Graduate Students Scholarships

Please keep in mind that this list is only a launching point for you to explore study abroad scholarships for graduate students. 


General Scholarships


Spring/Summer Program Grant
Application Deadline: Students who apply to their spring/summer program by the priority deadline are automatically considered. Must have a FAFSA on file.  
Amount: Up to $1,500
Partnership Grant
Application Deadline: Students who apply to their partnership program by the priority deadline are automatically considered. Must have a FAFSA on file.
Amount: $500 - $2,000
Study Abroad Semester Grant
Application Deadline: Students who apply to their partnership or non-GVSU program by the priority deadline are automatically considered. Must have a FAFSA on file.
Amount: Average of $500


West Michigan World Trade Association Scholarship

For students who have never studied abroad before and who participate in a semester- long program with a business focus. Award up to $1,000.


GVSU Peace and Justice Award Activist Scholarship

For students who are exemplary in their involvement with peace and justice issues and organizations. Essay is required, and scholarships awarded vary.



Fred A. Bell Business Scholarship

This scholarship provides financial support and recognition to business students who study in a foreign country. The scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate business majors, including minors. With support from this scholarship, students can prepare for a global workplace, and position themselves for success in a world that is more diverse, complex, and interdependent.


Destination Specific

France- Grand Rapids Alliance Française Scholarship

Rewards $1,200 to support the study of the French language and culture.


France- Grenoble Graduate Scholarship

For Graduate studying at the Grenoble school of Management through the English Master Programs. Selected students receive 500 Euros per month of studies.


Italy- Perugia Sister Cities Scholarship

For students who wish to study abroad at The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy for the fall or spring semester, or both.


Asia - Douglas and Ellen Chung Asian Social Work Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship was established to promote social work services in the Asian countries and communities and support Asian students who are pursuing degrees in Social Work. Candidates must be Asians or Asian Americans who demonstrate by an essay their eagerness to bring culturally sensitive social work to their home countries around the Pacific Rim or to their Asian communities in the western world. 


National Scholarships

National Security Education Program

Awards vary from a minimum of $2,500 to $6,000. All recipients have a service requirement in the federal government or higher education upon graduation.


Japan Student Services Organization

Provided to students with outstanding performance who need financial assistance.


DAAD Scholarships

The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities.


Critical Language Scholarship

A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in critical need foreign languages for the summer. Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) provide group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.


Gates Cambridge Scholarship

This scholarship was created in perpetuity as an international scholarship program to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge. The Trustees are required to award scholarships on the basis of a person’s intellectual ability, leadership capacity and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others. Must be able to show evidence of high academic achievement, leadership potential, social commitment and a good fit with Cambridge.


German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders

This award is for prospective leaders from the USA, the Russian Federation or the People's Republic of China and, having completed your first degree (at least a Bachelor's or comparable degree), have subsequently gained work experience and have already shown outstanding leadership potential in your career. A German Chancellor Fellowship allows you to carry out a project of your own design in cooperation with a German host you have selected. The program is under the patronage of the German Chancellor and also incorporates an intensive language course in Germany, a four-week introductory seminar in Bonn and Berlin, a study trip around Germany and a final meeting in Berlin. These activities provide additional insights into the social, cultural, economic and political life of Germany.


The Fulbright Grant

The Fulbright Program is designed to give students, artists, and other professional opportunities to pursue graduate study and research in over 100 nations. It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Students must have a B.A. or equivalent before the start of the grand and should have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country.


ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

ThinkSwiss is an official program of the Swiss Confederation promoting exchanges and sharing knowledge between the U.S. and Switzerland. ThinkSwiss offers scholarships for a research stay in Switzerland. It supports highly motivated and qualified U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to do research at a public Swiss university or research institute for 2 to 3 months.


Marshall Scholarships

The purpose of the Marshall Scholarship is to finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom in a system of higher education recognized for its excellence. The Marshall Scholarships serve as a way to commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall plan conceived by General George C. Marshall. They express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts. The scholarships have five main purposes: (1) to enable intellectually distinguished Americans, their country’s future leaders, to study in the U.K.; (2) to help scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain; (3) to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, and humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain’s center of academic excellence; (4) to motivate scholars to act as ambassadors from the U.S. to the U.K. and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding; and (5) to promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each scholar. To be eligible for the Marshall Scholarship, students must have obtained a GPA of 3.7 on their undergraduate degree.


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