Blakemore Freeman Fellowship for Advanced Asian Language Study (Deadline December) 
Blakemore language grants are awarded for study of the following modern languages of East and Southeast Asia: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer, & Burmese. The fellowships are awarded for one academic year of advanced level language study in approved language programs. To be eligible for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, an applicant must:

  • Be pursuing an academic, professional or business career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language
  • Have a college undergraduate degree
  • Be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined in the grant guidelines (Minimum requirement is 3 years of study of the language at college level or equivalent fluency)
  • Able to devote oneself exclusively to full-time intensive language study during the term of the grant. Grants are not made for part-time study or research.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States

Boren Scholarship (Undergraduate) (Deadline in early February)
Boren Scholarships offer unique opportunities for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American & the Caribbean, and the Middle East).

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • An undergraduate degree program in a U.S. universities, colleges and community colleges accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards.
  • Contact UNM Global Education Office at 505-277-4032

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program (Deadline November)
The CLS program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for US university students and is sponsored by the US Department of State. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. 

  • Azerbaijani, Bangle/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.
The eligibility requirements include:
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college course-work by program start date (one year is defined as two semesters or three quarters).
  • Applicants must be in acceptable mental and physical health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Information Form and Physician’s Statement.
  • Applicants must be 18 years old by the beginning of the CLS Program.

Kathryn David Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages (Deadline January) 
The Kathryn Davis Fellowships cover 100% of tuition, room, and board for one summer of summer language study from beginner to graduate levels in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools.The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed above.