Scholarships and Funding Opportunities


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.

Award Amount & Application Deadline

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

Semester applicants will be awarded $500 or $1000 grant, and Summer applicants will be awarded a $500 grant. This grant will appear on the student’s invoice in a format of a discount.

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

Successful applications will demonstrate a combination of academic merit, personal motivation, a strong faculty recommendation, and financial need.

How to apply?

Submit the following documents to or if applying for a summer program to

Please submit all documents at once and on the email subject should be written “SIPN/FLAD Scholarship Application”.

  1. PDF document with a Personal Statement of 250 to 500 words (i.e. of topics you may want to address: Reasons you selected SiPN; Reason(s) you feel that you should receive the scholarship; Contributions you feel you can make as a SiPN student).
  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), this document is also part of our application packet.
    • If you are not a Financial Aid student, you can simply write/justify your financial situation in your personal statement so our committee can decide based on that personal statement.
  3. Student Transcript: that is required during the general application process.
  4. Faculty Recommendation Letter

Gilman-FLAD Portugal Scholarship

The Gilman Program is committed to supporting exceptional students with an interest in studying or interning abroad in Portugal through implementation of this transformative opportunity, the Gilman-FLAD Scholarship.

Established in 2020, the partnership between the Gilman Scholarship Program and the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) is a highly selective award for underrepresented U.S. students to study in Portugal through SiPN, which brings cooperation between Portugal and the United States while promoting Portugal as a destination for learning. Students also have the opportunity to study Portuguese, a critical need language.

Award Amount

Successful applications will receive a study grant of $5000 to be used toward tuition, housing, travel, and related cost for up to one academic year in Portugal. Applicants who are studying Portuguese while abroad can apply for The Critical Need Language Award and get supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000.


The Critical Need Language Award

This award is very competitive and offered to a limited number of Gilman scholars each year. Not all students who are studying these languages will receive $8,000. In addition to receiving additional funds for language study, students who are awarded the Critical Need Language Award and complete their Gilman Scholarship requirements will be offered the opportunity to take the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).


Application Deadline:

October 5, 2023: For programs that start between December 1, 2023, and October 31, 2024

March 7, 2024: For programs that start May 2024 – April 2025

Visit for more information and to apply through the regular Gilman application.

If you have further questions about this scholarship please contact



  • U.S. Citizen
  • Undergraduate student in a good academic standing
  • Pell Grant Recipient
  • Participating in a program abroad that is at least two weeks (14days) for community college students and at least three weeks (21 days) for students from four-year institutions.
  • In the process of applying for, or accepted, to a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program in a country with an overall Travel Advisory of 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory System.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and Supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).