Study Abroad Scholarships
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Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships: The US Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs awards scholarships of up to $5,000 for study abroad opportunities for undergraduate students with financial need. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must be receiving the Federal Pell Grant. Students underrepresented in study abroad are also encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply, scholarship application deadlines and details see the Gilman website here. Click here for helpful tips and hints to completing the application.
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships: FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Early Application deadlines! http://www.fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants/scholarships/
Rotary Club Scholarships: Rotary International offers a variety of scholarships, for different timeframes in over 60 countries. Applicants must have at least two years of university or college work experience and be a citizen of a country that has a Rotary club. Availability for scholarships varies by Rotary district. For more information or to apply, contact Fellowships Coordinator Amanda Nienow.
IIE Adell & Hancock Fund Scholarship: The Institute of International Education (IIE) offers two awards of $2,500 as supplemental support for U.S. Students to carry out their international education plans. The scholarship was not offered for 2011-2012 so check the current scholarship application deadlines and details carefully.
Gustavus Peace Studies Scholarships
- Peace Education Scholarships: The Gustavus Peace Studies program offers scholarships for study abroad opportunities each year. The amount of each award usually ranges from $500-$1000, depending on the number of applicants and the resources available to the Peace Education Program.
- Ruth Youngdahl Nelson Scholarship: Awarded to a student who proposes a study project focusing on becoming actively involved in peace making in some experiential way.
- Additional Scholarships: Awarded to students planning independent study projects that focus on peace and justice issues or enrolled in off campus courses concerned with these issues.
For more information about Peace Studies scholarships, please contact Chair of Peace Studies program, Mimi Gerstbauer.
Region Specific Scholarships
David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship: The National Security Education Program (NSEP) awards this scholarship of up to $20,000 for up to a year of study in critical world areas in Africa, Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, Eurasia, Latin and South America and the Middle East. (Countries not eligible: Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.) This is a highly competitive scholarship and if you are interested you should talk with Fellowships Coordinator Amanda Nienow no later than mid-January to see if you meet the criteria to make it worth your time to apply. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
American Scandinavian Foundation: Awards for study in Scandinavia in all fields, for short term as well as full academic year programs. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia: The Institute for the International Education of Student (IES) offers scholarship rewards of up to $5,000 for students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Country Specific Scholarships
IDP Student Mobility Scholarship: IDP periodically offers scholarships for international students wishing to undertake Australian study through a program provider or an exchange agreement with an overseas university. Each scholarship consists of a living/travel allowance of $5,000. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship Corporation: UMRSC, a non-profit organization with “charitable, scientific, and educational purposes which preserve and strengthen the Danish heritage of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest,” offers scholarships for students with Danish heritage interested in Denmark and planning a study abroad experience in this country. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): DAAD, a German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation, provides financial support to over 50,000 individuals per year. Applicants must have a history of academic excellence and clarity of vision for why they need to spend time in Germany. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Study & Internship Program (SIP): German Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS7) and DAAD have collaborated to offer students a full academic semester of study abroad at one of the UAS7 universities in Germany followed by a one-semester professional internship experience in a company or research institute in Germany. Scholarships are granted for one semester (6 months). Recipients will be awarded a monthly stipend of approximately €700 to cover living expenses, including a monthly contribution to cover health and accident liability insurance. In addition, they receive up to €800 as a contribution to travel expenses.Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan: The Association of Teachers of The Japanese Bridging Project offers awards of $2,500 to $4,000 (depending on program length) to American students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Applicants must be US citizens, enrolled as undergraduates at a U.S. college or university, and need not have studied Japanese language. All majors are encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply, contact Fellowships Coordinator Amanda Nienow. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Monbukagakusho Japanese Studies Scholarship: The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers five different scholarships for non-Japanese nationals wishing to study in Japan. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Mondale Scholarship: The Japan American Society of Minnesota awards scholarships up to $1,500 to Minnesota undergraduate students attending a Minnesota college or university planning to study in Japan. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Morgan Stanley Scholarships: Morgan Stanley Japan awards two $7,500 scholarships through the Bridging Project to US students who will be studying in Japan for the academic year. Applicants should be juniors or seniors with an interest in economics and international finance. Scholarship also includes possibilities of one-month internships with Morgan Stanley Japan’s Tokyo headquarters. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Education New Zealand: The lead Government agency for the promotion of New Zealand education internationally has announced the opening of scholarships for U.S. students. The awards will provide support for U.S. students who participate in study abroad programs at New Zealand's universities and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics - commonly referred to as ITPs, and offering technical and applied degree programs. For more info, visit their website here.
Lilly Lorenzén Scholarship: The American Swedish Institute awards $1,000 to qualified candidates who plan to study in Sweden during the coming school year. Applicants must be Minnesota residents and have knowledge of Swedish. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Malmberg Scholarship and Fellowship Program: The American Swedish Institute sponsors the Malmberg Scholarship and Fellowship Program with an award up to $10,000. Applicants must be U.S. residents enrolled in degree granting programs at accredited colleges or universities and be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the Swedish language. Scholarships are granted for up to a full academic term. Students studying in areas that pertain to Swedish America and/or the relationship between Sweden and the United States are favored. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
BUTEX North American Scholarships: The British Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) awards £500 to students studying abroad through BUTEX member program providers or exchanges in the United Kingdom. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Diversity Related Scholarships
DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Scholarship (AIFS): Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, offers twenty, $1,000 scholarships for spring, summer and fall 2011 study abroad students. Six scholarships are available for the fall and spring and eight for the summer.Recipients must be traditionally under-represented minority students and studying abroad on a DiversityAbroad.com Member program (see list of member organizations here). Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
CGE Diversity Scholarship: The Center for Global Education (CGE) offers a number of scholarships to students who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority and LGBT students, whose participation in a Center’s semester or summer academic program contributes to an intentionally diverse community of co-learners that values a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Awards will cover up to half the cost of a semester program and up to $1,000 of the cost of a summer program. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Scholarships Administered by Program Providers
The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University: Arcadia offers scholarships based on financial need, usually applied to program costs in amounts of $250 - $2,500 for semester or yearlong programs. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Scholarship deadlines and details available at http://www.arcadia.edu/abroad/study-abroad-scholarships/.
Council on International Education and Exchange International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships: CIEE offers a variety of scholarships to CIEE program applicants from Academic Consortium (AC) member institutions. Awards are applied to program fees, usually made in amounts of $2,000 for semester or yearlong programs. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Global Access Initiative (GAIN): Each year CIEE will reward a total of one million dollars to students throughout all of their programs who are economically challenged, who are pursuing intensive international experiences or are otherwise limited by their major or student activities. The initiative provides grants to students who are applying for full-year, semester, and summer study abroad programs. Scholarship application deadlines and details here.
Jennifer Ritzmann Scholarship: Each semester CIEE awards $1000 to a qualified participant on either the Monteverde, Costa Rica Tropical Ecology and Conservation semester-long program or the Sustainability and the Environment semester-long program. Scholarship application deadlines and details at http://www.ciee.org/study/scholarships/index.aspx
John E. Bowman Travel Grants: The Bowman travel grant awards $1,000 to high school and undergraduate students participating in study, work, and volunteer programs in developing countries (Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America). Gustavus can nominate at total of three students. Scholarship application deadlines and details here.
Kathleen McDermott Scholarship: Available to CIEE Study Center applicants only. The applicant must have demonstrated financial need and be either a Public Health or Nursing major, and/or participating in a CIEE Community Public Health study abroad program. Details at http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships/#mcdermott
Michael Shohl Scholarship: Available to CIEE Study Center applicants only. The applicant must be self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, be a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or be planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships/#stohl
Peter Wollitzer Scholarships for Study in Asia: Award provides assistance to students participating in CIEE program in Asia. More info at www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships/#wollitzer
U.S. Department of Education Scholarship for Programs in China: The U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad provides scholarships funding qualified CIEE program participants that intend to continue advanced studies in the Chinese language and pursue a career in academia or public affairs following their semester or year with CIEE in China or Taiwan. Eligible students are those participating in CIEE Programs at Nanjing University, Peking University, East China Normal University in Shanghai, and National Chengchi University in Taipei. Grant applicants must have completed a minimum of their sophomore year to qualify. Awards vary in amount and are applied directly to the applicant's CIEE program fee. Scholarship awards range from $1000 - $8,000. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
CYA Scholarships: College Year in Athens (CYA) offers opportunities for supplemental scholarship aid ranging from $500-$5,000. Applications are attached to the initial College Year in Athens application. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
DIS Scholarships: Denmark International Studies (DIS) offers four types of scholarships for applicants to their programs, ranging from $500-2,000 with a small number of $3,000-4,000 grants. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
HECUA Merit Scholarships: HECUA awards up to three $750 awards each term to students who have worked for social change and whose future goals will be strengthened by a HECUA semester program. Some additional scholarship money is available for January Interim programs. Students must have applied to a HECUA program in order to be eligible. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
HECUA Scholarship for Social Justice: HECUA awards two $1500 scholarships to support first generation college students, students from low-income families, and students of color applying to HECUA programs.Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
IES Abroad Scholarships: The Institute for the International Education of Student (IES) offers many scholarships and financial aid to eligible students studying through their programs. Scholarship opportunities include Diversity Scholarships, Legacy Scholarships, Merit-Based Scholarships, Public University Grants, Disability Grants, etc. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
IFSA Scholarships: The Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA) offers country-specific, program-specific, as well as general scholarships available to students studying through IFSA programs. General scholarship awards are $1,500 for semester programs and $2,500 for full year programs. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Global Account Program (GAP): A unique savings program that enables students to save for their study abroad program while also earning up to $1,000 in matching scholarships from IFSA-Butler. Open a savings account with IFSA-Butler and receive matching scholarship funds to help pay for program fees, airfare and housing. Visit http://www.ifsa-butler.org/fill-the-gap.html for more information.
First Generation Scholars Program: IFSA-Butler provides financial support as well as professional assistance for first generation college students studying through their programs. Scholarships go toward housing, flight transportation, as well as visa and passport fees, while the professional services include specialized pre-departure information, a student blog, resume building and a reentry workshop. Visit http://www.ifsa-butler.org/first-generation-scholar-program.html for more information.
JASSO Scholarships: The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) offers scholarships ranging from 80,000 – 150,000 yen for students planning on studying in Japan for one academic year. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center Scholarship for Non-U of M Students: This scholarship is available for non-University of Minnesota students who are studying abroad through the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center. Applicants must have already applied to a Learning Abroad Center program. Scholarship awards range from $1000 to $2000. Scholarship applications and details are available here.
Lancaster University Financial Awards: Lancaster University helps connect eligible students with various scholarship opportunities through a funding database. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
SACI Scholarships: The Studio Art Centers International (SACI) program offers a number of scholarship opportunities for students who plan to study at SACI; four full scholarships and a large number of partial scholarships are offered annually. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
SAI Scholarships: Study Abroad Italy (SAI) offers scholarships and fellowships. Awards range from $500 to $2500. Scholarships available include but are not limited to Chiara scholarships, a First Generation College Student scholarship, a Service Learning scholarship, and Summer Session scholarship. A $5,500 fellowship and a $2,750 scholarship are also available for students studying abroad at the Florence University of the Arts (FUA). Scholarship application deadlines and details at here.
SIT Study Abroad Scholarships: The School for International Training (SIT) program offers merit and need based scholarships for students ranging from $500 to $5,000. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
SIT Asian StudiesScholarship: SIT offers six $10,000 scholarships for students applying to SIT programs in China, Mongolia and Vietnam. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here
Summer Program Scholarship Opportunities
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS): The U.S. Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers awards scholarships for intensive summer language institutes in the countries of: Azerbaijani, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey or others where the following languages are spoken: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengli, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. CLS provides seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Nobel Museum Summer Program: A two-week program in Sweden for science majors. Applicants must know some Swedish. Airfare and most expenses are paid. For more information and to apply, contact Director of Center for International and Cultural Education, Carolyn O’Grady.
Graduate Studies Scholarships and Grants
IDP Postgraduate Research Scholarships: IDP Education offers scholarships for individuals pursuing post graduate school in Australian Universities. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
IIE Nancy Petry Scholarship for Study Abroad: The Institute of International Education (IIE) offers financial support for students enrolled in graduate programs at U.S. universitiesin the Rocky Mountain region. The committee encourages applicants in the fields of environmental studies, international business, or economics. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program: Each year the Carnegie Endowment provides opportunities for 8-10 students who desire careers in international affairs to gain one full year of work experience in Washington, D.C. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to Associates working on Carnegie Endowment projects. All applicants must be nominated by their university and either be a graduating senior or have completed their bachelor’s degree within the past academic year. For more information or to apply, contact Fellowships Coordinator Amanda Nienow. Scholarship application deadlines and details available here.
The Fulbright Grant: The Fulbright Program is designed to give students, artists and other professionals the opportunity to pursue graduate study and research in over 100 nations. For more information or to apply, contact Fellowships Coordinator Amanda Nienow. Fellowship application deadlines and details available here.
Additional Web Scholarship Directories
DiversityAbroad.com: Online database for scholarships related to diversity.
Fast Web: An online-network that generates personalized information of scholarships, colleges, internships, jobs, and more.
GoAbroad.com: Search for scholarships through the GoAbroad.com online directory.
Institute of International Education: This online directory features detailed information on hundreds of scholarships, grants and fellowships available for undergraduate and graduate study as well as doctoral and post-doctoral research.
Michigan State University: A database for funding, grants and financial aid.
NAFSA: The Association of International Education provides general information about financing study abroad.
StudyAbroad.com: Database containing search engine for Study Abroad Financial Aid and Grants.
For further assistance or information about your specific program/university scholarship opportunities, contact Jill Fischer, Study Abroad Advisor, Center for International and Cultural Education.