Northeastern University is committed to offering scholarships and funding resources to eligible students participating in global programs. These funding opportunities are awarded based on academic performance, financial need, or both. Please refer to the information below to browse various internal and external funding opportunities.

Overview

Northeastern University is a multicultural community, situated in a dynamic urban setting, in which students develop the cultural competencies and agility necessary to thrive in an interconnected world. Our students gain knowledge through their direct experiences in the community, in which they learn experientially about the importance of diversity and inclusion. Northeastern also strives to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in our global experiences through unique funding opportunities. Our educational programs foster civility and mutual respect by encouraging students to understand multiple, competing points of view. In support of these goals, six (6) Aoun Scholars will be selected annually to receive $5,000 scholarships towards participation in a global experience.

Aoun Scholars have a demonstrated record of campus community engagement with a particular emphasis on equity, inclusion, and social justice. Successful applicants have demonstrated how their participation in global experiences will further inform their work. This opportunity will allow campus community leaders to hone transferable skills through a global experience, and to more deeply engage in our global community wherever they may be. Our local and global engagement comes from the same starting point—the belief that academic pursuits must be grounded in reality. Aoun Scholars are the bridge connecting local and global engagement.

Eligibility Requirements

All Aoun Scholar applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Application Requirements

  • Community InvolvementIn 500 words, or a 5-minute video statement, please describe your involvement with the Northeastern community or other local communities.
  • Engagement Component: Through 750 words, or a 10-minute video, applicants should propose one of the following:
    • How a global experience will contribute to the student’s on-going campus or community work/projects (provide tangible examples of this); or
    • A project with which the student would like to engage to utilize skills and experiences gained from their global experience.
    • This proposal will evolve throughout the program experience, and a representative from GEO will touch base with scholars mid and post-program to work through the final iterations.
  • Personal Statement: In 500 words, or a 5-minute video statement, students will respond to the following prompt: “How can a global experience contribute to my ability to be impactful in my community/the world?”
  • Campus Engagement: Scholars may be invited to present their experience and subsequent work, as well as meet with campus leadership to further discuss the impact of their experience. Scholars are expected to engage with key stakeholders in the program before, during and after the program.

Assessment & Selection

A selection committee will be assembled from offices across Northeastern to allow for diverse perspectives in the evaluation of applicants. A rubric will be provided that allows the committee to assess the application materials against the questions posed to prospective scholars. Strong applicants will effectively align the goals for community impact, equity and social justice with the opportunities posed through the program. Preference will be given to students who have not previously participated in a global experience.

Dates & Deadlines 

  • Spring 2020 & Spring/ Summer 1 2020
    • Award amount: $5,000
    • Applications open: August 1st  
    • Applications close: November 1st 
    • Decision date: November 15th 
  • Fall 2020 & Summer 2/ Fall 2020 
    • Award amount: $5,000
    • Applications open: January 1st 
    • Applications close: April 1st 
    • Decision date: April 15th 

Application Process

Students who wish to apply to the Aoun Scholars program will need to create an application using the online application portal: AOUN SCHOLARS PROGRAM APPLICATION

Overview

Each semester, the Global Experience Office (GEO) offers a limited number of grants to eligible Northeastern undergraduate students participating in a global program. These funding opportunities provide access and inclusion to students who intend on participating in a global experience. Students looking to participate in a global experience should look into grant opportunities prior to the application deadline to that program.

Eligibility Requirements

All grant applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a Northeastern degree-seeking undergraduate student at the time of application
  • Have an active application to a Northeastern-approved global program for that specific term
  • Available programs: Dialogue of Civilizations, Global Quest, Study Abroad, NU Network
  • Available terms: Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2, Summer Full

Application Requirements

  • Personal Statement:In 250 words, students will respond to the following questions:
    • Where do you intend on studying abroad?
    • What do you hope to gain by participating in a global experience?
    • How does participation in this global experience relate to your academic, personal, and professional goals?
  • Diversity & Inclusion StatementIn 250 words, please describe how your identity (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc.) will come into play while abroad, contributing to Northeastern’s 2025 plan of building diverse and inclusive global networks.

Assessment & Selection

A selection committee will be assembled from various GEO team members to allow for diverse perspectives in the evaluation of applicants. A rubric will be provided that allows the committee to assess the application materials against the questions posed to prospective applicants. Strong applicants will effectively align the goals for diversity and inclusion as it relates to their global experience. Preference will be also be given to applicants who have greater demonstrated financial need at Northeastern.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Spring 2020
    • Award amount: $3,000
    • Applications open: August 1st 
    • Applications close: October 1st 
    • Decision date: October 15th   
  • Summer 1, Summer 2 & Summer Full 2020
    • Award amount: $1,500
    • Applications open: November 1st  
    • Priority deadline: December 1st
    • Priority decision date: December 15th
    • Applications close: February 1st    
    • Decision date: February 15th  
  • Fall 2020
    • Award amount: $3,000
    • Applications open: January 1st 
    • Applications close: March 1st 
    • Decision date: March 15th 

Application Process

Students who wish to apply to a grant will need to create an application using the online application portal: GLOBAL EXPERIENCE GRANT APPLICATION

Overview

Each semester, the Global Experience Office (GEO) offers a limited number of fellowships to eligible Northeastern undergraduate students participating in a global program. This program offers students the opportunity to share their global experience with the Northeastern community through our Student Voice section of the website in addition to our social media platforms. Please refer to the descriptions below to understand the requirements, commitment level, and criteria of a fellowship candidate:

  • Editorial Fellowship: Our team of Editorial Fellows are the creative force behind the student voice section of the GEO website. They create articles every week on topics of their choice, while working with GEO staff and their contributor team to publish compelling, thought-provoking content for Northeastern students and the global community. If you are an aspiring writer, journalist, or editor, and/ or enjoy creative writing for fun, then this is the opportunity for you! We ask all Editorial Fellows commit about 3-5 hours per week in their posts.
  • Photography Fellowship: GEO is committed to showcasing images of Northeastern students on both our website site and our social media platforms. We are also committed to having professional and engaging images on our site that speak to the Northeastern community. This is where our Photography Fellows come in. If you are a current or budding photographer with a great artistic eye, then this is the opportunity for you! We ask all Photography Fellows to commit about 2-3 hours per week in their projects.
  • Film Fellowship: GEO seeks Film Fellowship candidates who have a passion for videos, animation, or design and would like their work to be featured on our website. Each week, Film Fellows create videos on topics of their choice that capture the study abroad experience from the inside and out, which are then uploaded to the GEO website and shared with the NU community. If you are an aspiring videographer, YouTuber, and/ or enjoy creating videos for fun, then this is the opportunity for you! We ask all Film Fellows to commit about 2-4 hours per week in their posts.

Eligibility Requirements

All fellowship applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a Northeastern degree-seeking undergraduate student at the time of application
  • Have an active application to a Northeastern-approved global program for that specific term
  • Available programs: Dialogue of Civilizations, Global Quest, Study Abroad, NU Network
  • Available terms: Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2, Summer Full

Application Requirements

  • Material Submission: Fellowship candidates are encouraged to submit materials that exhibit sharp creativity, unique perspectives of a Northeastern student, and a strong link between their global experience and their personal, professional, and academic goals. Applicants will be required to upload their application materials for ONE of the three Global Experience Fellowship programs below:
    • Editorial: Please provide 5 headlines of articles you would write during your global experience. After listing your headlines, please complete one of the articles. Applicants can keep the completed article to 500 words or less.
    • Film: Please provide a 2-3-minute sample video, outlining the prompt above.
    • Photography: Attach 3-5 images that relate to the above prompt and showcase your photography skills.
  • Diversity & Inclusion StatementIn 250 words, please describe how your identity (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc.) will come into play while abroad, contributing to Northeastern’s 2025 plan of building diverse and inclusive global networks.

Assessment & Selection

A selection committee will be assembled from various GEO team members to allow for diverse perspectives in the evaluation of applicants. A rubric will be provided that allows the committee to assess the application materials against the questions posed to prospective applicants. Strong applicants will exhibit exceptional marketing skills and commitment to sharing their global experience with the Northeastern community. Preference will be also be given to applicants who have not previously participated in a global experience.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Spring 2020
    • Award amount: $2,000
    • Applications open: August 1st 
    • Applications close: November 1st 
    • Decision date: November 15th     
  • Summer 1, Summer 2 & Summer Full 2020
    • Award amount: $1,000
    • Applications open: November 1st    
    • Applications close: March 1st     
    • Decision date: March 15th   
  • Fall 2020
    • Award amount: $2,000
    • Applications open: January 1st 
    • Applications close: April 1st 
    • Decision date: April 15th 

Application Process

Students who wish to apply to a fellowship will need to create an application using the online application portal: GLOBAL EXPERIENCE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION

GEO works in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships in order to administer certain scholarships relating to study abroad experiences. If you are interested in applying to any of the prestigious scholarship opportunities below, please contact Northeastern’s Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships for more information.

  • Boren Scholarship
    • Boren Scholarships fund undergraduate study abroad experiences which include the study of less-commonly-taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.) Potential Boren Scholars should have a strong interest in working in the federal national security arena, as in exchange for funding, Scholars commit to working for the federal government for at least one year after graduation. The minimum study abroad program length is one semester, except for STEM majors, who may also apply to fund summer programs of at least eight weeks.
  • Gilman Scholarship
    • The Gilman Scholarship broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. To apply, students must be federal Pell Grant recipients who are planning to study or intern abroad for a period of at least three weeks. The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions.
  • Critical Language Scholarship
    • The Critical Language Scholarship provides fully-funded opportunities for undergraduates to pursue intensive overseas summer study in foreign languages considered critical to US national interests. This is not a traditional study abroad; rather, CLS recipients attend immersive summer language institutes pre-arranged by the CLS program. Eligible languages are Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Many of these languages do not require prior study.
  • Freeman-ASIA Award
    • This award supports American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Applicants should have little to no prior experience in the host country.
  • Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship
    • The mission of the FEA is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA gives preference to students with demonstrated financial need, and strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad, including but not limited to first-generation college students and minority students.

The Presidential Global Scholars Program supports outstanding students seeking to participate in a global co-op program and enables students to take advantage of all that a Northeastern education has to offer. Awards, ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 for a period of travel on an approved global co-op, help to offset expenses such as travel, meals, and housing. Recipients of the Presidential Global Scholarship will also be considered for the Presidential Global Fellowship. To learn more and apply, please visit the Student Financial Services Presidential Global Scholars Program page.