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Scholarship & Internship Information

Persian Flagship students are extremely competitive candidates for a number of federal and private scholarships and internship opportunities because of their superior language skills, demonstrated leadership in the classroom, and proven desire to immerse themselves in Persian language and culture.

In addition to regular meetings with Flagship staff and faculty, Flagship students are fortunate to have a National Scholarship Office (NSO) here at the University of Maryland. The NSO is a unique resource that helps students explore scholarship opportunities, provides information sessions, and advises students on how to craft the strongest scholarship application.

The University of Maryland has ranked #1 in Boren Scholars for the past two years, and many of those recipients are Flagship students.

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Additional Links for Scholarship Information

UMD National Scholarship Office:
The NSO website is an excellent resource to search for scholarships by major or career interest, by class, and other criteria.

ARHU Scholarships:
The College of Arts & Humanities offers several scholarships to its students. Each scholarship has certain eligibility criteria, and scholarship information and applications are made available each spring semester in 1120 Francis Scott Key Hall.

Boren Scholarship:
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 the Middle East. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages such as Persian. You can read more about the program basics by clicking here

Critical Language Scholarship:
A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive, fully-funded summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages, including Persian. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarship:
Preference is given to non-traditional study abroad destinations, language study, and programs known for academic rigor and immersion elements. This scholarship provides up to $10,000 for an academic year of studying abroad. The application process for the 2016-2017 academic year (summer 2016, fall 2016, spring 2017) will open in mid-November 2015.

Gilman International Scholarship:
The Gilman Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. More information about application deadlines can be found here.

Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship:
The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program was created by the US State Department to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers as Foreign Service officers. The Pickering Fellowship program seeks to recruit talented juniors majoring in fields relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Fellows will receive financial support of up to $40,000 annually for tuition, room and board, and other educational costs.

Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program
The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is designed to provide students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. Students who are accepted receive tuition, travel, room and board, a $3,200 stipend for the program and up to nine semester hours of academic credit may be awarded.

Roshan Institute Undergraduate Scholarships
There are three scholarships available to undergraduate Persian Studies students: the Roshan Institute Scholarship for Excellence in Persian Studies, The Amouzegar Undergraduate Scholarship in Persian Studies, and The Persian Studies Essay Award. Details and requirements for each of the scholarships can be found on the Roshan Institute's website. The application deadline for Spring 2016 submissions is March 31, 2016.


Many of our students are interested in working for the government after graduation, and an internship with the federal government is an excellent way to gain valuable experience, skills, and insight about the workplace.

Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in the Federal Government
This publication details the different internships available through federal agencies and government offices and where to find more information about them. These internships are for a range of students, from undergraduate to recent graduates. Listed agencies include the Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Congressional offices, the Supreme Court and the White House.

Global Fellows in Washington, DC:
Want college credit for a Washington internship? Interested in global issues? Intrigued by the idea of a career in public service? This program provides students with a fall-semester seminar from industry practitioners in one of three concentrations: Responses to Global Challenges, Science Diplomacy, and U.S. Diplomacy and Policymaking. In the spring semester, students intern at federal agencies, congressional offices, think-tanks, nonprofits, and other policy-related organizations. 

Persian Flagship Program
Each year we offer internship opportunities to Flagship students. The Persian Flagship Interns help put together Laakposht Nameh, the PFP student newsletter, as well as update the website, contribute to social media, and create or update materials for the program. Interns also help to increase awareness of the Persian Flagship Program on campus by visiting classes and clubs, representing the program at information sessions or fairs on campus, and assisting with general outreach efforts. These internships are offered at the beginning of Fall semester and interns receive a $500 scholarship at the end of the semester. For more information about these internships, please contact Jay Ritch at

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