This scholarship has a rolling deadline, but we encourage you to apply early to ensure the funds have not run out.

Interested in the Himalayas? Stretching from Ladakh and Dharamsala in the west, through Nepal, and then east into Sikkim, Bhutan, and the Indian Himalayas, this region offers geographic, cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity.

The Tibet Himalaya Initiative and Center for Asian Studies invite scholarship applications from CU undergraduate students. Awards in amounts up to $2,500 are available for summer 2024. This scholarship is made possible thanks to funding from the US Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages program.

The University of Colorado is one of the leading US universities for the study of Tibet and the Himalayas with a large roster of faculty specializing in the region. Each year, we offer classes in Asian Studies, Anthropology, Geography, and Religious Studies. We offer a Certificate in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, and students enrolled in the Certificate will be given priority consideration for the scholarship.

Scholarship Options Include: 

  • Study Abroad (approved CU programs here)

    • Summer Study Abroad in India or Nepal (e.g., Rangjung Yeshe Institute, SIT)

    • Must take at least one course related to Tibetan and Himalayan Studies during award period

  • Language Study in the US (Nepali, Tibetan, or another language used in the Himalayan region)

    • Summer Language Study at a US Institution

    • Must take a relevant language course during award period

  • Independent Research – UROP and/or Honors Thesis Research

    • Must carry out project related to the Tibet/Himalayan region during award period

Eligibility Requirements:

  • CU Boulder undergraduate student in good standing

  • Must have completed a minimum of 15 credits of CU coursework at time of application.

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Application Requirements:

Submit the following documents as a single PDF file via email to

  • Application Form  Be sure you have the most current application form prior to submission (Spring 2024).

  • Proposal (500 to 600 words or two pages, double spaced)

    • Study Abroad – Why do you want to study abroad? What program have you selected and why this program? How does this study abroad program fit into your academic and career plans?

    • Language Study – What language will you study? Why do you want to study this language? Where do you plan to study the language? How does this language study fit into your academic and career plans?

    • Independent Research – What is your research project? Where will you conduct the research and why? How have you prepared? How does this independent research fit into your academic and career plans?

  • Budget

  • CU transcript (unofficial)

  • Additionally, a letter of recommendation from a CU faculty member should be submitted directly to 
    •  If award will be used for research, letter should be from the faculty member who will supervise the project.

This scholarship has a rolling deadline, but we encourage you to apply early to ensure the funds have not run out.

Please contact CAS Accounting and Grant Assistant Lucy Lin at with questions.