The Gallaudet-Nippon World Deaf Leadership (WDL) Scholarship

The deadline to apply for the 2017-18 academic year WDL Scholarship has passed. Future WDL Scholarships will be announced here.

The Gallaudet-Nippon World Deaf Leadership (WDL) Scholarship makes it possible for deaf and hard of hearing leaders from developing nations to attend Gallaudet University. WDL aims to empower selected individuals through the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations that a higher education brings so that they can make significant contributions to their deaf community and nation. WDL is funded by the Nippon Foundation of Tokyo, Japan. Since making its first award in 2003, 16 WDL Scholarships have been awarded. See them here.

The scholarship covers tuition, room, board, and medical insurance, and provides an annual stipend for expenses such as books, supplies, laundry service, personal products, and local transportation.

Additional support to the WDL Scholar includes a Gallaudet professor who will serve as a mentor and an internship in their home country during their time at Gallaudet.

When WDL scholars graduate from Gallaudet, they must return home and begin working to improve the lives of deaf people through education, advocacy, and partnering with different people and organizations so that together, they can change lives.

How to Apply

Prospective Students:

  1. Do you want to earn a degree from Gallaudet University?
  2. Are you deaf or hard of hearing?
  3. Are you working with your deaf and civic communities to improve accessibility, education, and/or quality of life for deaf people in your home country?
  4. Are you a citizen of a developing country?

***Attention students from developing nations at Gallaudet University: Please note that the Gallaudet-Nippon World Deaf Leadership (WDL) Scholarship is solely for individuals who are interested in enrolling at the University, NOT for those who are currently enrolled.***

If you answered YES to all these questions, the WDL Scholarship is perfect for you!

The deadline for applications for the 2017-2018 WDL scholarships has now passed. RSIA when will announce applications for the next WDL scholarship when it becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact:

Research Support and International Affairs
World Deaf Leadership Program
Dawes House, Room 304
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002-3695
U. S. A

For information on Gallaudet's undergraduate and graduate programs, click on these links:

Questions? Please email us at wdl@gallaudet.edu.