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Study Abroad Scholarships/Grants

Free money for study abroad comes in two forms: scholarships and grants.

·          Apply for grants directly from your school or from the federal government

·          Your school might have specific grants available if you enroll in a study abroad program sponsored by your school

·          Apply for grants or scholarships for study abroad early; you’ll have excellent opportunity to obtain a grant or a scholarship for the desired study abroad program.


Minority/Low Income Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants

General Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants


Minority/Low-Income Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers a competition for study abroad awards. The competition is open to U.S. citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a two- or four-year college or university. Recipients are awarded up to $5,000.


Pell Grant (en español)

The Federal Pell grant was established to offer extra assistance to lower income students. As a needs-based grant, the eligibility is determined by your financial position. Certain requirements must be met:

·          Applicant must be an undergraduate student

·          Student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

·          Students must have a high school diploma, GED or show the ability to benefit from the program


If the eligibility requirements for the Pell Grant are met, up to $4,050 (2005-06 school year amount) is awarded to be used toward your education­--including study abroad.


HACU-Laureate International Scholarship Program

Laureate International and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities have teamed up to offer scholarships to students who study abroad with Laureate International and who attend a school that is a member of HACU (for listing of member schools see


Historically Black Colleges and Universities Scholarship

IES offers $2,000 scholarships to students who are attending Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and plan to study abroad with IES. An amount of $1,500 is awarded toward the program and $500 is awarded for students’ airfare abroad.


IES (Institute for International Education of Students) Minority Scholarship

IES offers merit-based scholarships from $3,000 to $5,000 for minority students participating in an IES study abroad program.


IES Berlin Minority Scholarship

IES, in collaboration with the German Ministry of Economy and Technology, offers a scholarship up to $7,900 for minority students (non-Caucasian) who study abroad in Berlin with IES.


AIFS Minority Scholarship

AIFS awards two full scholarships to minority students who study abroad with AIFS. The full scholarships cover all program costs and roundtrip airfare. In addition to the full scholarships, AIFS offers three minority scholarships valued at $2,000 each.


Robert B. Bailey Scholarship

The Robert B. Bailey Scholarship is administered by CIEE. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage study abroad among groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad programs. Scholarships are available to participants of CIEE’s programs.


Do you know of other study abroad scholarships/grants that should be added here? Let us know! 


General Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants


Fulbright Grants

One of the most extensive grant programs is the Fulbright Grants sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities for recent graduates, postgraduate candidates, and developing professionals and artists who conduct career-launching study and research abroad. Visit more information about this amazing opportunity.


Freeman Asia Grants

The Freeman-Asia award offers grants to students that demonstrate financial need and who will study in East or South East Asia. Funds are used assist students with the cost of the study abroad program and other expenses such as airfare, additional living costs, books, etc. Students will be award up to $3,000 for summer programs, $5,000 for semester/quarter programs and $7,000 for year long programs.


John E. Bowman Travel Grants (CIEE)

These scholarships are administered by CIEE to provide assistance for individuals who choose to study abroad or volunteer to go abroad with CIEE in a non-traditional location.


Boston University International Programs Grants and Scholarships

Scholarship and grants are available for students participating in one of Boston University’s International programs. Scholarships and grants are based on merit and need, and range from $300 to $3,000.


Butler University, Institute for Study Abroad
Scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,500 are available for students participating in study abroad programs through the Institute for Study Abroad. Travel grants are also available to cover airfare costs on Butler IFSA group flights.


Rotary Foundation International Ambassadorial Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation offers grants and scholarships to “further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.” Depending on the length and type of study, grants range from $12,000 to $26,000.


David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

The U.S. government administers the National Security Education Program (NSEP) scholarships. Such scholarships are offered to undergraduates who will specifically pursue the study of languages and cultures currently under-represented in study abroad. Languages and cultures emphasized by NSEP are those critical to the U.S. national security. Science, political science, history, business and economics majors are especially encouraged to apply.


Do you know of other study abroad scholarships/grants that should be added here? Let us know! 


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