Scholarships for studying Abroad – info mtg Feb. 9th

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will be offering an information session next Wednesday, Feb. 9, 12:30-1:20pm, MGH 258 for students interested in applying for any of these three scholarships that support students studying abroad: Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship, Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA), and Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program (FINIP). The information session will provide students with essential information needed to determine interest, eligibility and suitability for these competitive scholarship programs. (Note: the Gilman & Freeman-ASIA programs require financial need, FINIP does not.)

Please RSVP to attend at

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship:

The Gilman Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Applications for scholarships supporting summer, fall, and full academic year study abroad programs are now available. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2011.

Complete details and the online application are available at

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia:
Freeman-ASIA provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Only these countries are included: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. Summer award applications are due February 15, 2011 (applications are available now). Fall and academic year award applications are due April 1, 2011 (applications will open on Feb. 18, 2011).

Complete details and the online application are available at

Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program:
FINIP provides an opportunity for American and Indonesian students pursuing U.S. undergraduate degrees to intern together in an Indonesian nonprofit organization. It aims to develop student leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Indonesia. IIE will select and pair 10 Indonesian students pursuing U.S. degrees with 10 U.S. undergraduates and arrange internships for them to work together in an Indonesian nonprofit organization.

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

1. be a U.S. citizen or Indonesian citizen
2. be currently enrolled as a full-time sophomore or junior pursuing their first bachelor’s degree at a U.S. college or university
3. be in good academic standing in their undergraduate university or college program

Applicants must also agree to complete:

  • for Indonesian students: a course related to NGO administration in Indonesia during the program period
  • for U.S. students: a credit-bearing Indonesian language and culture course in Indonesia during the program period

Applicants must also share their experiences with their peers upon returning to their U.S. campuses.