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Scholarships for International Students

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The Washington Center raises scholarship money from a number of governments, private companies and foundations to help students afford the cost of the program. Partner-funded opportunities are offered for students from specific regions of the world, so be sure to note eligibiltiy requirements.  The Washington Center also offers competitive awards in three areas of achievement for international students who are not receiving additional funding


We encourage you to seek guidance from your university campus liaison or our staff to make sure the program is affordable for you. Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions about funding opportunities.


Please note these opportunities are for students enrolled in institutions outside the U.S. International students who are enrolled at U.S. institutions should inquire about scholarships for U.S. students.


The Washington Center Awards for International Students

Awarded competitively, these grants in varying amounts give The Washington Center a way to recognize outstanding applicants to the academic internship program with financial assistance. These scholarships will be applied to housing fees and are not available to participants of the Postgraduate Professional Development Program or to students receiving a partner-funded award. Students are encouraged to specify interest in these awards on the application; consideration is given to students who apply by the priority deadline. TO APPLY: Please choose one category where you feel you excel and write one-page about how you embody the description below. Email this to with the following subject line: Name of Award - Season, Year (ex., Civic Engagement Award - Fall 2016).


Civic Engagement Award

At The Washington Center, we encourage all program participants to be well-informed, public-spirited and socially engaged. You are only one member of a much bigger community (your home town, your campus, your place of work, your country). Recipients of this award have demonstrated this understanding and have been engaged with a community around them to make a positive impact.


Professional Achievement Award

This scholarship provides grants to students who have demonstrated a commitment to career advancement as evidenced by membership in professional organizations and honors societies, completion of previous internships, or prior work experience. Students may also be selected based upon potential for professional success as reflected in their academic performance and extracurricular involvement.

International Leadership Award

This scholarship is for students who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership. Recipients are chosen on the basis of their academic performance and record of involvement and leadership in relevant settings (college or university, community, etc.) as reflected on their application. Students may be required to provide additional documentation to demonstrate financial need.


Awards Offered in Collaboration with Partners

Belgium Initiative

The Flemish Minister for Education, Youth, Equal Opportunities and Brussels Affairs provides twelve (12) 7,500 Euros scholarships for eligible students from the region of Flanders from Artevelde University College Ghent, Ghent University, Hasselt University, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, University of Leuven-KU Leuven, University of Antwerp and Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Howest, University College West Flanders. If you are from one of these universities, please check with your international office to learn about eligiblity at your specific campus.


Canada Initiative

Competitive scholarships are available from the Alberta government (through Alberta Inovation and Advanced Education) and the Quebec government (through the Ministry of International Relations). Students must be enrolled in a school in the respective province as well as be a resident of that province (some exceptions apply).  To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, check with the office at your university to find your liaison, or send us an e-mail at so we can connect you with the right person on your campus. The selection process and timelines vary as students are nominated locally, and your university manages this information.


The Ford Motor Company Global Scholars

Ford Motor Company Global Scholars receive a full scholarship to participate in the fall semester academic internship program. Throughout the fall semester, they explore ways in which they can contribute to the welfare of their communities and gain tools they will need to help advance social issues in a global environment. This award is only available during the fall semester for seven (7) students attending institutions in the following regions:

  • Brazil: Sao Paolo, Camacari, Salvador
  • China: Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Nanjing
  • India: Chennai, Sanand
  • Mexico: Cuautitlan, Hermosillo, Sonora, Chihuahua
  • Morocco: Casablanca or Rabat
  • Saudi Arabia: Riyadh
  • South Africa: Pretoria/Johannesburg
  • Turkey: Istanbul (Koc University specifically)
  • UAE: Dubai

Learn more about how to apply


Governors Internship Program

State governors from selected states in Mexico sponsor students from their state to take part in a specialized fall or spring academic internship program. During the semester participants must develop a project that impacts and improves the well-being of their regions. The project must be able to attract investment or represent a regional product or industry. At the end of the program, these projects are presented to their state governor. State participation may vary from year to year, but currently Chiapas, Estado de Mexico, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, and Queretaro sponsor students. Please e-mail for information about the selection process as students are nominated locally and the process may vary.

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U.S.-Gibraltar Internationalization and Professional Development Internship Program

The Government of Gibraltar provides residents of Gibraltar who are within 18 months of graduation with full scholarships to attend the academic internship program. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the sustainable development of Gibraltar through academic background or community/campus involvement, must be able to discuss this qualification in an essay.

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Special two-week Seminar for Japanese Student Leaders


This unique two-week program offers scholarships to sixteen (16) Japanese students from top universities to travel to Washington, D.C. for a robust leadership-based curriculum that enhances students’ understanding of the principles, challenges and potential of civil society. The program will engage students in leadership training, cross-cultural exchange, and training on entrepreneurial, multi-sector approaches to addressing social challenges. The program will also engage 12 U.S. students who are participating in The Washington Center's internship program.

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