Funding: Good Neighbor Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Good Neighbor Scholarship (GNS) provides an exemption of one year’s worth of tuition (fall, spring, and summer) to students who were born in and are residents of a nation in the Western Hemisphere (excluding Cuba and the United States). A full list of eligibility requirements, including eligible nations, can be found within the GNS application. The exemption provided by the Good Neighbor Scholarship does not pay for any fees or charges on the tuition bill, such as health insurance, late registration fees, ISSS Support Services fee, etc. The scholarship is administered through ISSS on behalf of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Application Details

The 2020-2021 Good Neighbor Scholarship application will be available February 1, 2020.The deadline for the 2020-2021 school year Good Neighbor Scholarship is March 1, 2020 by 5 pm .

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • Statement of Purpose: You must provide a typed statement (minimum of 2 pages) that addresses all of the following points:
    • Campus and community involvement -Discuss your involvement with student groups, university committees, and/or community involvement/volunteering and how they contribute to your success as a student.
    • Academic Goals – Explain your current academic interests and plans after graduation.
    • Financial Need – Indicate need for financial assistance, including any recent changes in your financial situation (e.g. medical bills, loss of sponsorship).

Funding: ISSS Financial Aid Award for International Students

Deadline: November 1, 2019

The General ISSS Financial Aid award provides $3,500 per semester for the fall and spring semesters and $2,500 in the summer semester in cash assistance* for international students who demonstrate financial need. This is a competitive process as the number of awards allotted per semester is limited. Only international students who have completed at least 2 semesters at UT by the time the award is disbursed are eligible to apply for this award. A full list of eligibility criteria is available within the application itself.

The general financial aid awarded by ISSS does not provide a waiver of the nonresident portion of a student’s tuition & fee bill.

*All cash awards will be automatically applied towards any outstanding UT debts upon disbursement. Amount award amount in excess of debts are distributed to the student’s direct deposit account.

Application Details

The spring/summer 2020 application for the ISSS General Financial Aid will be available October 1, 2019. The deadline for the spring/summer 2020 General Financial Aid award is November 1, 2019 by 5 pm.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • 14% of the scholarship will be withheld for tax purposes per US tax law, unless a tax treaty for scholarships is in effect or the recipient is considered a resident alien for tax purposes.
  • Recipients will be obligated to file a tax return for the scholarship income earned, but may also receive a tax refund for the amount withheld from the scholarships.
  • It is recommended that the recipient applies for a taxpayer identification number if they do not already hold an ITIN or SSN. You will also need a taxpayer identification number in order to claim any applicable tax treaty benefits and to file a tax return to claim any tax refunds due.
    • Bank statements: You must provide copies of your monthly bank statements for the most recent three months, including a statement of deposits and balances.
      • Note: Bank statements must be in English.
    • Personal Statement: You must provide a typed statement (limit 2 pages) that addresses your financial need. Indicate recent changes in your financial situation (e.g. medical bills, loss of sponsorship), if applicable.
      • Please note: This statement helps in evaluating your needs and qualifications for receiving the award.
    • Special documentation (if applicable: Submit evidence of termination of a scholarship, loss of sponsorship, medical bills, currency devaluation, or written documentation of government restrictions on funds/resources permitted out of your country.

Funding: Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2020

The Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship is a $2,500 fall tuition award that recognizes an undergraduate international student who has demonstrated leadership in their undergraduate program through academic achievement; participation in campus and community organizations – particularly in leadership roles, and has made positive contributions to the campus community.

Thank you letters are required upon being selected for the Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship. Awards will not be applied to recipients’ accounts until a thank you letter is received.

Application Details

The application for the fall 2020 Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship will be available March 1, 2020. The application deadline is April 1, 2020 by 5 pm.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

Applicants will need to provide an Essay of Involvement (500-1500 words, typed, double-spaced) that addresses all of the following points:

  • Discuss the importance of leadership and community engagement as it relates to your own involvement
  • Describe, with specific examples, the positive impact that your involvement has had on yourself, others, and the community
  • Summarize the significant lessons that you have learned by participating in your listed activities (ex: how your experiences have helped you better understand U.S. culture, how your experiences have impacted the way you view issues in your home country, etc.)

Funding: International Education Fee Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2020

The International Education Fee (IEF) Scholarship was initially established in 1989 by a student referendum. The IEF Scholarship supports scholarships for both incoming international students and outbound students studying abroad. This specific scholarship application will benefit first-time incoming undergraduate UT international students and covers tuition and required fees on your tuition and fee bill for up to 4 years.

Application Details

The application for the 2020-2021 International Education Fee Scholarship will be available March 1, 2020. The deadline for application is April 1, 2020 by 5 pm.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • Personal Statement: Provide a typed statement (maximum 3 pages) that addresses all of the following topics:
    • What challenges have you experienced in accessing education in your country and how did you overcome these challenges?
    • How do you plan on positively impacting your home community as a result of completing a degree at UT Austin?
    • What contributions will you make to the university as a UT Austin student?
    • Discuss your financial need. If you are not awarded this scholarship, how will you fund your education at UT Austin?
  • Letters of Recommendation: You must provide at least 2 letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation must be in English.
  • Special documentation (if applicable): Submit any special documentation you feel necessary to support your personal statement.

Funding/Study Abroad: Critical Language Scholarship

Deadline: November 19, 2019

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.

Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad over the summer studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

The CLS Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is part of a U.S. government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing American students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

·         The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences

·         Full scholarship covers all travel, tuition, housing, and a living stipend

·         Participants may receive undergraduate academic credit for the equivalent of one year of language classes

·         Language gains certified with the widely recognized ACTFL OPI test

·         Non-competitive eligibility for U.S. government jobs for up to three years after program completion

www.clscholarship.org

Funding: PEO International Peace Scholarship

Deadline: December 15, 2019

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.

The scholarship is based upon demonstrated need; however, the award is not intended to cover all academic or personal expenses. At the time of application, the applicant is required to indicate additional financial resources adequate to meet her estimated expenses. Examples of additional resources are personal and family funds, tuition waivers, work scholarships, teaching assistantships, study grants and other scholarships.

The maximum amount awarded to a student is $12,500. Lesser amounts may be awarded according to individual needs.

An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study and working toward a graduate degree in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. A student who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is not eligible. Scholarships are not given for online courses, research, internships or for practical training if not combined with coursework. In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year. Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are working only on dissertations are not eligible as first-time applicants. 

For more information, visit: http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-international-peace-scholarship-ips

Funding/Study Abroad: Academic Fellowships in Russia (American Councils)

Deadline: December 2, 2019

American Councils is pleased to announce the opening of a new competition cycle for the fully-funded Academic Fellowships in Russia. Provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Councils Academic Fellowships in Russia program (AFR) will support U.S. graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars as they conduct research for three to nine consecutive monthson topics within the social sciences disciplines in Russia.

The total value of each fellowship ranges from $10,000 – $45,000, with actual level of support depending on the duration of the overseas research period and the academic rank of the awardee. Typical awards include:

  • International airfare
  • Academic affiliation with a leading local university or educational institution
  • Visa(s) arranged by American Councils in collaboration with host institutions
  • Housing and living stipends
  • Health insurance
  • Ongoing logistical support from American Councils
  • 24-hour emergency assistance

Research conducted on AFR must strengthen and broaden current scholarship in the social sciences related to Russia and U.S.-Russian relations. AFR fellows will be expected to share their research findings through presentations at conferences, briefings, or other means.

The application deadline is December 2, 2019. All AFR fellowships must take place between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. For further details and to apply, please visit the program website. Questions? Contact us at outbound@americancouncils.org.

Funding: ACLS Digital Extension Grants (digitally based research)

Deadline: January 8, 2020

  • Awards provide funding of up to $150,000 for project costs. A portion of grant funds must go towards collaborations with new project partners who could benefit from access to the infrastructure at the project’s host site or from substantive participation in the development of the project.
  • Grants may be used to cover salary replacement, staffing, equipment, and other costs.
  • Tenure: 12-18 months, to be initiated between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 pm Eastern Standard Time, January 8, 2020.
  • Notifications will be sent by mid-May, 2020.

ACLS invites applications for ACLS Digital Extension Grants, which are made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects, extending their reach to new communities of users, and supporting teams of scholars at all career stages as they participate in digital research projects.

This program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. ACLS Digital Extension Grants support projects that have advanced beyond the start-up phase of development as they pursue one or more of the following activities:

  • Developing new systems of making established digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions
  • Extending established digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach
  • Fostering new team-based collaborations between scholars at all career stages. Projects that convene, train, and empower communities of humanities faculty and/or graduate students around established digital research projects, as well as projects that allow scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure to exploit digital resources or to participate in existing labs or working groups, are especially welcome
  • Creating new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged.

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Funding/Acad.Job: Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation and Post-MFA Fellowships

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Fellowship Description

The Gaius Charles Bolin Fellowships at Williams College are designed to promote diversity on college faculties by encouraging students from underrepresented groups to complete a terminal graduate degree and to pursue careers in college teaching.

The Bolin Fellowships are two-year residencies at Williams, and two scholars or artists are appointed each year. Fellows devote the bulk of the first year to the completion of dissertation work—or in the case of MFA applicants, building their professional portfolios—while also teaching one course as a faculty member in one of the College’s academic departments or programs. The second year of residency (ideally with degree in hand) is spent on academic career development while again teaching just one course.

Gaius Charles Bolin was the first black graduate of Williams. The fellowship program was founded in 1985, on the centennial of his admission to the College. He was an active and influential member of his class who went on to a career as a lawyer. He valued education and worked against racial prejudice.

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Funding: Collaborative Research Grants (NEH)

Deadline: December 4, 2019

Debate, exchange of ideas, and working together—all are basic activities that advance humanities knowledge and foster rich scholarship that would not be possible by researchers working on their own. The Collaborative Research grant program encourages collaboration that proposes diverse approaches to topics, incorporates multiple points of view, and explores new avenues of inquiry that lead to publications and other resources for humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Collaborative Research grants support groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage projects in a single field of study, as well as interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods. Collaborators may be drawn from a single institution or several institutions across the United States; up to half of the collaborators may be based outside of the U.S. Partnerships among different sorts of institutions are welcome: for example, research universities might partner with teaching colleges, libraries, museums, or independent research institutions.

Eligible projects must propose tangible and sustainable outcomes such as co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; and open-access digital resources. All project outcomes must be based on and must convey interpretive humanities research. All award recipients are expected to disseminate the results of their work to scholarly audiences and/or general audiences.

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