Deadline: Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the fourteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:


USF Students must meet with an Advisor from the USF Office of National Scholarships in order to apply. Deadline to apply: November 16, 2016.


Freeman-Asia Scholarship

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is now accepting applications for the Freeman-ASIA spring and calendar year 2017 competition. The Freeman-ASIA scholarship is an excellent scholarship to fund students’ study abroad programs in Asia.

Students must have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad based program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. The proposed length of study in the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term.

For more information and to apply, please visit

Students are required to apply via the USF Office of National Scholarships!! If you have any questions or would like to begin working on the scholarship, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with ONS’s Mr. Robert Annis at

Deadline: Bridging Scholarships to Study in Japan

The Bridging Scholarship program will award 25 scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan that begin in Spring 2017. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan. The scholarships are funded by donations from corporations, individuals, and foundations to the US-Japan Bridging Foundation. Since 1999, the Bridging Scholarship program has awarded more than 1,650 scholarships to students studying abroad in Japan. Most recently, 75 students received scholarships for study in Japan in Fall 2016 and academic year 2016-2017.

Spring 2017 study programs are those beginning between January and April 2017 and continuing for at least three months, for a semester or an academic year. (Students studying in Japan beginning in Fall 2017 should wait until early 2017 to apply.)

The deadline for applications for Spring 2017 Bridging and scholarships is October 10, 2016. Applicants will be notified of the results by November 30. Selection will be based on academic potential and financial need. The scholarships are administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese.

Information on the Bridging scholarships and downloadable application forms are available at AATJ’s Web site:

Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Program

The Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Program at Harvard University is now accepting applications for the Leadership Training Summit at Harvard University on October 7-10, 2016.

Current students at university who have lived or studied in both the U.S. and China are encouraged to apply! (

Fellows will be invited to participate in an intensive four-day Leadership Summit at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA to meet other like-minded young leaders, build unique community organizing skills and learn about cross-cultural leadership in the US-China context. With support from the Ford Foundation, Project Pengyou will cover lodging, food and training costs at Harvard University for all Fellows. A number of travel stipends will also be provided.

Leadership Fellows go on to establish a Project Pengyou Chapter at their school promoting cross-cultural inclusion, constructive dialogue and U.S.-China exchange.

Details about the Leadership Fellows program and application process are online at and also detailed below. The deadline for applications is August 19, 2016.

Schwarzman Scholars: Earn a One-Year Master’s Degree in China

The USF Office of National Scholarships is recruiting high-achieving students to apply for the Schwarzman Scholarship. The Schwarzman is a highly competitive scholarship that sends 200 students from around the world to Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in order to pursue a unique one-year master’s degree in one of three concentrations:

  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies

The program’s curriculum is designed to build students’ leadership abilities and deepen their knowledge of China in a global context.

Chinese language proficiency is not required, as all classes are taught in English, but an interest in the affairs of China should be present.

The two main eligibility requirements are:

  • Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent:
    Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements by August 1, 2017 before orientation begins. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it will be important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field.
  • Age Requirement:
    Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1, 2017.

For more information, please refer to the Schwarzman website:

If you are interested, please email Mr. Robert Annis at right away. The intent to apply deadline is June 1st and the Campus Deadline for submission of application materials is August 24st.

ONS will host Schwarzman Informational Workshops on May 24th at 11:00 AM in ALN 252 and June 13th at 1:00 PM in ALN 252.

University of Tokyo Natural Science Internship Program

The University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP) is a 6-week summer internship program for students majoring in natural science and other relevant fields. It provides students with an opportunity to gain the experience of “real graduate- school life” or “research-centered life.” UTRIP is a gateway to pursuing an advanced degree and experiencing academic life at our university.

Participants on UTRIP will also be granted financial support to cover their costs and expenses. They will also get the opportunity to take part in cultural activities and excursions to learn more about Japan.

Here is a link to the UTRIP website: .