Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants to Apply for this year

Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants to Apply for this year.

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 fundraise, take on a side job, and spend your summer saving up. But did you know there are also 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, scholarships for study abroad are widely available from a variety of sources. You can even find these opportunities right here on Go Overseas — we run several scholarships throughout the year.

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 November 2020, so keep in mind that this list includes programs that will take place in 2021, and also those beginning in 2022 that have an early application deadline. We recommend always checking the scholarship website to confirm the official deadline and application process.

Second, please keep in mind that this year is exceptional for many reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced programs to make difficult decisions about suspending their offerings or making adjustments to allow for socially distanced activities and proper health protocols. While many scholarships are still available, you may find that your dream program is not running next semester. If that’s the case, be sure to check back in for news and potentially even consider virtual study abroad programs.

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.

Without 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.

Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants to Apply for this year

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.This scholarship program warns applicants that if, at the time the program starts, the destination country is at a level 3 or 4 warning for COVID-19 according to the US Department of State’s Travel Advisory System, another destination should be chosen.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: Up to $5,000 (and a supplement of up to $3,000)
  • Requirements: Students must be current recipients of a Federal Pell Grant
  • Deadline: March and October 2021

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). Applications for Summer 2021 are closed, but you can apply for 2022.

  • Level: All Students
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen enrolled at a higher institution
  • Deadline: November

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 awarded to applicants. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has placed its study abroad program on an indefinite hiatus. They note that they will continue to monitor public health and travel advisory guidance, and they encourage students to check their website regularly.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $1,000
  • Requirements: Must have an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter on your campus
  • Deadline: Application portal usually opens in December

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. There’s a special scholarship for those who want to study peace and conflict resolution at one of their six partner universities. Applications are open in February.

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

The Boren Awards

The Boren Awards are scholarships and fellowships of $8,000 to $25,000 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.

  • Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
  • Award: $8,000-$20,000
  • Requirements: Must be enrolled in an institute of higher education.
  • Deadline: February (scholarships) / January (fellowships) of 2021

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! Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is suspended until further notice. So, keep an eye out for new information on their website.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $1,000
  • Requirements: Must be Enrolled at a U.S. Institution
  • Deadline: April and November (though it’s suspended at the moment)

The Ashley Soulé Conroy Foundation

Ashley Soulé Conroy’s family wants to reward your desire to explore and experiment with different people and places and ways of living, just as the founder’s daughter has. That’s why they set up a scholarship for undergraduates in need: to change lives. Even though they have canceled all Spring 2021 scholarships, the Fall 2021 term will remain on hold while circumstances continue to be evaluated. Be sure to check their page for updates.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $4,000
  • Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen enrolled as an undergraduate in a college or university
  • Deadline: June and October

Good Colleges Study Abroad Award

To have a chance to win a Good Colleges Study Abroad Scholarship you just have to write an essay on the theme they give every year. 2020’s competition theme was “Why That City?” and applicants were asked to wonder how immersing themselves in a foreign culture would be a life changing experience. Are you feeling inspired? This scholarship is open to current and future college students.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $2,000
  • Requirements: Must be a current or future college student
  • Deadline: November

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

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-$30,000 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: $2,000 – $30,000
  • Requirements: Women only
  • Deadlines: November

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. There’s also the Kanders Churchill Scholarship in Science Policy “to address the growing divide between science and science policy”.

  • Level: Graduate Students
  • Award: $60,000
  • Requirements: Must be an Undergraduate Senior at a Participating University
  • Deadline: October and November, 2021

The BEST (BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust) Scholarship

The BEST Scholarship provides multiple awards to students from the UK to begin postgraduate 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

MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship

One $3,000 scholarship is awarded, plus two $1,000 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. Besides this, the company has a special Women in STEM Scholarship annually assigned to female international/DACA students in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program.

  • Level: Graduate Students
  • Award: $1,000 – $3,000
  • Requirements: Must be an international student accepted or currently studying at a full-time program at a U.S. or Canadian school
  • Deadline: December

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

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. Regarding the restrictions brought by the pandemic, AIFS is continually evaluating its program operations with a flexible plan in place.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $200-$1,000
  • Requirements: Varies
  • Deadlines: There are multiple. Summer: March 1, 2021; Fall Semester/Academic Year/Fall Quarter 2022: April 15, 2021; Spring Semester/January Term/Spring Quarter 2022: October 1, 2021

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

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.

For 2021, they will award scholarships based in two categories: merit – recognizing and rewarding academic achievement – and diversity – for students from diverse backgrounds and for students with disabilities. And there’s also a $1,000 flight voucher for those who apply with a code by January 7, 2021.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: up to $3,000 for Global Education, and up to $2,000 for Diversity Scholarship
  • Requirements: Must be a CEA program participant
  • Deadline: December (for Spring programs), April (for Summer programs), and May (for Fall programs)

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: From $1,000 up to $4,000
  • Requirements: Must be a CIEE program participant
  • Deadline: Varies

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.

Because of COVID-19, the implementation of each program is being constantly analyzed country by country. For now, all Winter 2021 programs (in Barcelona, Rome, Mexico, and Costa Rica), and Spring programs have been suspended, except for the University of Edinburgh partnership and the University of St. Andrews partnership. However, the majority of Summer 2021 programs are running as scheduled.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: Up to $10,000
  • Requirements: Varies
  • Deadline: April and November

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.

Knowing that COVID-19 has had a financial impact on many people, IES Abroad asks applicants to provide accurate information about their need for aid so that they can consider everyone’s circumstances.

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Award: $500 – $5000
  • Requirements: Must be enrolled to study abroad through an IES program
  • Deadline: March, April, May, and November

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

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.

As all programs for the Fall 2020 semester were canceled, but ISA is in constant communication with host universities and, so far, Spring 2021 programs are continuing as scheduled. Stay updated by checking their website regularly.

  • Award: $200 – $5,000
  • Requirements: Must be a current undergraduate student
  • Deadline: Usually February, April and October

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, so make sure you inquire about any other scholarship opportunities. While all of their fall 2020 programming was cancelled, they have not made any decisions for the 2021 year.

  • Level: Undergraduates with at least 2.5 GPA
  • Award: From $100 up to $750
  • Requirements: Must be enrolled in a Sol Education program through a non-partner university
  • Deadline: March, July, and November

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: March and October, 2021 Sustainability Scholarship

This Danish platform wants to help students change the world. They are focused on graduates who enroll in a master’s program that will help alleviate the impact of climate change and make the world a more sustainable place. Are you the next world savior?

  • Level: Graduate Students
  • Award: $5,000
  • Requirements: Must have applied (or will apply) to a master’s program that can help you make the world more sustainable
  • Deadline: April 2021

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: December and May

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: From $2,500 to $5,000
  • Requirements: Must be a Golden Key Member
  • Deadline: December 23, 2020

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