SCHOLARSHIP / GRANT INFORMATION
Below are examples of funding opportunities that exist for international travel. By no means is this list meant to be exhaustive; it merely serves as a point of reference. Additonal sources of funding may exist with other organizations, your study abroad program and even your home campus, so speak with your provider, financial services counselor and study abroad advisor to see how and when to apply.
Application requirements, deadlines and procedures vary, so it is extremely important that you do your research and plan early!
Fulbright U.S. Student Programs
The U.S. Student Program provides funding for individually designed international study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships. For more information about applying with COF campus affiliation, click here.
For more information about Fulbright in general visit: us.fulbrightonline.org
ASPRS: The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society
ASPRS offers fourteen awards totaling more than $50,000 in value to both undergraduate and graduate students to advance their academic and professional goals within the fields of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and related disciplines. Awards are $2,000 and are available in the form of cash, internship stipends, travel grants and data. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in an accredited college or university. Many awards require that you be a member of ASPRS and all ask that you submit both samples of your work and research goals and a report to ASPRS outlining your research accomplishments upon completion of your grant period.
For more information visit: www.asprs.org/ASPRS-Awards-and-Scholarships.html
Africa South of the Sahara: Grants and Fellowships
A compilation of resources prepared by the African Studies Association in the USA and maintained by Stanford University.
For more information visit: www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/grants.html
Alfa Fellowship Program
The Alfa Fellowship Program will award grants to qualified candidates (ages 25-35) to work for about five months at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law and public policy. The Program includes all related travel expenses, a three-week Seminar Program in Moscow, and will provide Fellows with a stipend and housing during their work assignments. Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are to expand networks of American and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding and advance U.S./Russian relations.
For more information visit: www.cdsintl.org/fellowshipsabroad/alfa.php
Asian Cultural Council
Fellowships are available for Asian artists, scholars and specialists to conduct research, study, receive specialized training, or pursue creative activity in the United States. Some grants are also made to Americans pursuing similar activities in Asia and to educational and cultural institutions engaged in projects of special significance to Asian-American exchange.
For more information visit: http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org
Association of Teachers of Japanese/Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
Bridging Scholarships financially assist American students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply and Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be enrolled in a college or university in the United States. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs).
For more information visit: www.aatj.org/studyabroad/scholarships.html
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.
For more information visit: www.act.org/goldwater
The Beinecke Scholarship is given to students with superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise his or her undergraduate career. Applicants must be juniors who plan on entering master's or doctoral programs in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students must have a documented history of need-based financial aid and submit a resume, a personal statement, a copy of official transcript and four letters of recommendation. This scholarship is worth up to $34,000.
For more information visit: foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/beinecke
Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for East or Southeast Asian Language Study
The Blakemore Foundation was established in 1990 to encourage Americans to develop greater fluency in Asian languages and to increase the understanding of Asian art in the United States. Fellowships fund a year of advanced language study abroad for college graduates using an East or Southeast Asian language in their careers.
For more information, visit: www.blakemorefoundation.org
Boren Scholarship (NSEP)
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) awards scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students for study in world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East; the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded). NSEP focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to national security such as protecting and promoting American well-being, sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
For more information visit: www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship
Canadian Bureau for International Education
The scholarship section lists funding opportunities for Canadians desiring to study abroad as well as opportunities for foreigners to study in Canada.
For more information visit: www.cbie-bcei.ca/student-portal/scholarships
Council of American Overseas Research Centers
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is a federation of independent overseas research centers that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies. Fellowship programs allow predoctoral and senior scholars to pursue independent research important to the increase of knowledge and to our understanding of foreign cultures.
For more information visit: caorc.org/programs
Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship Programs
Offers a number of scholarships to individuals interested in pursuing research or furthering their careers in international relations, including: International Affairs Fellowships, International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, Next Generation Fellowship Whitney H. Shepardson Fellowship, Intelligence Fellowship, Edward R. Murrow Fellowship, and Cyrus Vance Fellowship in Diplomatic Studies.
For more information visit: www.cfr.org/thinktank/fellowships/iaf.html
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) International Study Abroad Scholarships
CIEE aims to develop educational exchanges and foster international understanding. With programs in 34 countries on six continents, the Council offers grants and scholarships to expand access for students for full-year, semester, and summer study abroad programs.
For more information visit: www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships
Crane-Rogers Foundation: Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowships
The ICWA fellowship program aims to nurture deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures by supporting a Fellow who carries out a program of self-designed, independent study abroad for a minimum of two years. Fellowships are not scholarships and are not awarded to support work toward academic degrees, the writing of books or for research projects (i.e. focused projects aimed at answering specific questions, usually in a particular academic discipline). Rather, the fellowships are meant to immerse individuals in the study of a country, region, or globally important issue who in turn share the benefits of their knowledge with society.
For more information visit: www.icwa.org
Cultural Vistas provides international exchange opportunities that strengthen global networks, enhance professional skills, and advance mutual understanding in an interconnected world. Its scholarships and fellowships play a vital role in developing diverse and globally competent young American professionals and future leaders.
For more information visit: www.culturalvistas.org/programs-for-students-and-professionals and www.culturalvistas.org/about-us/scholarships
FastWeb is a free searchable database of more than 400,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from more than 3,000 sources for all levels of higher education. First-time visitors have to register (first and last name and a user ID), then complete a profile, including background and fields of study. Registrants receive a list of currently relevant funding sources with approximately 500 new scholarships added daily.
For more information visit: www.fastweb.com
Foundation Center Reference Guide for International Students
Provides information about how international students can find scholarships and fellowships.
For more information visit: fdncenter.org/getstarted/guides/foreign.html
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)
Administered by IIE, Freeman-ASIA aims to increase the number of American undergraduates who study abroad in East and Southeast Asia by providing students with the information and financial assistance they will need. Awardees will be expected to share their experiences overseas with their home campuses to encourage study abroad by others, and to spread a better understanding of the cultures, the histories, and the economies of Asia within their home communities.
For more information visit: www.iie.org/programs/Freeman-ASIA
Fund for Education Abroad
FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the grants and scholarships.
For more information visit: www.fundforeducationabroad.com
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Research Travel Grants
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation awards grants of up to $2,000 each in support of research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Library. A grant defrays travel, living, and photocopy expenses of a research trip to the Ford Library. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, but they will be responsible for the costs of travel between their home country and North America. The grants only cover travel within North America.
For more information visit: www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/library/foundationgrants.asp
German Marshall Fund of the United States
The German Marshall Fund has brought Americans and Europeans together to increase understanding and to build transatlantic networks among the political, media, business, and nonprofit communities with a number of fellowships and grants.
For more information visit: www.gmfus.org/grants-fellowships
The Gilman Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.
For more information visit: www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program
GrantSelect is the online version of the GRANTS Database produced by The Oryx Press. It contains over 10,000 funding opportunities provided by over 3,400 sponsoring organizations, including those related to international travel or study abroad.
For more information visit: www.grantselect.com
John Gyles Education Awards
The Gyles Education Awards are available each year to students in both Canada and the United States.
For more information visit: www.johngyleseducationcenter.com
Institute of International Education (IIE) Study Abroad Funding
Features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals.
For more information visit: www.studyabroadfunding.org
International Education Financial Aid
Search for scholarships and other funding for students wishing to study in a foreign country. Listings include information for undergraduate students, graduate students and research for a PhD, as well as for international students coming to the USA.
For more information visit: www.iefa.org/scholarships
International Federation of University Women Fellowships and Grants
The International Federation of University Women offers fellowships and grants to women graduates for advanced research, study and training. Many of IFUW's 69 national federations and associations offer fellowships, scholarships and grants to women in their countries and to IFUW members from other parts of the world.
For more information visit: www.ifuw.org/what/fellowships
Luce Scholars Program
The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program that seeks to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia.
For more information visit: www.hluce.org/lsprogram.aspx
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans to study in the United Kingdom for two years in any field of graduate study. The scholarship pays university fees, cost of living expenses, an annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, if applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse. Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. with a minimum GPA of 3.7.
For more information visit: www.marshallscholarship.org
The Mitchell Scholars Program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.
For more information visit: www.us-irelandalliance.org
Mobility International USA - 15 Ways to Raise Funds for Your Exchange Program
Tips on how to fund your international experience.
For more information visit: www.miusa.org/ncde/financialaid/fundraising
Mobility International USA - Financial Aid for U.S. Residents with Disabilities
Fellowships, scholarships, and funding resources including foreign universities, published materials, international and local organizations, vocational rehabilitation funding/SSI funding, and scholarship search engines.
For more information visit: http://www.miusa.org/ncde/financialaid/index_html
Morris K. Udall Scholarships
The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. Scholarships are offered in any of three categories: (1) students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or (2) To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or (3) Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.
For more information visit: www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MKUScholarship.aspx
This prestigious international scholarship is designed to bring outstanding students to the University of Oxford. Nominees must display extraordinary intellectual distinction. Applicants must provide a sufficient basis for their proposed field of study. Each year, 32 American scholars are selected. All educational costs are covered by the Rhodes Trustees.
For more information visit: www.rhodesscholar.org
Scholarships for Multicultural Students Studying Abroad
An excellent list of scholarships for multicultural students on the Michigan State University International Studies website.
For more information visit: studyabroad.isp.msu.edu/people/studentsofcolor/scholarships.html
School Youth Travel Association Foundation Scholarships and Grants
The SYTA Youth Foundation (SYF) provides students financial resources and programming through travel experiences that impact the lives of tomorrow's global citizens. The SYF "Road" Scholarship is financial aid granted to an eligible student or young person for education- or performance-related travel with their class or youth group.
For more information visit: www.sytayouthfoundation.org/grants.php?mode=road
SIT Study Abroad Scholarships
About one-third of those who seek scholarships from SIT Study Abroad receive financial assistance to participate in their programs. Awards generally range from $500 to $4,000 and are made on consideration of both merit and need. In addition, scholarship funds are used to ensure that a diverse group of students can participate from all regions in the U.S. and abroad.
For more information visit: www.sit.edu/studyabroad/scholarships.htm
Social Science Research Council Fellowships and Grants
SSRC fellowship and grant programs are widely known in social science communities in the U.S. and abroad. These prestigious and highly competitive awards cover graduate training, dissertation work, postdoctoral training and research, professional foreign travel. Funding opportunities include: Abe Fellowship Program, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Eastern Europe, German- American Academic Council Summer Institutes, International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (IDRF), International Migration, International Pre-dissertation Fellowship Program (IPFP), Japan Program, Near and Middle East, Sexuality Research Fellowship Program, South Asia, Soviet Union and Its Successor States, SSRC-Macarthur Foundation Fellowship on International Peace & Security in a Changing World, SSRC-Mellon Minority Fellowship Program.
For more information visit: www.ssrc.org/fellowships
Studyabroad.com is an online study abroad information resource that has links to numerous scholarships and grants.
For more information visit: www.studyabroad.com/scholarships.aspx
The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection.
For more information visit: www.truman.gov/for-candidates
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Fellowships
UNESCO is not a funding agency nor is it a research institute. While some funding is available, it is scarse. This website provides descriptions of scholarships for study abroad around the world, some of which are offered by other governments.
For more information visit: www.unesco.org/education/studyingabroad/networking/fellowship.shtml
U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List
A variety of organizations and institutions provide scholarships and grants for study abroad from the United States. Many provide assistance that is targeted to specific student populations (underrepresented student groups; African Americans; Asian Americans; Latino/Latina Americans; Native Americans; students with disabilities; gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender students). This is a good starting point for research on the many study abroad scholarship opportunities available.
For more information visit: www.nafsa.org/students.sec