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Calling on applicants for the fall 2019 WDL Scholarship!

Interested in exploring the possibilities of getting a WDL scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year? If so, please complete the Expression of Interest to Apply Form below.

**June 30, 2018 is the deadline to submit a completed Expression of Interest to Apply Form**


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 mentorship from a Gallaudet professor and an internship in the scholar's home country during their Gallaudet education.         

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


Prospective Students:

  • Do you want to earn a degree from Gallaudet University?
  • Are you deaf or hard of hearing?
  • 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?
  • Do you have English writing and reading skills?*
  • Are you a citizen of a  developing country?

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

If you are interested in being considered for the WDL scholarship, complete the  Expression of Interest form by clicking the below link and return it no later than  June 30, 2018. This form helps determine eligibility for the WDL scholarship.

Online Expression of Interest to Apply Form
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If you cannot complete the above online form, please download the PDF here, complete it, and mail it to:

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


After you send us the form, we will determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate. Please be aware that the WDL Scholarship is highly competitive and has very specific requirements.

If we determine that you are eligible to apply, we will send you an email notification to apply for Gallaudet. You will be required to provide the following supporting documents:

  • Demonstration of financial need.
  • Demonstration of proficiency in the English language.
  • Demonstration of high academic achievement.
  • Student records and transcripts.
  • Letters of recommendation.

Completed applications will be reviewed by Gallaudet's Office of Admissions and the WDL committee. You may be interviewed on webcam (Skype, Facetime). The WDL committee will then narrow the applicants down to final candidates. A small delegation from Gallaudet may visit the finalists in their country to verify their suitability for the scholarship award. The choice of the next WDL scholar will be made by spring 2019, with studies to begin at Gallaudet in August 2019.

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Questions? If so, please email

*You are required to submit evidence -- American College Test, International English Language Testing System, Test of English as a Foreign Language, or Cambridge English score -- of your English writing and reading skills, along with your application if you are considered eligible for the WDL scholarship. 

*Please note that the Gallaudet-Nippon World Deaf Leadership (WDL) Scholarship is solely for individuals from developing countries who are interested in enrolling at the University. It is NOT for those who are currently enrolled and NOT for those who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

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