Study Abroad

40 Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants to Apply For Now

Valerie Stimac

Valerie helps produce all of the amazing articles and guides you see on Go Overseas. She attended grad school abroad in London and plans to volunteer in Mozambique in 2018.

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 , 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 & 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. For example, each year, you can apply to win a full scholarship to study abroad in New Zealand or Ireland.

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 January 2018, so most deadlines for 2018 should be correct. We recommend always checking the scholarship website to confirm the official deadline and application process.

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.

With no 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
  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!

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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. 

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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:

  • This website provides a comprehensive free search database system for scholarships available throughout Europe; you can search by region, country and discipline
  • 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
  • This is a simple and free scholarship search database. In a Keyword Search, try entering the name of a language you are interested in and browse through the results to find anything you qualify for
  • : This database is a comprehensive search engine for all study abroad programs registered with IIE passport
  • 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.  

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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.

The Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship

Twice a year, we give away a $500 scholarship to one lucky Go Overseas community member. You can find all the info and see see when the scholarship window will next open by clicking here.

  • Level: Any Student
  • Award: $500
  • Requirements: You must be enrolled full-time at an institution based in the U.S
  • Deadline: Twice Yearly
  • Application: Click Here

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 nearly 3,000 scholarship are given to students each year.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: Up to $5,000
  • Requirements: Students must be current recipients of a Federal Pell Grant
  • Deadline: Year-Round
  • Application:

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, in 2018 the list includes Bangla, Hindi, Korean, Swahili, and others).

  • Level: All Students
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen enrolled at a higher institution
  • Deadline: Autumn 2018
  • Application:

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. Over $30,000 was given away in 2017.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $1,000
  • Requirements: Must be an active Phi Kappa Phi member on your campus
  • Deadline: February 15 / September 15 (2018)
  • Application:

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 and graduate students, and the amounts and eligibility vary by club. You do not necessarily need to be a Rotary member to qualify.

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

The Boren Awards

The Boren Awards are scholarships and fellowships of $2,500 to $20,000 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: $2,500-$20,000
  • Requirements: Must be enrolled in an institue of higher education.
  • Deadline: January 30 (scholarships) / February 8 (fellowships) (2018 dates)
  • Application:

The Study Abroad Journal Scholarship

The Study Abroad Journal, a 'field guide for savvy study abroad students,' not only helps you capture your study abroad memories; their $500 scholarships help students make study abroad more affordable and accessible.

  • Level: All Students
  • Award: $500
  • Requirements: Must be Enrolled in a Study Abroad Program
  • Deadline: Varies; 2018 dates have not been released
  • Application:

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!

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $1,000
  • Requirements: Must be Enrolled at a U.S. Institution
  • Deadline: May 20 / December 20 (2018)
  • Application:

UniPlaces Scholarship

UniPlaces is a search engine for student accommodation, and while their scholarship is different than most others on the list, applicants will have the chance to win accommodation for a full semester of their study abroad -- which we all know can be a major expense!

  • Level: All Students
  • Award: Accommodation for a semester
  • Requirements: Must be studying abroad with
  • Deadline: June (2018)
  • Application:
Graduate Study Abroad Scholarships Photo by Patrick D., Centro Mundo Lengua Seville
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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

The AAUW supports women pursuing a variety of graduate academic opportunities. Grants are typically in the range of $10,000-$15,000 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: Varies
  • Requirements: Women only.
  • Deadlines: Varies
  • Application:

Churchill Foundation Scholarship

If you want to pursue a Masters 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.

  • Level: Graduate Students
  • Award: $45,000-$50,000
  • Requirements: Must be an Undergraduate Senior at a Participating University
  • Deadline: November 1 (2018)
  • Application:

The BEST (BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust) Scholarship

The BEST Scholarship provides multiple awards to students from the UK to begin post-graduate 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 Passport Holder Studying in the U.S. or Canada
  • Deadline: April 1 (2018)
  • Application:
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Study Abroad Scholarships for a Specific Program

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.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $200-$1,000
  • Requirements: Varies
  • Deadlines: Varies
  • Application:

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.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: Must be a CEA program participant
  • Deadline: April 10, May 10, and November 15 (2018)
  • Application:

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: Varies
  • Requirements: Must be a CIEE program participant
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Application:

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.

  • Level: Undergraduate Students
  • Award: $500-$5,000
  • Requirements: Varies
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Application:

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.

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Award: $500 - $5000
  • Requirements: Must be enrolled to study abroad through an IES program
  • Deadline: Varies based on program
  • Application:

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. For 2018, destinations include Latin America, Dublin, Shanghai, and Australia.

  • Level: All Students
  • Award: $2,000
  • Requirements: Must be a current student or recent graduate
  • Deadline: February 2 (2018)
  • Application:

USAC Scholarships

Study abroad provider USAC awards more than $350,000 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: Varies
  • Application:
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Membership-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: May 18 or December 7 (2018)
  • Application:

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 17 different scholarship offerings, Golden Key has given away over $12.5 million in study abroad scholarships since 1977.

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: Must be a Golden Key Member
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Application:
Travel-Based Scholarships Photo by Kevin Y., IVHQ Zimbabwe
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Travel Scholarships & Grants That Can Apply to Study Abroad

We've also included this section of general travel scholarships that you can use to go on a study abroad program. These are great opportunities -- but remember that they often draw many more applicants since they target a broader audience of travel-loving people.

Fulbright Program Grants

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a highly competitive grant opportunity to receive research grants, fellowships, and other high-value funding opportunities for recent graduates. Note: The application window for 2018-2019 grants ended in October 2017, so the deadline noted below is for 2019-2020 grants.

  • Level: Undergraduate Seniors & Recent Graduates
  • Award: Varies
  • Requirements: U.S. Resident
  • Deadline: October Each Year
  • Application:

Hostelling International USA Explore the World Travel Scholarship

Hostelling International USA is offering 104 $2,000 scholarships in 2018 -- all of them for use on travel programs that focus on education or service (this includes study abroad!). This is one of the biggest scholarship opportunities on the list, and open to students (and non-students).

  • Level: All Students
  • Award: $2,000
  • Requirements: Must be 18-30 and a U.S. Citizen
  • Deadline: March 2 (2018)
  • Application:

Destination-Based Study Abroad Scholarships

Some scholarships are tied to a specific destination, region, or country. We have collected many of these below, organized by region. Scroll down to explore each region briefly and find relevant links to the scholarship opportunities you are interested in.

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Africa

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Africa

If you crave an unconventional, less-trodden study abroad path, Africa is a content of incredible diversity and opportunity. Explore Northern Africa with its strong European and Middle Eastern influences, Western Africa and its booming cities, or Eastern and Southern Africa with their wildlife migration and safari experiences. All are possible if you study abroad in Africa!

  • The Heather Jow Leibowitz Memorial Scholarship: Named in honor of a School of Field Studies (SFS) alumni, this $2,000-$5,000 scholarship is offered for students who choose to study abroad with SFS in East Africa. to learn more.
  • The American Research Center in Egypt Fellowships: For students in specific relevant majors, ARCE offers a variety of fellowships ranging from $600 to $2000. to learn more.

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Scholarships for Study Abroad in Asia

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Asia

If your study abroad dreams include spending a semester (or longer) in an Asian country, these scholarships may help those dreams come true.

  • Asia Exchange Study Abroad Scholarships: $3,500 scholarships for students who will study abroad at any of 11 scholarships through the Asia Exchange program. to learn more.
  • Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan: $2,500-$4,000 for study abroad in Japan, these can also be used for travel and living expenses. to learn more.
  • Freeman Asia: $3,000-$7,000 scholarships to spend up to eight weeks in one of 15 Asian countries. Perfect if you've never explored specific countries in Asia. to learn more.
  • Henry Luce Foundation, Luce Scholars Program: $40,000 available for graduate students to encourage cross-cultural understanding between American students and Asian destinations. to learn more.
  • Morgan Stanley Scholarships: $7,500 grants for students who want to study business or economics abroad in Japan. to learn more.

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Scholarships for Study Abroad in Europe

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Europe

Europe is one of the world's most popular regions to study abroad. From learning art history in Italy to public health in Norway and everything in between, studying abroad in Europe offers a wide variety of opportunities -- and scholarships to help pay for it!

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships: Each year, DAAD offers a variety of scholarships to encourage students to study abroad for a semester or postgraduate degree. to learn more.
  • Go Overseas Scholarship to Study Abroad in Ireland: Each spring, Go Overseas partners with Education in Ireland to give away between two and 26 full scholarships to study abroad in Ireland. Click here to learn more. This scholarship is ongoing through February 23, 2018!
  • Eastern Europe Study Abroad (EESA) Scholarships Up to $7,000 for semester and academic year-long programs for study in Eastern European countries. to learn more.
  • The Koscuiszko Foundation Scholarships: If you are of Polish descent or want to study abroad in Poland, the Koscuiszko Foundation offers a variety of scholarship opportunities. to learn more.
  • Sons of Norway Scholarship: Similarly, if you are of Norwegian descent, there are a variety of scholarship opportunities offered through the Sons of Norway. to learn more.
  • Walter Jensen Scholarship: $2,000 scholarship to help a deserving student study abroad in France and study the French language. to learn more.

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Scholarships for Study Abroad in Latin America

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Latin America

Latin America blends Europen charm and American cultural heritage -- whether you choose to study in Central or South America, you're sure to find a destination that calls to you.

  • Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) study Abroad Scholarshisp HACU has teamed up with study abroad provider AIFS to help students at participating universities study abroad in programs throughout Latin America and the rest of the world. to learn more.
  • Spanish Studies Abroad Scholarship: The Center for Cross-Cultural Studies offers merit- and diversity-based $500-$1,500 scholarships for students enrolled in their Spanish programs in Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico and (outside Latin America) Spain. to learn more.

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Scholarships for Study Abroad in Oceania

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Oceania

Southeast Asia and Oceania countries are popular for gap years and backpack travelers; did you also know they're great for study abroad? From Australia and New Zealand to smaller island and peninsula countries, studying abroad in Oceania offers unforgettable cultural immersion and world-class education.

  • East-West Center Scholarships & Fellowships: Almost any student interested in studying abroad in the Oceania region can find a fellowship or scholarship opportunity through East-West Center. to learn more.
  • Go Overseas Scholarship to Study Abroad in New Zealand: Each autumn, Go Overseas partners with Education New Zealand to give away between 2-5 full scholarships for students to study abroad at participating New Zealand universities. Click here to learn more.

    This is just a snapshot of the ample scholarship opportunities available to aid in funding your study abroad experience. While cost is an influential factor, it should not be a deciding factor (especially if the decision is leaning towards a 'no!'). We bid you good luck in your search for scholarships!

    This article was originally published in December 2010, and most recently updated in January 2018.