Researching, Studying, or Teaching Abroad

Studying, researching, or teaching in a foreign university or on a project abroad can provide extraordinary opportunities and enhance your perspectives on methods, styles, and ideas.   A stint overseas allows you to explore new cultures and language, and can open gateways to unique research sources and diverse professional networks.

For undergraduates: According to recent statistics the number of American students participating in study abroad programs has grown from 62,000 in 1987-88 to over 110,000 in 1997-98. Will you be one of a growing number next year? If so, there are a number of resources on the web to assist you in finding a suitable program. These resources are valuable in identifying opportunities but check first with your university or college's international study program to find out what is available directly through your school and what outside programs you may receive credit for.   Universities often sponsor overseas programs or partner with overseas organizations to provide educational opportunties for their students. 

If you know about a relevant program that's not shown in our listings, please let us know about it at [email protected]. Interested parties should also review the APSA's Political Science Grants, Fellowships, Scholarships, Funding, which may contain some links to international programs.


Boren Scholarships 
The applications for the 2011-2012 National Security Education Program's David L. Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students and Fellowships for graduate students are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. 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 up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for language study and international research. The application deadline for the Boren Fellowship is February 1, and the deadline for the Boren Scholarship is February 10. Please contact the Boren Awards staff at [email protected] or 1-800-618-NSEP with any questions.


The Fulbright Scholar Program, established in 1946 under Congressional legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." Opportunities are available to a wide range of applicants, both faculty and graduate students to over 140 countries.

The Civic Education Project Visiting Lecturer Program offers the opportunity for academics holding an advanced degree in a social science, law, or journalism to teach and mentor for a year in one of the countries of the regions where the CEP operates.

Since inception, German Marshall Fund Programs, have brought Americans and Europeans together to increase understanding and to build future transatlantic networks among the political, media, business, and nonprofit communities.  GMF works closely with partner organizations to sponsor a range of fellowship and exchange programs designed to provide both broad cultural exposure and more targeted opportunities for learning about specialized policy areas. 

International Researches & Exchanges Board (IREX)    

IREX: IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2009-2010 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) Program. The IARO Program provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals for long-term overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy.  The IARO application and supporting materials are available on the IREX website at:  Completed applications are due no later than November 17, 2008. Masters Students, Pre-doctoral Students, Postdoctoral Students, and Professionals with advanced degrees are eligible for a IARO Fellowship. IARO Fellowships cover the cost of travel and a living/housing stipend. Questions may be addressed to the IARO Program Staff at [email protected] or by telephone at 202-628-8188.

Countries Eligible for Research:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

Embassy Policy Specialist Program: IREX is an international nonprofit organization specializing in education, independent media, Internet development, and civil society programs. Through training, partnerships, education, research, and grant programs, IREX develops the capacity of individuals and institutions to contribute to their societies.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the largest educational and cultural exchange organization in the U.S. The IIE Passport portal makes available the expanded contents of the IIE study abroad directories which it has published for 50 years. The site allow searches using as many as 35 criteria across the database which contains over 5000 listings. This site that allows searching for study abroad programs, language schools, and international internships. The site's search engine allows users to search by country or subject or a combination of both. offers listings for study abroad programs in over 100 countries. In list format users can view academic year and semester programs, along with English language training, internship, law, and business programs. The site also features a discussion board, financial aid tips, and weekly email announcement option.

Rock Bottom Study Abroad: Directory is a service of The International Study and Travel Center (ISTC) a not-for-profit student organization at the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities. The site allows users to search by country, subject, and length of stay. It also includes listings for language programs.

Petersons Education Center: From the company that produces annual print guides to colleges and universities, Petersons online Education Center offers a search feature for study abroad programs.

The Council on International Education Exchange is a leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. 

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship Programs 
The ACLS offers several fellowship programs that support American scholarship abroad.

"Study Abroad" in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Internship Institute, which offers opportunities for working in foreign embassies in Washington, D.C. through its Embassy and Diplomatic Scholars program.

CDS International: Training, fellowship, and internship opportunities abroad. 

The Fund for American Studies  brings together the brightest students from around the world for an intense academic and cross-cultural experience.  They currently have programs in Prague, Greece, and Hong Kong. is a comprehensive study abroad and cultural exchange portal.


The following resources may be helpful to you if you wish to pursue study in Africa.  It includes resources for undergraduates.

The National Consortium for Study in Africa promotes study in Africa and seeks to improve the quality of programs.  Includes links to semester through full-year programs, volunteer opportunities, and information for those considering study in Africa.

The Africa Center is a non-profit Boulder, Colorado organization dedicated to social awareness of and knowledge of Africa.  Links to various programs.   

Stanford University Study Abroad: Africa  

Middlebury College: Africa Study 




The Ecole des Chartes Exchange Fellowship provides a monthly stipend and free tuition for an American or Canadian graduate student to study at the Ecole Nationale des Chartes in Paris for a period of three months in the fall of 2007. The Ecole des Chartes is the oldest institution in Europe specializing in the archival sciences, including paleography, bibliography, textual editing, and the history of the book. Applicants should explain how taking classes at the Ecole will aid them in their dissertation research. Preference will be given to students from schools supporting the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies. For more information on the Ecole des Chartes, see   




The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies offers up to one-year of research support at the Freie Universitat Berlin. It is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on the period since the mid-19th century.

German Chancellor Fellowship Program: Since 1990, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded several German Chancellor Scholarships annually to prospective leaders from the U.S.A. in the academic, economic and political fields, enabling them to carry out research projects of their own choice in Germany.

The German Academic Exchange Service  provides information and financial support for study or research in Germany.

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Scholar-in- Residence 

Alexander von Humboldt ProgramsFellowships and research awards for research in Germany.

Applicants for long- and short-term fellowships at the Newberry may also ask to be considered for Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbuttel Fellowshipsproviding an additional two-month fellowship in Wolfenbuttel , Germany. The proposed project should link the collections of both libraries; applicants should plan to hold both fellowships sequentially to ensure continuity of research. The award will pay 2,000 DM per month plus up to 1,200 DM travel expenses. For more information on the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbuttel , see

Great Britain

The Hansard Scholars Programme  offers an outstanding opportunity for international students to gain academic and practical knowledge of the British political system and current debates in UK public policy. From the Hansard Society website: "Are you an undergraduate interested in politics and current affairs? Would you enjoy working in the UK, at the heart of the Parliamentary process, alongside key decision-makers and opinion-formers from Parliament, Government, campaign organisations, think tanks, lobbying groups, and the media? Would you enjoy a semester living in one of the most vibrant, exciting, and politically important cities in the world? 

The Newberry Library/British Academy Fellowship for Study in Great Britain offers an exchange fellowship for up to three months' study in Great Britain in any field in which the Newberry's collections are strong. This post-doctoral award pays a small amount per month; the Fellow's home institution is expected to continue to pay his or her salary. The Awards Committee gives preference to readers and staff of the Newberry and to scholars who have previously used the Library.



Central European University, a graduate institution accredited in the United States and Hungary, invites applications for the PhD Program in Political Science. The Doctoral School offers five specializations: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Economy, Political Theory, and Public Policy.


The American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship Competition invites applications from scholars from all disciplines who wish to conduct research in India. Junior (doctoral candidates), Senior long-term, Senior short-term, and scholarly/professional development scholarships are available.


The SSRC/JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for ABDs and recent PhDs  provides promising and highly qualified researchers in the humanities and social sciences with the opportunity to conduct extended research at leading universities and research institutions in Japan.


The EAI Fellows Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia invites applications to its Fellows Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia. Funded by the Japan Foundation, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange of Taiwan, and YBM/KIS, an education institute of Korea, the Fellows Program targets East Asia specialists with cutting-edge expertise in political science, international relations, and sociology for an international exchange program with the goal of encouraging interdisciplinary research with a comparative perspective in the study of East Asia. The EAI Fellows present seminars and lectures, based on an unpublished article on current issues submitted solely for the purpose of the Fellows Program, at two or more Partner Institutions in East Asia.



Other Resources

The Abroad View Foundation is an international education organization that fosters global awareness and cross-cultural understanding among study abroad students and international students. Our aim is to promote study abroad, the acquisition of foreign languages, global awareness, and cross-cultural understanding. We seek to foster open-minded exploration and inform, challenge, and expand students' views of the cultures, environments, and conditions of the world.

 National Association of International Educators is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field.

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