Theodore de Bary Language Study Fellowship

Term: Summer

Summer funding for intensive undergraduate language study in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish for non-U.S. citizens

The Middle East Institute (MEI) offers the annual Theodore de Bary Language Study Fellowship for intensive undergraduate language study in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish.

Theodore de Barry awards can be used for intensive summer language study in the U.S. or abroad, and offers funding towards summer program tuition and living expenses. Preference is given to students who have already begun study in the target language. This fellowship complements the Summer FLAS for undergraduates, making study abroad funding available to international students who are not American citizens or permanent residents.


  • Undergraduate students enrolled full time at Columbia College, the School of General Studies, and Barnard College

  • International students who are neither American citizens or permanent residents. (American citizens and residents are eligible to apply to the FLAS instead)

  • Students of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish who have completed at least 1 year’s study in the language prior to summer 2020 with a strong interest in using their language of choice as part of their academic and/or professional career

  • Applicants must propose intensive summer language programs that are a minimum of six consecutive weeks and 140 classroom hours for beginning/intermediate level or 120 classroom hours for advanced level

  • Fellowship may be used at an U.S. institution, or at an overseas institution. The course of study must be undertaken in an established program, institute or university. (Students should apply to their summer programs as soon as possible. Many programs have deadlines that are earlier than the de Bary Fellowship application deadline.)

Fact Sheet

Foreign Language Learning, Humanities, Social Sciences
Barnard College, Columbia College, Columbia General Studies, First Year, Junior, Not U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, Sophomore
Fellowship Type:
Study Abroad/Foreign Language, Summer Opportunity

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021