Study Abroad Scholarships and Fellowships

Many resources are available to help you finance a study abroad experience. Some study abroad programs offer scholarships for their students, such as the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), and the School for International Training (SIT).

Don't limit your search for funding to one grant or scholarship or to the options listed on this page. A single scholarship will seldom cover all costs, so research other opportunities and apply for as many awards as you can. Begin your scholarship search early, preferably one year in advance of your departure.

TIP: Scholarship application deadlines often correspond with study abroad program deadlines: March/April for fall term and year-long programs; October/November for spring programs. On the other hand, some scholarships have one deadline per year. Don't waste your time: pay careful attention to both eligibility requirements and deadlines.

Scholarship Databases

Selected Grants and Scholarships for Undergraduates

Study/Research Grants

ATJ Bridging Scholarship (Japan) funds study in Japan for U.S. citizens or permanent residents. (Summer programs are ineligible.) Fall/Spring deadlines.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship funds study abroad for Pell Grant recipients. Programs must be at least four weeks long (summer-only programs are ineligible), and longer-term programs are preferred. Nontraditional destinations are preferred (but countries on the U.S. State Department travel warning list are excluded). Fall/Spring deadlines.

Boren Scholarship (National Security Education Program) is a merit-based study abroad scholarship for U.S. citizens who aspire to work for the U.S. government. Academic-year programs are preferred, but freshmen and sophomores can receive funding for summer language study. Early spring deadline.

BUTEX Scholarship provides eight scholarships annually for North American students to study at selected universities in the UK. Summer deadline.

CAORC Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Language Institutes supports intensive summer study abroad in the Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu languages at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners. Fall deadline.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service) supports study abroad, senior thesis research, and internships in Germany for a semester or year for students in their third or fourth year. Preference is given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. German language competency is not mandatory. Early spring deadline.

DiversityAbroad.com Scholarships awards partial funding for students of color participating in selected study abroad programs.

Foundation for Global Scholars offers five different scholarships to U.S. students who have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students can only apply to one type of scholarship of the five offered. For more information, visit their website.

Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program pairs Indonesian students pursuing U.S. degrees with U.S. college sophomores and juniors and arranges summer internships in which they work together at an Indonesian nonprofit organization.

Fund for Education Abroad 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. The scholarship aims to support students in programs known for academic rigor, culturally immersive components, language acquisition, service learning or volunteering, non-traditional destinations, or students who display financial need.

GO! Overseas Scholarships awards scholarships for study abroad, teaching abroad, and volunteering abroad. Open to students from all nations for study abroad programs scheduled anytime during the year. Early fall deadline.

Humanity in Action is a summer study and research program offered in Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland to facilitate trans-Atlantic and trans-European dialogue about democracy and diversity. Early spring deadline.

India China Institute Travel/Research Fund provides four awards annually for students to attend a New School program or conduct independent research in India or China. Fall deadline.

Institute for Human Studies Fellowship supports undergraduate or graduate study in the United States or abroad for students with an interest in the principles, practices, and intellectual and institutional foundations necessary for a free society. Fall deadline.

John C. Phelan General Course Scholarship (London School of Economics) supports students accepted to the General Course at the London School of Economics.

Laura Bush Traveling Fellowship provides funding for 4-6 weeks of travel to conduct short-term research related to the mandate of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). Spring deadline.

Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies offers full and partial scholarship support for a six-week summer term at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Courses are taught in English and focus on postwar, post-Holocaust, and contemporary Jewish life in Germany. Open to advanced undergraduates. Early spring deadline.

Leonard M. Rieser Fellowship is a one-time fellowship to be used over the course of one year to support a research or professional project in the United States or abroad examining connections between science, technology, global security, and public policy.

Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program provides a small living allowance and a ten-week summer internship at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France for students interested in biology and contemplating a graduate degree in the field. Hands-on laboratory experience. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Simpson Scholarship in Egyptology (American University in Cairo) is available to juniors and seniors of all nationalities interested in a study-abroad semester or year at AUC to study the history and culture of ancient Egypt. Spring deadline.

Taiwan Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship supports three-month to year-long study in the Mandarin language and Taiwanese culture at university-affiliated Mandarin training centers. Spring deadline.

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship supports up to three months of research at a Swiss university or research lab for U.S. students. Spring deadline.

Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship supports qualified students in international studies who aspire to careers in the U.S. Foreign Service. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, each award covers all mandatory fees for the junior and senior years of a bachelor's program and the first year of a graduate program, including a junior-year summer abroad and two summer internships at the State Department. Students must commit to pursuing a master's degree in international studies at a participating institution. Early spring deadline.

General Work/Internship Experience

American Jewish Committee Goldman Fellowship Program supports work opportunities with mentorship worldwide during a nine-week summer program. Designed to develop leaders in international and domestic politics, diplomacy, public relations, and management. Early spring deadline.

National Geographic Glimpse Correspondents Program provides a small stipend, a professional editor, and publication in "National Geographic Glimpse" for writers, photographers, and videographers between the ages of 18 and 30 who live and study abroad for at least 10 weeks. Must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or have lived in the U.S. or Canada for at least 10 years. Fall deadline.

Robert L. Bartley Fellowship Program (Wall Street Journal) provides a paid internship of one to six months, usually in the summer, for serious beginning journalists with newspaper experience and an interest in the Wall Street Journal editorial page. Fellows write for the Wall Street Journal opinion pages in the U.S., Europe, or Asia, and for the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong. Early spring deadline.

TaLK (Teach English in Korea) U.S. undergraduates and recent graduates to teach conversational English in rural elementary schools in Korea. The program provides students with travel expenses, a living stipend, and health insurance.

Transatlantic Program (German American Chamber of Commerce) provides a two to six month internship experience at a German business matched to the participant's background and career objectives. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Minimum of two years of college-level German is a prerequisite. Summer deadline.

Post-BA Opportunities

Several programs sponsor students to pursue graduate study, research, and service work abroad. Applications are typically due early in the senior year for programs beginning after graduation; some programs are open to recent graduates as well.

TIP: Most post-BA opportunities are competitive nationwide competitions. For programs starting the academic year after graduation, you should take a serious approach to the application process. Consider starting early in your junior year to conduct preliminary research, locate in-country contacts, and formulate your application essays. It is recommended that you work closely with a faculty member in designing your proposals and completing your applications in general.

Study/Research

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship supports one year of advanced study and research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree; priority given to graduate-level research. Some knowledge of the host country's language is desirable.

Anna Sobol Levy Fellowship
Supports one or two years of study at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Candidates must be U.S. citizens under age 30 and should have studies military studies, economic geography, international relations, political science, or history. In addition, they must have career goals in armed services, diplomatic corps, international relations, or government or public service.

Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellowship supports Jewish studies in Poland. Students with interest in Holocaust studies, Jewish studies, Polish-Jewish history, genocide prevention, human rights, or social improvement are strongly encouraged to apply.

Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians supports promising young musicians to pursue advanced music study and performance abroad, usually in Europe, for one year.

DAAD Study Scholarship supports study in Germany for recent graduates. Applicants must not have resided in Germany in the year prior to applying. Preference given to students who are invited by a German university. Applicants in the arts, humanities, and social sciences need to have good command of the German language.

Fulbright Fellowship supports students for up to ten months of a combination of study and independent research abroad or of teaching English to speakers of other languages (in certain countries). New and recent bachelor's degree recipients are eligible.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship funds master's level study at the University of Cambridge for citizens of countries other than the UK. Scholars must separately apply and be admitted to a Cambridge graduate program.

German Chancellor Scholarship for Prospective Leaders supports graduate study in Germany in all professions and disciplines, but especially in the humanities, law, social sciences, and economics. Candidates must be U.S., Chinese, or Russian citizens, have completed a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent, and have work experience in their field.

Humanity in Action is a summer study and research program in Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland with a mission to facilitate trans-Atlantic and intra-European dialogue about democracy and diversity.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award provides support for college seniors or recent graduates for up to three years of study at an accredited graduate school in the U.S. or abroad. Successful applicants must demonstrate exceptional artistic/creative promise and significant financial need. Students must be nominated by a New School faculty representative.

Marshall Scholarship funds graduate study for U.S. citizens at any UK university. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.7 GPA.

Mary McNeill Scholarship (Queen's University) is a partial scholarship for U.S. and Canadian applicants accepted to the MA program in Irish Studies at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Mitchell Scholarship funds graduate study for U.S. citizens at any Irish university. Students must have an undergraduate degree to apply.

Rhodes Scholarship funds two to three years of graduate study at Oxford University. Applicants must be endorsed by their home universities.

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship supports one academic year of study abroad. Availability depends on local Rotary branches.

Rotary World Peace Fellowship funds master's degrees (in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field) and professional development certificates (in peace and conflict studies) at seven universities worldwide. BA in a related field or 3-5 years of related work experience are required; some work experience after the BA preferred.

Scotland Saltire Scholarship is a one-time partial scholarship to offset the tuition fees for full-time master's program at a Scottish university. Open to U.S., Canadian, Chinese, and Indian citizens with priority given to students of science, technology, the arts and creative industries, financial services, and clean and renewable energy.

Service/Volunteer

American Jewish World Service World Partners Fellowship supports a 10-month service-learning experience with a non-government organization in India or Central America. Open to recent Jewish college graduates and young professionals. Fellows live independently and should have prior travel and/or domestic cross-cultural experience.

Concern America supports professionals to serve as nonsalaried volunteers for two or more years doing development work with refugee communities. A degree and/or experience in public health, medicine, nutrition, nursing, agriculture, community development, education, or appropriate technologies is required. Language ability in Spanish is necessary for Latin America and Portuguese for Mozambique. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

CUSO-VSO Overseas Volunteer supports two-year service projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Almost all volunteer placements require a college degree plus two to three years of experience in that field.

Dorot Fellowship supports one year of learning and volunteer activities in Israel. Open to Jewish North American residents between the ages of 22 and 29.

Echoing Green Fellowship funds two years of an individual or joint public service project worldwide. Provides seed funding and technical support to turn the project into a sustainable social change organization.

IFESH International Fellowship funds a nine-month internship with community-based grassroots projects in Africa. Fellows provide technical assistance and training to areas such as education, public health, HIV/AIDS, ESL, agricultural development, proposal development, managerial training, feasibility studies, and small business enterprise development. Fellows must be U.S. citizens and recent college graduates.

IndiCorps supports young professionals of Indian origin to complete one- and two-year service fellowships with grassroots service organizations in India.

Kibbutz Program Center supports two to six months of volunteer work on an Israeli kibbutz (close-knit unit with self-supporting services), generally in agriculture, industry, and tourism; ages 18-35 are eligible.

Peace Corps funds two years of a volunteer experience abroad for U.S. citizens. Volunteers work in education, youth outreach, and community development; business development; agriculture and environment; health and HIV/AIDS; and information technology. Foreign language competency not required.

Princeton in Latin America supports one year of service work and nonprofit-sector fellowships in Latin America. Teaching positions do not require Spanish fluency, but other positions require solid Spanish language skills.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Fellowship funds a year-long public service project anywhere in the world. Open to graduating college seniors only.

Service Corps Fellowship (American India Foundation) is a ten-month program for American citizens or permanent residents, ages 21 through 35, to work in India with non-government organizations. Prior knowledge of development issues in India is a must. Language ability in an Indian language is highly desired. Training, supervision, housing, stipend, and travel costs are provided.

Servicio Internacional Para La Paz (SIPAZ): Human Rights Volunteer supports volunteer work for at least one year in human rights observation, peace observation, and inter-religious dialogue in Chiapas, Mexico. Spanish fluency and conflict resolution skills are required; minimum age is 23.

United Nations Volunteer supports one-year service projects worldwide. Requirements are minimum age of 25, relevant foreign language fluency, and relevant expertise.

Teaching

AIPT Teach International supports six or 12 months of English teaching in South Korea for college graduates with some English language teaching experience, or up to two years in Hong Kong for students with a master's degree or ESL certification.

Chatteris International Graduate Programme supports recent college and graduate school graduates to serve as English language teaching assistants in Hong Kong schools for nine months.

China Education Initiative Teaching Fellowship is a two-year teaching opportunity in China open to recent college graduates and working professionals from all backgrounds and career interests.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program funds a one-year Assistant Language Teacher position teaching English in a Japanese school. Fellows are placed mainly in public schools. Recipients must have received a bachelor's degree by the time the program begins.

Pegasus Teachers supports at least one year of English language teaching in South Korea.

TaLK (Teach English in Korea) U.S. undergraduates and recent graduates to teach conversational English in rural elementary schools in Korea. The program provides students with travel expenses, a living stipend, and health insurance.

Teaching Assistantship Program in France places U.S. citizens and permanent residents in French schools for 7-9 months as teaching assistants to teach English to elementary and high school students. Applicants must be between ages 20-29 at the time of application and be able to speak French.

General Work Experience

CDS International Fellowship Abroad offers fellowships and internships to support young professionals. Alfa Fellowship, Moscow: nine-month professional development program in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or government; ages 25-35 at application with relevant graduate degree and work experience. Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, Germany: year-long cultural exchange and work-study; ages 18-24; some relevant course and work experience required. Émigré Memorial German Internship Program, Germany: intern one to three months at a state parliament in Germany; ages 18-30; relevant course and work experience required. Transatlantic Renewable Energy Fellowship, Germany: three to six months studying renewable energy technologies, policies, and best practices; ages 32 and younger; relevant courses required. Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, Germany: nine-month professional development exchange in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or government; ages 23-34; relevant graduate degree required.

Christianson Grant for Work-Abroad Programs provides funds to defray program-related costs for individuals who have arranged their own work, internship, or volunteer abroad program of at least six months duration. Preference is given to longer programs and to applicants with limited or no previous international travel experience. Spring, summer, and fall deadlines.

Fascell Fellowship supports one to two years of administrative, consular, or political and diplomatic duties at diplomatic/consular missions in China, Eastern Europe, and the countries of the former USSR. Minimum age is 21, and fluency in the language of the country and relevant graduate study or work experience are required.

Foreign Service Officer enables a career as a Foreign Service Officer in consular, economic, management, political, or public diplomacy. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and available for worldwide assignments, including Washington, D.C. Foreign language proficiency enhances one's competitiveness for selection.

Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship funds two years of immersion abroad for recent college graduates. Fellows are responsible for producing monthly newsletters that enhance Americans' understanding of foreign countries, cultures, and trends. These fellowships are primarily writing grants and are not awarded to support work toward academic degrees, research projects, or the writing of books.

National Geographic Glimpse Correspondents Program provides a small stipend, a professional editor, and publication in "National Geographic Glimpse" for writers, photographers, and videographers between the ages of 18 and 30 who will be living or studying abroad for at least ten weeks. Must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or have lived in the U.S. or Canada for at least ten years.

Princeton in Asia offers fellowships in teaching, journalism, international development, and business in Asia. At least 20 hours of TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) experience is required for a teaching fellowship. Ability in an Asian language is typically required for non-teaching positions.

 
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