There are many ways that Santa Fe students can acquire finanical support to pursue African Studies. ‘Internal funding’ refers to grants and scholarships that are availabe at your own institution, and Santa Fe provides students with internal funds to participate in international studies abroad. ‘External funding’ refers to grants and scholarships offered by public and private organizations outside of your institution. Santa Fe students are qualified to apply for external funding to support African Studies at Santa Fe and/or participate in programs hosted by other institutions.

International Studies at SFC

Santa Fe offers Student Leadership and Activities Grants for all Santa Fe study abroad programs.  Students may be awarded up to $1000 or up to 50% of the cost of their selected program. The grants are restricted to Santa Fe students. For more information, visit

External Study Abroad Funding

Rotary International offers programs for students and youth, aged 12-30, to earn scholarships, travel on cultural exchanges, or help a community through a service project. Rotary is a volunteer-service organization with a mission to ‘advance world understanding, goodwill, andpeace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.

IES Merit-based Scholarships are awarded for meritorious achievements in a variety of disciplines for students who are stuyding abroad on an IES Program.  Eligibility is open to students who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs. This group includes, but is not limited to, students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, first generation to college students, students from low income families and students with a history of overcoming adversity. *  Mimimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 (out of 4.0) required *  Recipients must be accepted to and enroll in an IES Abroad program.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships provide awards for students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding to participate in a study abroad program worldwide. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

External Language Study Grants

Many African languages are considered ‘critical’ and/or ‘strategic’ languages. As a result, there are many sources of funding available to students to receive language training.

Planning Ahead

If you intend to continue studies at a four-year university, it is a good idea to begin building your competitiveness for prestigious, and lucrative, grants and awards for African Studies at home and abroad. Many language-training scholarships will cover the costs of tuition and books and providea generous living allowance.

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies.  Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.

‘The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research or be an English teaching assistant abroad for one academic year. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or concurrently with their grant period. More than 1,500 Americans receive grants to study, research or teach abroad with either full or partial support from the Fulbright Program.



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