External Summer Scholarships

  • Taiwan MOE

     

    CHIN 215 students are NOT eligible for this scholarship.
    Others going to Taiwan should check the list of approved programs.

    Taiwan MOE Scholarship Info Page


  • Freeman Asia

     

      • Got demonstrable financial need?
      • Minimal prior experience in China?
      • Prioritize the Freeman.
    • Award Details

      • Up to $3,000 for summer toward expenses including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.
      • See See Freeman Award Details page for precise info.
    • Eligibility

      • Demonstrable financial need (not necessarily Pell Grant recipient; same doc as submitted for FAFSA)
      • Cannot be a previous recipient
      • Must complete a service project (highlighting the experience and benefits of the program?) during the following semester
      • 1st time in host country in the last 5 years (for longer than 4 weeks)
      • Completing a credit-bearing study abroad program through the home institution (PIB will NOT work)
      • Have a 2.8 minimum GPA
      • Other requirements should be a given for Flagship students. See Freeman Eligibility page for precise info.
    • Summer Application Timeline

      • Regular Application

        Opens: February
        Student App Due: March (start)
        Notification of Award: ??
        Student Acceptance & Documentation: ??

      • See Freeman Dates and Deadlines page for precise info.

    Freeman Asia Main Page


  • Gilman

     

      • On a Pell Grant?
      • Doing an expensive program?
      • Usually beter for 2nd summer abroad because less funding is needed for SU, and you can only receive it once.
    • Award Details

      • Up to $8,000 for summer toward including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc. (including the extra $3k for a critical need language)
      • See See Gilman Award Details page for precise info.
    • Eligibility

      • Federal Pell Grant Recipient
      • 1st – time Gilman Recipient (past recipients ineligible, but others may re-apply)
      • Completing a credit-bearing study abroad program (PIB may not work)
      • Applying to program(s) in Counties with a Level 2 or below Travel Advisory
      • Other requirements should be a given for Flagship students. See Gilman Eligibility page for precise info.
    • Summer Application Timeline

      • Early Application

        Opens: mid-August
        Student App Due: October (start)
        Advisor Cert Due: October (early-mid)
        Notification of Award: February
        Student Acceptance & Documentation: Feb/March

      • Regular Application

        Opens: mid-January)
        Student App Due: March (start)
        Advisor Cert Due: March (mid)
        Notification of Award: April
        Student Acceptance & Documentation: May
        IS THIS TOO LATE? THEN APPLY EARLY!!

      • See Gilman Dates and Deadlines page for precise info.

    Gilman Main Page


  • CLS

     

    • IMPORTANT: UM Chinese Flagship does NOT allow students to attend CLS for their required summers abroad.

      • Why? Yes, CLS is more or less free, and yes, it is run by a reputable agency; however, in recent years, UM Flagship students have attended with very mixed results.
        Some students gained enough proficiency to move to the next level in our curriculum, but some (even those who were among the strongest, hardest-working in their cohorts) returned having gained little and having to struggle to catch up with their peers.
    • CLS may be suitable in the following instances:

      1. For students who place ahead in Flagship and complete the summer requirements early but wish to go abroad again
      2. For students who have decided to skip ahead in Flagship and already plan to spend a Fall or Spring abroad and wish to incorporate an additional summer (such plans must be approved by the Flagship Director – Dr. Yang)
    • If CLS might fit your unique circumstances, do the following:

      1. Visit the CLS site.
      2. Discuss the option as early as you possibly can with Dr. Yang.

  • ROTC

     

      • (Still) considering ROTC?
      • Contracted in ROTC, or contracting by mid spring?
    • Students who have contracted in ROTC are eligible for full scholarships, covering all programmatic costs for approved summer programs, including tuition and fees, airfare, visa application fees, and meals.
      See ROTC page for more info.

  • Honors College

     
    Students in the Honors College may be eligible for an Honors Fellowship.
    Important considerations:

    • Priority has been given to upperclassmen
    • More money has been given for a semester than a summer
    • Students have been eligible for no more than 2 terms (2 summers, summer + 1 semester, fall & spring, etc.)
      We consider it wise to wait and apply for Capstone, as this is the time when you can receive the most funding
    • BEGIN EARLY! Basic timeline: inquire with the Honors College one year in advance of your intended travel.
    • Not everyone receives the awards or receives the same amount.
    • Those with demonstrable financial need have received the award more consistently.
    • See Honors fellowships page for more info.

    Honors College Main Page


  • UM Study Abroad Office

     

    • UM Study Abroad has awarded supplemental scholarships to Flagship students over the years. These are usually between $100 and $500 dollars, but some have been combined. Overall, you should not rely solely on these scholarships to fund an entire summer.
    • See Study Abroad Scholarships page for more info.

    Study Abroad Main Page


  • Self-Funding

     

    • Working on campus

      • Eligible for work study?

        • If you are interested in working for Flagship, please let us know. Work study students cost the department so little that we can probably use you for a number of projects, most likely related to outreach.
        • If you would prefer to work elsewhere, make sure that you

          • Complete everything recommended by UM Financial Aid (link below), and
          • Be proactive.

            1. Talk to older students and professors about good jobs that might interest you and be relevant to your long-term goals
            2. Visit in person any faculty or staff members who do research or otherwise run projects or programs that would interest you

            3. Visit in person any offices or departments that are related to your academic and/or career goals and ask them if they have work or know of anyone who might need help. Make sure to mention that you are eligible for work study and should cost the department very little to hire.
            4. Visit in person any offices or departments that are unrelated to your academic and/or career goals and ask the same question.
          • Consider your job hunt to be a multi-step process. After initial contact, do as follows:

            1. Expect their first response to be lukewarm at best.
            2. Thank them, and ask for an email address. Tell them you will write, just in case they think of something later.
            3. Make sure you actually write the email. It will be much more effective if you write it within hours of meeting them. Not writing them when you said you would is worse than never asking. Why would they recommend someone who has already established a track record of not following through?
            4. Expect silence. If they don’t respond, or if they just say they’ll contact you if they hear of anything, go visit them in person again, approximately 1 week after your first visit and tell them you don’t mean to to be a bother, but you just want to demonstrate how motivated you are to work for them should they hear of anything.
        • Be sure to review UM Work Study page.
      • NOT Eligible for work study?

        • DON’T RULE YOURSELF OUT!!
        • Many on-campus jobs are filled by non-work study students.
        • Follow all the same suggestions above.
    • Working off campus

      • Some students have found employment around town. Talk to older students and ask them what they recommend.
      • Flagship recommends that you consider your workload and hours when accepting work, particularly if the hours keep you up very late or otherwise disrupt your life balance.
      • If your grades start dipping, consider whether your job is demanding too many hours, or simply the wrong hours for you to succeed.
      • It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally a student has had to drop out of Flagship because they overextended themselves with part-time work.