Educating global citizens

Educating Global Citizens

By implementing some of the world’s most prestigious and innovative scholarship programs, the Institute provides talented students from around the world with the education and experience that is critical to achieving success in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

A few of the programs that IIE manages in this area are highlighted below.

David L. Boren Scholarships and FellowshipsDavid L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Preparing young Americans to speak the world's languages and understand its cultures is critical to U.S. interests. In 2010, with funding from the National Security Education Program, IIE awarded 138 undergraduate Boren scholarships and 99 graduate Boren Fellowships to enable students to study critical languages overseas. Boren grantees studied 39 languages in 46 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. More than 80 percent of all Boren Scholars and Fellows studied abroad for a full academic year.

Visit the Boren Awards for International Study site

Celebrating 10 Years of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by IIE, has awarded over 8,800 scholarships to U.S. undergraduates enrolled in over 920 U.S. institutions since its inception in 2001. IIE proactively recruits financially needy students from diverse backgrounds to study abroad and sends them to over 120 countries. This past year, 58 percent of Gilman recipients came from ethnically diverse backgrounds, compared with the national study abroad average of 18 percent minority students. Out of 1,768 Gilman Scholarships awarded in the 2009-2010 academic year, nearly 80 percent of recipients studied a foreign language while overseas in countries including Brazil, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Hungary, India, Senegal and Vietnam. In 2010-2011, over 2,300 young Americans will receive Gilman Scholarships. 

Visit the Gilman Scholarship program site

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

With funding from the Freeman Foundation, IIE is launching the next phase of the Freeman Awards for Study in Asia. Since 2001, Freeman-ASIA has provided scholarships for more than 4,000 U.S. undergraduate students to study in East and Southeast Asia. Upon their return to the U.S., they conduct projects teaching tens of thousands of their peers on campus and in the wider community. Generous support from the Freeman Foundation also enabled IIE to administer the Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program (FINIP) this past summer, pairing U.S. and Indonesian undergraduates to work as interns in not-for-profit agencies in Indonesia, while studying at local universities.

Visit the Freeman ASIA program site

English for Heritage Language Speakers

The EHLS Program offers a unique opportunity to U.S. citizens who are native speakers of critical languages. EHLS Scholars undergo intensive training in professional communication and career skills essential for working in the government.

Visit the EHLS Program

The Language Flagship

The Language Flagship, initiated in 2002 as the National Flagship Language Program, seeks to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of fluency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.

Visit The Language Flagship site

    Program Spotlight
    • Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program

      Provides awards for U.S. undergrads who are receiving Federal Pell Grants to study abroad.

    • Boren Awards

      Supports graduate and undergraduate students studying languages, cultures and world areas critical to U.S. interests.

    • The Language Flagship Fellowship

      Opportunities for U.S. students to achieve a superior level of fluency in languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.


    Jonah Kokodyniak
    Deputy Vice President,
    Strategic Development

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