Chinese Language Flagship Program


Flagship scholars have access to a wide variety of scholarships opportunities that can help fund their Chinese studies. To ensure that students are aware of these opportunities and to help give students the best chance to become scholarship recipients, Flagship and URI staff hold information sessions and scholarship workshops various times throughout the academic year.

The Language Flagship Scholarships

Students who are Flagship scholars have access to generous scholarships from the Language Flagship to help fund their domestic summer, international summer, and Capstone Year studies. Students must apply to external and/or URI scholarships to be able to qualify for Flagship funding. Starting the 2018-2019 academic year, students receiving foreign government scholarships to fund their summer abroad will not qualify for Flagship scholarships for that summer.

Available Flagship Scholarships

Scholarship Amount
Chinese Course Prerequisite
Minimum Proficiency Level
Domestic Summer Scholarship
Up to $3,000
CHN 112
Novice High
Overseas Summer Scholarship
Up to $6,000
CHN 312
 Intermediate High
Capstone Scholarship
Up to $15,000
CHN 412
Advanced Low

2024 Application due: April 12th

External Scholarships

Flagship scholars also qualify for a large variety of non-Flagship and non-URI scholarships, and, in many circumstances, may receive higher amounts of funding than the average applicant because Mandarin Chinese is considered a “critical language” that is uncommonly studied within the United States. 

As these scholarships are extremely competitive and their applications require a great deal of time and effort, students are strongly encouraged to attend information sessions and to work with staff from the beginning to the end of the application process.  

Available External Scholarships

Scholarship Description
Maximum Award Amount
Who Can Apply?
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Provides funding that allows students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad
 Up to $8,000 for academic year and summer study
 U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are Pell Grant recipients
Beatrice S. Demers Foreign Language Fellows Program
Provides funding for students who both demonstrate dedication and passion for foreign language learning and will attend a program to improve their language
 $20,000 for an academic year; summer awards start around $1,000
Rhode Island residents and/or URI students
NSEP Boren Awards for International Study
Provides funding for students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests
Up to $25,000 for academic year; up to $8,000 for summer study
U.S. citizens willing to commit to a year of federal service
Provides funding for students with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
Up to $7,000 for academic year; up to $3,000 for summer study
 U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have spent less than 4 weeks in host country in the last five years
Fund for Education Abroad
Provides funding for students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population, such as, community college, and first-generation college, and minority students.
Up to $10,000 for academic year; summer awards start around $1,200
U.S. citizens and permanent residents attending a program at least 28 days in length

URI Scholarships

At the moment, the University of Rhode Island offers one scholarship to students who are interested in studying abroad: 

We also recommend that students: 

  • Fill out the FAFSA upon application to URI. This will qualify students to receive a financial aid packet featuring a combination of grants, scholarships, and loans. (Please visit the URI Financial Aid site, the URI Scholarship & Fellowship page, or contact us for more information.)
  • Contact individual department heads and ask whether funding is available for overseas or domestic study of Chinese. Many programs, such as the International Engineering Program (IEP) and the International Business Program (IBP), have scholarships specifically for students planning on international study. 
  • Visit Kathleen Maher, Assistant Director of the Office of National Fellowships for more information on scholarships and help with your application.


Chinese Studies Scholarships