National Scholarships

Nationally competitive scholarships can also be used to fund your travel abroad during or after your time at UNL. These awards include opportunities for language learning, research, and teaching abroad.

Be a part of the growing number of UNL students who have won GilmanBorenCritical Language, and Fulbright scholarships to go abroad! For more information on these opportunities and to learn about the campus process for each, please carefully review the descriptions found on the UNL Fellowships website and then contact Dr. Laura Damuth, Director of National and International Fellowships at

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship gives special preference to study abroad students who are Pell Grant eligible. To register your intent to apply for a Gilman, visit the Gilman brochure in MyWorld. The Education Abroad Office and the Office of Fellowships can advise you during the application process.
Spring 2019 and Summer [Early] 2019 deadlines: September 25 (campus) and October 2 (national/official). Summer [Regular] 2019, Fall 2019, and Academic Year 2019-20 timeline: late February (campus) and March 6 (national/official)

The Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarships allows applicants to apply for several external scholarships within one application. Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and students participating in programs in non-traditional destinations are given preference. Funding amounts are up to $10,000 for the Academic Year, up to $5,000 for semester-long programs, and a minimum of $1,250 for the summer term. Check the FEA applicants page on their website for the most up-to-date information. Spring 2019 deadline: September 18 (national/official). Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Academic Year 2019-20 application will open November 19, 2018.

Boren Awards

Boren Scholarships (for undergraduates) and fellowships (for graduate students) provide funding opportunities for students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, such as Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Students studying in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are unable to apply for this award. 

Students applying for and receiving a Boren award need to demonstrate a desire to work in the federal national security arena. Students who receive a Boren award will commit to working in the federal government for at least one year following graduation. Maximum award amounts for Boren are $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only, program must be at least 8 weeks long), $10,000 for a semester program, and $20,000 for a 6-12 month program.

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