Canada Fulbright deadline extended to STEM students

STEM student? Canada is calling you!

Canada is home to some of the most distinguished scientists and technologically-advanced research facilities in the world. Due to its proximity and strong ties to the United States, Canada also offers exceptional comparative study opportunities and the possibility for long-term research collaborations. The STEM award carries a value of $120,000, over three years, for American students seeking to complete a PhD program in a STEM field in Canada. For more information on this program, including eligibility and how to apply, please visit our website:

Gilman Writing Workshop Now Set!

Interested in the Gilman Scholarship, but perplexed about how to begin your essays? You are in luck!

The Global Education Office (GEO) is holding a scholarship writing workshop for students interested in applying to the Gilman International Scholarship on Monday September 10, 2012 from 9am until 11am in the Trani Life Science building room 250. In the session, students will receive tips on writing a competitive essay. If you’re interested in applying for a study abroad scholarship, GEO encourages you to attend the writing session. Students who receive a federal pell grant are eligible to apply to the Gilman Scholarship. For more information, please visit the Gilman International Scholarship website at

Remember to check on our weekly application tips!


2013-2014 Boren Scholarship & Fellowship Now Open!

Hello Future Boren Scholars!

Interested in applying to the Boren Scholarship or Fellowship? Don’t know what the Boren is? Are you interested in studying in an area traditionally underrepresented in study abroad? Find out more information here!

Make sure you are eligibleHave you read the post award service requirement? Are you currently an undergraduate or graduate student?  Read over the requirements to make sure you can apply.

Education Abroad is happy to assist any student who is applying to the Boren this fall with feedback on their essays and application. We also strongly encourage applicants to make an appointment at the National Scholarship Office at VCU to start the application process early on.

Good Luck!

Gilman Scholarships 101

The Spring 2013 Gilman Scholarship application is now open!

What does this mean for you?   How do you apply?  What makes for a competitive application?  What do you need to know?

This fall, the Education Abroad office is offering Gilman Scholarships 101, a comprehensive guide to applying for a Gilman Scholarship!  Check in on the blog every week for updates and tips for your Gilman application.

Read on for the first five steps to a Gilman Scholarship…

1) Read through the Gilman Selection Criteria to see if you are eligible. Do you receive a Pell Grant?  Are you a US Citizen or US National?  Do you plan to study abroad during Spring 2013?

2) If you answered yes to all of these questions and would like to apply, contact to set up an appointment with an advisor.

3) Begin your application online.  Draft your Statement of Purpose essay and submit it to the Education Abroad Office.

4) An Education Abroad advisor will give you feedback about your essay and help you to make a competitive application.

5) Submit your revised materials by September 17th to the Education Abroad office.  We will work together to polish your application before the Gilman deadline of October 2nd, 2012.

Best of luck future VCU Gilman scholars – we look forward to working with you!

2012-2013 Boren Awards Applications Now Available!

The applications for the 2012-2013 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available!
Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.
Boren Scholarships provide undergraduate students up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad. Boren Fellowships provide graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research.
The application deadline for the Boren Fellowship is January 31 and the deadline for the Boren Scholarship is February 9.
The Boren Awards are an initiative of the National Security Education Progr
am (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education. Please contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with any questions.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20005-2403
Tel: 1-800-618-NSEP
Fax: 202-326-7672

Scholarship Opportunity: Fund for Education Abroad

Are you planning on studying abroad next year? If so, please consider applying for a Fund For Education Abroad Scholarship for the academic year 2012-2013!
Funding Amount: up to $10,000
Number of Scholarships Awarded: up to 10
Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks between September 2012 and August 2013. Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs in the 2012-2013 academic year or summer 2013. The financial support for these scholarships is provided by generous donors, who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students.
The application can be found on the Fund for Education Abroad website. The deadline for applications for the 2012-2013 academic year is November 14, 2011.

VCU Student to Study on Fulbright in the U.K.!

Congratulations to VCU student Sara Mason, who will be participating in this summer’s US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute!
The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers three Special Summer Programs for US citizens to come to the UK. These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), who have completed no more than two years of university study, to come to the UK on a four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program.
Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.

Summer Institutes for US Undergraduates

For information on the Fulbright and other scholarships, contact Jeff Wing at the VCU National Scholarship Office
For information on study abroad programs, please contact VCU Education Abroad at

VCU Education Abroad Scholarship Competition

The 2011-2012 VCU Education Abroad Scholarship Competition is now open!
The scholarship is intended for students who will be studying abroad during spring break 2011, summer 2011 or during the academic year 2011-2012 (including fall, spring or full-year abroad).
Applications can be accessed by downloading the application from our website:
or by picking up a copy in our office.
Please print, complete and return all pieces of the application to our office no later than 4:30 PM on Monday, February 14, 2011!
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.