The Gallaudet-Nippon World Deaf Leadership Scholarship


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Calling on applicants for the fall 2021 semester!

Interested in exploring the possibilities of getting a WDL scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year?

December 11, 2020, is the deadline to submit a completed Expression of Interest to Apply Form

Description of WDL Scholarship

The 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, 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, 17 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 for a WDL Scholar includes mentorship from a member of the Gallaudet University faculty and an internship in the scholar’s home country.

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.

How to Apply

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.

What happens after you send the expression of interest to apply form?

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. The choice of the next WDL Scholar will be made by spring 2021, with studies to begin at Gallaudet in August 2021. Please go to for information on Gallaudet’s programs.

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