Center for International Studies and Programs

Scholarships and Grants

 

A note on STUDY ABROAD FUNDING

"It's not nearly as expensive to travel the world as you think, at least not if you are a student."

Any hesitation about studying abroad is typically primarily related to the cost.

What most students don't know is that they can actually apply their current on-campus financial aid package to their study abroad trip in addition to scholarships. Likewise, when you spend a semester or year abroad, you are only paying the program fee, you do not pay UT tuition in addition to that fee.

 

Number of students who use financial aid

Source: "Study Abroad Scholarships, Study Abroad Financial Aid - SA - Find a Study Abroad Program with StudyAbroad.com." Studyabroad.com, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014.

In fact, for some students, studying abroad can be cheaper than a traditional on-campus semester.

A study abroad scholarship is a monetary award for students to use toward the expenses of their program such as travel, course credits, books and living accommodations.

Scholarships available can sometimes be competitive, while others are underutilized. There are several types of study abroad scholarships to apply for and we encourage you to explore the opportunities below. The more scholarships and grants you apply for, the more you maximize your chance of funding.

 Scholarship Opportunities

Center for International Studies and Programs (CISP) International Travel Grant

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) Scholarships

International Studies Abroad (ISA) Scholarships

Russell Brown Scholarship Fund (ESTO students)

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Donald N. Nelson Scholarship for Study Abroad

George C. Burke Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarship

Golden Key Scholarships

Study Abroad in Japan - The Bridge Scholarship

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Allianz Scholar Trips International Travel Scholarships

Phi Kappa Phi's Travel & Study Abroad Scholarships

Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

FlipKey Study Abroad Scholarship

Boren Awards for International Study

Rotary World Peace Scholarships – Specific to Graduate Students


 

RUSSELL BROWN SCHOLARSHIP FUND (ESTO STUDENTS)

The Russell Brown Scholarship fund is specific to students participating in the ETSO program. One or two students and/or teachers enrolled in this summer program of study in Toledo, Spain are awarded up to $1,000. Please find more information on the scholarship here and click here for the application. 

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BENJAMIN A. GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program, administered by the Institute of International Education, seeks to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad, as well as the countries and regions to which they travel. Scholarships up to $5,000 will be awarded for semester and year-long programs, depending on program length and student need. Undergraduates who are U.S. citizens and receive Federal Pell Grant funding are eligible to apply. More information, including the application, can be found here. Also, please be sure to review these helpful tips when crafting your essays in order to create a competitive application.

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DONALD N. NELSON SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDY ABROAD 

Ohio International Consortium’s Donald N. Nelson Scholarship for Study Abroad is for an Ohio resident who is a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student. Eligible students must be at least a rising sophomore with a minimum 3.0 GPA and be accepted into an accredited study abroad program that has been approved by the home school. Programs must be at least one semester in duration. The selected student must return to the home campus for at least one semester during which the follow-on project will be completed. Preference is given to first-time study abroad applicants studying in a non-English-speaking country and taking courses in the native language of the host country. More information for the applicant, including the application, can be found here. 

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GEORGE C. BURKE SCHOLARSHIP FOR SUMMER STUDY ABROAD

Ohio International Consortium’s George C. Burke Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad is for an Ohio resident who is a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student. Eligible students are rising sophomores onward with a minimum 3.0 GPA and are accepted into an accredited study abroad summer program that has been approved by the home school. Programs must be at least four-weeks in duration. The selected student must return to the home campus for at least one semester during which the follow-on project will be completed. Preference is given to first-time study abroad applicants More information for the applicant, including the application, can be found here. 

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FREEMAN AWARDS FOR STUDY IN ASIA

The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia are for students studying in the specified Asian countries listed on their website. The study abroad program must be at least 8 weeks in one of those listed countries and will have intensive language study during that period. Learn more about this opportunity here.

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FUND FOR EDUCATION ABROAD (FEA) SCHOLARSHIPS

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarships are offered up to $5,000 per semester and are not limited to specific programs, destinations, or fields of study. FEA awards funds to students planning to study abroad on academically rigorous programs with a preference for underrepresented students. More information about this opportunity can be found here.   

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GOLDEN KEY SCHOLARSHIPS

Golden Key assists its members who plan to participate in a study abroad program. With the global economy in today’s world, Golden Key feels it is crucial for members to have education-based study abroad experiences. More information for applicants can be found here. 

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STUDY ABROAD IN JAPAN - THE BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation generates about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.  Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships. More information for the applicants can be found here.  

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CRITICAL LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP (CLS) PROGRAM

The U. S. Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in various critical need foreign languages. The CLS Program provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. More information for the applicants can be found here.  

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ALLIANZ SCHOLAR TRIPS INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS

Allianz Global Assistance awards thirty Finalists with a $50 Amazon Gift Card and awards six Grand Prize Winners with a $2,500 scholarship intended to go towards their study abroad or volunteer abroad program. Learn more here.  

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PHI KAPPA PHI’S TRAVEL & STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS

Phi Kappa Phi has two opportunities for funding towards academically-related travel for its members. One is the Study Abroad Award useful for anyone committed with a formal study abroad experience. The other opportunity is the Mark Twain Award for Travel. This second scholarship is available for any travel associated with your studies; there is no formal study abroad program requirement. More information for the applicants can be found here.  

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TORTUGA BACKPACKS STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP

The Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. Tortuga Backpacks’ mission is to help people have amazing travelling experiences, including students studying abroad. They created the scholarship to turn travel gear purchases into funding for students to travel and study abroad. Eligible applicant include U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or student visa holders.  Read more here.

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FLIPKEY STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP

FlipKey values the importance of travel and cultural immersion as a way to learn about the world firsthand. To encourage this, they are awarding one student a $1,000 scholarship to put towards studying abroad. From tuition costs to plane tickets and spontaneous excursions in between, the scholarship money can be used to cover any of the expenses associated with studying and traveling abroad. Learn more here

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BOREN AWARDS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDY

Boren Awards are funded by the National Security Education Program through the Department of Defense. Boren Scholarships offer support for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Similarly, Boren Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to add an important international experience and a supplemental language component to their education through specialization in an area of study, language study for increased proficiency. More information for the applicants can be found here. Also, please be sure to review these helpful tips when crafting your essays in order to create a competitive application.   

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ROTARY WORLD PEACE SCHOLARSHIPS 

The Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution offer individuals committed to peace and cooperation the opportunity to pursue a two-year master’s-level degree in international studies, peace studies and conflict resolution at one of the six Rotary Centers around the world. More information for the applicants can be found here. 

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Last Updated: 11/5/18