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Scholarships for Studying Abroad

Start applying for scholarships once you have applied to the program. Most scholarship deadlines are similar to program deadlines.

All study abroad scholarships and fellowships are highly competitive and require a high GPA and strong references. Eligibility may be limited to certain majors or based on class standing, location of study, careers, and other criteria. Most scholarships will have additional requirements that students must adhere to.

Please note that some of these programs allow you to apply on your own, but many of them require you to apply through your university and to be officially endorsed or nominated by your university. This process takes time, so plan ahead.


National & Regional Scholarships

  • Boren Scholarships and Fellowships – Funding from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) supports U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Up to $20,000 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduate students depending on cost and length of program.
  • Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes 
    • Open to: Graduates and undergrads
    • Usual deadline: November
    • Fields: Any
    • Award: Travel, study, and all program expenses for summer institute language study in countries where “target languages” are spoken
  • Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
    • Open to: Undergrads – American students planning to study in East or Southeast Asia with demonstrated financial need
    • Usual deadline: October
    • Fields: Any
    • Award: Up to $3000 for a summer, $5000 for a semester, $7000 for an academic year (international)
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program 
    • Open to: Graduates: apply as seniors, recent grads, and grad students (U.S. citizens)
    • Usual deadline: October
    • Fields: Any field, but most plan a project that builds cultural understanding
    • Award: Covers expenses for a year of travel and living expenses for overseas study/research; some awards offered for English language teaching (international)
    • Note: Language competency normally required
  • Gilman International Scholarship Program
    • The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below:
      • The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad.
      • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
      • The applicant is studying abroad for at least 28 days in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 28 consecutive days.
      • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list.
    • Award up to $5000 for study abroad (must be a minimum of four weeks), with amount contingent on amount of Pell grant eligibility (international).
    • Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement
      • Open to: Undergrads – studying Arabic, Chinese, Turkic, Persian, Indic, Korean, or Russian
      • Usual deadline: Depends on timing of study abroad experience
      • Fields: Any
      • Award: Up to $3000 in additional study abroad funding for study involving a designated language (international)

Scholarship Databases