Funding for Students
Undergraduate Research Fellow Grants: The EUC is offering three Undergraduate Research Fellow Grants in the amount of 200 €.* These funds can be used to support the creation and presentation of research posters on EU-related topics, as well as to support travel to present these posters at a conference. Applicants from all schools and majors are eligible. Deadline: April 5, 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by April 12, 2013.
Travel Grants to Participate in the University of North Carolina Brussels Summer Program: The EUC will be offering three travel grants to students participating in the University of North Carolina's EUCE Brussels Study Tour of EU Institutions. These EUC undergraduate travel grants provide funds to cover travel costs and accommodations associated with participating in the University of North Carolina’s Brussels EU summer program. Undergraduate students in all disciplines and departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are eligible. Deadline: March 29, 2013.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS). Fellowships in European Union Studies: These grants provide substantial amounts of money for students pursuing graduate, professional, or undergraduate degree programs who wish to incorporate a focus on the European Union and relations between the EU and the United States into their studies. For details on the European Union Center FLAS, please consult our FLAS information page and our FLAS Fellowships FAQ. For more information on FLAS in general and to apply, please visit the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) website. Undergraduates apply directly to the Center. Graduate students submit their applications to their home department first; please ask your department about its internal FLAS deadline. Deadline: Competition currently closed. Information on application procedures and deadlines for the next competition will be circulated in fall 2013.
Graduate Student Research Travel Grant: The EUC is offering three grants of 1,000 €* each to support graduate student research focused on EU topics. Applicants from all schools are welcome to apply. Deadline: Competition currently closed. Information on application procedures and deadlines for the 2013-2014 competition will be circulated in fall 2013.
Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC) Grant: The EUC is offering two grants of $1,500* to support the development and teaching of one-credit courses that accompany a regular UI course and are taught in an EU language other than English. Applicants should propose FLAC units that accompany Spring or Summer 2013 courses. Both faculty and graduate students may apply. Funds may be used to cover an hourly TA or faculty summer salary. Deadline: Competition currently closed. Information on application procedures and deadlines for the 2013-2014 competition will be circulated in fall 2013.
Travel Grants to Participate in the University of Washington Brussels Summer Program: The EUC will be offering one 1,000 €* travel grant to a participant in the University of Washington summer study abroad program in Brussels. This grant will alleviate some of the international airfare costs to fly to Brussels during Summer 2013 to complete two courses on the EU and participate in an EU simulation. To view information about this summer's program, please visit: http://jsis.washington.edu/euc/brussels/
- Note: Interested students must concurrently apply for the program through the UI Study Abroad Office (deadline: Feb. 15, 2013) and directly through the University of Washington (deadline: March 1, 2013). Receipt of the EU Center travel grant is dependent on the applicant's acceptance to the University of Washington program. *We expect to award one grant at 1,000 €, but may modify the number and amount of the award if the applications so warrant.
- Request for Proposals Application Form (word ) (.pdf ) Checklist
- Deadline: Competition currently closed. Information on application procedures and deadlines for the 2014 summer program competition will be circulated in fall 2013.
- Study Abroad Development Grants Program. The Office of the Associate Provost for International Affairs (APIA) requests proposals for the Study Abroad Development Grants program. The purpose of the program is to facilitate the development of new or substantially revised faculty-led study abroad programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Dissertation Travel Grants. Dissertation Travel Grants provide reimbursement to subsidize travel and associated costs necessary for doctoral dissertation research, whether for exploring a potential dissertation topic (i.e., before extensive research has been done) or for conducting dissertation research. Approximately 12 grants at amounts up to $5,000 will be awarded given sufficient funding.
- The Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations Program. The Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarships in International Relations are awarded annually to outstanding University of Illinois doctoral students conducting dissertation research. Preference is given to students studying international relations, though students of all disciplines may apply provided that their research includes an international dimension. The awards enable doctoral students to conduct field research abroad.
- Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships. FLAS awards are available for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate students who wish to study a language of Russian, Eastern European, or the post-Soviet successor states. Fellowships may be used for the study of advanced Russian or any level of other applicable languages. In limited instances, study of elementary and intermediate Russian may be approved for applicants in professional degree programs.
- Global Studies Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships. The International Programs and Studies Office of Global Studies provides grants for students pursing graduate and professional degree programs with a focus on global issues. Fellowships may be used for the study of Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Hebrew, Hindi, Korean, Italian, Lingala, Polish, Serbian, Croatian, Portuguese, Swahili, and Ukrainian at all levels, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish at third-year or above.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign / Worldwide University Network (WUN) Research Studentships. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign / WUN Research Studentship is intended to provide University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate students the opportunity to participate in a short-term research experience with a faculty member at a WUN institution in the United Kingdom. The program is designed to enhance graduate student doctoral research in one of the following fields: Medieval Studies; Bioinformatics, Geography of the New Economy, Public Policy and Management; Oceanography and Climatology; and Smart Materials or Nanotechnology.
- Maria Pia Gratton International Award. Available to all female graduate students enrolled at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as those who will be admitted to a graduate program beginning in the summer or fall. The award includes a $5,000 stipend and a tuition waiver and is intended to enable a female graduate student from outside the United States to have academic and cultural experiences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
- Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society. Invited from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members and graduate students for appointment as Faculty or graduate student fellows with the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society. Transnational and comparative projects are welcome, but they must contain a substantial US focus.
- The Vekich Scholarship. Up to five Vekich Scholars will be named annually from among current UIUC students in the spring, following a simple essay competition. (Up to five more awards will be made to incoming students summer 2012.) The scholarship will provide language-course materials for Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (SCR 101-102, 201-202, or 301-302) the following academic year. In addition Vekich Scholars will be eligible to apply for fellowship support (up to two awards, $500 each) toward subsequent summer language study in the U.S., Bosnia, Croatia, or Serbia.
- The Houston and Papadimitriou Greek Culture Awards. Established in 2009, the Houston and Papadimitriou Greek Culture Awards are awarded to undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who have a demonstrated interest in and who are taking elective courses to learn about Greek culture, language or history.
- Conference Travel Awards: The Graduate College will provide awards, not to exceed $300, for students to travel to professional conferences. These Conference Travel Awards are intended to support students who will be presenting papers, posters, or creative work at the conferences they attend. Please note that the award amount from the Graduate College is based on the distance between the University of Illinois Urbana campus and the student's conference destination. Conference Travel Awards are supported by Students for Equal Access to Learning (SEAL) fees.
- Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships and Awards: Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards ten German Chancellor Scholarships annually to young professionals in the private, public, not-for-profit, cultural and academic sectors who are citizens of the United States. The program also includes scholarships for citizens of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China. The German Chancellor Scholarship Program sponsors individuals who demonstrate the potential to strengthen ties between Germany and their own country through their profession or studies. Prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite. The program begins September 1 and lasts twelve months.
- Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Sofja Kovalevskaja Award: The Humboldt Foundation invites applications for the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award for promising researchers who have earned a doctorate with distinction in the past six years and published in prestigious international journals or scholarly presses. Competition for the Award, which provides up to 1.65 million Euros over five years, is open to highly acclaimed scholars from all fields, sub-discplines, and nationalities. The Foundation especially welcomes applications from women scholars.
- Austrian Database for Scholarships and Research Grants: The Austrian Database for Scholarship and Research Grants is a searchable database of scholarships and research grants in Austria for international students, graduates and researchers. Funding is available for many areas of specialization, and each scholarship or grant lists application conditions, duration, quota and amount of benefit.
- Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) Fellowships for Study or Research in Belgium. "The BAEF will award up to eight fellowships each carrying a stipend of $24,000 for one year. If the fellow chooses to remain less than the full 12 months, the stipend will be prorated accordingly. The fellowship period must be at least 6 months. In addition to the stipend, the Foundation will provide health insurance. No other supplements can be expected. Applicants must be citizens of the United States and either have a Masters degree or equivalent degree, or be working towards a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Preference is given to applicants under the age of 30 with a reading and speaking knowledge of Dutch, French, or German." Applicants must make their own arrangements to study at a Belgian university.
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad for up to one academic year. The program aims to diversify the kinds of student who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program serves students who have been under-represented in study abroad which includes but is not limited to: students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, students attending minority-serving institutions, and students with disabilities. The Gilman Program seeks to assist students from a diverse range and type of two-year and four-year public and private institutions from all 50 states.
- British Marshall Scholarships. "British Marshall Scholarships provide two to three years of study leading to a degree at any British university. Seniors, graduate or professional students, and graduates are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens."
- Chateaubriand Scholarship Program: The French government awards 20 scholarships a year to American PhD candidates who wish to conduct research in France. Awards are for nine months and recipients receive a stipend of 1,300 Euros a month, round-trip airfare to France, plus money for research-related expenses in France.
- Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP) Fellowships. "The Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP) provides scholarships to help graduate students take advantage of less commonly taught languages not available at their home university, but offered at another CIC member university. Scholarships are intended to offset living expenses incurred while attending another CIC host institution during the summer session. Language study may be undertaken at any other CIC university and must be for credit-bearing courses."
- The Consulate General of Sweden: The Consulate General of Sweden administers two travel grants for study or research in Sweden: The Bicentennial Swedish-American Exchange Fund, for non-academic research or professional enrichment, and the SASS Swedish Travel Grant, for academic study or research.
- Council for European Studies Fellowships: The Council for European Studies offers a variety of fellowships and funding opportunities for scholars engaged in research in the fields of anthropology, economics, history, political science, and sociology. Funding opportunities range from pre-dissertation and travel stipends to post-doctoral research fellowships. Eligibility is limited to doctoral candidates whose home institutions are current members of the council.
- DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Graduate Research Grant. "The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grants are awarded primarily to highly qualified PhD candidates with ABD status at North American institutions or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany. Funding may also be granted to recent PhDs who would like to conduct research in Germany. Grants are awarded for projects lasting from one to 10 months. Ten-month awards must fund projects occurring during the German academic year. "
- DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Graduate Study Scholarships. "The German Academic Exchange Service -Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - (DAAD) offers scholarships to highly qualified students for independent study or to complete a full Master's degree at universities or institutes in the Federal Republic of Germany. Eligibility requirements: Graduating seniors and recent graduates who have completed their Bachelor's degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline are welcome to apply."
- Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst / American Institute for Contemporary German Studies Research Fellowship Program: The DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program, funded by a generous grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), is designed to bring scholars and specialists working on Germany, Europe, and/or transatlantic relations to AICGS for research stays of two months each. Fellowships include a monthly stipend of up to $4,725, depending on the seniority of the applicant, transportation to and from Washington, and office space at the Institute.
- EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship Competition: The EUSA Haas Fellowship will offer at least one unrestricted fellowships of $1,500 each to students pursuing a PhD at an accredited institution in any country, who are writing an EU-related, doctoral dissertation in English, on a topic approved by the professor who will supervise it. Students must be able to demonstrate the relevance to EU studies of the dissertation topic.
- Fulbright Program - U.S. Student Program to Portugal: The U.S. Student Program is designed to give graduate students, young professionals or researchers opportunities for personal development through cultural exchanges. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, or a combination. Nearly 200 Americans have studied in Portual through Fulbright Portugal. For more information please visit the Fulbright Portugal website.
- Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowships. Grants are awarded in all fields of study, for one year of study, research, or teaching, in one of more than 140 countries worldwide. US citizens with recent B.A./B.S.'s, as well as Master's and PhD candidates are eligible. For more information contact: David Schug and Laura Hastings, Directors of University of Illinois National and International Scholarships Program, Fifth Floor, Illini Union Bookstore Building, MC-317 807 South Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 333-4710 fax 217-244-4851 email: email@example.com website: http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/
- Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships. "The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides opportunities to graduate students to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Research focusing on Western European countries will not be funded. A DDRA application must be submitted on behalf of the applicant doctoral student by a U.S. institution of higher education (IHE)." University of Illinois students contact the Graduate College Fellowship Office, 204 Coble Hall, MC-322; 333-0036, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fulbright-Schuman Grant. The Fulbright-Schuman program focuses on research and/or post-graduate study on EU affairs or U.S.-EU relations at an accredited American university or independent research center. This program is open to citizens of all 27 EU member states and US citizens with two years of relevant experience.
- George J. Mitchell Scholarship. "George J. Mitchell Scholarships provide a one-year postgraduate study in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Applicants must be under the age of 30 and a U.S. citizen." For more information, contact David Schug and Laura Hastings, Directors of University of Illinois National and International Scholarships Program, Fifth Floor, Illini Union Bookstore Building, MC-317 807 South Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 333-4710 fax 217-244-4851 email: email@example.com website: http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/
- German Chancellor Scholarship Program: Scholarships provided by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to young professionals from the United States and the Russian Federation for professional development, study, or research. Applicants design individual projects specific to Germany and decide at which institutions to pursue them. Candidates from the fields of government, social and policy sciences, law, journalism, communications, management, finance, economics, architecture, public service, the humanities, arts and environmental affairs are welcome to apply. The program begins Sept. 1 and lasts 12 months. It is preceded by language courses taught in Germany, and previous knowledge of German is not a prerequisite. Scholarship funds are awarded as monthly stipends of EUR 2,000 to 3,500 and allowances are available for accompanying family family members, travel expenses, and German language instruction. All candidates must be citizens of the US or Russia, possess a bachelor's degree, and be under 35 years of age by the start of the award.
- German Marshall Fund Fellowship: Offers dissertation, postdoc, and advanced research grants to US faculty and graduate students in order to improve the understanding of significant contemporary economic, political, and social developments relating to Europe, European integration, and relations between Europe and the United States. Recipients must be US citizens or permanent residents.
- IREX: Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO): IARO provides scholars and professionals with long-term support to perform policy-relevant research in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. IARO provides research support in up to three countries for a minimum of two months and a maximum of nine months. Participants are provided with visa assistance, international round-trip transportation, a monthly allowance for housing and living expenses, as well as emergency evacuation insurance. IARO fellows also have access to resources available in any of IREX's field offices.
- IREX: Short-Term Trahttp://www.irex.org/vel Grants Program (STG): Grants of up to $3,000 for up to two months of independent or collaborative research in Europe and Eurasia for postdoctoral scholars and professionals with terminal degrees. Successful projects must make a substantive contribution to knowledge of the contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments in the region and must demonstrate how such knowledge is relevant to US foreign policy.
- Jean Monnet Fellowships: Through its Jean Monnet Fellowship Programme the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies offers yearly between 15 and 20 fellowships to post-docs in an early stage of their academic career. During their stay at the RSCAS, fellows work on a selected topic that fits well in the overall research profile of the RSCAS and they are expected to participate actively in the academic life of the Centre and of the EUI. Each fellow is assigned a professorial mentor. Their stay at the Centre should result in the publication of either a RSCAS Working Paper or a publication in a scientific journal or with an appropriate publishing house.
- Presidential Management Fellowship: The PMF Program accepts applicants from a wide variety of graduate-level academic backgrounds and disciplines. However, applicants must have an interest in a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. All applicants must complete an application and submit a nomination form to a campus Nomination Official. A college dean, departmental chairperson, or graduate academic program director may serve as "nomination official" and may nominate applicants from Illinois. Students graduating with advanced degrees (master's, law or doctorate) between September of the application year and August of the following year from qualifying colleges and universities are eligible to apply. These individuals must demonstrate an exceptional ability for, as well as a clear interest in and commitment to, leadership in the analysis and management of public policies and programs.
- Rhodes Scholarships. "Rhodes Scholarships are available for two or three years' study leading to a degree at Oxford University, England. Seniors, graduate or professional students, and graduates are eligible to apply. Must be under the age of 24 and a U.S. citizen or a citizen of Australia, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Canada, Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, or Zimbabwe. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply from their home country on the basis of degrees from U.S. universities."
- Robert Bosch Foundation: The program provides young American professionals (ages 23-34) with two high-level work placements in the federal government and private sector in Germany. Three seminars taking place throughout Europe provide an in-depth understanding of issues facing Germany and the European Union today. Candidates are competitively chosen from the fields of business administration, economics, journalism, law, political science and public policy.
- Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships: Every year, the Rotary Foundation offers approximately 1000 Ambassadorial Scholarships for international study.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships are grants of $23,000 for one year's study in a country different from the scholar's home country, usually in different language than the scholar's native language. These scholarships are awarded for graduate study in a field related to Rotary's objectives of world peace, international understanding, eliminating disease, conquering hunger and fostering literacy.
Rotary Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are for three or six months intensive study of language and culture at one of a number of institutions which The Rotary Foundation designates. The three month award is worth $10,000; the six month award is worth $15,000. Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships may be awarded to undergraduates who have demonstrated a potential for furthering the objectives of Rotary.
Information and applications in PDF format are available at Rotary.org. Rotary Scholars are selected by communities in each Rotary District. It is recommended that a student apply through his home district, but applications are also sometimes made in the district where a candidate attends school. Applications must first be submitted through and endorsed by a local Rotary Club. For Rotary District 6490 (covering part of central Illinois) applications for the following academic year are due from local clubs to the district in mid July. The application should be submitted to a local Rotary Club well before that date. Applicants may not be the child or grandchild of a current, or recent, Rotarian. Questions and requests for help in making contact with a local Rotary Club may be submitted to District 6490 Outbound Ambassadorial Scholar Committee chair Tom Hodson at THodson@aol.com.
- Studying in Germany Guide: An online guide for international students featuring resources and opportunities for studying abroad in Germany.
- University Association for Contemporary European Studies: UACES are offering travel scholarships to postgraduate students needing to do field-work in the UK for their PhD. Up to £3,000 is available (~ $6,000) to be spent on travel, accommodation and subsistence.Full details can be found on the UACES website.