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Scholarships for Study Abroad

A study abroad scholarship is a monetary award for students to use toward the expenses of their program such as travel, course credits, books and lodging. Students must apply for scholarships and some can be very competitive while others are underutilized. There are several types of study abroad scholarships to apply for such as:

  • Merit-based: These awards are based on a student's academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's extracurricular activities and community service record. It’s important to note that qualifications will vary based on the particular scholarship.
  • Student-specific: These are scholarships for applicants who initially qualify based on factors such as gender, race, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors. Minority scholarships are the most common awards in this category, but qualifications will vary based on the particular scholarship.
  • Destination-specific: These are scholarships awarded by a country to students planning to pursue a study abroad program in that particular country. They are awarded as an incentive to study in that country instead of elsewhere. Check with government-sponsored travel websites of the country where you wish to study to see what scholarships are available.
  • Program-specific: Program-specific scholarships are offered by individual study abroad programs and/or the colleges and universities where they may be associated to qualified applicants. These scholarships are often given on the basis of academic and personal achievement, but qualifications will vary based on the particular scholarship. Check with your study abroad program and university to see what scholarships are available.
  • Subject-specific: Subject-specific scholarships are awarded by study abroad programs or institutions to students based on their particular major or field of study. These scholarships may require the recipients to enroll in subject-specific courses while abroad or conduct subject-specific research while abroad, but it’s important to note that qualifications will vary based on each scholarship.  

National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship –Study abroad outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.  $8,000 for Summer, $10,000 for semester, $20,000 for academic year.   

Disciplines –Agricultural and Food Sciences, Area Studies, Business & Economics, Computer and Information Sciences, Foreign Languages, Health and Biomedical Science, History, International Affairs, Law, Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering, Social Sciences, Political Science and Policy Studies.

Deadline for Application – Mid-January


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship  - Offers grants for students of limited financial means (Pell Grant eligible) to pursue academic studies abroad.  No summer only programs of study eligible.  Awards are up to $5000; an extra $3000 available to students who study a Critical Need Language (Chinese, Korean, Russian, etc.)

Disciplines: All

Deadline for Application – October (Spring); Mid-April (Fall)



Bridging Scholarship for Study in Japan –100 scholarships awarded annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses occurred while abroad in Japan. $2,500 for semester-long programs; $4,000 for academic programs; $7500 for academic year winners of supplemental Morgan Stanley Scholarship.

Disciplines – ALL

Deadline for Application – October (Spring); April (Fall)

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