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Finances, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Here are some resources you might explore in your quest to seek funding for international graduate-level research or study. Some of the better known programs are listed here (but don’t limit yourself to these):

U.S. Student Fulbright Program

U.S. Student Fulbright Program is the largest and most prestigious U.S. government international exchange program. It offers opportunities for students to undertake international graduate study or research, or to teach English overseas.

Current CU Boulder students who wish to apply for a Fulbright should contact Deborah Viles ( at the Top Scholarship Office. There are also extensive resources on the Fulbright website that we encourage you to take advantage of.

David L. Boren Fellowship

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The next application deadline for the Boren Fellowship is January 31, 2017.

Please contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with any questions.  If you would like advice on your project or application, you may also contact us at or 303-492-6016.

Top Scholarships

Fellowship information on many of the most prestigious international scholarships available, for instance Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, etc., is available from the Top Scholarships Office.

Institute of International Education (IIE) Petry Scholarship

The Petry scholarship is offered by IIE's Rocky Mountain region for U.S. students from IIE member institutions (CU Boulder is a member) currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.

Other funding sources (applicable to multiple countries)

Country-specific resources

Databases of (or resources for) funding opportunities