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Funding Your College Education

Undergraduates interested in academic study of the Russian, East European and Eurasian regions are eligible for a wide variety of funding and scholarships that can help pay for your college education. The section will highlight opportunities for students to fund their undergraduate education, international academic study, and career-oriented internships, as well as advertise professional development opportunities for undergraduates. Check back frequently for new opportunities! 

Travel Funding Opportunities

Travel Funding: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and Critical Need Award

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 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.

Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award from the Gilman Scholarship Program of $8,000. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad in a country in which the language is predominately spoken will automatically be considered for the Critical Need Language Award. During the 2011-2012 academic year, 50 Critical Need Language Awards were offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients.

Critical Need Languages include:

  • Arabic (all dialects)
  • Chinese (all dialects)
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Japanese
  • Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek)
  • Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki)
  • Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi)
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Swahili

More information at

Travel Funding: American Friends of Russian Folklore 2015 Expedition Scholarship

American Friends of Russian Folklore is happy to announce the resumption of our scholarship program!

The $1400 scholarship must be applied to our July 2015 Siberia expedition. Any American citizen (18 or older) may apply, but we are especially looking for candidates who will help us to further American understanding of Russian traditional life. Past scholarship recipients have included undergraduate students, graduate students, elementary school teachers, and a professional photographer. Recipients are required to produce a paper, article, exhibit or other work about Russian folklore or about their experience on the expedition, which we will then share with the public. 

You’ll find the instructions and application form here:

Information on the Siberian expedition:

Deadline is January 15, 2015; all applicants will be notified of the decision by February 15,2015.


Travel Funding: College Scholarships for Graduate Students of Hispanic Heritage

DEADLINE: March 30, 2015

Title: College Scholarships for Graduate Students
Sponsor: Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
Deadline: 3/30/2015
Amount: $500-$5,000

Description: HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis, including for graduate students. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage. All graduate fields are accepted.

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by March 30. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info:


Coming soon!

This section features information for undergraduates on:

  • Travel Funding
  • Scholarships
  • Internships (coming soon!)

For more funding opportunities and professional development information, check out our CREEES Professional Development Forum.

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