Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

Listed below you can find scholarships and financial resources available to you. Most of them are administered by outside entities, therefore we recommend contacting each one for more information. Additionally, don’t forget to pay a visit to the study abroad and aid offices at your institution for more information about additional study abroad scholarship resources available to you.

SiPN/FLAD Partial Scholarships

The Luso American Development Foundation (FLAD) is a private Portuguese non-profit foundation. FLAD is the “motor” behind SiPN.

This means that our programs are created with a true non-profit spirit in mind, and this is why our program fees are so much lower than competing programs in Western Europe. Besides our strategic grant partnerships with the U.S. Fulbright Program and other non-profits that promote international exchange, FLAD has committed itself to use any positive revenues generated from this program by adding more merit-based student scholarships. This means that as our program grows in terms of recruitment, more and more scholarships will become available to our applicants.

FLAD has committed €10,000 in partial scholarships for each academic year.

The deadline for Summer and Fall SiPN/FLAD scholarship applications is April 15; for Spring editions it is October 15. SiPN applicants will be reminded to apply for SiPN/FLAD scholarships during the application process.

These scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and academic merit criteria.

These are the documents that you need to turn in to be eligible for the scholarship:

1. SiPN/FLAD Scholarship Application Form

2. Proof of Financial need – SiPN accepts 2 ways to prove financial need:

·      A simple letter from your University, Financial Aid Office, OR you can also use SiPN’s “Proof of Aid Verification Form”(PAVF) that would work not only for the scholarships application but also to inform SiPN about the aid that you will be receiving so our billing office has that in consideration when billing you. The PAVF is part of our application packet.

·      – If you are not a Financial Aid student, you can simply write/justify your (difficult) financial situation so our committee can decide based on that personal statement. (There is a specific open box for you write your reasons on the application form itself, if we see that you wrote in there we won’t be expecting documentation mentioned in 1)/Financial Aid.

3.Your student transcript (that is required during the general application process)

4.Faculty Recommendation Letter

Federal Student Aid

Federal Pell Grants

Need-based grants for full-time undergraduate college students with financial needs (students you must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below the limit determined each year – around $20,000 yearly).  For the 2019–20 award year, the award is $6,195, but amounts can change yearly. More information here & here.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

This program provides fully-funded summer intensive language and cultural experiences abroad for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students of selected critical languages, including Portuguese for advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Learn more here.

Gilman International Scholarship

Meant to provide grants for U.S. undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding in order to help them to participate in study abroad programs. Gilman awards up to $5,000 for up to one academic year.  Students who are recipients of a CLS while abroad are also eligible to receive additional Gilman funding as part of the scholarship program, increasing their award amount by an additional $3,000.  More information here.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The program provides allocations of the academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies.

SiPN semester and summer programs have a perfect fit for FLAS awardees. Summer participants will meet the necessary criteria of 140 contact hours by staying in Lisbon during the month of June (60 contact hours), plus July (80 contact hours). All Portuguese levels available every semester and summer edition!

Eligibility Requirements—All Fellowship Recipients:

  • Must be a citizen or national of the U.S. or a permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Must be accepted for enrolment or enrolled in a FLAS-granting institution and in a program combining modern foreign language training with an area/international studies or research and training in the international aspects of professional and other fields of study.
  • Must be in the intermediate or advanced study of a less commonly taught language

Overseas Program Requests—Summer

  • Overseas Program Requests (OPRs) must be submitted in a timely fashion early enough to allow the IFLE program officer to consider the request to ensure that the overseas program meets program requirements (i.e., at least 30 days before the travel date)
  • Overseas programs must include at least six weeks of instruction and at least 120 contact hours of language instruction for advanced level language courses and at least 140 contact hours of language instruction for beginning and intermediate level language courses
  • The instruction must be performance-based (i.e., for credit or certification and with testing and grading)
  • FLAS granting institutions may consider fellowship applications from students from non-FLAS granting institutions
  • If students receive fellowships, however, they must enroll as a student in the FLAS granting institution and the institution must include the student in its report
  • Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education. Each fellowship includes an institutional payment and a subsistence allowance.

Currently, the FLAS-granting institutions are:

  • Indiana University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Yale University

Learn more about the FLAS Fellowships here.


For more information on federal funding opportunities, visit

For another study abroad funding opportunities and information on the subject take a look at “Scholarship Finder”.

Study & Research in Portugal - Other resources available

Fulbright Grants for SiPN Alums

Since 2016, SiPN alumni enjoy priority access to a second Fulbright grant to Portugal, which will be funded entirely by FLAD. FLAD presently co-funds one of the Fulbright–FLAD Study/Research Grants to Portugal. These 8-month student grants to Portugal are open to U.S. citizens with at least a Bachelor’s degree and who are pursuing a Masters degree or a PhD level research.

Applicants who are SiPN alumni and whose candidacy passes through the initial selection process conducted by the International Institute for Education will enjoy priority access to the pool for this second Fulbright, dramatically increasing their chances of being selected for a Fulbright program. For more information on how to apply for a Fulbright and eligibility requirements, go here.

Fulbright Portugal already awarded 3 SiPN alums! SiPN/FLAD is already working with other alums that are preparing their application for these very distinctive grants too.

Students awarded with the Fulbright / FLAD Open Study / Research Award

Other FLAD Programs

Altough FLAD mainly issues grants destined to Portuguese students and researchers, it currently makes available the USA@PT grant meant for U.S. professors and researchers who wish to participate in Portuguese-based conferences. Throughout the year FLAD issues other grants to which U.S. nationals can apply. Subscribe to FLAD’s mailing list or check its website to know more about grant opportunities.