Global Programs: Undergraduates

Mitacs Global Link Research Award

Mitacs logoMitacs is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that fosters innovation through academic and industrial research collaborations in Canada and abroad. Advanced undergraduates (seniors) or graduate students in Canadian universities can apply for funding to conduct research for 12-24 weeks in over 50 countries! The Mitacs GlobalLink Research Award provides accepted students with $6,000 CAD to conduct the project. Prospective students must have support from faculty in their home institution.

Key Dates: Applications are accepted in January, May and September.

Key Agencies: Mitacs and Canadian Universities


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

Agencies involved: U.S. Department of State

Eligibility: To be eligible for the CLS Program you must be a U.S. citizen at the time of your application and be enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (associate’s, bachelor’s) or graduate (master’s, doctoral, professional degree) level at the time of your application.

Key Dates: Annual application deadline is typically mid-November.

The Division of Chemical Education Travel Award

The Division of Chemical Education Travel Award grants financial support for travel to BCCE or ACS National Meetings for DivCHED members. To be considered for this award, you must be in at least your third year as a member of the Division of Chemical Education at the time of application. Click here for more information and to apply.

Agencies Involved: The American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education

Key Dates: The deadline is September 15, 2017.

IAESTE International Internship

IAESTE is a global organization dedicated to promoting intercultural exchange between students in the STEM field. IAESTE provides international professional opportunities to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Architecture fields. The program is intended for U.S. based undergraduates (you do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply). Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors. All applicants must be fluent in English.

Agencies Involved: IAESTE United States is a Cultural Vistas program.

Key Dates: Check site for latest availability. Deadlines are typically in December of each year.

WeTech Qualcomm STEM Scholarships for Women

The WeTech Qualcomm STEM Scholarship for Women works to help young undergraduate students from India, China, Taiwan and South Korea enter training programs in science and engineering workforce. Applicants receive a $2,500 USD scholarship for Taiwan and $3,000 USD in South Korea and a six month virtual mentorship with a Qualcomm employee.

Agencies Involved: Institute of International Education, Qualcomm

Key Dates: Applications for the scholarship are typically due in November. 

Learn more and apply:

Diversity Abroad & Foundation for International Education Scholarships

Diversity abroad scholarshipDiversity Abroad and the Foundation for International Education have joined forces to provide U.S. diverse undergraduates the opportunity to off-set study abroad costs through a scholarship. Interested applicants from the United States can request funding for FIE programming in London or Dublin, up to $3,000 USD.

Eligibility: U.S. undergraduates must come from an eligible diverse background, including identifying as: African-American/Black, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, LGTBQ, First-Generation University Student, Low Income, Multiracial or having a disability.

Key Agencies: Diversity Abroad and Foundation for International Education

Key Dates: Scholarships are valid for the spring semester. Applications are generally due in October annually.

Learn more and apply here

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 22nd Conference of Parties (COP 22)

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 22nd Conference of Parties (COP 22) will lay the groundwork for the Paris Agreement. Eight students from diverse geographic regions and institutions will be sent to serve as ACS Delegates at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Morocco. COP 22 offers these students an international platform to promote climate change literacy and education among college and university students along with the general public. The United Nations will accredit a maximum of four ACS students to attend each week of the convention; four students will attend week one, four students will attend week two. For more information, please visit the website below.

Agencies Involved: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), American Chemical Society

Key Dates: The application deadline is June 15; the conference takes place November 7-18, 2016


Explore New Zealand

The Explore New Zealand program provides an opportunity for university students to spend time in New Zealand traveling, studying, interning, and immersing themselves in Kiwi culture. The program offers three distinct tracks of study: Agriculture and Environment, Communication and Marketing, and Disaster Risk and Emergency Management. Within each track, students can choose from a variety of focuses.

Agencies involved: Massey University, University of New Zealand

Key dates: The deadline for 2016 is March 15, 2016.

*There is a scholarship offered for those wishing to take part in this program. Please visit the following page for more information:

Explore New Zealand Scholarship

Massey University will award three Explore New Zealand scholarships to students attending our National Expedition and Internship.  An award of NZ $500 is available for each program track.  The funds will be credited toward your program fee to make your summer adventure even more affordable. Program tracks include: Agriculture and Environment, Communication and Marketing, and Disaster Risk and Emergency Management. The funds will be credited toward your program fee to make your summer adventure even more affordable.

Agencies involved: Massey University, University of New Zealand

Key dates: The deadline is typically the first of March annually.



EuroscholarsThe Euroscholars program is designed for students seeking to explore the potential for a career in research. Candidates participate in a research project at a local institution, which consists of a literary review, and elective language course. Programs run for 1 academic semester. Candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate study program at the junior or senior level, and must maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher on a 5.0 scale.

Agencies involved: Euroscholars

Key Dates: Check website for updates.


100,000 Strong in the Americas

100,000 Strong in the Americas provides leading foundations and corporations with an exceptional opportunity to create educational exchange opportunities for students in the Americas. By making a donation to the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, your organization can help meet the President’s goal of achieving 100,000 students studying abroad annually in each direction between the United States and Latin America & the Caribbean.

Agencies involved: Partners of the Americas, The White House, NAFSA Association of International Educators, and US Department of State

Key dates: Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


Boren Scholarships

U.S undergraduate students can apply for the Boren Scholarships to learn a foreign language and study abroad (in any country outside of USA, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) Applications can be made for a summer program (minimum 8 weeks; for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – STEM students only), a semester or a full academic year. All students are expected to have a significant language component as part of their proposed study abroad. In exchange for the scholarship funding, selected candidates must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

Agencies Involved: National Security Education Program (NSEP); Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates: Applications are generally due in January of each year. Visit the Boren Website for most up to date information.