Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Scholarship and Research Award Opportunities
Information for scholarships, study abroad awards and research opportunities for IDP students.
Study Abroad Awards
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
- Fulbright Grants
- Institute of International Education (IIE)
- NAFSA Financial Aid
National Security Education Program (NSEP) Fellowship
David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship. Recipients incur service requirement in federal govt. agency with national security responsibilities
- Rotary Club International Scholarships
UCLA Alumni Association Awards
UCLA Alum Life Member, Chancellor's Service Award, Senior class ring
UCLA Financial Aid Office-Scholarship Unit
Merit and need-based scholarships for continuing students
Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO) Scholarship
6 scholarships ($500-$1,000) based on GPA
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Tuition & fees junior and senior year plus first year of grad school in exchange for 4½-year obligation as a Department of State Foreign Service Officer
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
The Truman Scholarship is a $26,000 merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students who wish financial support to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government or public service .
Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarship
Each year, the Foundation awards 80 undergraduate scholarships of up to $5,000 to juniors and seniors in fields related to the environment. Those who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and who study the environment and related fields.
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
Provides an annual stipend of $10,000 for a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. This allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Provides need-based grants to students who are able to do academic work at the college level and are actively working for peace and justice. Davis-Putter scholars are both graduate and undergraduate students and must be enrolled in an accredited school and receiving college credits for the time period covered by their grant. Early recipients fought for civil rights, against McCarthyism, and for peace in Vietnam. More recently, grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international, anti-imperialist solidarity.
- UCLA International Institute Funding Database
East Asia and Southeast Asia
- Japan: Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
- Japan: Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Short-Term Student Exchange Promotion Scholarship
- Freeman-ASIA Program
- Germany: Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)
- United Kingdom: British Marshall Scholarships
United Kingdom: Rhodes Scholarship Trust
Study at Oxford. Eligible if 18-24 years old; must have bachelor's degree before entering Oxford.
Study Abroad Program Specific Aid
Students studying abroad through the programs listed below are eligible for funding.
- UCLA EAP Programs
UCLA Summer Travel Study-Global Studies
Merit based scholarships of $1,000 from the UCLA International Institute awarded to outstanding UCLA participants of the UCLA Summer Travel Global Studies programs.
American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
Semester and summer scholarships available, $500-$1000.
Center for Education Abroad- Arcadia University
$500-$2,000 based on need and merit.
- Council on International Education Exchange
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)
Awards from $300-$5000
Institute for Study Abroad - Butler University
$500-$2000 and travel grants.
International Studies Abroad (ISA)
$1,000 scholarships for summer/semester programs and $2,500 for the year-long program.
School for International Training (SIT)
Awards range from $500-$4,000 and are based on both need and merit.
Semester at Sea
Need and merit based awards
General Study Abroad Scholarship Sites
UCLA Scholarship Resource Center-Study Abroad Scholarships
Search for scholarships, grants, & fellowships. Located at 233 Covel Commons. For more information, call (310) 206-2875
Forum on Financial Aid-Sources and Tips for Study Abroad Funding
UCLA Career Center Lab & UCLA Library
There are numerous books available that highlight financial aid for specific programs and destinations. Here are a few to look into:
- Financial Aid for Study Abroad by Gail Ann Schlachter and R. David Weber.
- Work, Study, Travel Abroad: The Whole World Handbook, Council on International Educational Exchange.
- Financial aid for research and creative activities abroad, Reference Service Press.
- Financial aid for study and training abroad, Reference Service Press.
- Financial resources for international study: a guide for U.S. nationals, Institution of International Education.
Funding for presenting a paper at a regional / national conference
UCLA Undergraduate Research Fellows Program
2-quarter (Winter and Spring) research project / honors thesis
UCLA Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP)
Completion of Honors Thesis or 199 project during senior year
Summer Research Opportunities
UCLA Summer Research Program
$2,000 stipend, on campus room & board, transport
UC Irvine Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship Program
$2,500 and on-campus university housing