Scholarships and Post-Graduate Opportunities

Study Abroad Scholarships

Gilman International Scholarship Program

2,900 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S.
citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad. In addition, students who are studying a “Critical Need” language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000.

Critical Need languages include:

Arabic Indonesian Russian
Azerbaijani Japanese Swahili
Bangla Korean Turkish
Chinese Persian Urdu
Hindi Punjabi


Critical Language Scholarship

Critical Language Scholarships allow U.S. citizen undergraduates and graduates to spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of fourteen critical languages.

Eligible languages include:

No previous study required One year of previous study required Two years of previous study required
Azerbaijani Arabic Chinese
Bangla Persian Japanese
Hindi Russian


Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships provide funding for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Maximum scholarship awards are:

  • $8,000 for a summer program (STEM students only)
  • $10,000 for one semester
  • $20,000 for 6-12 months

Russian is listed as one of the preferred languages for study. For a complete list of countries and languages, visit their website:


Post-Graduate Opportunities

Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright Study/Research Awards allow U.S. citizens to design their own projects and work with advisers at foreign universities and institutes of higher education. Fulbright awards are available in approximately 140 countries; each has its own program requirements, so an applicant’s first step is to familiarize themself with the program summary for the desired country.

Fulbright Study/Research Awards in Russia


English Teaching Assistant (ETA) awards place Fulbright grantees in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. ETAs teach English while serving as cultural ambassadors to the US. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.

Fulbright ETA Awards in Russia


The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) provides an opportunity for Fulbright grantees to receive three to six months of intensive language study in conjunction with their Fulbright grant. CLEAs cultivate higher levels of language proficiency prior to and during the grant period and beyond, promoting the Fulbright Program’s goals of cross-cultural exchange and dialogue.

Eligible countries include:

China India Jordan Russia
Egypt Indonesia Morocco

Eligible languages include:

Arabic (all dialects) Hindi
Bahasa Indonesia Marathi
Bangla/Bengali Punjabi
Mandarin Chinese Russian
Gujarati Urdu


Applications for Fulbright fellowships are due in October of each year; however, St. Olaf has an internal deadline students must follow. For more information about applying for Fulbright awards, click here.