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Scholarships and FUNDING ReSOURCES

Students pursuing advanced training in dispute resolution can apply for various scholarships including:

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Internal Pepperdine Scholarships

Pepperdine-Beijing Arbitration Commission Full Tuition Scholarship
The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law is pleased to announce that the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) is sponsoring a full-tuition scholarship for Pepperdine's International Commercial Arbitration LLM.

BAC is a not-for-profit permanent organization devoted to providing a forum for impartial and efficient alternative dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation. It was founded in 1995 following the passage of the Arbitration Law of the People's Republic of China. The BAC focuses on contractual and property-related disputes, both commercial and international, among citizens, legal persons and other organizations. Since its founding, the BAC has grown into the foremost arbitration commission in China providing its services to both domestic and foreign parties. From an initial annual load of only a handful of cases, today the BAC consistently ranks among the top in both in the number of cases accepted and the total disputed amount.  As the foremost arbitration commission in China, the BAC is regarded by Economic Intelligence Unit as "the only local arbitration commission which meets or surpasses global standards".  

Applicants for the 2014 - 2015 academic year must submit a 2 page narrative outlining why they should be chosen for the BAC scholarship to be considered.  

Pepperdine-Seegmiller Full Tuition Scholarship

This full-tuition scholarship is funded by the Seegmiller Law Firm headquartered in Newport Beach, serving those who need legal services in both California and Nevada. The Seegmiller scholarship is available to applicants from Korea looking to earn a LLM in Dispute Resolution, including a concentration in international commercial arbitration.  

Since 1981, members of The Seegmiller Law Firm have faithfully served injured people and their families with compassion and skill. The firm specializes in handling serious cases many times involving the death of a loved one. The firm sees its role in these cases to seek justice and assist in the healing process.

Applicants for the 2014 - 2015 academic year must submit a 2 page narrative outlining why they should be chosen for the Seegmiller scholarship to be considered.

Pepperdine-JAMS Full Tuition Scholarship
Pepperdine is pleased to announce the continued support of JAMS for a full-tuition scholarship for a student in the LLM in Dispute Resolution with a Concentration in International Commercial Arbitration.  

JAMS is the largest for profit provider of mediation and arbitration services in the United States, with offices in more than 25 cities and more than 300 retired judges and senior lawyers on its panel. JAMS has been focusing on international opportunities, including the opening of an office in London, and sees this scholarship as an expression of its support for future international arbitration practitioners.

Applicants for the 2014 - 2015 academic year must submit a 2 page narrative outlining why they should be chosen for the JAMS scholarship to be considered.

Merit-Based Scholarship
Applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships at the point of application.

External Scholarship Opportunities

Fulbright Program for Foreign Students
Fulbright Program for Foreign Students is a scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with the purpose of increasing the mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It sponsors foreign students, teachers, professionals and scholars to study, teach, lecture and conduct research in the U.S. and vice-versa, through approximately 1,800 student grants.

Its program is administrated by binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies, so the applications for scholarships must be submitted in the students' home countries, which will respectively determine their requirements and deadlines as well as their own students' program eligibility and selection procedures.
For more information visit Fulbright's Foreign Student Program website.

JAMS Foundation- Weinstein International Fellowship Program
The Weinstein International Fellowship provides opportunities for individuals from outside the United States to visit the U.S. to learn more about dispute resolution processes and practices and to pursue a project of their own design that serves to advance the resolution of disputes in their home countries.

Applicants should submit a proposal with the specific objective of increasing the scope of dispute resolution in their countries and in the world. The fellowship of up to U$25,000.00 is awarded to fellows from countries that do not have an established culture of using mediation for cases in litigation.

The criteria for eligibility to the fellowship are:

  • Applicants must be fluent in English
  • Fellowship period must be one month to twelve months in duration
  • Applicants must be available to attend a week-long gathering of Fellows in the San Francisco Bay Area in early September, 2012

Preference for proposals that would help applicant's home coutry establish viable dispute resolution systems or change how disputes are resolved
Preference for applicants who have expierence as lawyers, law professors, court administrators, government officers, ADR practitioners, or judges

Application deadline is usually in December.
For more information visit the JAMS' Weinstein International Fellowship website.

The Rotary Foundation
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships were founded in 1947 and is Rotary's oldest scholarship program and it's scheduled to end in 2013. It will be subdivided into two different grant program pilots, which involve a three-year test of the new grant structure offered in the Foundation's Future Vision Plan.

District Grants – Grants to be distributed by districts according to their own discretion. Grants may be granted to scholarships without restrictions on the level (secondary, university, or graduate), length, location (local or international), or area of study, or on the dollar amount. It serves to fund humanitarian and educational projects and activities, either locally or abroad, that relate to the mission of the Rotary Foundation.
Applicants should contact their district to find out more details about opportunities.
Global Grants – Grants to be distributed towards larger, more sustainable projects developed by clubs and districts in the six areas of focus.
Find out which program is more suitable for you at the Rotary Foundation Future Vision Plan explanatory presentation.

For reference on the Ambassadorial program and the origin of the substituting programs, visit Rotary's Ambassadorial Scholarships website.

Baltic-American Freedom Foundation
The Baltic-American Freedom Foundation provides up to $25,000 in scholarship for Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians looking to pursue postgraduate studies in the US.  Applications are due April 1st with decisions released in June.

For additional information, please visit the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation website

Organization of American States
OAS Academic Scholarship Program – Scholarship awarded for undergraduate and graduate programs at a university in an OAS Member State. It may be a "self-placed" kind of scholarship, in which the candidates apply directly for admission to the universities of their choice. Such scholarship, however, is limited to be awarded on the ratio of one per Member State.

The scholarship is awarded for a maximum period of two academic years and up to a total of U$30,000.00 per academic year on a full-time basis, which includes tuition, other scholarship benefits, and administrative costs.

Applicants should be aware application deadlines differ by country.
For more information visit the OAS's Scholarship for Academic Studies website.

German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung)
With more than 11,000 scholars, the Studienstiftung is the largest and oldest organization sponsoring the academically gifted in Germany.  A number of scholarships are available including the Becerius Law Programme (if includes research project) and the ERP Fellowship Programme.

Visit the German National Academic Foundations for additional information.

DAAD- German Academic Exchange Service 
The DAAD provides opportunities for German students to conduct research, teach or study abroad in the US.  There are a number of different scholships available and additional information can be found on the DAAD website.

Belgian American Educational Foundation
The BAEF offers non-renewable grants for Belgian citizens which include a $16,000 living stipend and up to $30,000 for tuition.  Additional information can be found on the BAEF website. 

The Netherland-America Foundation (NAF)
The BAF offers a number of scholarships and loan programs to fund studies in the US.  Additional information can be found on the NAF website.

IIE Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program
The Institute of International Education's Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program is a scholarship program for Iraqi citizens. It provides scholars with "extensive support" for a degree program in the United States.

Selected scholars to the Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program will receive the following:

  • Full tuition to attend a university or college in the U.S.
  • Placement assistance into a U.S. university or college
  • Visa and academic support
  • Housing and living expenses while in the U.S.
  • Transportation to the U.S. at the beginning of the program and return to Iraq at the completion of the program
  • An extensive pre-academic program in the U.S.
  • Medical insurance while in the U.S.

Applications are accepted March through November.
Visit the Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program website for more information.

Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships
The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant: 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July.
Scholarships are mostly provided for Masters-degree level applicants. Some doctoral degrees will be considered, but not short-term programs or current studies.

The Foundation accepts applications from countries where it has branches, which at present include Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada.

Applications for 2013 - 2014 start January 2013.

Visit the Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships website for more information.

COPOCYT-CONACTY Annual Scholarship Program
Scholarship funding is available for students who are currently enrolled in and no more than halfway through an M.A. or PhD abroad. Accepted students whose program of study starts before Mach 31, 2013 are also eligible to apply.

Main requirements include:

  • Currently enrolled in an M.A. or PhD program, or acceptance letter in hand by deadline.
  • TOEFL Certificate. (At least 79 IBT/ 55 PBT score).
  • Average rating of 8 (0-10 scale) in the previous grade.

The scholarship can cover:

  • Tuition fees. (Up to 250,000 Mexican pesos per year)
  • 1,000 US dollar monthly support.
  • 715 US dollars for medical care each year.

Deadline June 29, 2012

Visit COPOCYT-CONACTY's website for more information. 

American Association of University Women Fellowships and Grants
AAUW work on advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. It offers 5 fellowships and grant programs: American Fellowships, Community Action Grants and Selected Professions Fellowships for U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and Career Development Grants and International Fellowships (for non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents).
Application deadlines range from November to January according to the programs.
For details and more information on the programs and their criteria visit the AAUW fellowship website.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund for Women
The International Peace Scholarship Fund provides scholarships in the amount of U$ 8,000.00 for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada.For more information, visit the P.E.O. International website or view the Information Card.

Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowships for Leadership Development
The Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowships for Leadership Development are designed for outstanding young Indians to pursue a master's degree program at selected US colleges and universities in the areas of Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies; Communication Studies; Conflict Resolution; Economics; Environment; Public Administration; Urban and Regional Planning; and Women's Studies.

For more information, visit US-India Educational Foundation's Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship website.

Canadian Federation of University Women
The CFUW is a voluntary, non-partisan, non-profit, self-funded bilingual organization of 10,000 women university graduates. Affiliated with the International Federation of University Women (IFUW/FIFDU), CFUW is committed to working to raise the social, economic, and legal status of women, as well as to improve education, the environment, peace, justice and human rights.  Deadlines are usually in November.  For more information, visit Canadian Federation of University Women's website.

Bolashak Scholarship Program
Created in 1993 and sponsored by the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Bolashak Scholarship program provides funding for talented youth to study at top universities in the world. Applicants must 1) be admitted to the leading foreign university for graduate, doctoral and residency training; and 2) upon return maintain continued employment for a period of five years of training and practicing in Kazakhstan.

Additional information can be found at Bolashak's website.

TOEFL Scholarship Program
This program was designed to help students in China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan cover the costs to prepare for the TOEFL exam. Additional information can be found on the TOEFL Scholarship Program website.  

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS

American Association of University Women Fellowships and Grants
AAUW work on advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. It offers 5 fellowships and grant programs: American Fellowships, Community Action Grants and Selected Professions Fellowships for U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and Career Development Grants and International Fellowships (for non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents).
Application deadlines range from November to January according to the programs.
For details and more information on the programs and their criteria visit the AAUW fellowship website.

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AidScholar
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The Sallie Mae Fund
It is a search engine of scholarships for African-American students.
For more information, visit the Sallie Mae Fund website.

International Education Financial Aid
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Education Corner
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Hispanic Scholarship Fund
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