Areas of Study

Prospective Applicants:

  1. Do you want to earn a degree from Gallaudet University?
  2. Are you deaf or hard of hearing?
  3. Are you working with deaf and civic communities to improve accessibility, education, and/or quality of life for deaf people in your home country?
  4. Do you have good English writing and reading skills?
    • You are required to submit evidence of your English writing and reading skills — American College Test, International English Language Testing System, Test of English as a Foreign Language, or Cambridge English score — along with your application if you are considered eligible for the WDL Scholarship.
  5. Are you a citizen of a developing country?

If you answered YES to 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 (click the link below) and return it no later than December 11, 2020. 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 International Affairs
World Deaf Leadership Program, Building 103
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002-3695
U. S. A


After you send us the completed 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. 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 list of applicants down to final candidates. A small delegation from Gallaudet may interview the finalists and members of their community, government, and employer (if applicable) in their country to verify their suitability for the scholarship.

Questions? If so, please email them to Contact.

*Please note that the Gallaudet-Nippon World Deaf Leadership 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.

Contact Us

World Deaf Leadership Scholarship

Building 103

(202) 250-2294

(202) 651-5150

(202) 803-7546

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