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Funding for African Americans to Study Abroad

William Nolting is the Director of the University of Michigan Overseas Opportunities Office and International Educational and Work Abroad Editor for Transitions Abroad. He compiled a list of opportunities that can help African American students access global opportunties.

We have already discussed the benefits of African American students developing a stronger global perspective by going global and so I wanted to share this list of resources developed by Nolting.

1. The CIEE Robert B. Bailey Scholarship is for students who self-identify as being a member of a group that have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. This scholarship is available to students participating in CIEE programs for study abroad only. Application deadlines are twice a year, November 1 and April 1 for the following semester. Contact: CIEE: Council on International Education Exchange, 300 Fore St., Portland, ME, 04101; 1.800.40.STUDY or 207.553.4000

2. Rotary International has one of the largest scholarship programs of all. Available to undergraduates and graduates not all related to Rotary Club members; apply early–about 1 to 1 1/2 years before you wish to go–through the Rotary Club in your home town. Rotary encourages students of color to apply. See the Rotary website for more information, http://www.rotary.org./

3. National Security Education Program (NSEP) funds undergraduates and graduate students to study in less-frequented regions, often in less-developed countries. Students of color are encouraged to apply. Contact: NSEP, Institute of International Education, www.iie.org/nsep
Fogarty International Center’s Minority International Research Training (MIRT) Grant sends minority students abroad, accompanied by U.S. college faculty, with full funding to do health-related research worldwide. (U-M student Natalie McFarlin, see sidebar, had her first experience abroad through a Fogarty program). For more information, contact: Fogarty International Center, MIRT, National Institutes of Health, http://www.fic.nih.gov/.

4. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation offers several programs for students of color interested in international careers, who must apply in their sophomore year of college. Contact: The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, http://www.woodrow.org/.

5. The Peace Corps is a great bet for anyone interested in working directly with ordinary people in more than 95 less-developed countries. The U.S. government pays all expenses plus over $5,400 savings at the end of the two-year voluntary commitment. Contact: Peace Corps, http://www.peacecorps.gov/.

6. International Careers. Connected: Careers for the Future, a 30-minute video anchored by Charlayne Hunter-Gault in 1997, features on-site interviews with African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans who are working in international settings. Available for the cost of shipping from The Global Center, http://www.globalvision.org/.

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