Scholarship Opportunity for Youth Exchange Participants Worldwide


There are many scholarships and fellowship for students, teachers, and professionals to see the world. Click on any of the links below to learn more and apply for some amazing international experiences.

Note: This list is for reference use only and the scholarships and links mentioned are the sole property of the individual sponsor organizations as well as all copyrights and brands.

Youth Exchanges

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 800 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Language proficiency is required to ensure the adequate completion of the project. Applications are due by October, 15 each year, with sub-deadlines based on individual campuses. Check out the URL below for more information.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships to U.S. high school students interested in learning less-commonly studied foreign languages overseas. Applicants may choose and rank up to three languages and two program lengths of 6-8 week summer programs and 8-11 month academic year programs. Applicants should know that they cannot request specific locations, only languages. This means that some languages, like Arabic, may have several different countries that a student may visit and will not be known until assigned. Languages offered vary from year to year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently enrolled in high school, be 15-18 years old at the start of the program, and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Applications for 2014-15 will be accepted in fall of 2013. Check the below URL for more information. Vocational Youth Exchange

Graduating high school seniors spend a year in Germany living with a carefully selected host family and participate in an internship with a German company while attending a German high school. Students are also provided with supplementary language lessons upon arrival in the host community and cultural excursions to the German Bundestag and select German cities. Previous German language experience is not required. Students must be U.S. citizens, between the ages of 15 and 18 at the start of the program, a current high school student at the time of application, and hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applications are due in the December through February months prior to the school year in which the student wishes to take part in the program.

American Youth Leadership Program

Participants travel abroad for 3-4 weeks to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to examine globally significant issues. This program is for American high school students between the ages of 15-17 who will have at least one semester of school remaining after program participation. Application deadlines vary depending on which country you wish to visit, so be sure to check out the opportunities right away!

Sports Envoy Program

Athletes and coaches in various sports are chosen to serve as envoys or ambassadors of sport in overseas programs that include conducting clinics, visiting schools and speaking to youth over a period of 1-2 weeks. Application deadlines vary for sport to sport, so be sure to check for your sports deadline right away!

Fulbright Travel-Only Grants

Grants for international travel are available to Germany, Hungary and Italy to supplement other fellowships that do not include travel costs or to supplement a student’s own funds for study/research. Deadlines vary based on level of education, individual Fulbright Program Adviser personal deadlines, and country, so check on your program right away!

U.S. Students

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research or be an English teaching assistant abroad for one academic year. Candidates for the program are selected through an open and merit-based competition. This ensures that the most qualified applicants are fairly chosen in a way that contributes to the main goals of the program: to provide overseas experience to individuals not previously afforded such an opportunity and to promote mutual understanding and benefit through contributions to both host and home countries. Candidates must meet the language requirements necessary for their proposed study, research, or teaching assignment and adjustment to life in the host country. Applicants cannot be a U.S. Department of State employee, immediate family member of a U.S. Department of State employee, or an employee of an agency under contract to the U.S. Department of State to perform services related to exchange programs.

Applications open May 1st and are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on October 15th. For more information, click the URL below.

Fulbright-MtvU Fellowship

A component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship is a special opportunity for up to four U.S. students to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference is given to creative projects that are conveyed in a dynamic fashion and are accompanied by a feasible plan. The program covers one academic year. Applications for all countries where there is an active U.S. Student Fulbright Program are encouraged. The application cycle is open from November until March for grants in the following academic year. For more information, you can visit the URL below.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations. Students studying critical need languages are eligible for up to $3,000 in additional funding as part of the Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement program. Program lengths vary from 1 month to 1 year.

Application deadlines vary based on the time of year applicants wish to study abroad. Visit the URL below to find more information on deadlines and eligibility.

Language Exchanges

Critical Language Enhancement Award – Fulbright

The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) is a feature of the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, which provides an opportunity for some Fulbright U.S. Student grantees to receive three to six months of intensive language study as an enhancement to their Fulbright grants. To be selected for a CLEA, the students must have been selected for a Fulbright Full Grant (or ETA, in some cases) by the eligible country for which they applied, meet the minimum CLEA language requirement of the host country by the start of the Fulbright grant, and demonstrate an interest in continuing their language training in future professional activities.

Applications open May 1st and close Oct 15th. For more information on the award, click the URL below.

Intensive Summer Language Institutes in China

The Intensive Summer Language Institutes in China is a six-week summer program that provides the opportunity to study abroad to U.S. K-12 teachers and community college instructors of Chinese (Mandarin). Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship, be a non-native speaker of Chinese, speak Chinese at the intermediate or advanced level, and currently teach Chinese at an accredited U.S. public or private school or community college, or be enrolled in a program leading to this career.

Applications are due February 11th of each year. For more information, click the URL below.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program provides overseas foreign language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences in 13 critical need languages for U.S. students in higher education. Program lengths vary from 7-10 weeks. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level, (current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college course- work by program start date), be in acceptable mental and physical health, and be 18 by the beginning of the program.

Applications for the 2014 CLS program will open in mid September, 2013, and will be due on November 15th, 2013. For more information, please click the URL below.

Fellowships & Professional Exchanges

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship

The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship will allow fellows to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project. The program lasts 10 months and is available for Bangladesh, Burma, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Nepal, and Samoa. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and have a Master’s Degree, JD, or be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a public policy applicable field and meet the host country’s language requirements.

Applications are open May 1st and close October 15th. For more information, click the URL below.

Fulbright Canada Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Award

The Fulbright Canada STEM Award offers U.S. students support for three years of doctoral study at one of six leading Canadian research universities in both basic and applied fields of science, engineering and mathematics.

Applications are open May 1st and close October 15th. For more information, click the URL below.

Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health

Fulbright-Fogarty fellowships grant medical students and graduate students interested in global health the opportunity to conduct research in public health and clinical research in resource- limited settings. Applicants cannot be immediately affiliated with either the U.S. Department of State or related to a U.S. Department of State employee.

Applications are open May 1st and close October 15th. For more information, click the URL below.

Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program, a short-term complement to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects to overseas academic institutions for a period of 2 to 6 weeks.

Applications are open May 1st and close October 15th. For more information, click the URL below.

U.S. Teacher Exchanges

English Language Fellow Program

Through the English Language Fellow Program (EL Fellow) highly qualified U.S. educators in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) participate in 10-month- long fellowships at academic institutions throughout the world. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a Master’s degree with a focus on TESOL, TEFL, or Applied Linguistics, two years minimum TEFL experience, and a minimum of one year teaching in the U.S. education as well as teacher training are preferred.

Applications are accepted beginning every November until all projects are filled for that cycle. For more information, please click the URL below.

English Language Specialist Program

The Department of State’s English Language Specialist Program recruits U.S. academics and professionals in the fields of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) for short-term (two to sixteen weeks) assignments overseas. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, have a Master’s or Ph.D. in TESOL or a field related to English language teaching, five or more years of experience training English language teachers, experience supervising English language teachers, extensive experience conducting English language teacher training workshops and presentations, and demonstrate a commitment to the field of English language teaching.

Application deadlines depend on when applicants wish to begin their projects. For more information, please click the URL below.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program, an element of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas.

Applications are open May 1st and close October 15th. For more information on deadlines and qualifications, click the URL below.

Teachers for Global Classrooms

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) allows U.S. middle and high school teachers to participate in an online professional development course, two Washington, D.C.- based symposiums and a two-week professional development exchange.

Applications are due March 4th. For more information on the program, deadlines, and qualifications, please click the URL below.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program sends select U.S. primary and secondary school teachers abroad for three to six months to pursue projects, conduct research, take courses and lead master classes or seminars for teachers and students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, employed full-time at an accredited K-12 school, hold a Master’s degree or be enrolled in a Master’s program at the time the grant begins, a teacher with a minimum of five

years full-time teaching experience, able to demonstrate experience conducting and leading professional development activities, and able to meet current J. William Fulabright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB eligibility requirements regarding previous grants.

Applications are open May 1st and close October 15th. For more information, click the URL below.

Fulbright International Education Administrators Program

The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars program helps international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the United States create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have the foreign language proficiency as specified in the award description or as required for the completion of the proposed project.

Applications are open May 1st and close October 15th. For more information, click the URL below.

Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program

The Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange provides opportunities for primary and secondary teachers to exchange positions with colleagues in other countries

Applications are open May 1st and close October 15th. For more information, click the URL below.

Global Connections and Exchange

The Global Connections and Exchange (GCE) Program, supports collaboration and online linkages among students, educators, and community youth leaders from U.S. and overseas secondary schools and youth organizations. GCE participants expand their computer literacy skills, gain a deeper understanding of and respect for other countries’ cultures, and learn to better use technology in order to develop their leadership skills and influence change in their communities. The program lasts for 15-24 months. Possible candidates must be secondary school students and between the ages of 15-18. Participants are either invited or nominated, no public applications are available.

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