Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants

Funding for Winter Intersession, Semester, or Academic Year Study in Russia

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: The Gilman Scholarship provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to participate in study abroad programs of up to one academic year. Every year the Gilman program awards over 700 scholarships for undergraduate study abroad. In addition, students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study Russian are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Gilman scholarships can be applied to the cost of qualifying programs for summer, winter intersession, semester, and academic year language study in Russia and Eurasia. Programs must be eligible for Notre Dame course credit and last at least four weeks.
Spring 2021 Deadline: 10/06/2020
Fall 2021 Deadline: 03/03/2021

ACTR semester and academic year Russian Language and Area Studies Program: Participating undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who demonstrate financial need are eligible for partial scholarships through American Councils from the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays), or American Councils. Interest in a future career in teaching may be an advantage. Fellowship information and applications are included in regular application materials.
Deadline: 10/15/2020

Boren Scholarships for International Study: Merit scholarships for study abroad up to a maximum amount of $12,500 for a semester, or $25,000 for a full academic year. This award entails a service requirement; award recipients must spend at least one year working for a government organization related to national security within three years of graduation.
Deadline: 02/03/2021, 5:00 pm

Break Travel and Research Grants: The Break Travel and Research Grant through the Nanovic Institute 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.
New Fall 2020: Research Resources Grant. Application open starting 8/10/2020 on a rolling basis. 
Winter Break Deadline: 10/13/2020
Spring Break Deadline: 02/02/2021

Dan E. Davidson Fellowships for Language Study in Russia, East Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia: American Councils Study Abroad is pleased to announce its new Dan E. Davidson Fellowships for language study in Russia, East Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia. Established in honor of American Councils' founder and President Emeritus and his four decades of leadership in the field of international education, the Dan E. Davidson Fellowship supports highly qualified and deserving individuals who demonstrate a dedication to successful international collaboration and the development of greater mutual understanding between the U.S. and countries around the world. Beginning fall semester 2020, fellowships of up to $2,000 will be awarded for summer study, up to $6,000 for semester study and up to $12,000 for academic-year programs.

Deadline for Spring Semester: 10/15/2020


Funding for Summer Study in Russia

Summer Language Abroad (SLA) Grants for undergraduate and graduate students majoring or minoring in the College of Arts and Letters who have had at least one year of instruction in a foreign language are offered through the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures. Study programs must be at least 6 weeks long; maximum award is $5,500.
Deadline: TBA, 1/21

The Pushkin Grant for Advanced Language Training in Russian is offered by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. This prestigious grant, in the amount of $8,000, will be awarded to one student who is planning to spend at least eight weeks in an intensive summer language program in Russia. At least two years of prior instruction in Russian are required.
Deadline: TBA

Nanovic Institute for European Studies supports undergraduate research projects in European studies that assist undergraduates in the development or completion of a thesis essay or paper. This grant (up to $5,000) funds research trips conducted during the summer break and could include visits to archives and special library collections, the implementation of survey and other data collection, or strategic interviews with European scholars. Students considering applying are encouraged to familiarize themselves with this new initiative. This grant is not intended to support tuition-based or fee-based programs abroad, including Study Abroad.
Deadlines: March 2, 2020
New Fall 2020, Research Resources Grant.  Application open starting 8/10/2020 on a rolling basis and review.

Kellogg Institute for International Studies undergraduate research grants (up to $5000 in research and travel grants, to support summer study and research abroad by Notre Dame juniors whose interests include a clear international dimension)
Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021

ACTR summer Russian Language and Area Studies program: (partial scholarships for participating undergraduates; for more details see ACTR semester and academic year programs description in previous section).
ACTR moved to
Deadline for Spring Semester: October 15, 2020

Boren Scholarships for International Study: Merit scholarships for study abroad up to a maximum amount of $8000 for the summer, available only to science, engineering, and mathematics students. This award entails a service requirement; award recipients must spend at least one year working for a government organization related to national security within three years of graduation.
Deadline:  February 3, 2021, 5:00 pm

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes: Full funding including travel expenses for U.S. citizens to participate in summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners. Participants will be expected later to apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.
Deadline for Summer 2021: November 17, 2020, 8:00 pm  
Applications now available.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program: A limited number of summer awards are available for students majoring in a science, technology, engineering or math field who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad.
For overseas programs that start between January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.  Encompasses Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and AY 2021-2022 programs.
Deadline:  Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 11:59 pm

Funding for Post-College Research, Teaching, or Study in Russia

The following programs offer recent college graduates the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and/or continue their studies in Russia. These competitions are extremely competitive. Students are urged to begin thinking about and planning for them very early, preferably in the sophomore or junior year, in order to ensure success. In particular, campus application deadlines for the Fulbright grant programs come early in the senior year, usually in September. For more information about post-graduation grant and fellowship opportunities, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement in G01 Bond Hall.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships: Year-long appointment to teach English language and U.S. culture, history, government, and civics at the middle or secondary school level in a location in Russia outside the major cities. Grantees may pursue their own research or study plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.
Deadline: October 1, 2020

Fulbright Research Grants: Year-long grants to pursue independent research projects in Russia, including the cost of round-trip transportation and language courses where appropriate.
Deadline: October 1, 2020

Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award: Sponsored by the Department of State through the Fulbright Program, this grant is open to students who have been awarded a Fulbright Research Grant and who intend to use Russian in their research project. This grant is part of the National Security Language Initiative.
Deadline: October 1, 2020

Alfa Fellowship Program: A year-long Moscow-based program, including seven months of intensive Russian language training, followed by a seminar series and an individually-tailored professional assignment in a field of business, government, public policy, or journalism. Applicants must be aged 25-35 at the time of the application deadline and must possess a graduate degree and at least two years' work experience in the relevant field. 
Deadline for 2021-2022 program year: December 1, 2020

Additional Funding Information

SRAS Grants and Scholarships Page: The School for Russian and Asian Studies maintains an extensive list of funding opportunities for study in Russia and Eurasia, including opportunities for STEM and economics students.

Junior Fellows Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Each year the endowment offers approximately 10-12 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating senior and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration. See your school's nominating official to learn more about the college application process. Additionally, you can contact Prof. Emily Wang for more information.

Junior fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on the Carnegie Endowment programs. You may learn more about our programs by visiting Carnegie's homepage. Junior fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for book, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists, and government officials. Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior fellows are currently paid a gross salary of $3,083.33 per month ($37,000 per year). A full benefits package is also provided.

In addition, you may be interested in some of the paid and unpaid internship opportunities available to those studying Eastern Europe.  Please visit the AATSEEL Internship page: for more information.