Opportunities for funding to support research and study abroad abound at Washington University in St. Louis.

Internal Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants for Students

Study Abroad Scholarships

Explore scholarship opportunities for Washington University students on the Overseas Programs website.
Scholarships may include:

  • Bemis Summer Research Scholarship in Europe
  • Eisler Summer Study Abroad Scholarship
  • The Ratkin Fund
  • Rowe Summer Study Abroad Scholarships for Summer

Internship Funding

The Career Center Stipend

The Career Center has funding of up to $3,000 available for summer internships for WashU undergraduate students, which could apply to summer internships abroad. Students must have secured an internship before applying for the stipend. View details of the stipend on the Career Center website.

Research Funding

The Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) promotes and facilitates research by undergraduates by maintaining a knowledge base of available opportunities, by uniting students and mentors, and by assisting with funding. Please visit the Undergraduate Research website for more information.

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences collects information on a number of funding opportunities for graduate and professional students. Visit the Graduate School’s website for more details.

External Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants for Students

Washington University’s Office of Overseas Programs provides guidance and support for WashU students from all academic areas applying for the following scholarships and fellowships.

Requiring a nomination

Discover national scholarships and fellowships that require a nomination from Washington University on the College of Arts & Sciences website.

Not requiring a nomination

View a list of other national scholarships and fellowships that do not require a nomination from Washington University on the College of Arts & Sciences website.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Over 2,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000 for fall and spring programs, and $3,000 for summer programs.

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

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.

Fulbright-Hays DDRA

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States.

Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

The Fulbright Program for U.S. Students provides grants for research, study and teaching assistantships in 110 nations around the world. Office of Overseas Programs provides Washington University students with guidance in the preparation of their proposals, arranges student interviews with members of the on-campus Fulbright faculty committee, and submits applications to the Institute of International Education on behalf of the students. Enrolled students must apply through WashU and are strongly urged to take advantage of the advising resources and the WashU Fulbright Program advisor as they prepare their applications.

Fund for International Service Learning (FISL)

FISL offers a scholarship of $500 to students participating approved international service learning programs. The scholarship can be used for any aspect of the trip: plane tickets, visas, even clothing and equipment that would be essential for the climate and geography.

Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to the international exchange of people and ideas. Their comprehensive database of 
study-abroad scholarships, fellowships and grants can support students who dream of studying abroad. Search the institute’s funding resource by country or subject for opportunities.

Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Research Internships in Science and Engineering

A scholarship for undergraduate science and engineering students interested in 6-12 week summer research internships at German universities and research institutions. Knowledge of German is not required, and the grants are designed to cover living expenses (maximum of 650 euros per month) but not international airfare. Learn about RISE on the program’s website.

Schwartzman Scholars Program

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to participants as they are preparing academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Pickering Fellowships are available for graduate and undergraduate students.

Yenching Academy at Peking University

The Yenching Academy offers an intensive program of interdisciplinary classroom and field study of Chinese history and culture, as well as real-time issues in China’s development. As a college integrated within China’s leading university, the Yenching Academy prepares a diverse group of exceptional international and Chinese students with the knowledge of China that they need to fulfill their potential as global citizens and leaders.

Programs for Faculty/Staff

Fulbright International Education Administrators Program

Seminars helping U.S. education professionals and administrators to connect with education systems of other countries in order to better serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students. While learning about the host country’s education system, participants establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues. View details of the International Education Administrators program on the Fulbright Scholar Program website. Erin Schuettpelz is the WU contact person.