Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities for Studies

For Graduate Students only.

GSS manages the Freeman Foundation Grant for internships in East or Southeast Asia. 

This grant awards up to $6,550 to a student completing an unpaid or low-paying internship in multiple countries.

Find out more here or contact Graduate Student Services at [email protected].

For Graduate Students only.

The Elliott School strongly encourages students to integrate their studies with practical international internship experiences. To help with this goal, GSS offers a limited number of competitive grants for Elliott School graduate students participating in unpaid or low-pay international internships. Currently enrolled Elliott School graduate students may seek an International Internship Grant via the online application

This grant awards up to $3,000 and is designed to help defray the costs of an international internship, not to fully fund the experience. Students are encouraged to research outside funding sources before submitting a grant proposal.

Find out more here or contact Graduate Student Services at [email protected].

For Undergraduate and Graduate Elliott students.

 Elliott undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for financial support for the purpose of advancing the mission of the school and helping students attain their personal, academic, and career goals. Proposed activities include but are not limited to conference, capstone, language acquisition, research and unpaid internship support. Find out more about this award here.

The average award amount is $300-$500. However, award amounts may vary based on type of request, budget submitted, and volume of applications. 

Contact Jonathan Walker at [email protected] for more information.

More information on the Student Support Award will be provided in January 2022.

This grant is open to all GW B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. students regardless of nationality.

The Sigur Center is pleased to offer a grant for the study of any Asian language in a relevant country. All language study must be conducted in the relevant country of the language and applicants need to confirm acceptance into a language program before leaving. Language programs must be at least 8 weeks long. If you also intend on taking part in an internship over the summer, it must be completed either before or after the language program.

Preference is given to applicants who must pass a language proficiency exam in order to complete their degree requirements.

* Applicants can only apply to one type of grant. Those selected for these grants must submit four blog posts (two written posts and two video blog posts) throughout the course of the program and, during the following academic year, participate in an informal discussion with Sigur Center staff and other language grant recipients about your experience abroad. Application should include current resume, statement of purpose, information about the proposed language program, budget, two letters of recommendation, and GW transcripts.

** Please note that the Sigur Center has substantial funding specifically dedicated to sending students to study Chinese in Taiwan. We strongly recommend that, if you would like to study Chinese abroad, you apply for a program in Taiwan.


February 3rd, 2020, 5:00 PM EST


For Undergraduate Students only.

To qualify for this award, applicants must be supervised by a full-time faculty member, and register for one of the following courses: IAFF 3198 Independent Study and Research; IAFF 4191 Senior Seminar; IAFF 4199 Senior Thesis, or an Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars course. This awards up to $1,500 towards research.

Applicants must complete this online application and attach a signed faculty advisor form.

Contact Jonathan Walker at [email protected] for more information.


October 18 for Fall semester

February 15 for Spring semester

Graduate Students studying at Waseda University during the Spring or Fall Semester only.

This endowment fund was established in 2014 by Daniel and Mary Videtto. This fund provides an annual scholarship to a graduate student in the Elliott School of International Affairs who studies abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

Applicants must apply through GW Passport, and meet all eligible study abroad guidelines outlined here.

Contact Graduate Student Services at [email protected] for more information.