Portland-State-University 2020-2021 Bulletin

Fulbright, Boren & Critical Language Scholarships

Director: Debra Z. Clemans
Assistant: Karin Waller

Karl Miller Center, Suite 610


Fulbright Program

Portland State participates in the Fulbright Program, first founded in 1946 by Senator J. William Fulbright and expanded in 1961 as the Fulbright-Hays Act. Awards available include those offered by the U.S. government, foreign governments, universities, and private donors, and most are managed by IIE, the Institute of International Education. Grants are available to qualified US undergraduate and graduate students and alumni for teaching or advanced research, to qualified faculty for lecturing and research, and to teachers for overseas teacher programs. Non-US citizens also have opportunities through Fulbright.

Grants for US students to Study, Research, or Teach Abroad - Fulbright opportunities for US students are announced annually on April 1 with submission deadlines in late Summer/early Fall. The annual campus deadline is September 8 for awards in the US student program that begin the following academic year. Information sessions are held in Spring term. The director manages PSU’s campus interview process and assists applicants throughout the application cycle. https://us.fulbrightonline.org/

University Lecturing and/or Advanced Research - The application deadline for many faculty and professional level programs is late summer each year. This program also sends non-US scholars and researchers from overseas universities to the US. Visit https://www.cies.org/ or contact Debra Clemans to learn about how to invite a scholar from overseas to study, teach, or do research in your department at Portland State University.

Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad - This Fulbright-Hays program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to twelve months. Deadlines vary. Visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap/index.html and contact Debra Clemans at clemansd@pdx.edu if you decide to apply.

Fulbright for Foreign Students - Fulbright offers awards to students from outside the US through embassies and Fulbright commissions overseas.  To learn more about this program, visit this site: https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/ Typically the student should be applying while still living in their home country.

David L. Boren Scholarships (NSEP)

Scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students are available through this federally funded program for the purpose of helping more Americans learn the languages and cultures of countries and regions deemed critical to U.S. national security and is managed by IIE, the Institute of International Education. It aims to build a base of future leaders and professionals who can help the United States make sound decisions, deal effectively with global issues, and to enhance and increase the faculty who can educate U.S. citizens toward achievement of these goals. This scholarship includes a service requirement once a student has completed their degree. Applications are due early in winter term each year. Interviews are held on the PSU campus prior to Boren deadlines. Those interested should contact the Boren director listed above for more information on requirements and application details and visit https://borenawards.org/. Information sessions are available during fall term.


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) is a program managed by American Councils for International Education that sends current and recent US students (graduate and undergraduate) to other countries as a cohort for immersive summer programs that focus on languages considered critical to US National Security.  This fully funded summer program has early November deadlines each year for programs that typically begin in June. Debra Clemans offers info sessions about this program in early Fall. See the site for more info: https://www.clscholarship.org/.