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Office of Merit Awards Operating Updates

The Office of Merit Awards is operating in a hybrid modality with team members working in the office and remotely.  

  • JANUARY 31st: The flooding in Letts Lower Level has been resolved. We are back to our regular hybrid modality. 
  • Our office in Letts Hall Lower Level, Suite 6, is open for in-person visits Monday to Wednesday from 10am-4pm. You may schedule either an in-person or a virtual appointment on these days.
  • On Thursdays and Fridays you can find us at the Career Center, 5th Floor, Butler Pavilion.
  • For scheduling and other queries please email meritawards@american.edu or call 202-885-1854 Monday-Friday between 9am to 5pm
  • Information about scholarship information sessions and workshops can be found here and on our instagram (@auofficeofmeritawards)
  • Questions? Contact us at meritawards@american.edu or 202-885-1854.

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Upcoming 2022-2023 Events and Deadlines

Check out a complete listing of graduate and undergraduate scholarship deadlines. 

BOREN FELLOWSHIP | borenawards.org

The Boren Graduate Fellowship supports students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Boren Fellowships are merit-based. Applicants design their own programs and may combine domestic language and cultural study with overseas study. All Fellowship recipients are required to work for one year (or longer in some instances) in a national-security related position with the Federal government, starting no later than 2 years after graduation.

BOREN SCHOLARSHIP| borenawards.org

The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship supports study abroad for students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. All scholarship recipients are required to work for one year in a national security-related position with the Federal government, starting no later than 2 years after graduation.

The Boren application cycle for 2022-2023 has closed. Check back in Fall 2023 for the next application cycle. 

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special summer institutes for US citizens to go to the United Kingdom. These summer programs provide the opportunity for undergraduates (with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete) to go to the UK on a three to six- week academic program at a highly regarded UK university, explore the culture, heritage, and history of the UK, and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research, and communication skills.

Deadline: February 23, 2023 at 12:00pm EST

Virtual Writing Workshop | Thursday, February 2nd, 9:30-10:30am EST | Zoom Link

Email meritawards@american.edu with any questions about how to get started on your application. 

Rangel Summer Enrichment Program

This is is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program covers the costs for tuition, travel, housing, and two meals per day. It also provides a stipend of $3,300.

This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.

Deadline: February 7, 2023

For more information or to be connected with an advisor, email meritawards@american.edu

The following dates apply to the 2023-2024 Fulbright competition cycle. 

Check back in Spring 2023 for finalized dates and locations of info sessions. 

Fulbright Kickoff Info Session | Wednesday, March 8, 2023 

Fulbright ETA Grants | Wednesday, March 22, 2023 

Fulbright Research Grants | Tuesday, March 28, 2023 

Fulbright Special Topic | Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Fulbright Study Grants | Tuesday, April 11, 2023 

Fulbright Info Session | Wednesday, April 26, 2023 

First Assignments Due: June 2023

Campus Deadline: Early September 2023

National Deadline: Mid-October 2023

 

Email meritawards@american.edu for more information 

Voyager Scholarship: Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service  

The Voyager Scholarship was created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-founder and CEO, to help shape such leaders. The scholarship provides up to $50,000 in financial aid for the final two years of college for students who want to pursue a career in public service and substantial funding for travel.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 3:00pm CT

Voyager Scholarsip Info Session | Tuesday, February 14th,12:30-1:30pm | Zoom Link

Virtual Drop-In Advising | Thursday, February 16th, 12:30-1:30pm | Zoom Link

Virtual Drop-In Advising | Wednesday, February 22nd, 12:30-1:30 | Zoom Link

Rangel Graduate Fellowship: The Rangel Program is a U.S. State Department program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

 Pickering Fellowship: The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship prepares students to enter the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service. Fellows receive tuition, fees, and a stipend for two years of graduate study. In addition, the fellowship funds one domestic and one overseas internship with the US Department of State. Fellows enter directly into the Foreign Service upon graduation. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

Payne FellowshipThe USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Payne Fellowship Program plans to award seven fellowships for a two-year master's degree and Fellows who successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as USAID Foreign Service Officers. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups who have historically been underrepresented in international development careers and those with financial need.

 

Deadlines: Fall 2023

Foriegn Fellowships Info Session | Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023 at 12:30-1:30pm | Zoom Link 

Email meritawards@american.edu for more information. 

Gilman Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program offers grants to undergraduate students who have limited financial means to pursue academic studies or internships abroad. To be eligible, applicants must be Federal Pell Grant recipients.

Deadline: March 9, 2023 at 11:59pm PT

Virtual Info Session | Wednesday, February 1st, 12:30-1:30pm EST | Zoom Link

Virtual Drop-in Advising | Wednesday, February 15th, 12:00-2:00pm EST | Zoom Link 

Virtual Drop-In Advising | Thursday, March 2nd, 2:00-4:00pm EST | Zoom Link

OMA Celebrates Rangel Fellows

Embrace what makes you different - it will take you very far.

 "Along your journey, you will encounter numerous obstacles and people who will tell you that your dreams are far too ambitious. Don’t listen to them. Embrace every challenge and opportunity."

Learn about the Rangel.

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Trust that you are more than capable and qualified.

"As a Black Jamaican-American woman, I am excited about the opportunity to increase the diverse representation in the foreign service. I really appreciated the guidance that the OMA provided on my Rangel Fellowship application. Their support allowed me to feel empowered throughout the application process. My advice to future applicants is to stay on top of deadlines, attend information sessions hosted by the Rangel program and OMA, and trust that you are more than capable and qualified for this opportunity." 

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Two American University Alumni Win 2022 Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

American University alumni have been awarded prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholarship.

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Early Identification Program (EIP)

EIP is an academic enrichment initiative for academically outstanding second-year & transfer students.

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AU Celebrates Fulbright Scholars

The highly competitive Fulbright US Scholars Program honored 11 American University alumni and one PhD student with awards to carry out self-designed research projects or teach English during the 2020–2021 academic year.

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Anthony LoPrete

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Rising Senior Anthony LoPrete Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Anthony LoPrete (BS physics and computational science ’21) was selected from a pool of 1,343 university-nominated candidates for a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

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American University School of Public Affairs Student Mitchell Lenneville Selected as a Truman Scholar

School of Public Affairs Student is selected as a 2020 Truman Scholar

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American University Named a Top-Producing Institution for Fulbright U.S. Students

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Fulbright Filmmaker: SOC Grad to Study Disability Advocacy in the UK

Meredith Bartley, who graduated from American University School of Communication (AU SOC) in 2018, is the latest of many AU students to be selected for the prestigious Fulbright Scholar program.

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For Boren Fellow, Language Is a Labor of Love

Kayla Tolbert has worked full-time through grad school and she’s now studying immersive Arabic in Jordan.

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Alumna Mackenzie Kelley Wins Fulbright to Study Type 2 Diabetes

Alumna Mackenzie Kelley (Magna Cum Laude, BS biochemistry ’18) has been awarded a Fulbright US Student Award for Research.

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for Boren Scholars & Fellows combined

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Fulbright Scholars since 2013

127

recipients, alternates, and finalists for nationally competitive scholarships (2017-18)