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SIT Study Abroad has identified a list of organizations that provide scholarships for undergraduate study abroad. If you feel you may qualify for any of these scholarships, you should contact that particular organization directly.
National Scholarships – General
IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants
This program is intended to diversify study abroad and encourage students, especially high-achieving, low-income students, who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education to go abroad. The grants are to be used towards travel to and from the country of study and within the region, enabling students to make the most of their international experience. US students from US colleges and universities that are Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners are eligible to apply.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for US citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare US students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.
Boren Awards for International Study
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and countries in western Europe are excluded.
Boren Scholars study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.
Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to US national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
More information and application materials are available on the Boren website.
Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was created in order to open doors for deserving education abroad students; FEA awards funds for students planning to study abroad on any academically rigorous programs. Designed by the FEA Advisory Board, FEA scholarships are intended to meet the financial needs of students who might not be eligible for government grants or existing funds limited to specific programs or groups of students.
GSF Student Grant (The Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad)
Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution.
Go Overseas Scholarships
Go Overseas scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to, study abroad programs and award up to $1,000. Go Overseas also has a Teach Abroad Scholarship and a Volunteer Abroad Scholarship for students with a focus on international studies and/or education.
In an effort to make international travel more accessible to student and youth travelers, STA Travel has partnered with the Foundation for Global Scholars to create the Start the Adventure Scholarship. A scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student and a matching donation will be made to the student’s home university or college to award to an additional student of their choice for study abroad.
National Scholarships – Specific to Region
The Institute of International Education (IIE) Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA), are made possible by generous support from the Freeman Foundation. Created to assist U.S. students with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia, Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 students over the next two academic years, with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad.
For more information, prospective students should visit the Freeman-ASIA website for eligibility requirements, full application instructions and deadlines.
National Scholarships – Specific to Diversity
The Marion Wright Edelman Scholarship (for a person of minority background)
Please visit the following websites for more information:
The National Italian American Foundation
For Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Area of study: open.
Point Foundation – The National LGBT Scholarship Fund
Point Foundation provides financial support, leadership training, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. Applicants should have proven leadership skills, excellent scholastic achievements and want to make a difference in the world. All applicants are evaluated on the totality of their situation including, academic accomplishments, financial, emotional and social need, extracurricular activities, personal circumstances and goals for the future. This website provides link to a number of different resources geared towards LGBTQ students.
Pride’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and straight-allied scholarship program is one of the largest of its kind in the country. Pride Foundation partners with the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), to administer and award scholarships. Together Pride Foundation and GSBA have awarded more than $2.2 million to over 650 recipients since 1991. For Pacific Northwest students (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska).
Study Abroad Funding Websites and Databases
- IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding
Comprehensive Database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants.
For US and International Students
- Financial Aid Scholarships
- Best of the Web – Scholarships