Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Contact Dr. Denise M. Della Rossa for more information about any of these opportunities.

External - Before Graduation
External - After Graduation

Notre Dame

Summer Language Abroad
The Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures’ annual Summer Language Abroad (SLA) Grant Program provides funding for individual summer foreign language study abroad via awards of up to $5,500 combined with a comprehensive curriculum of international study coursework, proficiency testing and service learning components.
The SLA Grant program was created to help students attain advanced levels of foreign language proficiency so that they are able to gain both functional linguistic skills as well as access to the intellectual capital of cross-cultural exchange and cross-linguistic study during their academic careers.
Deadline: January, 2021 (including faculty recommendation letters)
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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) 

Through the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. This program provides financial support to students who wish to engage in independent research, creative projects, or the presentation of their own research at conferences. Students may independently design their projects, or propose a project related to some aspect of the research of a supervising faculty member. Ideal for students pursuing a Senior Thesis.

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Internship Support for Undergraduates
Through the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. This program provides financial support to undergraduates who will pursue an internship opportunity in Europe during the summer. The student is responsible for pursuing internship opportunities.
Deadline: Rolling, until March 30, 2021
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Break Travel and Research Grants
Through the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. This program provides seed funding for educational and research projects in European studies. Open to juniors and sophomores, the grant is intended to support well-focused, short-term exploratory trips conducted over fall, Christmas, or spring break so that students can take advantage of experiences and resources unavailable to them at Notre Dame.
Winter Break Grant Deadline:  October 13, 2020
Spring Break Grant Deadline: February 2, 2021
Summer Break Grant Deadline: March 30, 2021
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External - Before Graduation

Research and Internships in Science and Engineering. Through the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer.
Deadline: November 1 - December 15, 2020 
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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program International at Aachen University
UROP International is designed for students from North American Universities who wish to gain research experience by conducting research projects at RWTH Aachen University. It takes place during the summer months each year, between May and the end of July. UROP International at RWTH Aachen Aachen consists of three elements: 1) the programme’s core, a research internship carried out in a research facility or lab at RWTH Aachen University, supervised by academic staff, 2) research-related field trips, and 3) an intensive German language course. In addition there are leisure time activities to introduce students to German science, history and culture and get them in contact with German and international students.
Deadline: January 15, 2021
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Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a full-year work-study fellowship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange. CBYX annually provides 75 young Americans with an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany.
The program begins in July and includes two months of intensive German language training (no prior German language knowledge required), four months of classroom instruction at a German university or college of applied sciences, and a five-month internship in each participant’s career field.
The CBYX for Young Professionals program is intended primarily for young adults in business, vocational, scientific, engineering, technical, and agricultural fields, though applicants from all fields are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: November 1 (for the 2021-2022 program year)
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Young Ambassadors Program
Through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Young Ambassadors are undergraduate students from North America who have recently studied in Germany and are interested in promoting study in Germany at their home universities and colleges. After attending a training session in New York, Young Ambassadors are expected to organize at least one event per semester, where they will invite prospective students to hear about their experiences in Germany.
Deadline:  Mid-April 2020
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Put Germany on Your Resume: Short-term programs in English in Germany's leading fields
If you've ever thought of exploring your field of study in a country with a long-standing reputation for innovation and excellence, there are some exciting new opportunities awaiting you in Germany!

These short-term programs at outstanding new study abroad programs at universities across Germany are specially designed for undergraduate students from the US. They all share the following characteristics:

  • take place during academic holidays — a great way to get international experience without missing out on crucial coursework at home;
  • taught in English — but include a German language course so you can communicate with local German students;
  • discipline specific — so you can gain important new knowledge and skills in your major field, and even earn credit upon approval.

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External - After Graduation

Fulbright Research Grant
Provides funding for up to one academic year to pursue a research project abroad after graduation. The candidate must begin research work in his or her junior year and apply for the grant in the fall of his or her senior year. Requires university endorsement through the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) office.
Internal deadline: October 1, 2020, Noon
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Fulbright Teaching Assistantship
Aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the US and Germany through exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. Fulbright TAs teach English in select middle and high schools. Ideally, the candidate begins the application process is the spring of his or her junior year and applies in the fall of his or her senior year. Requires university endorsement through the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) office.
Internal deadline: October 1, 2020, Noon
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DAAD German Studies Research Grant
This specialized DAAD program offers German Studies Research Grants to highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department/program chairs. The grant may be used for short-term research (one to two months) in Germany.
Deadline:  November 1, 2020
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Austrian Government Teaching Assistantships
Provides prospective teachers of German and/or graduates with an interest in Austrian studies with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria as English language teaching assistants. Ideally, the candidate begins the application process is the spring of his or her junior year and applies in the early spring semester of his or her senior year.
Deadline: January, 2021
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DAAD Study Scholarship for all Disciplines
Through the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD). Study Scholarships are awarded to highly qualified graduating seniors and graduate students of all disciplines to provide the opportunity to study in Germany, or complete a postgraduate or Master's degree course and obtain a degree from a German higher education institution. Requires university endorsement through the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures. Contact Dr. Denise Della Rossa.  
Internal Deadline: October 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm
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Deutscher Bundestag Internationales Parlaments-Stipendium (IPS)
Sponsored by the Berlin universities and the German Bundestag, this program offers graduates a five-month (March 1st to July 31st) internship with elected representatives of the German parliament.
Deadline: TBA 
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Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
Through CDS International. This program provides young American professionals (ages 23-34 ideally with two years work experience or a master's degree) with two high-level work placements in the federal government and private sector in Germany. Three seminars taking place throughout Europe provide an in-depth understanding of issues facing Germany and the European Union today. Candidates are competitively chosen from the fields of business administration, economics, journalism, law, political science and public policy.

NOTE:  The final program year is taking place in 2020-2021, and the program will be discontinued by the Robert Bosch Foundation thereafter.
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Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
The Fellowship welcomes applications from young people interested in careers of international service. For those who want to become Foreign Services Officers in the U.S. Department of State, The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $84,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides professional development and support activities.
Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study any area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.
Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2021. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.Information and application materials can be found at
The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University.
Number of Fellowships Offered: 45
Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizenship; GPA of 3.2/4.0; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in fall 2021
Application Deadline:  October 14, 2020

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