Awards for Summer Programs

Awards for Summer Programs

Boren Scholarship
Provides support for students to study less commonly taught languages in regions critical to U.S. national security. Summer program only open to students studying STEM fields. Requires a one-year minimum commitment to the federal government in a position related to national security. Deadline: late January.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
Offers fully funded intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages for undergraduate students. For some languages, students are required to have basic language skills to be eligible for funding; other languages require no previous experience/study. Deadline: mid-November.

Cultural Vistas Fellowship
An 8-week internship in Argentina, Germany, or India. Travel and accommodations are fully funded; students must cover some food costs. Germany and Argentina require some foreign language skills. Deadline: early January.

DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)
Summer internship program for undergraduate students in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering. RISE interns assist and receive mentoring from doctoral students at universities and top research institutions across Germany. (Working language is English.) Scholarship provides a stipend to help cover living expenses; partner institutions provide housing assistance. Deadline: January.

DAAD University Summer Course Grant
Provides tuition, a travel stipend, and room/board for sophomores and juniors to attend a broad range of three to four-week summer courses at German universities. Most courses focus on German language and literacy, cultural, political, and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. One grant is specifically earmarked for an applicant in the fine arts. Applicants must have taken at least four semesters of college-level German (or obtained equivalent language proficiency elsewhere).

Fulbright UK Summer Programmes
Three- to six-week academic and cultural summer programs for freshmen and sophomores. Recipients receive airfare to the UK, tuition and fees at the host university, accommodations and meals, and in some cases a small daily allowance. Deadline: mid-March.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Scholarships of up to $5,000 for students receiving Pell Grants to fund study abroad (average award for summer study = $3,000). Minimum length of study is four weeks in one country. Recipients studying specific languages will automatically be considered for an additional Critical Need Language Award. Deadline for summer term: early March.

Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship
Provides a $5,000 stipend for travel and living expenses for undergraduates interning over the summer in the U.S. Embassies in London or Paris, or the Secretary of State’s Office in Washington, D.C. Students must apply for a summer internship through the State Department; eligible students are then invited to apply for the fellowship. Application deadline for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to apply for State Department internship: early November.

Humanity in Action Fellowship
Five-week interdisciplinary, overseas summer program for U.S. and international students to study minority rights and research how resisting intolerance has protected democratic values. Programs available in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lyon, and Warsaw. Application available in the fall.

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program
A highly selective, 6-week summer program for rising college juniors focused on developing leadership skills. Fellows live at George Washington’s estate just outside Washington, D.C., and meet with some of the nation’s top leaders. Each fellow is paired with a mentor who helps shape an individualized capstone project. Fellows receive free housing, transportation, meals, and a stipend. Deadline for sophomores: not available (application available in October).

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program
Provides a ten-week summer internship for sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students pursuing science and engineering degrees to conduct research at a Department of Navy laboratory. Interns receive a monthly stipend and mentoring from laboratory scientists. Deadline: early January.

NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
Summer internship program for students interested in careers in biomedical research. Individual scientists select their own summer interns and provide a stipend; there is no centralized selection process. Deadline: early March.

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
Provides support for undergraduates to engage in summer research programs at various U.S. and foreign institutions. At an REU site, a small group of undergraduates work on a pre-defined research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Students receive a stipend and sometimes assistance with housing, meals, and travel. Deadline: varies by site, some by January or February.

PPIA (Public Policy and International Affairs) Program
Enables college juniors to attend a seven-week Junior Summer Institute focused on preparing students for careers in public policy, public administration, or international relations. The curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic and international policy issues, and leadership topics–all designed to sharpen students’ quantitative, analytic, and communication skills. Fellows who successfully complete the summer program are given assistance in applying and receiving financial assistance for graduate school. Deadline: early November.

Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program
Six-week summer program at Howard University for undergraduate students interested in international affairs. Students live on campus, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, D.C. Deadline: early February.

Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program
Provides 25 premedical students with laboratory or clinical research experience related to the health of traditionally underserved groups. Fellows attend talks by minority physicians about medical specialties and discuss issues of concern for minority communities. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in addressing the problems of the medically underserved. Fellows receive housing and a stipend. Deadline for juniors: early February.

Summer Internship Opportunities

Eastern’s Center for Internships and Career Development has a wealth of information about internship opportunities for Eastern students.


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