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Financial Aid
Loans, Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants
for Study Abroad in and Study of Eurasian States

The following is a list of every scholarship, aid, and grant program that we know of that can help fund study abroad to Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and other selected Eurasian states. Most are specifically for US citizens. If you have information on a financial aid source that is not listed here or would like to comment on those listed, please contact us.

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I. SRAS-Specific Scholarships and Aid 

The following short list of resources are available to help fund study abroad specifically through SRAS. 

Home and Abroad
SRAS’s Home and Abroad Scholarship program combines intensive language study with a generous scholarship of $5,000-$10,000 aelnd a resume-building internship in fields as diverse as journalism, economics, history, and art.
     Deadline for Spring, 2018: Oct 1, 2017
     Deadline for Fall, 2018: May 1, 2018

SRAS Challenge Grants
Students who can meet any of the eight diverse challenges we offer are given significant rewards. 
     Deadline for Spring, 2018: Oct 15, 2017
     Deadline for Summer, 2018: Mar 15, 2018
     Deadline for Fall, 2018: May 15, 2018

Access Grants
SRAS offers $500 Access Grants for certain short summer programs. Currently, The Art and Science of Museums and Cuba-Russia Connection offer Access Grants.
     Deadline: Same as the application deadline for the related program.

SRAS Ambassadors
SRAS rewards alumni who refer students to SRAS as SRAS Ambassadors!

Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies Jury Award
Each issue of Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies awards $200 to the best original student research published in that issue! 
     Click here for deadlines and details.


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II. Directly Applicable to Study Abroad Programs

The following resources are generally open to a wide range of study abroad programs (including those from SRAS) and may be directly applied to overseas study, professional development, research, and/or travel. While you need to apply for these directly, we recommend that you contact your study abroad office (and SRAS if you plan to apply these to an SRAS program) as early as possible, especially regarding Gilman and Boren funding opportunities. These study abroad professionals are aware of the application requirements and can generally help you with the process.

The Funding Information Network
This network helps match organizations and individuals to grant opportunities. See their search map of locations here.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for US undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Eurasia. This is part of the National Security Education Program. Note when applying for Boren that the committee prefers applications for 6-12 months of study, so a summer plus one or two semesters will be optimal. Note as well that applications should focus on how your study abroad will assist you in your professional career (leave discussion of your personal life out or to a minimum). Make sure that your letters of recommendation come from nearly all academic sources (one may be from a supervisor).

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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) 
FLAS provides academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate and graduate students of foreign languages and related area or international studies. Check with your financial aid office to see if your institution is participating.

Gilman International Scholarship Program
Gilman Scholarships offer grants for US citizen undergraduate to pursue academic studies abroad. Students currently receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.

Fulbright awards several types of grants to applicants who hold a BA, MA, or the equivalent of those degrees (but not a Ph.D.). Those grants most applicable to SRAS programs are the Critical Language Enhancement Award and the Full Grant (which are broken down by country - see those for Russia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan). See also listings at The Fulbright Program in Russia.

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. Several programs are available for those interested in Russia and Eurasia.

GI Bill
The GI Bill can be used for to obtain a degree at approved institutions abroad. Preparatory language studies, if needed for entry into degree studies, are not eligible for coverage with the GI Bill. (Info on use of GI Bill for regular study abroad below in Section III). 

Cohen Tucker Dissertation Fellowship
The Cohen-Tucker Fellowship Program provides up to $22,000 for doctoral students at US universities who are American citizens or permanent residents to conduct their dissertation research in Russia on topics within the scope of 19th – early 21st century Russian historical studies.

FundMyTravel is an online crowdfunding platform developed specifically for travelers.

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Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars
The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in US biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field.

Malevich Society Grants
Malevich Society awards grants to encourage research, writing, and other activities relating to the history and memory of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich. Applications due each year before September 30.

If you have some friends and relatives that might contribute to your efforts, you might set up a central account for them to donate to. This can also make it easy to take advantage of your social media accounts and perhaps get many people to donate small sums to you. If you got everyone to give the cost of a cup of coffee - imagine how much you could raise. FundMyTravel is a specialized site for this. You could also use general-purpose crowdsourcing sites like KickstarterIndiegogo, and GoFundMe.

GotChosen Social Network Scholarship
GotChosen gives away $5000 to the author of the post on their network with the most likes for the month. The award must be used for educational purposes. gives away $2000 to financially literate students enrolled in US institutions.

Eurasia Program
(This program not currently active) The Eurasia Program offers fellowship support which varies from year to year - usually focused on supporting doctoral research.

East European Studies Program
(This program not currently active) Provides funds from the State Department to support research that will contribute to a better understanding of the region and policy related to it.

Karabakh Foundation
(This program apparently not currently active) This foundations offers fellowships that award a stipend and travel support as well as assistance in using archives, libraries and arranging meetings for scholars visiting Azerbaijan (for up to three weeks).


III. University-Supported Programs Only


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The following sources of financial aid are applicable only to those students who will be studying abroad under a program approved and accredited by their home university. Most universities will consider accrediting study abroad programs on an as-needed basis. Check with your study abroad, academic advisor, and/or SRAS to see how this might be possible. Universities charge for this, usually substantially increasing the cost of studying abroad. However, this arrangement opens more doors for funding.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation 
Woodrow Wilson Fellowships support the development of future leaders at a variety of career stages in several critical fields. 

Funds study abroad in critical languages for contracted or non-contracted Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, Naval ROTC students on track to commission through ROTC from any university or college in the United States.

GI Bill
The GI Bill can be used for study abroad if approved. To verify program eligibility and next steps to access your benefits, please consult your campus Veteran Services and/or Study Abroad office. (Info on using the GI Bill to obtain a degree abroad above in Section II).

The Foundation for Global Scholars
Several awards between $500 and $2500 are given annually.

Fund for International Education
Awards up to $10,000 for American students enrolled at US institutions.

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
The FEA gives scholarships to individuals from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations.

Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship
This program awards $1000 for American students enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student in good academic standing at a four-year, degree-granting college or university in the US.

The Global Studies Grant
This grant annually provides a supplemental grant of $1000 for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad
The fraternity Phi Kappa Phi offers $1000 study abroad grants. Any student of a university with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter is eligible (you needn't be a member of the fraternity to apply).

Global Scientists and Engineers
The National Science Foundation offers funds for international research and study to undergrads, grad students and doctoral students in science and engineering fields.

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship
These fellowships offer several $25,000 awards to recent college grads to spend a year perusing independent, purposeful travel in international settings new to them. Your university must be a participating institution and must nominate you first.

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
These fellowships, which are available to Junior-year undergraduates and those applying to Master's programs seek to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.

Zip Conferencing Scholarship
Zip awards $2,500 to students studying business or communication related studies.

Rotary District Grants
District grants can be used to sponsor university students studying any subject, either locally or abroad. In addition, the scholarship may cover any length of time — from a six-week language training program to a year or more of university study.

TEACH Grants
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant provides up to $16,000 in upfront tuition assistance to students who commit to becoming foreign language teachers.

Federal Student Aid (FSA)
There are many other types of Federal Student Aid, including Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, PLUS Loans, the GI Bill, and Stafford Loans.

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Study Abroad Loans 
Study Abroad Loans is a private company that also offers loans to students enrolled in a US institution at least half time.

International Education Financial Aid
The IEFA is a database of financial aid sources for study abroad, including loans from private companies.


IV. Other Program-Specific Scholarships and Aid

These scholarships can be applied to specific programs offered by organizations other than SRAS.

NCEEER Title VIII Awards
NCEEER provides grants of up to $40,000 for humanities and social sciences research projects in or on any country of Eurasia or East-Central Europe. The primary scholar for the project must be a US citizen and hold a PhD degree.

Intensive Summer Language Institutes
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for US university students and is sponsored by the US Department of State.

The Alfa Fellowship Program
The Alfa Fellowship Program placing accomplished young American and British professionals in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy and related areas.

The Higher School of Economics Scholarships
The HSE Scholarship offers a number of highly talented prospective students the opportunity to pursue a full degree program (BA, MA, PhD levels) at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics.

US Intern Abroad Armenia Scholarships
The scholarships are awarded to Americans enrolled in or recently graduated from American higher education institutions. They are awarded on the basis of financial need, program compatibility, and academic merit; awards range from $1,000 to $2,000.

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National Security Language Initiative for Youth
NSLI-Y offers funding for high school students aged 15-18 to study abroad in Russia, Central Asia, and other locations.

OSCE Master of Arts in Politics and Security Program
While places available for Americans are limited (applicants from Central Asia preferred), they are available and come with full tuition, housing allowance, monthly stipend, and paid insurance.

ISS Scholarships
These offer tuition-free summer study at KIMEP in Kazakhstan.

The Russian Presidential Academy Scholarships
The academy offers several scholarships for students interested in earning a two-year MBA in Global Finance, International Business, Project Management, or Change Management. 

American Councils Research Grants 
American Councils administers the Title VIII grants from the US government which host scholars heading to a range of Eurasian countries. The funds are then applicable to  programs administered by American Councils.


V. Taxes, Etc.
Generally, scholarships and grants used by degree students for tuition, fees, or books are tax free. However, if the money is used for travel or non-degree activities, it is taxable. See the IRS site for full info.

If you have others to recommend, please contact us. If you have had experience with any of the above and would like to share that experience with us, please contact us.

There are many other private loan companies, scholarship, and financial aid search engines, and books on the topic that can help you with funding your study abroad experience. However, make sure you check for publication/last update dates before you start spending hours on the information you find, or before you pay for a book or a membership fee. The field is rapidly changing as the US Congress is currently cutting funds for education and particularly international education. There are also scams out there, companies that will offer you loans, but with hidden charges and even several "scholarship scams," companies and people that charge the application fees for scholarships, but don't actually give scholarships. Talk about your options with your advisor, never sign up for or pay for something that looks less than professional.

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