Commencement 2014

The Search Begins Here

The CDE expects candidates to fund their study through a combination of resources: government, corporate or grant agency support, and personal resources. It is important to begin the process of securing financial assistance well in advance.

It is important to note that it is necessary for a student to secure and certify funding in order to apply for the J-1 visa. Financing studies at the CDE can take some ingenuity and perseverance. Many countries have training budgets and that is always the first place to start to look for financial support. Check with your supervisor or the manager of training in your department to see what may be available.

There are a number of international scholarships for which you may be eligible. Look over the list provided below and apply for as many scholarships as possible. Please be aware that there is a substantial lead-time for some of these scholarships. It can take as long as 12-18 months for the application procedure. You should plan accordingly and start the application process well in advance of your intended studies at the CDE. The CDE expects all fellows who enroll at the CDE to be able to fund their studies fully throughout the length of their program. Under no circumstances can Williams College help in cases where fellows knowingly enroll under-funded.
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Worldwide Scholarships
Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

In 1987, the World Bank, with funding from the Japanese Government, established the World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (WBGSP) for graduate studies in subjects related to economic development. The scholarship covers tuition, medical insurance, subsistence allowance covering living expenses and books, and economy travel. Application submission deadline is March 31st. Applicants must be a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow, meet the World Bank employment restrictions and the following additional criteria:

  • Be under the age of 40 as of the submission deadline.
  • Have, by March 31, at least 2 years of recent full time professional experience acquired after a university degree, in the applicant’s home country or in another developing country.
  • Be in good health.
  • Be of good character.
  • Not be a permanent resident or a national of any industrialized country.
  • Not be residing in an industrialized country for more than one year.
Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is offering fellowships through its International Fellowships Program (IFP) for citizens of:

  • Asia – China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam;
  • East Africa – Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda;
  • West Africa – Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal;
  • Southern Africa – Mozambique and South Africa;
  • Middle East and North Africa – Egypt and Palestine;
  • Latin America – Chile and Peru, Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico;
  • Russia;
  • The Philippines.

Please take note that the IFP is managed by several different organizations and the due dates for applications vary with each country. Please look at the site carefully for this necessary information.

Institute for Humane Studies

Humane Studies Fellowship – Awards of up to $12,000 The Institute for Humane Studies awards scholarships up to $12,000 for undergraduate or graduate study in the United States or abroad. In previous years IHS awarded more than 90 scholarships to outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, law students, and professional students who are interested in the classical liberal tradition.

Fulbright Scholarship Program

Applications for Fulbright awards are received by the commission and preliminary selections are made by the commission board, with final approval by the presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the United States. In approximately 90 countries, the competition is conducted by the United States Information Service (USIS) post at the U.S. embassy. In most countries there is a very stiff competition for awards, and priorities may exist regarding disciplines, career level, type of activity, etc. The scholarship covers tuition, living allowance, medical insurance etc. Deadlines vary from country to country but they are more than one year before enrollment at the CDE.

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships

Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide funding for one academic year of study in another country. This award is intended to help cover round-trip transportation, tuition, fees, room and board expenses, and some educational supplies up to US$25,000 or its equivalent. The most common type of scholarship offered, more than 1,100 Academic-Year Scholarships were awarded for study in 2002-2003. Applications must be obtained from local Rotary Club. Deadlines vary, but are often 1 1/2 years before the start of a program.

Aga Khan Foundation

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant/50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June. The Foundation gives priority to requests for master’s degree level courses. Deadline: March 31st.

Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, IIE has 19 offices worldwide, over 800 college and university IIE Network members, and more than 5,000 volunteers. IIE designs and implements programs of study.

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Scholarships for Women
American Association of University Women (AAUW)

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Awards are subject to change.

Master’s/First Professional Fellowship: $18,000
Applications available: August 1 – December 1, 2007
Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2007
Fellowship year: July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund

Grants are available to promote world peace and understanding for women who are citizens of any country other than the US or Canada. These awards are for graduate students who are enrolled full-time. Money is not to be used for research or dissertation. Maximum amount allotted is $6,000 for period of one year from August to May and is renewable once.

Deadline to request eligibility information is Dec. 15. If eligible, an application will be mailed.
Contact: Carolyn Larson, Project Supervisor

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Regional Scholarships


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The Africa-America Institute

The Africa-America Institute’s mission is to expand education and professional training opportunities for Africans, foster greater understanding of Africa in America, and promote mutually beneficial U.S.-Africa relations. Founded in 1953, the Africa-America Institute is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, non-profit organization, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., and a presence in 20 African countries.
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Latin American and Caribbean
Organization of American States Scholarships

Organization of American States offers scholarships for advanced study at the graduate level. Citizens or permanent residents of OAS member States who hold a university degree and who meet the requirements to pursue advanced studies or research in the field chosen. Studies may be undertaken in any of the member States of the Organization of American States, with the exception of the country of which the candidate is a citizen or permanent resident. An OAS Fellowship provides some or all of the following benefits: Round-trip air travel, economy class, between the point of residence and study site. Monthly subsistence allowance which will vary according to the country of study. Tuition costs, when pertinent, paid directly to the study center. A limited annual allowance for books and study materials. Health insurance. A preliminary on-line application may be required. Deadline varies, usually prior to January 1.

Japan-IDB Scholarship Program Funded by the Government of Japan

The Inter-American Development Bank, with funding from the Government of Japan, has established a scholarship program for students from the Bank’s borrowing member countries who wish to pursue graduate studies in development-related fields, such as Social Sciences, Business, Public Administration or other development-related technical disciplines. Scholarship recipients may attend accredited Institutions offering Master’s Programs, located in any of the member countries. The scholarship provides benefits covering full tuition, university medical and accident insurance, an installation allowance, a monthly subsistence allowance, a book allowance, and economy class travel. The scholarship is effective as of the start of the academic year and does not cover any expenses during the summer. Applications are available in March and the submission deadline is mid-May.

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Middle East

For over 40 years, AMIDEAST has arranged and administered student and employee exchange programs between the U.S. and the Middle East and North Africa. The funding programs include the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) and the Fulbright Program.

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Newly Independent States
Edmund S. Muskie & Freedom Support Act (FSA) Graduate Fellowship Program

The Edmund S. Muskie and Freedom Support Act Graduate Fellowship programs provide citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan with the opportunity to pursue graduate study at the master’s level in the United States. Students are chosen in the fields of business administration, economics, education, environmental management, international affairs, journalism and mass communications, law, library and information science, public administration, public health, and public policy. The program provides full scholarships to participants, including university tuition, fees, room, board, health insurance, monthly stipend, book allowance, and international and domestic travel. Applications are usually available October 1st.

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