Regional and National Awards and Scholarships for Foreign Language Students

American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation, Inc. Scholarship

Deadline: June 1
An annual $2,500 non-renewable national scholarship awarded by The American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation, Inc. to a US citizen and full-time student who has completed at least one year of post-secondary education and who has at least one year of academic work remaining to complete their program of study in translation or interpretation. Preference is given to students in B.A./B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. granting programs. Visit the AFTI website for additional information and an application.

American Society of French Academic Palmes Summer Scholarships

Deadline: January 20
Two annual scholarships of up to $4,000 awarded to sophomore or junior French majors or minors who have never studied in a French-speaking country. The scholarships help to enable the recipients to study in a French-language institution of higher learning for a minimum of four weeks during the summer. Applicants will select their institution as well as arrange for their travel abroad. Visit the ASFAP website for additional information and an application.

Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant

Deadline: April 15
This travel grant aims to provide undergraduate students enrolled in an American University with a travel stipend of up to $1,500 to discover France. It is open to sophomore, junior and senior students who are enrolled in a double major including one major in French and one major in another discipline. Consideration will also be given to students enrolled in a minor/certificate in French and majoring in another subject. For complete details an and application, visit the award's webpage. MDFL recipients include:

  • 2015—Conner Auch
  • 2013—Dillon Cathro

Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Deadline: February 13
Sponsored by The National Security Education Program (NSEP), David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). NSEP focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. NSEP Boren Scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country must be an integral part of each proposal. Visit the NNSEP website for additional information and an application.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

Deadline: December 11
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals (18-24 years old) the opportunity to spend one year in each others' countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. The program is open to candidates in all career fields who are interested in a year of cultural exchange. Visit the CBYX website for additional information and an application.

Davies-Jackson Scholarship

Deadline: November 1
The Davies-Jackson Scholarship presents a unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records, who are the first in their families to graduate college, to participate in a course of study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge. Graduating U.S. seniors may apply for the two-year B.A. degree program. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich educational environment of St. John’s, which was founded in the 16th century, by reading in several subject areas including: Classics and Modern and Medieval Languages. Consult the Davies-Jackson Scholarship website.

Delta Phi Alpha Annual Awards

Deadline: November 1
Annual national awards given to junior and senior members of Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society. Consult the National Delta Phi Alpha website for additional information.

Fulbright Scholarship

Deadline: October 21
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities for recent college graduates, postgraduate candidates, and developing professionals and artists to conduct career launching study and research abroad. Contact Augie's campus rep, Dr. Reynold Nesiba, for additional scholarship information. MDFL recipients include:

  • 2008 (Togo)—Monique Schmidt, M.F.A.
  • 1998 (Germany)—Jonathan Rogness, Ph.D.
  • 1981 (Germany)—Rick Engh
  • 1979 (Colombia)—Susan Greedy
  • 1977 (Germany)—Mark H. Docken
  • 1969 (Germany)—Judy Wrase Nygard

German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships

Deadlines: vary, see below
The German Academic Exchange Service ((Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. The agency (DAAD) offers funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, providing financial support to over 55,000 individuals per year. DAAD also represents the German higher education system abroad, promotes Germany as an academic and research destination, and helps to build ties between institutions around the world. Complete information and application are available on the DADD website. MDFL recipients include:

  • 2009—Clara Fischer (University of Potsdam, Germany)
  • 2009—Zachary Morris (University of Potsdam, Germany)

Gillman Scholarships

Deadlines: October and April
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, funded by the U.S. State Department, provide up to $5,000 in additional grants for students currently receiving Pell Grant funding as part of their financial aid package. Preference is given to students from diverse backgrounds, those pursuing semester or year-length programs, students with science majors, and those interested in non-traditional locations - though it is not limited to students who fit that criteria. About one in three applications are accepted, so if you receive a Pell Grant, be sure to apply! Students interested in pursuing Critical Languages (Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Russian, etc.) can receive up to an additional $3,000. Students going abroad for Spring Semester must apply by early October; those going abroad for Fall Semester must apply by early April. Complete information and application are available on the Gilman website. MDFL recipients include:

  • 2010—Brandon Lee (University of Salzburg, Austria)

Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad

Deadline: March 15
Thanks to the generosity of the late Walter Jensen, the AATF is able to offer a scholarship for study abroad to a future teacher of French. Income from gifts of stock given by Mr. Jensen fund one $1,500 scholarship per year to help a student pay for a semester or year’s study abroad. This award is intended to allow a deserving student to participate in a long-term study abroad experience he or she might not otherwise be able to afford.. The applicant must be at least eighteen years old and enrolled in an established teacher education program in French. Visit the American Association of Teachers of French website for additional info. and contact Dr. Fish. MDFL recipients include:

  • 2011—Berit Henricksen (alternate)

Killam Fellowships

Deadline: January 31
The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in Canada and the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the other country. The program provides a cash award of $10,000 US ($5,000 US per semester). In addition, the Foundation provides all Killam Fellows with an allowance of $500 US to offset health insurance costs. In addition, all Fellows are eligible to apply for a mobility grant in an amount not to exceed $800. The idea of the mobility initiative is to allow students to undertake an educational field trip, providing the Fellows with the opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of the culture of the host country. For complete information and an application visit the Killman website.

Pi Delta Phi Scholarships

Deadline: November 1
Annual national awards given in memory of Dr. Joseph W. Yedlicka, former President and Executive-Director by Pi Delta Phi, and Dr. Mary G. Gutermuth, former Executive-Director of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society. The annual awards are granted to current undergraduate regular members of the Society for summer study in France and Québec. Consult the National Pi Delta Phi website for additional information and an application. MDFL recipients include:

  • 2020—Kulani Jahrling (American University, Paris)
  • 2011—Danielle Doran (American University, Paris)
  • 2006—Charles Buehler (Laval University, Québec)

Sibley Fellowship (Phi Beta Kappa)

Deadline: January 15
The annual Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship is awarded alternately in the fields of Greek and French. The award may be used for the study of Greek language, literature, history or archaeology, or the study of French language or literature. The fellowship has a stipend of $20,000. The stipend will be paid in two installments, the first on July 1 of the award year and the second on the next January 1, unless the Fellowship Committee orders the stipend withheld because the fellow has disregarded the purpose of the award as stated by the donor. Candidates must be unmarried women 25 to 35 years of age who have demonstrated their ability to carry on original research. They must hold a doctorate or have fulfilled all the requirements for a doctorate except the dissertation, and they must be planning to devote full-time work to research during the fellowship year. The award is not restricted to members of Phi Beta Kappa or to U.S. citizens. Additional info. and an application are available on the Pi Beta Kappa website.

Sigma Delta Pi Summer Scholarships

Deadline: February 1
Sigma Delta Phi, the National Spanish Honor Society, offers more than twenty different scholarships for summer study in Spanish speaking countries. Consult the National Sigma Delta Pi website for additional information. MDFL recipients include:

  • 2017—Austin Krohnke
  • 2015—Jennifer Kvigne

Study & Internship Program (SIP) in Germany

Deadline: February 15
In cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), offers scholarships for one semester of study at one of seven German universities, followed by a six-month internship in a company or research institute in Germany. The scholarships are open to sophomores or juniors who are U.S. citizens studying at U.S. accredited institutions who are pursuing majors in: business, management, economics, architecture, art, design, journalism, or social work. Candidates must have outstanding academic record and personal integrity, as proven by academic achievement and letters of recommendation. For complete information and an application, visit the SIP website.

University of Washington Scholarships

Deadline: early April
Scholarships for the intensive summer program in Russian. The University of Washington's Intensive Summer Slavic Program offers students the ability to complete two semesters of Russian or Czech during a nine-week intensive summer session. The program offers one full-tuition scholarship for the summer Russian Program. Visit the program Web site or contact: