Gateway Between Spanish America and Europe
Portugal located on the Iberian Peninsula of outer Europe, is one of the most compelling destinations if for nothing else than its rambunctious history and unique mix of native ethnicities. Students may engage in language studies, archaeology, and socio-political programs.
Disadvantaged and traditionally disenfranchised student populations now have one of the more generous and reputable scholarships to choose from. The federally funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships are designed for this type of student. The more socially and economically challenged the student, the better. Why? The Gilman Scholarships not only offer altruistic gifts, but the higher purpose is to position the U.S. with a more diverse global leadership for future generations. Eligible applicants must be Pell Grant recipients and pursuing studies in a non-traditional location like Portugal. Those focused on international business, the sciences, education or engineering programs will likely take precedence. Knowledge of Portuguese is preferred. Gilman Scholars may receive up to $5,000 depending on need.
Students interested in international study programs in Portugal may apply for Rotary International’s Ambassadorial Scholarships. These are among some of the most competitive for undergraduate students based on the sheer scope of scholarships awarded and countries accepted for study. Qualified candidates must be able to put their best foot forward on every level, including academic. Programs most encouraged are those that emphasize humanitarian projects or studies. Recipients are required to make a professional presentation on their experience once they return to the States. Their audience will be a local Rotary. The Rotary doesn’t hand out scholarships to students heading off to all countries, only those considered non-traditional; no Spain, France or Italy here.
Students studying in the Yale Department of Spanish and Portuguese have the opportunity to pursue Portuguese language studies during the summer in Portugal. The Department offers competitive scholarships and fellowships for this program:
- Seapine Fellowships
- Malcolm Batchelor Fund for Portuguese Studies
- The Thomas C. Berry Travel Fellowships are a bit different in that an array of students may be awarded for various locations. The biggest purpose is to support humanitarian projects that may be customized by the student. Students with an interest in a deeply enriching project in Portugal may apply for consideration.
The University of Louisville offers a summer study abroad program in Portugal. Part of the Portuguese Studies Program this is a generous opportunity for students to experience one of most interesting countries in the bridge between Spanish America and Europe. Scholarships include:
- Portuguese Studies Scholarships are remanded automatically for those students chosen to participate. Awards $2,000.
- Richard and Constance Lewis Scholarships in Latin American and Iberian Studies are awarded to students based on an array of selection criteria. These awards are made through the Latin American Studies department. Amounts vary.