Study Abroad Funding for Undergraduate Students

Getting Started:

  • Plan Ahead! If you are thinking about studying abroad, you want to be thinking 6-18 months in advance.  Often you will need to apply for a nationally competitive award up to a year in advance of when your study abroad opportunity will commence.  If you are looking for immediate funding, you might need to consult with the Financial Aid Office instead as applying for nationally competitive awards generally requires a substantial lead time.
  • Where do you want to go?  Meet with the Padnos International Center staff to assist you with determining locations and costs to find the right fit for you as well as providing you with a Study Abroad Information Packet to help get you started and organized.  Visit the PIC website for more information.
  • Explore award opportunities. Nationally competitive award opportunities for study abroad are vast yet very specific.  Please familiarize yourself with eligibility requirements and deadlines. 
  • Please pay attention to deadlines, including GVSU campus deadlines.   Several awards have campus deadlines that occur earlier than the national deadline.  This is to ensure that you not only meet all requirements in your application, but also so that our office can assist you in submitting the highest quality proposal, letters of recommendation, etc. as possible.   

Note: This is a sample of the nationally competitive award opportunities available for students for study abroad and is non-exhaustive.Please visit each award website for complete award description, eligibility requirements, application instructions, etc.

Acumen Fund East Africa Fellows Program

  • This program will be made up of individuals who are driving groundbreaking projects with large social impact both as employees with businesses, public sector organizations, and leading NGOs, and as entrepreneurs. The East Africa Fellows Program offers Fellows the opportunity to receive world-class leadership training along with the tools to accelerate the progress of their social projects.

Alliance Française de Grand Rapids Scholarship

  • Amount of Award: $1,500
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2017
  • Date of Notification: Last week of April

American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)

  • The ASF will offer around $300,000 to outstanding American students, scholars, professionals and artists for study and/or research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden. Fellowships of up to $23,000 are intended to support an academic year-long stay, and priority is given to students at the graduate level who need to spend time at foreign academic or research institutions. Grants of up to $5,000 are considered more suitable for shorter research visits, both on the graduate or post-doctoral level. Funding is available to candidates in all fields.

American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF) Fellowship Program

  • The ASEF fellowship provides funding (travel, housing, and living expenses) for a 10 week summer visit to a Slovenian university, research institution or a company in the area of applicant’s field of study/expertise. ASEF will work with applicants to identify suitable mentors at participating institutions. There is no target start date for the visit --- the target date will be decided between the fellow and her/his mentor.

AATJ Bridging Scholarship (Japan)

  • Supports undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan.
  • Fall/AY deadline in March
  • Spring deadline in October

Ambassador Summer Scholarship Program

  • The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program seeks to create closer friendships and understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan. This program supports undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in studying Mandarin (Chinese) language and learning about Taiwanese culture.
  • Deadline in February

Ashley Soulé Conroy Foundation

  • Supports undergraduate study abroad programs of at least one semester duration (summers are ineligible). Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Spring deadline 1 December
  • Fall Deadline 1 July

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

  • Supports Pell Grant recipients to pursue academic study and internship programs abroad (minimum length three weeks).
  • Campus Deadlines 15 September (Spring, Early Summer) & 15 February (Summer, Fall, AY)

Butex Awards

  • Funds numerous scholarships for students studying at eligible UK institutions for semester or academic year programs.
  • Deadlines vary

Critical Language Scholarship

  • Supports intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks.
  • Deadline 15 November

Cultural Vistas Scholarships

  • Multinational program providing support to students interning abroad through immersion programs.
  • Deadlines vary

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

  • The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, supporting 75 American and 75 Germans ages 18-24, to spend a year studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.
  • Deadline December

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Awards

  • Provides scholarships, internships and other support for Hispanic students for undergraduate or graduate students in any area of study. Open to DACA and permanent residents.
  • Deadline usually in April

Cultural Vistas Fellowship

  • Provides underrepresented US undergraduates with funded opportunities to enrich their academic learning through professional internship and immersion experiences in Argentina, Germany and India.
  • Deadline January

NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

  • NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East).
  • Campus Deadline in December

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

  • DAAD offers a wide range of highly selective awards, including long-term and short-term scholarships, grants, and fellowships including residence in Germany.

DAAD German Studies Research Grant (short-term)

  • This specialized program offers German Studies Research Grants to highly-qualified undergraduate students nominated by their department/program chairs. Supports 1-2 months of study in Germany.
  • Designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from inter- and multidisciplinary perspectives. Open to candidates in any field, regardless of citizenship or country of origin. 
  • Advanced German required.
  • Fall Deadline 1 May
  • Spring deadline 1 November

DAAD Intensive Language Course Grant

  • This scholarship program supports students in improving their knowledge of the German language and culture. Must possess sophomore standing and have completed three semesters of German.
  • Deadline in December

DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science & Engineering)

  • RISE offers internships for undergraduates in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and engineering for 8-12 weeks during the summer. Optional intensive language courses are offered prior to internship. German proficiency not required.
  • Deadline in December

DAAD/UAS7 Study & Internship Program (SIP)

  • Supports students to spend a semester or academic year at a leading university of applied science in Germany for 2-6 months. Most placements in STEM or related applied fields.  Options include one semester of study, one semester of interning or a combination. 
  • Deadline in October for Spring/Summer
  • Deadline in February for Fall/AY

DAAD Undergraduate Study Scholarship

  • Supports students with at least sophomore standing in studying, interning and/or completing senior thesis research in Germany. Preference given to students whose projects or programs are based at/organized by a German university. Funds semester and year-long programs through organized study abroad programs or independent direct study at a German university.
  • Requires German commensurate to proposed study.
  • December Deadline

DAAD University Summer Course Grant

  • This program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on language, literature, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material. Requires intermediate German.
  • December Deadline

Émigré Memorial German Internship Program (EMGIP) Landtag

  • The Émigré Memorial German Internship Program–German State Parliaments (EMGIP) provides paid internships with German state parliaments (Landtag) for US and Canadian citizens.  Requires advanced German. Preference for students interested in policy, the environment, education or healthcare.
  • Requires German proficiency.
  • Summer deadline December
  • Fall Deadline March
  • Spring Deadline October

Émigré Memorial German Internship (EMGIP) Bundestag

  • This EMGIP program funds two-month internship opportunities for U.S. and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. Interns will be placed within the Verwaltung, studying legislative and administrative procedures.
  • Requires German proficiency.
  • Deadline in September

Davis-Putter Foundation

  • This need-based award provides grants to university-level students engaged in progressive movements for peace and justice on campus and/or in their local communities.
  • Deadline in April

Diversity Network Summer Scholarship

  • The Diversity Abroad Network Diversity Network, in cooperation with STA Travel, will offer 20 summer scholarships in the amount of $500 for full-time undergraduate students attending a member institution in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or the US.
  • Deadline in April

Davis Fellows for Peace

  • The Davis Fellows for Peace support language study to "bring about a mindset of preparing for peace instead of preparing for war." 100 fellowships are awarded annually to students with demonstrated interest in: international, global, or area studies; international politics & economics; peace & security studies and/or conflict resolution.  They support summer-long study at any of Middlebury’s 11 Language Schools.
  • Deadline 15 December for the following summer

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes for US Undergraduates

  • The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers intensive summer academic and cultural programs at UK institutions.  Applicants must not have completed no more than two years of university study (freshmen and sophomores).  Programs range from 4-6 weeks. Minimum GPA 3.7.
  • Deadlines in January and February

Freeman-Asia Scholarship

  • Supports students who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Programs must be 8 weeks or longer.  Minimum GPA 2.8. Eligible locations: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
  • Deadline in October for Spring
  • March for Summer
  • April for AY/Fall Semester

Fund for Education Abroad

  • FEA supports various opportunities, listed below.  There is one award deadline, for that Summer & next AY/ Semester programs, so planning ahead is important!
  • Most deadlines in January

Access Partner Scholarships

  • Available to students studying abroad through CAPA, the Global Education Network, CIEE, SIT, ISA/IFSA-Butler and the Intern Group.

FEA/STA Travel Start the Adventure Scholarships

  • $2,500 awards for summer programs participants.

Global Studies Scholarship

  • FEA awards supports students interested in tackling global challenges through international experience, leadership skills and cultural competence.

Hillary Echo Douglas Scholarship

  • Awarded to students studying in Vietnam or neighboring Southeast Asian cultures.

Jane Gluckmann and Carol Rausch Go Global

  • Awarded to students studying in Mexico, Central America, South America, France or Germany.

Fund for Education Abroad Rainbow Scholarship

  • This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBT student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program.

Go Overseas Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship

  • Deadlines by semester; preference for programs including internships, volunteering & service learning experiences abroad.
  • September & January

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA. Special awards for students majoring in: Accounting, Engineering, Computer Science, Finance, Business, Management or HR.
  • Deadlines in Spring for Summer/next AY programs

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

  • Offers over 150 scholarships to Hispanic students (citizens, permanent residents, I-551 and DACA recipients eligible). Deadlines throughout the year; check website often and carefully for details.

Humanity in Action Fellowship

  • HIA's fellowship programs concern human rights activities in global context.  They include domestic placements in Atlanta and Detroit and international placements in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo and Warsaw.
  • Deadline in January

IASTE Internships

  • International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences (IAESTE/Cultural Vistas) assist students in gaining co-ops or internships for summer or semester-long programs, blending language training, professional experience and cultural immersion. Placements include: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the UK.
  • Deadline in December

International Parliamentary Scholarship

  • The IPS, Internationales Parlaments-Stipendium des Deutschen Bundestages, supported by German Parliament, funds applicants from 28 countries, including the US, France, Central and Eastern Europe.  Students explore the German parliamentary system through a five-month stay in Berlin (March 1-July 31).
  • Advanced German required at time of application.
  • Deadline in Summer

JASSO Scholarship

  • Provides a monthly stipend of c. $700 for recipients studying at Japanese institutions. Applications available through host institution after gaining admission.
  • Deadline in late Spring

The Killam Fellowships Program

  • Killiam Fellowships provide an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in Canada and the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the other country. Students may participate in the program either as a direct exchange student (registering at their home university, paying their home fees, and attending the host university as an exchange visitor) or as a self-placed visiting student (applying for and registering at the host university, and paying host tuition fees).
  • Deadline in Fall

Leland International Hunger Fellows

  • The Leland International Hunger Fellows Program is two-year social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community-based organizations abroad. Fellows work on a variety of issues related to food security, including: agriculture, maternal and child nutrition, advocacy, climate change adaptation, agribusiness development and women’s empowerment.
  • This two-year program will accept its next class in January 2019.
  • Campus deadline in December 2018

Library of Congress Junior Fellows

  • 10-week summer internship program is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Fellows explore digital initiatives and inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve and research a backlog of special, legal or copyright collections in many different formats.
  • Deadline in January

Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship

  • The Japanese Government's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) supports students from more than 160 countries in studying in Japan. The Ministry cooperates with national, local, public and private universities and trade schools to support Research, Undergraduate, Japan Studies, Teacher Training and Professional Training scholarships.
  • Applicants should apply via the Japanese Consulate in Detroit.

MEXT Japanese Studies Award

  • Provides intensive Japanese language studies in Japan for applicants 18-30 years old enrolled in undergraduate minors or majors in Japanese language or Japanese culture.
  • Deadline in February

MEXT Undergraduate/Specialized Training College

  • Provides three-year scholarships for high school graduates between 18 and 22 years of age wishing to study in a Japanese professional training school.
  • Deadline in June

Middlebury Institute for International Studies

  • Both U.S. and international students are eligible for merit and/or need-based scholarships to support both summer language study or to pursue graduate studies. Funding is available for Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish studies in Monterrey or at Middlebury campuses abroad.  
  • Summer deadline in April

Mobility Scholarship Program

  • The Karman Healthcare Scholarship Fund provides funding for students with mobility disabilities and demonstrated financial need. 
  • Deadline in September

NAACP Scholarships

  • The NAACP, via the Poise Foundation, administers thousands of scholarships annually to NAACP members and their children. Awards are offered through the post-secondary level.  Awards are offered in all disciplines and requirements vary.
  • Various deadlines

National Italian American Foundation

  • Supports Italian American students who demonstrate potential and high academic achievements& students of any background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field. Minimum GPA 3.5.
  • Deadline in March

Pat Tillman Scholarship

  • Tillman Scholars include active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses and provide funding for educational expenses, (tuition and fees, books and living expenses).
  • Deadline in February

Perugia Sister Cities Scholarship

  • Amount of Award: One-month free tuition at the University for Foreigners of Perugia, $2,000 (U.S.) for pre-departure expenses, and 500-600 euros (Italy) for living expenses
  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Date of Notification: TBD
  • Number of Awards: 2

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

  • Designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Forty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Minimum GPA 3.75.
  • Deadline 15 September for Spring &
  • 15 February for Fall/AY

Point Foundation: The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund

  • The Point Foundation provides funding to empower promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.
  • Deadline in January

Saltire Scholarships

  • Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships (SSS) support up to 100 awards of £4000 to support one year of full time study in an undergraduate, Masters or PhD course in Scotland.  Priority sectors of creative industries, life sciences, technology, financial services and renewable and clean energy. Open to citizens of: Canada, China, India, Pakistan and the US. You must be admitted to a program in Scotland at time of application. 
  • Deadline in May

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships

  • The Smithsonian supports fellowships focused on discovery, creation, innovation and diversify. Opportunities include all units, with special programs for black, Latino/a, Native American students and in STEM, arts, environmental, natural history, biodiversity and historic preservation.
  • Deadlines vary

Study Advisory Scholarship

  • Amount of Award: 500 EUR
  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

Rotary Global Grants

  • The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for graduate students as well as for qualified, career-minded professionals pursuing vocational studies.

Study in Japan Scholarships (Japan)

  • Offers a variety of funding sources for students who wish to pursue international study in Japan.

Susan Carmel Lehrman Awards

  • The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History invites applications for five Susan Carmel Lehrman awards for the study of Russian language, culture, and international relations. The award provides up to $8,000 for tuition and travel expenses to attend the interdisciplinary summer programs in Russian language, culture, and international relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) or the Higher School of Economics. The award is open to all students in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Applications will be judged based on the student's academic record (unofficial transcripts are fine) and an essay explaining how summer study in Russia fits in with the student's current academic interests and professional goals. 

Turkey Coalition of America

  • Amount of Award: $500-$2,000 for students applying to a study abroad program in Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), or Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)

West Michigan World Trade Association Scholarship

  • Amount of Award: up to $1,000
  • Application Deadline: April 7, 2017
  • Date of Notification: Late April 2017

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