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Funding Opportunities for Global Studies Majors

The Center for International Studies is committed to helping students fund their education. Students may be eligible for federal funding, scholarships and awards from Ohio University, and special funding opportunities for study away programs.

Federal Funding Opportunities

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA is the form that determines your eligibility for financial aid from the government and from Ohio University. Learn more about applying for federal student aid.

Federal Grants

Unlike loans, grants are sources of free money that generally do not have to be repaid. Browse Ohio University's list of federal grant opportunities.

  • Pell Grants 
    Pell grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree. 
  • TEACH Grants 
    TEACH grants offers eligible students funding in exchange for their commitment to teach following the completion of their degrees.

Financial Aid and Scholarships at OHIO

For more information on funding available through Ohio University, please consult the Office of Financial Aid.

  • CIS Boundless Scholarship 
    The Boundless Scholarship provides support for any Center for International Studies undergraduate or graduate students (majors, minors, certificates as well as Global Leadership Center students) pursuing a variety of study away experiences, including domestic and international study away programs, student exchanges, internships, volunteer opportunities and research.
  • OHIO Excellence Award 
    The OHIO Excellence Award is open to first-year students who are new to the Athens campus of Ohio University in fall 2021 are eligible for consideration based on academic achievement, financial need, and individual contributions to the incoming class.
  • Cutler Scholars 
    Cutler Scholars are merit-based scholarships funded by generous gifts from forward-thinking individuals who understand that investing in education is investing in the future.
  • Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA)
    ONCA supports students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or recent alumni holding a bachelor’s degree (with no additional degrees beyond) in applying for several national awards.
  • Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) 
    OMSAR offers several scholarship opportunities for Ohio University students, including the Templeton Scholars Program, the Harry and Ruth Rankin Scholarship Program, Urban Scholars Program, and Appalachian Scholars Program.
  • Continuing Student Scholarship Application
  • OHIO Scholarship Search
  • Student Employment


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Funding for Study Away 

No student should let finances get in the way of a study away experience. Through funding opportunities, study away experiences can be available no mater your financial situation.

Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

ONCA helps students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program apply for prestigious, national awards. This awards include the following. 

Office of Global Opportunities

The Office of Global Opportunities offers many options for funding a global opportunity, including your OHIO scholarships and financial aid.

Browse the list of available scholarship and grants or schedule an advising session to learn more about your options.

Funding for Language Studies

  • Ohio University Department of Modern Languages Scholarships
    The Ohio University Department of Modern Languages has many generous alumni and former faculty who have graciously donated funds that may apply to a current student’s tuition or study abroad experience.
  • STARTALK
    The Ohio University Department of Modern Languages has many generous alumni and former faculty who have graciously donated funds that may apply to a current student’s tuition or study abroad experience.
  • Project GO 
    Project GO provides scholarships to ROTC students in three services for critical languages study domestically and abroad. Languages include:  Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajik), Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu.
  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) 
    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. Languages include:  Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu.
  • Boren Awards 
    Boren Scholars and Fellows study a wide range of critical languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili. Boren Awards are available to students of all proficiency levels who are committed to enhancing their skills.  Boren Scholars and Fellows from diverse fields of study immerse themselves in the cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Boren Awards alumni are committed to public service, working in positions critical to U.S. national security throughout the Federal Government, including the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, and USAID.
  • Indiana University Language Workshop 
    The Language Workshop is the most diverse program of its kind in the United States, offering intensive study in over 25 languages, at a variety of skill levels. We congratulate you on devoting yourself to developing language fluency at a time when the knowledge of and appreciation for world languages and cultures is needed more than ever.
  • Please look over our language offerings, and be sure to visit the funding page to learn more about scholarship and fellowship opportunities available to workshop students.
  • Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) 
    SEASSI is an eight-week intensive language training program for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals. It has been held since 1983 and hosted by UW-Madison in 1994-1995 and then since 2000. Instruction is offered for academic credit in eight languages at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year levels.  Languages include: Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese.
  • Southeast Asian Language Council 
    The Southeast Asian Language Council (SEALC) is a national organization that promotes and coordinates activities in the field of SE Asian language teaching by working with national organizations such as the National Resource Centers for Southeast Asian Studies, the Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages (COTSEAL), the Southeast Asian Summer Studies Institute (SEASSI), and Southeast Asian language-specific organizations. SEALC strives to improve SE Asian language teaching programs by supporting and coordinating language-related efforts to improve the quality and accessibility of SE Asian language instruction, building organizational linkages, and in so doing creating the next generation of well-trained teachers with improved curricular resources.