Selected Opportunities for Sophomores

Are you planning on studying abroad somewhere other than Western Europe, Australia, or New Zealand?

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. It draws on a broad definition of national security that includes not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including (but not limited to) sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. While Boren typically funds only academic term and full-year programs, students in STEM fields can also receive funding for summer study abroad programs. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

Are you a Pell Grant recipient interested in studying abroad?

  • The Gilman Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad and internship programs worldwide. This scholarship can potentially be used to cover a W&L spring term abroad course if the full four weeks are abroad.
  • The Foundation for Global Scholars offers Financial Need Scholarships for Pell Grant recipients.

Are you interested in studying abroad over the summer?

  • Critical Language Scholarship programs offer intensive overseas summer language institutes in Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.
  • The US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes for US Undergraduates provide the opportunity for US undergraduates), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program.

Are you a science, engineering, or math major?

  • The Goldwater Scholarship provides awards to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue graduate studies in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering (not medical school).
  • The DAAD RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering offering opportunities to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer.
  • The St Andrews-W&L Partnership program provides a study abroad experience in Scotland for students in the sciences and the pre-health professions, although students of any major are also eligible to study abroad at St Andrews. As part of this program, participating science students may enroll in specific science classes which will receive credit and a grade on a W&L transcript; additionally, premed students may elect to take part in a special premedical seminar offered by a member of the St. Andrews Medical Faculty which includes site visits to area hospitals and clinics.

Are you interested in the environment? Or are you a Native American?

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment (including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields), tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Are you looking for summer opportunities?

  • The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program at Howard University 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 Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates over the summer to explore national histories of  discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
  • Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduate students to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace.
  • The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany) Internship Program offers students with at least an intermediate knowledge of German the opportunity to become familiar with German culture through a three-month internship with a host company in different fields of the economy.

What else do you want to do?

There are lots of other opportunities, summer internships, scholarships, etc. for sophomores of all majors! Check out the W&L Fellowships database to identify additional opportunities.