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Fulbright Student Programs

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Fulbright offers competitive, merit-based grants for U.S. students. This prestigious program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants-chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.‌  Contact Dr. Robert McCloud for more information.

Fulbright Programs

The Fulbright U.S. Students Program seeks applications form highly motivated, open-minded individuals in any academic field and from any background. Fulbright evaluates candidates based on a student’s cumulative experience and goals; there is no minimum undergraduate G.P.A. requirement. It is not necessary to be enrolled in a college or university at the time of application.  Fulbright candidates should be flexible self-starters with a strong interest in promoting international mutual understanding. Above all, they should be capable of contributing to, and benefiting from, an intensive cultural exchange program.  The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to study abroad for one academic year. The Program also includes an English Teaching Assistant component.

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas-- improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the U.S. student's own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.

The Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships award up to four U.S. students/young professionals the opportunity to study the power of music as a cultural force abroad. Fellows conduct research for one academic year on projects of their own design about a chosen musical aspect. They share their experiences during their Fulbright year via video reports, blogs and podcasts.

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship Program awards participants the opportunity to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience while also carrying out an academic research/study project.

The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship awards participants the opportunity to undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on National Geographic media platforms with the support of National Geographic’s editorial team.

MBA at SHU in Luxembourg

Sacred Heart University offers the only academically accredited MBA Program taught in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Opportunities at SHU in Luxembourg include the Welch MBA, the MBA with Internship, and a multiple graduate certificate programs.  Classroom instruction is in English.  Students enrolled in the Luxembourg program typically include professionals from many countries around the world. Given the growth of international business, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg provides an excellent setting for an MBA education. Economically, Luxembourg is one of the most vibrant countries in Western Europe, representing a variety of businesses and industries including manufacturing, finance, insurance and natural resources. In addition, Luxembourg is home to the largest concentration of banks in the European community. Sacred Heart University's John F. Welch College of Business is recognized for its focus on the worldwide marketplace and the advance of cutting-edge technology. The university uses state-of-the-art video technology to broadcast classes between the Fairfield, Connecticut and Luxembourg campuses, allowing students to collaborate in an international forum.

Peace Corps

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, 210,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation, as well as working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

The Peace Corps offers a unique experience to make a difference around the world and bring the benefits of that experience back home. The personal and professional rewards of Peace Corps service last a lifetime. Peace Corps has thousands of volunteer opportunities for Americans aged 18 or over who are interested in public service abroad. One of the goals of the Peace Corps is to help the people of other countries gain a better understanding of Americans and our multicultural society. The agency actively recruits people with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to best share our nation's greatest resource–its people–with the communities where Volunteers serve around the globe.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Distinguished scholarships and fellowships are nationally or internationally competitive awards that fund research or graduate studies. They offer opportunities to advance your learning, research, and career. Scholarships and Fellowships are available for undergraduates and graduates still in school, as well as for those interested in pursuing graduate studies or research.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students. Host countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Fogarty-Ellison Overseas Fellowships in Global Health and Clinical Research

The Fogarty-Ellison Overseas Fellowships in Global Health and Clinical Research is open graduate students in health professions. Funded by the National Institute of Health, the fellowship funds one year of clinical research training abroad. The award amount is $25,000 plus $6,000 for additional travel and materials expenses.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to citizens of any country outside of the United Kingdom on the basis of the candidate's academic excellence, a good fit between the Scholar and the University of Cambridge, evidence of leadership potential and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former U.S. Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Seniors, alumni, and graduate students no older than 30 may apply to study in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Award covers tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and international travel.

German Academic Exchange Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE)

Sponsored by the DAAD, RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. The program offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Funding is for graduate or professional schools in the United States or foreign countries. Awardees receive up to $30,000 for 2-3 years of graduate study. This scholarship is for leadership in public policy.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research outside of the United States. IDRF promotes research that is situated in a specific discipline and geographical region but is also informed by interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives. Research topics may address all periods in history, but applicants should be alert to the broader implications of their research as it relates to contemporary issues and debates. The fellowship includes participation in an interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research. Application deadlines are in first week of November.

Institute for International Public Policy Fellowships

The Institute for International Public Policy offers fellowships for a five year program, with a study abroad component, to prepare underrepresented minority undergraduates for careers in international affairs. Open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who apply sophomore year.

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

The Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship award helps fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO - using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interactions with individuals from other nations.

The Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program offers 15-18 young Americans annually a fellowship experience in Asia designed both to broaden their professional perspectives and to sharpen their perceptions of Asia, America, and themselves. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges because it is intended for young leaders with little or no prior experience of Asia who otherwise might not have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to gain in-depth knowledge about Asia or their Asian counterparts and contemporaries. The Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. At the heart of the enterprise is the internship arranged for each Scholar on the basis of his or her specific interest, background, qualifications, and experience. These work assignments run for approximately ten months, from September until July of the following year, and are intended primarily as learning opportunities for Luce Scholars.

Marshall Scholarship Program

Marshall Scholarships finance approximately 40 young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom each year. The Scholarships are tenable at any British university and cover two years of study in any discipline, at either undergraduate or graduate level, leading to the award of a British University degree. The scholarship allows the Scholars, who are the potential leaders, opinion-formers and decision-makers in their own country, to gain an understanding and appreciation of British values and the British way of life. It also establishes long-lasting ties between the peoples of Britain and the United States. Award covers university fees, tuition, books, a thesis grant, research & daily travel, plus fares to and from the U.S.

Rhodes Scholarship Program

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants.

Rotary Ambassadorial and World Peace Scholarships

Rotary International funds study and language training abroad for undergraduates and master’s degrees for graduate students in international studies, peace studies, and conflict resolution to be completed at one of 7 Rotary Centers.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships

Open to U.S. citizens, the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is a multi-year program also for women and members of minorities underrepresented in Foreign Service as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service division. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. A Foreign Service commitment is required. Applicants must apply in their junior year. Awards are available up to $40,000.

U.S. Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria

US Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria: Provides US college and university graduates with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria as teaching assistants. 

Teaching Assistant Program in France

The French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services Department of the French Embassy offer approximately 1,500 teaching assistant positions each year for American citizens and permanent residents of the United States to teach English in France. This initiative aims to strengthen English language instruction in French primary and secondary schools by establishing a native speaker presence. The program also provides future teachers of French in the U.S. with excellent teaching experience and first-hand knowledge of French language and culture.  Program participants must demonstrate proficiency in French, have an interest in education, and possess the necessary skills to promote cultural understanding between France and the United States.

Japan Exchange and Teaching Program

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program seeks to enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations. The Program aims to enhance foreign language education and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike.