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There are 32 opportunities available for First Year students.
- Aigrain Fund Grant
- UVA’s program in Global Studies and the Department of Economics are pleased to announce a new grant opportunity for undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences. The Aigrain Fund Grant was established to provide support to students interested in (1) carrying out a research project in a developing nation or (2) taking an internship position in an emerging market. It is anticipated that at least two awards will be bestowed annually.
- Beckman Scholars at U.Va.
- The Beckman Scholars program at U.Va. will provide annually one or more $19,300 scholarships to highly talented, research-oriented students who will work in their mentor’s laboratory full time for 10 weeks during the summers of 2016 and 2017, and 10 hours per week during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Students work with one of 15 identified faculty mentors. Funded by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, this program is intended to advance the education, research training, and personal development of select students in chemistry, biochemistry, and the biological and medical sciences.
- Boren Undergraduate Scholarship (NSEP)
- The National Security Education Program (NSEP) is a unique scholarship opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to participate in a study abroad program with an intensive language component. Created in 1991, NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. It draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including: sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP service requirement.
- Bush Traveling Fellowship Program
- The Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy. Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.
- Charles H. Koch Jr. Scholarship Supporting Undergraduate Internships
- The Koch Fellowship provides up to $5000.00 in financial support for expenses incurred on internships related to foreign affairs during the summer of 2015. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible. The judges of the competition will give priority to funding unpaid internships and internships that require travel abroad. In order to maximize the fellowship's beneficial impact, the committee may decide to divide the funds among more than one student.
- Clinton Global Initiative
- Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.
Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. CGI U 2015 will take place in Miami from March 6-8, 2015. The meeting will bring together nearly 1,200 attendees to make a difference in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.
CGI U is a growing community of young leaders who don't just discuss global challenges - they take real, concrete steps toward solving them. Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students develop their own Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. Commitments range from manufacturing wheelchairs for developing countries to establishing campus bike share programs, from creating free vision clinics to developing e-learning applications for mobile phones.
Throughout the year, students are also invited to apply to become CGI U Campus Representatives.
- College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Scholarships
- Each year, the College of Arts & Sciences awards several scholarships to undergraduates enrolled in the College. These include the Helping Hand Scholarship, the Patteson Gilliam Scholarship, the Robert Kent Gooch Scholarship, the Deborah J. Kane Scholarship, and others.
- Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
- The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 2006, its inaugural year, the CLS Program offered intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.
CLS is an overseas, group-based program that takes place each summer. Program sites, dates, and overseas institutional partners may vary from year to year. Information for the most recent program year can be found in the institute profiles under the Languages tab.
- Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes
- This program offers intensive overseas study in critical foreign languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, HIndi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Recipients participate in beginning, intermediate, or advanced level summer language programs overseas for a period of 7 to 10 weeks. Languages taught are: Arabic, Persian (Advanced beginning, intermediate or advanced level);
Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu (Beginning, intermediate or advanced level); Chinese, Japanese, Russian: (Intermediate or advanced level).
- Dalai Lama Fellowship
- Join an international network of Fellows who are committed to social change rooted in secular ethics, contemplative values, and compassion. We are calling globally-minded citizens who want to build a more harmonious, peaceful, and sustainable world. Propose a year-long Compassion-in-Action project that addresses one or more of the six Global Challenges:
-Access to Education
-Access to Health
As a Fellow, you:
-Design and launch a project to address a significant challenge in your community;
-Travel to the Ethical Leadership Assembly (ELA), to be held in Petaluma, California on July 1-8, 2016 and again in 2017, to connect with Fellows from around the world and to deepen your leadership capacity;
-Receive up to $6,000 in funding for your project in addition to funding for travel costs to attend the ELA; and,
-Participate in a distinctive, year-long curriculum with ongoing, personalized coaching.
- Davis Projects for Peace
- Davis Projects for Peace encourages students to design their own grassroots projects for peace. 100 projects will be chosen from among the over 90 American colleges and universities currently affiliated with the Davis UWC Scholars Program.
- Dee Family Global Scholarship
- The Dee Family Global Scholarship was created to support UVA student participation in innovative study or research projects/activities abroad which demonstrate well-constructed plans, partnership with the local community, and the potential for continued inquiry.
Preference will be given to Global Development Studies (GDS) majors. Preference will also be given to non-GDS majors whose projects take place in a developing country, especially those with "Low Human Development" scores on the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI).
The ISO runs two application cycles for this award each year--March 1 is the deadline for summer and fall projects, and October 15 is the deadline for January Term and spring projects.
- Engineering Student Council's Travel and Activities Fund
- The Engineering Student Council recognizes that current, involved students are SEAS’s best ambassadors. Students have the potential to further the School’s programs and enhance the reputation of the School by forming organizations for engineers, getting involved in the local community, attending conferences, participating in scientific competitions, and more. In recognition of this, the Engineering Student Council (EStud) has created the Student Travel and Activities Fund (TAF) to help support and finance these efforts. These funds are meant to fuel endeavors that further the reputation of the Engineering School or enhance the experiences of engineering students.
- Fulbright Summer Institutes for U.S. Students
- The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK. These summer programmes provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer programme.
Participants in these programmes will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic programme 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.
There are nine Summer Programmes available for US students in 2015:
AIFS Summer Institute at Shakespeare's Globe
Durham University Summer Institute
King's College London Summer Institute
Nottingham Trent University Summer Institute
Queen's University Belfast Summer Institute
Scotland Summer Institute
University of Bristol Summer Institute
University of Exeter Summer Institute
Wales Summer Institute
The Summer Institutes will cover the majority of participant costs. This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host university/institution, accommodation and meals and in some cases a small daily allowance. Please read the Terms and Conditions for this award before making an application.
- Gilman International Scholarship
- The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
- Hertog Foundation Undergraduate Opportunities
- The Hertog Foundation offers several highly competitive and selective educational programs for outstanding individuals who seek to influence the intellectual, civic, and political life of the United States. We offer programs in three main areas: Political Thought & Philosophy; War & Foreign Affairs; and Economics & Domestic Policy.
Our programs include short-term seminars in New York City and Washington, DC as well as summer fellowships for college undergraduates and recent graduates.
- Kenan Academical Village Endowment Award
- The William R. Kenan Endowment Fund of the Academical Village has established an endowment to fund educational outreach programs that further the educational mission of Jefferson’s Academical Village.
In accord with the stated purposes of the endowment, the 2015 summer grants will support educational opportunities for students to conduct research projects that increase public understanding of the Academical Village. These research projects may include architectural or field internships; development of exhibitions and other educational opportunities to inform and engage the public (of all ages) in the history, evolution, and restoration of this World Heritage site; preparation of materials on historic preservation for publication and public distribution; and other educational outreach initiatives.
At the conclusion of the research, award recipients must submit a final product (e.g., a creative project, a curriculum design, etc.) to document the results of the research project in publishable form along with a letter from the faculty sponsor assessing the outcome of the project.
- Morven Summer Institute Scholarships
- The Morven Summer Institute is an innovative summer program hosted on UVa's 3,000-acre Morven Farm, an emerging landscape for interdisciplinary learning at the University, located 20 minutes from UVA Grounds. At the Morven Summer Institute, undergraduate and graduate students with interests in sustainability, design, food systems, and ecology will have the opportunity to escape traditional confines of the classroom while working on projects with real-world applications.
Students participating in the 2014 Summer Institute select one 3-credit course from either (or both) of the 10-day summer blocks (Block A: May 19-May 30 and Block B: June 2-June 13). In conjunction with time spent in the classroom at Morven, this interdisciplinary program features guest speakers, field trips, active group discussions, and hands-on projects to ignite creative collaboration among students and faculty.
The Morven Summer Institute is a collaborative effort involving faculty from the School of Architecture and the College of Arts and Sciences; the Office of the Vice President for Research; and the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs.
Students from all years, departments, and outside Universities are welcome to join the Morven community for this unique program.
The Morven Summer Institute announces that it will offer up to four
partial scholarships for the summer of 2014.
The Morven Summer Institute (MSI) serves to bring University students out
to Morven Farm and into a “living laboratory”—a physical space where they can address questions of sustainability, ecology, and public health by conducting their own research, interacting with their environment, and making both local and global connections. Morven Farm is a 3,000 acre working farm owned by UVa located 15 minutes from Grounds. Through MSI, the farm becomes an extension of the Academical Village, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and enriching students’ education through experiential learning. In the past, students have selected from courses in architecture and social science, such as the Politics of Food and Farmers
Market Research, and from environmental science classes in agro-ecology and foodand nutrition.
This year, the program is widening its scope, offering not only the Food
Politics and Agro-Ecology courses, but also courses in Sustainability and Human Need and Global Health. Students in these classes conduct experiments in the kitchen garden to test the effects of natural pesticides and gardening techniques, and compare land use and production.
- National Geographic Young Explorers Grant
- Young Explorer Grants offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT). In addition, the YEG program recently teamed with the Luce Foundation to provide increased funding opportunities for fieldwork in 18 Northeast and Southeast Asian countries, including Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The Committee for Research and Exploration funds hypothesis-based scientific research. Consult the CRE website for more information on the fields of research funded.
The Conservation Trust funds innovative and applied approaches to conservation with potential for global application. Consult the CT website for more information on the types of projects funded.
The Expeditions Council funds exploration and adventure around the world. Consult the EC website for more information on the types of programs funded.
- National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
- NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project where students work with the faculty and other researchers.
- Public Policy and Leadership Conference
- The Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) is designed to inform students about careers in the public sector. The conference will encourage students who possess a commitment to public service to prepare for graduate study in public policy and international affairs, as well as to provide information on financial support through various fellowship programs.
The conference aims to attract students from groups under-represented in public policy and international affairs in an effort to increase the diversity of students receiving these professional degrees. The conference will help prepare future leaders for study in public policy, particularly those from historically under-served communities and people of color.
- Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program
- The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.
- Rare Book School Fellowship Program at the University of Virginia
- Thanks to a generous grant made possible by The Jefferson Trust, an initiative of the UVA Alumni Association, Rare Book School (RBS) invites students at the University of Virginia to apply for a fellowship designed to enhance UVA student research employing special collections, including written, printed, and born-digital materials.
The RBS-UVA Fellowship Program provides UVA undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships to attend RBS’s celebrated courses on the history of books and printing—classes that are not available through UVA course offerings. The program introduces Fellows and their faculty sponsors to visiting peers and professionals in a dynamic environment that fosters hands-on collaborative research and interdisciplinary learning. The RBS-UVA Program not only provides Fellows with new tools and methods for engaging with primary source materials, it also publishes the scholarship of its participants (via its highly visited website), thereby providing other students with aspirational models of scholarly work and intellectual achievement.
Undergraduate and graduate students attend seminars at RBS that directly inform year-long projects (viz., a Distinguished Major’s thesis, a scholarly article, a dissertation chapter, a conference paper, a public exhibit) that they are undertaking. Once accepted to the program, Fellows: • prepare readings for the RBS course to which they have been accepted; • attend an RBS course offered during 2012 (most RBS courses are offered at UVA in June and July). During their year in the program, Fellows and their UVA faculty sponsors will continue to participate in the program through: • visits to RBS and consultation with RBS faculty and staff during the conduct of their research; • the submission of final projects for the Fellows’ interactive module on the RBS website; • the program’s annual forum and awards luncheon; • the completion of a year-end evaluation of the program.
- Raven Fellowship - U.Va.
The University of Virginia's Raven Society established the Raven Fellowships in 1984 to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to undertake scholarly, intellectual, and creative projects.
The Raven Society endeavors to bring together outstanding students, faculty, administrators, and alumni of the various schools of the University that they may derive the benefits of mutual acquaintance in pursuit of diligent scholarship and intellectual activity beyond the limits of systematic work in the classroom. As such, the Raven Fellowships will be targeted towards innovative research projects that cross disciplines in novel ways. While all applications will be reviewed, special consideration will be given to those projects with a distinctly interdisciplinary focus. The Raven Society will award research fellowships in support of summer or fall independent research projects. Research may be related to a dissertation or thesis, however, it is strongly encouraged that the projects go above and beyond what is for academic credit. Each fellowship will award up to $2500, and each Fellowship recipient will receive the award at the Raven Society's annual banquet. Applications from undergraduate and graduate students will be given equal consideration. You need not be a member of the Raven Society to apply.
- Rotary Global Grants
- Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. Grant sponsors form international partnerships that respond to real community needs.
Global grants can fund these activities:
Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies
Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own.
A key feature of global grants is partnership, between the district or club where the activity is carried out and a district or club in another country. Both sponsors must be qualified before they can submit an application.
To be successful, your application must:
Be sustainable and include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent
Include measurable goals
Align with one of our areas of focus
Respond to real community needs
Actively involve Rotarians and community members
Meet the eligibility requirements in the grants terms and conditions
- SMART Scholarship Program (Department of Defense)
- The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program provides full scholarships to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The SMART program aims to increase the number of scientists and engineers in the Department of Defense.
- Stephanie Jean-Charles Global Community Service Scholarship
- The University of Virginia Seven Society and Ernst & Young Foundation provide scholarships that are given annually in memory of former OAAA student and Peer Advisor Stephanie Jean-Charles, who died in her native Haiti during the 2010 earthquake. The $1000 grants support two (2) students who plan to travel abroad and engage in community service. Note: These awards cannot be used for service performed through courses – including J-Term – or in Alternative Spring Break activities. For details and application materials, visit the website at http://www.virginia.edu/oaaa/sjc_guidelines.html
- Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship
- Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, is pleased to announce the continuation of the Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program to help provide educational opportunities for future generations of scientists. In addition to investing in the world’s future scientific endeavors, Thermo Fisher Scientific prides itself on our eco-friendly operations and products, along with working with customers, industry, and the scientific community to advance environmental management and science. If you could please pass the following information along to your students, and post it on your website(s), it would be greatly appreciated. On our website, we have posted flier 1 and flier 2 for your use.
The Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program for the Fall 2014 semester includes two (2) $10,000 scholarships and four (4) $5,000 scholarships, to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with a declared major of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life-science field. To qualify for the scholarship, students must have a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be enrolled in an accredited college for university for the Fall 2014 semester.
In addition to these qualifications, students must also be legal United States residents, meaning that students possessing appropriate Visa status in order to study in the United States are also eligible.
- U.Va. School of Medicine - Summer Research Internship Program
- The UVA School of Medicine offers summer research opportunities to qualified undergraduates who are considering a possible career in biomedical research. The program targets, but is not limited to, racially and ethnically diverse students in their sophomore, junior and senior college undergraduate years. Students will be matched with a faculty mentor in one of the basic medical science departments at UVA for a one-on-one laboratory research experience, and will also participate in workshops and seminars during the term.
- UK Summer Institutes
- The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers seven Special Summer Programmes for US citizens to come to the UK. These summer programmes provide the opportunity for US citizens who have completed no more than two years of university study, to come to the UK on a three-, four-, or six-week academic and cultural summer programme.
Participants in these programmes will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic programme 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.
- UROP International
- The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at RWTH Aachen University fosters research partnerships between qualified undergraduates from top US and Canadian universities and research faculty at our university.
The program is specifically designed for students who wish to attain hands-on experience in fundamental research at one of the top universities of science and technology worldwide.
The program‘s duration is ten weeks. The first two weeks are dedicated to an intensive German language course and an introduction to research and culture. Weeks 3 to 10 are settled around the research internship in one of the departments of RWTH Aachen University.
UROP International offers undergraduate students the unique chance to conduct their own research project, thus actively experiencing what research is like at an early stage of their academic career. While pursuing their projects, students are mentored and supervised by the excellent research staff of the host institute at RWTH Aachen University.
Besides obtaining research experience, the students participate in German language training and workshops on intercultural and research-related issues. Leisure activities complete their international experience in Germany.
Due to the huge success of the UROP International program, RWTH is doubling the number of research placements available. Now 60 students can take part in the program!
- Wolfe Undergraduate Docent Program
- The Wolfe Docent Program offers undergraduate students an introduction to the Special Collections Library and the opportunity to develop an outreach or research project that promotes the library’s resources to the university community and wider public.
The term docent is derived from the Latin verb docere (to teach). In the spirit of the educational mission of the Harrison Institute, the undergraduate docents selected for this program will become teachers for their peers and others in the academic community on topics relating to the collections of rare and unique materials held in the Special Collections Library.
U.Va. undergraduates who demonstrate a commitment to the humanities and/or social sciences, interest in learning about careers in libraries and/or museums, and a desire to develop strong research and communication skills, are encouraged to apply for the program.
The approximate time commitment for participation in this program is three hours per week during the Spring or Fall semesters. Awards will be accompanied by a $500 prize and may be renewed from year to year.
The experience of working in the Special Collections Library and Harrison Institute may inspire ideas for a research project that could form the basis of a proposal for a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award administered by the Center for Undergraduate Excellence.
The Wolfe Docent Program is sponsored by Mary Lacey Long Wolfe (College ’88) and her husband, Michael.