Study Abroad Scholarships
Click on the following links to search below for study abroad funding opportunities. Please note that scholarships, grants, and fellowships under the heading "General Study Abroad" are applicable to all students. The second section "Diversity in Study Abroad" specifically targets funding for underrepresented students, and the third section "Nontraditional Countries" lists scholarships for study in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Applying to many scholarships increases your chances of receiving funding.
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Each year CIEE awards a variety of scholarships and grants to students who plan to study overseas. Please visit the site to read the eligibility criteria and the application procedures for each scholarship carefully.
Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CLS) Scholarship
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is part of a U.S. Government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students in: Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu: Beginning, intermediate or advanced level; Arabic, Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate or advanced level; and Chinese, Japanese, Russian: Intermediate or advanced level. Please see 2012 CLS Institute Language Levels for more information on language pre-requisites for individual institutes.
Amount of scholarship - Fully-funded: All CLS Program costs are covered for participants including: travel to and from the student's U.S. home city and program location, a mandatory Washington, D.C. pre-departure orientation, applicable visa fees, room, board, group-based intensive language instruction, program-sponsored travel within country, and all entrance fees for CLS Program cultural enhancement activities. Deadline - November 15
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école des Chartes Exchange Fellowship
This fellowship provides a monthly stipend and free tuition for an American or Canadian graduate student to study at the école Nationale des Chartes in Paris for a period of three months during 2009-2010. The école des Chartes is the oldest institution in Europe specializing in the archival sciences, including paleography, bibliography, textual editing, and the history of the book. Preference will be given to students attending institutions that are members of the Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium. Applications are especially encouraged from students who are in the early stages of preparing their dissertations.
The largest U.S. international exchange program offering students and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Awards are applicable for all fields of study in more than 140 countries.
If you have a campus advisor you will apply as an "enrolled applicant"; if you do not have a campus advisor or are not currently enrolled in a U.S. institution of higher learning you may apply as an "at-large applicant". Find out if your school has an advisor at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/program_universities_us.html. You will apply through this advisor and have to adhere to your campus' particular deadline, which will be earlier than the IEE deadline.
Global Studies Foundation Student Grant
Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who are already studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. The foundation is particularly interested in funding the study of strategically significant countries and languages.
Grant recipients are expected to share this experience with others upon his or her return, ideally, with multiple audiences and varied media.
Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship
Undergraduate members who are currently enrolled in a study abroad program or who will be enrolled the academic year immediately following the granting of the award are eligible for one of ten $1,000 awards presented each year—three for the October 20 deadline and seven for the April 15th deadline.
Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel Fellowship
Applicants for long- and short-term fellowships at the Newberry may also ask to be considered for this joint fellowship providing an additional two-month fellowship in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. The proposed project should link the collections of both libraries; applicants should plan to hold both fellowships sequentially to ensure continuity of research. The award will pay 1,050 EUR per month plus up to 600 EUR for travel expenses. For more information on the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, see their Web page at www.hab.de.
International Students Loans
Offers a range of study abroad loans to US Students studying around the world.
John T. Petters Scholarship
In memory of John T. Petters, scholarship funds are available to undergraduate students who are members of a John T. Petters Foundation Partner University and/or non-profit organizations OR undergraduates who apply separately as an "Open Scholar." These students must be pursuing a study abroad program in international business.
AIFS Study Abroad
AIFS annually awards scholarships to summer and semester students who submit application materials demonstrating high academic achievement. Scholarships are available for both summer and semester programs.
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Open to all applicants with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter at their school; membership in Phi Kappa Phi is not mandatory.
See site for more information and to download application form.
Rotary Club Ambassadorial Scholarships
The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs. Interested applicants must apply through their local rotary club for specific information. Click on Club Locator to find your local chapter.
This valuable funding resource allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need. The comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make your dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality.
SIT Study Abroad – Pell Match Scholarship Program
SIT Study Abroad offers a scholarship program for undergraduate Federal Pell grant recipients. SIT will automatically match a student's Pell award used for a semester program with SIT, thereby placing high-quality, field-based study abroad programs within greater financial reach of a wider range of undergraduate students. More than 30 SIT programs across the globe are eligible for the Pell match scholarship. To learn more about financing a study abroad program with SIT, and for a list of other SIT Study Abroad scholarships, please visit the financial aid and scholarship sections.
Scholarships are awarded to semester or summer students of diverse backgrounds to participate in an AIFS study abroad program. There is also a special scholarship for outstanding Hispanic students to study abroad with AIFS. This special scholarship will be available to students attending HACU member schools. To find out more about HACU, visit www.hacu.net
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Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman scholarship aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. Also see the AIFS Gilman Scholarship Bonus at: AIFS Gilman Scholarship Bonus
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Scholarship Program
As one of the largest international scholarship programs dedicated to encouraging U.S. Hispanic students to participate in study abroad programs, the program offers study abroad tuition scholarships that can be applied to more than 17 campus locations within the Laureate International University network. Students must be enrolled at a HACU member institution.
Please see the website for more details.
Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship (IIPP)
Sponsored and administered by the United Negro College Fund, IIPP serves to enhance U.S. national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service, and awareness among a broader, more representative cross-section of the American citizenry.
Sophomores of minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the 5-year sequenced program which includes study abroad sessions, internships, and international affairs courses.
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Joseph A. Towles African Study Abroad Scholarship
This scholarship is in memory of Dr. Joseph A. Towles. The scholarship is open to UNCF students who have been accepted into a study abroad program in Africa.
Visit the site to apply online.
Robert B. Bailey Scholarship
These awards are named in honor of Robert B. Bailey III, former member of CIEE's Board of Directors and Professor of Sociology and Director of Study Abroad at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, in order to aid students who have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. Applicants are asked to specify the group to which they belong and which they believe to be underrepresented in study abroad. Applicants must participate in a CIEE study abroad program.
Awards may vary but are usually made in the amount of $500 to be applied toward the applicant's CIEE program fee.
NSEP David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide funding for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in world regions critical to the future security of our nation and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East. The maximum award amount for undergraduate students is $20,000. Graduate students can receive up to $30,000. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to seek work in the federal government for at least one year in a position with national security responsibilities.
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NSEP Language Flagship Fellowship
The Language Flagship offers a limited number of fellowships to qualified American students interested in receiving financial support to participate in one of the Graduate Flagship Programs in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, and Persian. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree, be a U.S. citizen at the time of application, have proficiency in the corresponding foreign language, and cannot be employed by the U.S. Government. Award recipients must maintain enrollment at Master's degree granting Flagship Program for the duration of the Flagship Fellowship funding period.
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Simpson Egyptology Scholarship
The Simpson Scholarships in Egyptology are available to Study Abroad Program students who wish to concentrate their studies at the American University in Cairo on the history and culture of Ancient Egypt. The scholarships are open to outstanding undergraduates of junior or senior standing.
See website for details and to apply online.
West African Research Association (WARA) Fellowships
West African Research Association Mission Statement The mission of the West African Research Association (WARA) is to enhance U.S. and West African scholarship and increase interest in international affairs among Americans through a reciprocal program of research exchange between American and West African scholars and institutions.
See website for specific information on each grant and eligibility requirements
American Institute of Bangladesh Studies Fellowships
The AIBS supports three types of Fellowship: Senior, Junior, and Pre-Dissertation. All are intended for research in Bangladesh for a minimum of four months and a maximum of ten to twelve months.
See website to download application form.
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers 100 scholarships annually to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Awards are intended to assist students with the travel and living expenses for students majoring in any field. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Summer study is not eligible.
Henry Luce Foundation: Luce Scholars Program
Stipends and internships for eighteen young Americans to live and work in Asia are available each year. Candidates must be American citizens who have received at least a bachelor's degree and are no more than 29 years old on September 1 of the year they enter the program. Candidates must be nominated by one of the eligible sixty-seven colleges and universities.
The Freeman-Asia scholarship provides American students to study abroad in one of the 15 Asian countries on semester or summer programs (at least eight weeks in length). Scholarships are first offered to student with no prior experience in the country where they plan to study.
Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship
Awards are available for research students, teacher training students, undergraduate students, Japanese studies students, young public administrators, college of technology students and special training students. Students from outside of Japan are recruited by embassy recommendation or university recommendation.
Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan
Junior and senior undergraduates interested in economics and international finance who have been accepted for study in Japan are eligible for awards of $7,500 (for 2007-8).
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ ACCELS
Grants for Research and Language Training in Russia, Eurasia, and Southeastern Europe
Grants available for a variety of research programs and language training.
See HACU-Laureate International Scholarship Program (in diversity study abroad section)
Rainforest Alliance Kleinhans Fellowship
This fellowship supports research to better understand and improve the impacts of non-timber forest product (NTFP) harvest and marketing on rural livelihoods and tropical forest ecosystems. A successful application will outline the need for research, its potential applications and its likely impact on local communities and forest ecosystems in Latin America. Applications for projects conducted in the Petén region of Guatemala or Southern Mexico are especially encouraged.