-Gore, ‘14, IPS Bundestag Internship Program in Berlin
  • Jaclyn Skurie, ‘14, National Geographic Young Explorers Grant