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Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants to Apply for in 2020/2021

Did you see the cost of your dream study abroad program and instantly cringe? You’re not alone — studying abroad can be expensive but there are some ways around those hefty price tags. You could of course fund-raise, take on a side job, and spend your summer saving up. But did you know there are also study abroad scholarships and grants offered specifically for students who want to study overseas?

Did You Know? Study abroad scholarships and grants are available from a variety of sources.

That’s right, study abroad scholarships are widely available from a variety of sources. You can even find these opportunities right here on Scholarship Updates — we run several scholarships throughout the year. For example, you can apply to win a full scholarship to study abroad at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.

Surprisingly, thousands of dollars worth of scholarships go unclaimed every year simply because no one applies for them. Some of this money could be YOURS.

The trick is knowing not only where to look for study abroad scholarships, but also how to apply for them. Even though they may not fully cover your study abroad costs, they’ll help decrease your expenses and make your study abroad experience more affordable. Read on for tips on how to apply for study abroad grants and scholarships, as well as a helpful list of scholarships and grants you should apply for ASAP if you want to study abroad.

Before you dive in, a few quick notes.

First, this scholarship list is updated annually, and we do our very best to keep the deadlines accurate. We most recently updated the list in February 2020, so most deadlines for 2020 should be correct. We recommend always checking the scholarship website to confirm the official deadline and application process.

Next, we’ve set up the list of links above to help you “jump” to the part of the page you care about most. From each section, you can also “jump” back up to the table of contents. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also scroll to read the whole thing!

Third, if you know of a scholarship we should add to our list, please contact us and we will review and add applications we think the whole Go Overseas community should know about.

With no further ado: let’s get started helping you win some study abroad scholarships!

How to Score Financial Aid for Study Abroad

We’ve compiled as many study abroad scholarships and grants as we could find right here, but it’s not an exhaustive one. In addition to looking here, here are some tips for finding more study abroad scholarships and grants:

  1. Apply for federal financial aid — many students don’t realize that these government grants and loans may be used towards study abroad. You can fill out the application, known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, online at the US Department of Education FAFSA website
  2. Once you pick a study abroad program, Google to find financial aid options available through that specific program.
  3. Check with the government of the country you want to study abroad in — some give financial support to international students.
  4. Visit your financial aid office, study abroad office, and foreign language departments to ask about potential funding sources.
  5. Ask your study abroad advisor if there are any scholarships specific to your major.
  6. Check local organizations like Sons of Italy chapters, German clubs, Hispanic heritage groups, Chinese-American associations, etc. to see if they offer scholarships.
  7. Get busy applying for any scholarships, grants, or funding options you find!

If you follow these steps — plus review our own list of scholarships below — we’re confident you can find at least a few funding opportunities to make study abroad more affordable.

Free, Popular Scholarship Search Databases

The internet is an excellent resource for locating a large number of study abroad scholarships. Many of these scholarships will allow you to apply directly online; potentially, you can apply for dozens of scholarships in a few short hours. However, their one downfall is that a larger application pool will reduce your chances to be awarded aid, but remember, you have to be in it to win it! Here are some popular places to start:

  • Scholarship Portal: This website provides a comprehensive free search database system for scholarships available throughout Europe; you can search by region, country and discipline
  • FastWeb: This website will not only help you find study abroad scholarships, but scholarships of all kinds that may help you get through the rest of college. The service is free but offers a number of extra benefits if you decide to register
  • IIE Passport: This database is a comprehensive search engine for all study abroad programs registered with IIE passport
  • Scholarships for Study in Australia: This database provided by the Australian government gives students easy access to the available funding for international students studying there

These sites can be a great place to start when you’re looking for scholarship opportunities across different study abroad destinations, subjects, and programs.

General Study Abroad Grants & Scholarships

As you’ll see, there are lots of scholarships that are tied to the specific location or region where you’re studying abroad. There is an equal number that can be used to fund your study abroad experience anywhere in the world.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Offered by the Institute of International Education with support from the U.S. Department of State, Benjamin A. Gilman scholarships are offered to help students on Federal Pell Grants study abroad. Each scholarship is up to $5,000 and, generally, one in four students is selected as a recipient during each application cycle.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: Up to $5,000
  • Requirements: Students must be current recipients of a Federal Pell Grant
  • Deadline: Year-Round
  • Application: Click Here

Critical Language Scholarships

If learning a foreign language is on your list, the Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) program may be perfect for you. Each year, the U.S. government lists specific languages they are encouraging students to learn while studying abroad; the scholarships are applied toward programs which allow you to focus on these (for example, the current list includes Bangla, Hindi, Russian, Korean, Swahili, and others).

  • Level: All Students
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen enrolled at a higher institution
  • Deadline: November 17, 2020
  • Application: Click Here

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

If you attend a campus where a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society has an active chapter, you’re eligible for this scholarship — even if you’re not a Phi Kappa Phi member. Every year, 75 grants are award to applicants.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $1,000
  • Requirements: Must have an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter on your campus
  • Deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Application: Click Here

Rotary Foundation & Club Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation and regional clubs offer a variety of scholarship opportunities for students to study — and to study abroad. These include scholarships for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, and the amounts and eligibility vary by club. You do not necessarily need to be a Rotary member to qualify. Scholarships totaling 7.5 million dollars are given out each year, on average.

  • Level: All Students (including High School!)
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: Varies
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Application: Click Here

The Boren Awards

The Boren Awards are scholarships and fellowships of $2,500 to $20,000 offered to undergraduate and graduate students learning critical skills or languages in countries of interest to the U.S. These include Chinese, Swahili, Portuguese, and Arabic language programs, summer STEM courses, and subjects like International Affairs and Food Sciences. Note: The application window for 2020 grants have ended, so the deadline noted below is for 2021 grants.

  • Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
  • Award: $2,500-$20,000
  • Requirements: Must be enrolled in an institute of higher education.
  • Deadline: February (scholarships) / January (fellowships) of 2021
  • Application: Click Here

Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

Part of Tortuga Backpack’s mission “is to help people take amazing trips” — which is why they dedicate part of their proceeds towards a study abroad scholarship. Oh, and you also get a Tortuga travel backpack if you win!

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $1,000
  • Requirements: Must be Enrolled at a U.S. Institution
  • Deadline: April 15 / November 15 (2020)
  • Application: Click Here

Graduate Only Study Abroad Scholarships

Below, you’ll find a list of scholarships that are available only to about-to-be graduates and graduate students. Be sure to check deadlines and scholarship windows.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Funding & Awards

The AAUW supports women pursuing a variety of graduate academic opportunities. Grants are typically in the range of $2,000-$35,000 to pursue topics including community development, international projects, and career development — and the funds can be used for study programs as deemed appropriate as part of the AAUW application.

  • Level: Graduate Students/Professionals
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: Women only.
  • Deadlines: Varies
  • Application: Click Here

Churchill Foundation Scholarship

If you want to pursue a master’s degree in science, mathematics, or engineering, consider the Churchill Foundation Scholarship. The Scholarship covers academic expenses for nine, ten, or twelve months, depending on the academic program.

  • Level: Graduate Students
  • Award: $60,000
  • Requirements: Must be an Undergraduate Senior at a Participating University
  • Deadline: Late October or early November, 2020 (specific dates not yet announced)
  • Application: Click Here

The BEST (BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust) Scholarship

The BEST Scholarship provides multiple awards to students from the UK to begin post-graduate study in North America. Several different types of scholarships are awarded based on the area of study the student wants to focus on.

  • Level: Graduate Students
  • Award: £5,000-£15,000 on average
  • Requirements: Must be a UK student with a UK passport holder who has applied but not started graduate school in the U.S. or Canada
  • Deadline: March 30, 2020
  • Application: Click Here

MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship

One $5,000 scholarship is awarded, plus four $3,000 scholarships to one student from each geographic area: Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, India, and Asia (omitting India). Once awarded, the scholarship is disbursed to the university or college of the application, directly.

  • Level: Graduate Students
  • Award: $3,000 – $5,000
  • Requirements: Must be an international student accepted or currently studying at a full-time program at a U.S. or Canadian school
  • Deadline: April 15, 2020
  • Application: Click Here

The Cornaro Scholarship

If you’re a paying member of Kappa Gamma Pi, you’re in luck. Awarded to an exceptional KGP applicant every year as of 1985, the application requires several essays illustrating the applicant’s values, experiences, financial need, and involvement in the community.

  • Level: Graduate Students
  • Award: $5,000
  • Requirements: Be a current KGP paying member and accepted into graduate program
  • Deadline: April 20, 2020
  • Application: Click Here

Program-Specific Study Abroad Scholarships

Some study abroad scholarships require you to participate in a specific study abroad program. Here are some of the most popular ones we’ve found.

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

AIFS, a study abroad provider, gives away scholarships to a variety of different universities and student types. Awards range from $200 to $1,000 depending on the program and eligibility requirements.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $200-$1,000
  • Requirements: Varies
  • Deadlines: Varies
  • Application: Click Here

CAPA Scholarships

CAPA, another study abroad provider, offers a huge number of funding opportunities for students enrolled in their programs. There are need-based scholarships, diversity grants, and grants to study abroad again — and even a grant for a blogger/vlogger!

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: Must be a CAPA program participant
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Application: Click Here

CEA Scholarships

Study abroad provider CEA offers scholarship opportunities available to those enrolled in CEA study abroad programs. Scholarships are available on a merit, need, and diversity basis.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: Must be a CEA program participant
  • Deadline: April 10, May 10, and November 15 (2020)
  • Application: Click Here

CIEE Study Abroad Scholarships

CIEE is a study abroad provider who offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students throughout the year. Scholarships include merit- and need-based opportunities, diversity scholarships, and scholarships for summer study abroad programs.

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: Must be a CIEE program participant
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Application: Click Here

IFSA-Butler Study Abroad Scholarships

Study abroad provider IFSA-Butler offers a variety of study abroad scholarships, including merit-based and diversity scholarships. They also offer program-specific scholarships depending on which of their programs you enroll in.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $500-$5,000
  • Requirements: Varies
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Application: Click Here

IES Study Abroad Scholarships

IES Abroad is another major study abroad provider, and they offer a wide range of scholarships to help make study abroad more affordable. In particular, they offer need-based grants, diversity scholarships, and a variety of other grants and scholarships with different requirements and prize levels. The deadlines for each opportunity vary too, so be sure to check the IES website linked below to find out which you might qualify for and when the application materials are due.

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Award: $500 – $5000
  • Requirements: Must be enrolled to study abroad through an IES program
  • Deadline: Varies based on program
  • Application: Click Here

The Intern Group Scholarships

Supplement your academic career with an internship abroad! The Intern Group offers merit-based scholarships for students and recent graduates every term. These grants are used towards The Intern Group’s programs in specific countries and may change from year to year. Previous destinations have included Dublin, Shanghai, Madrid, and Australia.

  • Level: All Students
  • Award: $2,000
  • Requirements: Must be a current student or recent graduate
  • Deadline: February (specific dates not yet announced for 2021)
  • Application: Click Here

International Studies Abroad (ISA)

If you plan on volunteering with International Studies Abroad (ISA), you’re in luck; they have over $600,000 in grants and scholarships available to current students who are accepted into one of their programs. Exact requirements vary between the scholarships and several are exclusively open to students on financial aid.

  • Award: $200 – $5,000
  • Requirements: Must be a current undergraduate student
  • Deadline: February 28, April 30 and October 30 (2020)
  • Application: Click Here

Sol Education Abroad Scholarships

Sol Education Abroad offers scholarships worth $100-$750 for their various programs throughout the year. Typically, they offer up to 50 scholarships over the course of the year, make sure you inquire about any other scholarship opportunities.

  • Level: Undergraduates with at least 2.5 GPA
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: Must be enrolled in a Sol Education program through a non-partner university
  • Deadline: March 1 / July 1 / November 1 (2020)
  • Application: Click Here

USAC Scholarships

Study abroad provider USAC awards more than $2 million in annual scholarships to study abroad! Their scholarships are great opportunities for first-generation college students, students with high academic merit, and those who’ve had family study abroad through USAC in the past. (They have loads of other scholarship opportunities too!)

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: Must be a USAC program participant
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Application: Click Here

Members-Based Study Abroad Scholarships

Some study abroad scholarships require you to be a member of a particular group or organization. If you are not member, it’s still worth reviewing these lists for inspiration– sometimes you’ll find a group similar to one you’re part of that also offers a scholarship!

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation

Named in honor of a fellow Girl Scout, the Corinne Jeannine Schillings Scholarship to Study Abroad is available to Girl Scouts who have received their Silver or Gold Award. The $1,000 scholarship is intended to cover study abroad costs.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $1,000
  • Requirements: Must be a Current or Former Girl Scout
  • Deadline: May 15 or December 4 (2020)
  • Application: Click Here

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarships

Members of the Golden Key Honor Society are eligible for special scholarships; if you’re a member of this or other honor societies, be sure to check them out! Through different scholarship offerings, Golden Key has given away thousands of dollars in study abroad scholarships since 2011.

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: Must be a Golden Key Member
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Application: Click Here

Travel Scholarships for Study Abroad

We’ve also included this section of general travel scholarships that you can use to go on a study abroad program. These are great opportunities — but remember that they often draw many more applicants since they target a broader audience of travel-loving people.

Fulbright Program Grants

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a highly competitive grant opportunity to receive research grants, fellowships, and other high-value funding opportunities for recent graduates. Note: The application window for 2020 grants ended in October 2019, so the deadline noted below is for 2021 grants..

  • Level: Undergraduate Seniors & Recent Graduates
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: U.S. Resident
  • Deadline: October Each Year
  • Application: Click Here

Hostelling International USA Explore the World Travel Scholarship

Hostelling International USA offered 115 $2,000 scholarships in 2019 — all of them for use on travel programs that focus on education or service (this includes study abroad!). This is one of the biggest scholarship opportunities on the list,
and open to students (and non-students).

  • Level: All Students
  • Award: $2,000
  • Requirements: Must be 18-30, a U.S. Citizen, and current Pell Grant recipient
  • Deadline: Applications open in Fall 2020
  • Application: Click Here

Scotts Cheap Flights Scholarship

Scott’s Cheap Flights, which is super helpful as you start looking for flights to study abroad, also offers a scholarship to help make those study abroad dreams possible. Twice a year, they award $1,000 to help an intrepid traveling student cover study abroad costs.

  • Level: All Students
  • Award: $1,000
  • Requirements: Must be a U.S. Citizen enrolled at a higher education institute
  • Deadline: March 20 / October 15 (2020)
  • Application: Click Here


Study Abroad Scholarships for Destinations

Some scholarships are tied to a specific destination, region, or country. We have collected many of these below, organized by region. Scroll down to explore each region briefly and find relevant links to the scholarship opportunities you are interested in.

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Africa

If you crave an unconventional, less-trodden study abroad path, Africa is a continent of incredible diversity and opportunity. Explore Northern Africa with its strong European and Middle Eastern influences, Western Africa and its booming cities, or Eastern and Southern Africa with their wildlife migration and safari experiences. All are possible if you study abroad in Africa!

  • The Heather Jow Leibowitz Memorial Scholarship: Named in honor of a School of Field Studies (SFS) alumni, this scholarship is offered for students who choose to study abroad with SFS in East Africa. Click here to learn more.
  • The American Research Center in Egypt Fellowships: For students in specific relevant majors, ARCE offers a variety of fellowships and grants ranging from $600 to $4,000. Click here to learn more.

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Asia

If your study abroad dreams include spending a semester (or longer) in an Asian country, these scholarships may help those dreams come true.

  • Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan: $2,500-$4,000 for study abroad in Japan, these can also be used for travel and living expenses. The give out 100 scholarships, on average. Click here to learn more.
  • Freeman Asia: $3,000-$7,000 scholarships to spend up to eight weeks in one of 15 Asian countries. Perfect if you’ve never explored specific countries in Asia. Click here to learn more.
  • Henry Luce Foundation, Luce Scholars Program: This fellowship encourages cross-cultural understanding between 15-18 graduate American students and the destinations that they visit in Asia. Click here to learn more.
  • Morgan Stanley Scholarships: $7,500 grants for two undergraduate students who want to study business or economics abroad in Japan. Click here to learn more.

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Europe

Europe is one of the world’s most popular regions to study abroad. From learning art history in Italy to public health in Norway and everything in between, studying abroad in Europe offers a wide variety of opportunities — and scholarships to help pay for it!

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships: Each year, DAAD offers a variety of scholarships to encourage students to study abroad for a semester or postgraduate degree. Click here to learn more.
  • Eastern Europe Study Abroad (EESA) Scholarships Up to $7,000 for semester and academic year-long programs for study in Eastern European countries. Click here to learn more.
  • The Koscuiszko Foundation Scholarships: If you are of Polish descent or want to study abroad in Poland, the Koscuiszko Foundation offers a variety of scholarship opportunities. Click here to learn more.
  • Sons of Norway Scholarship: Similarly, if you are of Norwegian descent, there are a variety of scholarship opportunities offered through the Sons of Norway. Click here to learn more.
  • Walter Jensen Scholarship: $2,000 scholarship to help a deserving student study abroad in France and study the French language. Click here to learn more.

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Latin America

Latin America blends Europen charm and American cultural heritage — whether you choose to study in Central or South America, you’re sure to find a destination that calls to you.

  • Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) study Abroad Scholarshisp HACU help students at participating universities study abroad in programs throughout Latin America and the rest of the world. Click here to learn more.
  • Spanish Studies Abroad Scholarship: The Center for Cross-Cultural Studies offers merit- and diversity-based $500-$1,500 scholarships for students enrolled in their Spanish programs in Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico and (outside Latin America) Spain. Click here to learn more.

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Oceania

Southeast Asia and Oceania countries are popular for gap years and backpack travelers; did you also know they’re great for study abroad? From Australia and New Zealand to smaller island and peninsula countries, studying abroad in Oceania offers unforgettable cultural immersion and world-class education.

  • East-West Center Scholarships & Fellowships: Almost any student interested in studying abroad in the Oceania region can find a fellowship or scholarship opportunity through East-West Center. Click here to learn more.
  • American-Australian Education Fund: Open to U.S. students who are interested in or are currently studying abroad in Australia. The application period is from September 1st to October 15th each year. Click here to learn more.

This is just a snapshot of the ample scholarship opportunities available to aid in funding your study abroad experience. While cost is an influential factor, it should not be a deciding factor (especially if the decision is leaning towards a ‘no!’). We bid you good luck in your search for scholarships!

This article was originally published in December 2010, and most recently updated in February 2020.

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