Follow the dozens of International Studies majors that have earned competitive grants to fund graduate school, research, service opportunities, and travel abroad.

More information on each is available from the Office of Fellowships, but first take a look at a few examples of these great opportunities below:

Narrow line in greens

Boren Awards

Boren Fellowships, provide unique funding opportunities for US students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. More info at:  

Ariana Siddiqui Dennis -  Boren Scholarship Recipient

Ariana had this to say about her experience:  

As an Afghan American Muslim, studying abroad in Jordan was one of the closest opportunities I could have to visiting and living in a country with a culture similar to my own. The conflict Afghanistan has faced has produced innumerable problems for Afghans around the world, only one of which includes a sense of distance and disconnect for the diaspora communities. Being able to live in a Muslim majority country immersed in Arab culture that so closely parallels Afghan culture, allowed me to reconnect and learn more about my own identities. I formed a close community of people that I look forward to visiting again and again.

Ariana Sid

Narrow line in greens

Critical Language Scholarship 

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded overseas summer language and cultural immersion program for American students. CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students at every level of language learning. More info at:

Rachel Adamek

Rachel Adamek - Critical Language Scholarship Awardee

Rachel Adamek spent the summer studying Korean in Busan, South Korea as an awardee of the 2019 U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program.  Rachel was one of only 550 competitively selected American students representing 233 colleges and universities across the United States to receive a CLS award. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars gain critical language and cultural skills in languages that are less commonly taught in U.S. schools, but are essential for America’s engagement with the world, contributing to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.


Narrow line in greens

Fulbright US Student Program

The Fulbright US Student Program is a funded year of postbaccalaureate research, study, or English teaching in one of 140 countries worldwide. There are two general types of awards: full grants, which fund research projects, university studies, journalism projects, and projects in the creative and performing arts; and English teaching assistantships (ETAs), which are offered in about half of the participating countries. Some, but not all, countries require host-country language skills and teaching experience.  More info at:

Shayan Chishti -  Fulbright Scholarship Recipient

Shayan was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English to students in Mexico. This fellowship will benefit her future goals as she plans to go to law school and work with immigrants. This English Teaching Assistantship will enhance her intercultural cooperation skills and familiarize her with how to be responsive to the language barriers that immigrants may face. Shayan graduated with double majors in International Studies and Spanish.

Shayan Chishti image

Narrow line in greens

Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship offers grants of up to $5,000 to US students who receive Pell Grants to participate in a credit-bearing study-abroad program or internship. The Gilman Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries where they go by supporting US undergraduates who might otherwise not consider these unique and valuable opportunities due to financial constraints.  More info at:

Cilia Jurdy standing in front of green foliage

Cilia Jurdy - Gilman International Scholarship Recipient

The Gilman Scholarship was incredibly helpful in allowing me to study abroad in the Middle East, which was the area I focused on while completing my INST undergrad degree. I was able to spend time in Amman, Jordan to strengthen my Arabic language skills. My time there improved my Arabic and allowed me to see Middle East-US Relations from a different perspective than is usually taught. 

My INST undergraduate degree provided me with the ability to approach complex problems and issues in a thoughtful, compassionate way. It helped me understand and incorporate diverse ideas into my decision-making and ignited my passion for working to support immigrants and refugees, which lead me to my current career in nonprofits. My final paper on US Aid in Jordan lead to me traveling back to Jordan in 2017 to work with various organizations supporting Syrian refugees. 

Narrow line in greens

US Department of State Internship

The U.S. Department of State has several paid and unpaid programs for students. These long-term or short-term programs can be in D.C, other cities in the US, or abroad, and offer U.S. citizen students a chance to participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.

Paige Bowman on a hillside in Panama

Paige Bowman - U.S Department of State Internship

This internship opened my eyes to the vast world of career opportunities in D.C. (and abroad!) in the U.S. government. Interning for the Department of State in Panama helped me realize that I can have a career that allows me to practice Spanish, travel, and also work towards U.S. foreign policy goals.

I am grateful that my INST advisors supported me in pursuing this opportunity and subsequently assisted me in my applications for graduate school. I am now in D.C. pursuing a Master’s degree in Security Studies with a focus on International Security, and wouldn’t be here without the mentorship of the INST program. 

Narrow line in greens

Peace Corps

Join the Peace Corps in the youth development, education, health, community economic development, or other service projects.  Current seniors can apply for positions departing between July and September of the following year. All expenses for volunteer assignments are paid by the Peace Corps. Upon the completion of your service, you will also receive a readjustment allowance of over $10,000 to spend in any way you choose.  More info at:

Hope Tucker - Peace Corps Volunteer - Indonesia

I taught English at an Islamic high school (grade 10-12) and the excitement to learn during each class is what motivated me to keep thinking of hands on and engaging activities to practice English. My main goal was to portray a more accurate vision of America to my students who really understood the United States through the lens of movies and social media platforms. Being part of the International Studies program showed me options I could pursue after graduating. Having the exposure to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) coming and talking about their experiences in our classes inspired me to apply.  Learning about different cultures and countries outside your own, is what I found most valuable and what I think allows my students, who will probably never get the chance to travel, to have a more open mind--it builds a more well-rounded student and human.

Hope Tucker with group of students in Indonesia

Narrow line in greens

Clapp Humanitarian Scholarship

The Bill and Paula Clapp Humanitarian scholarship is intended for academically successful sophomores who have demonstrated a personal commitment to and aptitude for leadership in humanitarian service, particularly in the international arena. The scholarships provide $10,000 per academic year and are renewable through graduation contingent on academic progress and service activities.

Audrey Akots - Clapp Humanitarian Scholarship Recipient

The Clapp Humanitarian Scholarship has been an excellent opportunity for me to connect with like-minded students at Seattle University and discuss humanitarian crises and issues that are particularly resonant with us. In a world where international conflict is common and human rights abuses still occur daily, it is encouraging to be surrounded by other young people so full of hope who are eager to brainstorm and problem-solve.

Audrey Akots in Chefchaouen among blue buildings

Narrow line in greens

Naef Scholarship

The Naef Scholarship recognizes outstanding junior and senior students from diverse backgrounds in the undergraduate schools and programs of the University. The scholars hold endorsements from faculty and staff across the university and have been recognized for their work on and off campus and their leadership.

Hallie Evans - Naef Scholarship Recipient 

Hallie had this to say about receiving this award:

Being a Naef Scholar is an incredible honor! The program is a valuable experience in community building as it connects me with a wonderful and sincere group of students. I am privileged to be able to come to know such passionate people and merge our skills and initiatives to help one another in our various endeavors for social justice.


Hallie Evans with background of blue sky


Narrow line in greens

INST Program Study Abroad Scholarship

The International Studies program highly values the opportunity to live, study, or work in a country outside of the US. Recognizing this, INST alumni and other friends of the program have made donations to support your study abroad plans. The INST Study Abroad Scholarship will provide between $300 and $1,000 for up to three INST students’ travel plans (i.e., the scholarship may be used to pay part of an airline ticket, or other travel expenses).

More info and application

2022-2023 Scholarship Recipients

Narrow line in greens

Alumni Stories

"I learned to respectfully relate with people from other cultures, while adapting to their social norms." Ruth Yohannes '19

Contact Us

Felipe Murtinho, PhD
Casey 310-18

Reine Mages
Administrative Coordinator
Casey 310

Student Executive Council (SEC) Representative