Outside scholarships

In addition to your host university, exchange, or affiliate program scholarships and grants page, you many also find funding for your study abroad program through outside organization scholarships.

Eligibility requirements vary based on field of study, host country, financial need and student background. Please refer to each scholarship’s website for further details.

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Boren Scholarships

Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), these scholarships provide up to $20,000 to undergraduate students from the US to study abroad in areas of the world that are underrepresented in study abroad.

Bridging Scholarships

Undergraduate students of any major studying abroad in Japan are eligible to apply. The awards are typically US$2,500 for semester-long programs or US$4,000 for academic-year programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.

BUTEX North American Scholarships

£500 scholarships are awarded each year to currently registered students at US universities who will study abroad at a BUTEX member institution in the UK.

Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.

Education New Zealand

Education New Zealand offers US$2,000 Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards to help students fund flights to New Zealand.

Fund for Education Abroad

FEA awards funds to students planning to study abroad on academically rigorous programs with a strong preference for underrepresented students. FEA is expanding access to study abroad by raising awareness of its benefits to the individual and value to the collective, and by granting scholarships of up to $10,000.

In addition to the general scholarships, FEA also offers dedicated scholarships. To be eligible for a dedicated scholarship, students must also meet the general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements, and indicate their interest through their application forms. FEA’s dedicated scholarships include:

  • Athletes Abroad Scholarship – available to applicants who are student-athletes (club, intramural, or varsity) participating in any program or subject that confers credits toward degree completion.
  • Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship – awarded to one student each year planning to study abroad in Vietnam or within other Southeast Asian cultures.
  • Jane Gluckmann & Carol Rausch Go Global Scholarship – awarded to one student each year planning to study abroad in Mexico, Central America, South America, France, or Germany.
  • Rainbow Scholarship – awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program.
  • STA Travel Start the Adventure Scholarship – Two FEA/STA Travel Start the Adventure Scholarships ($2,500 each) will be awarded to applicants studying during the summer semester.

For more information on these scholarships, please refer to www.fundforeducationabroad.org.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 students over the next two academic years beginning in Summer 2016. The awards range from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad.

Fund for International Service Learning

Fund for International Service Learning provides scholarships to students enrolled in an international service-learning program.

Go Overseas

Go Overseas awards one $500 scholarship to a student studying abroad through a photo essay contest.

Go Overseas and Education Ireland

Go Overseas and Education Ireland are giving away two US$15,000 scholarships towards tuition to study abroad in Ireland. This scholarship includes an accommodation stipend and round-trip flight to Ireland. Apply for one undergrad semester abroad or a full year master’s degree.

Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards

Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards (NZUEA) offer US$500 for study at one of the eight New Zealand universities.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Scholarships are available to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students for study abroad. For a complete list please see the DAAD’s resources for North America.

Hispanic College Fund

The Hispanic College Fund reaches out to Latino college students in need.

HI USA Explore the World Travel Scholarships

Hosteling International USA (HI USA) is committed to creating a more tolerant world, and these scholarships create a whole new breed of young travelers inspired to make the world a better place, but lack the financial means to go abroad. Recipients of the scholarship receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip as long as they have an educational or service component to their itinerary.

Japan Student Services Organization

International students who are admitted to a Japanese university for short term study (three months to a year) and are enrolled at their home institution in a regular course of study are eligible to apply for a MEXT scholarship, in the form of a monthly stipend for the duration of study. To apply, contact your host coordinator after you have been placed, and before you go abroad.

Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT)

Live Like Ally Foundation

The Live Like Ally Foundation awards multiple scholarships to students between 15 and 23 years old who intend to intern, volunteer, or participate in a service learning project while abroad. Live Like Ally is a memorial to Allison Willen, who was studying abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand, when she tragically passed away. Ally’s love for people, for nature and for life has led her family to create the foundation, which seeks to give other students the opportunity to discover the world and impact it for the better, as Ally did.

Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship

One £1,000 scholarship is awarded each year to currently registered students at US universities who will study abroad for at least one semester at a AASAP/UK member institution. There is only 1 application deadline for an entire academic year and it usually falls in April.

Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships

Two awards of US$7,500 scholarships are available each year through the experience-Japan Bridging Foundation to U.S. university students who will be studying in Japan.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

The National Italian American Foundation awards scholarships and grants to outstanding Italian-American students on the basis of academic merit.

National Security Education Program

Awards usually cover the full cost of study and travel abroad. Created by Congress in 1991, NSEP was intended to encourage American students to study less commonly taught languages and cultures, especially in nations considered to be of interest to national security. The program also aspires to increase the number of Americans qualified for government service and international diplomacy. After graduation, student recipients are required to work for an office or agency of the Federal Government involved in national security affairs or in higher education. Boren Scholarships provide up to US$20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. The program focuses on geographic areas, languages and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

New Zealand University Study Abroad Excellence Awards

Eight New Zealand universities are pleased to offer US$500 New Zealand University Study Abroad Excellence Awards for study at one of the eight New Zealand universities.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.

Rotary International

Ambassadorial scholarships offered through local Rotary clubs.

Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship

SCSF provides need-based grants ranging from $1500 to $2500.

STA Travel Start the Adventure Scholarship

STA has created two $2500 scholarships for students for a study abroad program. These awards are part of STA Travel’s mission to make international education accessible.

Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

Tortuga Backpacks offer a $1,000 study abroad scholarship and one travel backpack. Two scholarships are offered each year, one for the spring semester and one for the fall semester.

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

This scholarship program supports highly motivated and qualified U.S. and Canadian undergraduate and graduate students to do research at a public Swiss university or research institute for two to three months. The scholarship is open to students of all fields.

United Negro College Fund

UNCF offers an array of scholarship programs from the nation’s largest minority education organization.

University Language Services

Take a photo that captures what you learned from studying abroad, write a short description of 100-200 words, and you could win a $500.00 college scholarship!

Varsity Tutors College Scholarships

Monthly essay contest that awards $1,000 to eligible participants.