Scholarship & Funding Opportunities for Study Abroad
General guidelines for your scholarship search:
- Please note that in most cases, you do NOT need to have been accepted into your study abroad program at the time of scholarship application.
- Check the eligibility guidelines for each scholarship before you begin applying.
- Check the online application deadline date. The deadlines vary widely.
- Some scholarships require that you apply several months before studying abroad; other scholarships require that you apply a year in advance.
- Start early.
- If your application requires a letter of recommendation, remember to give your professor several weeks lead time.
- NEVER pay to apply for a scholarship.
- All universities have writing centers to help students formulate their ideas and craft a good piece of written material. SU students can contact the Writing Center in 101 H. B. Crouse Hall; SU students may also contact Jolynn Parker from the Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising (CFSA). The CFSA website has some useful tips for writing applications.
- SU students should sign up for an excellent scholarship listserv through SU’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Scholarship search engines:
There are a number of excellent search engines that are well worth perusing for scholarship and funding opportunities. Remember that you are not limited only to study abroad scholarships. General scholarships and awards can also be used to pay for tuition, etc. (even if you are studying overseas). Here are some good sites:
Friends of Syracuse University have made generous contributions to assist SU undergrads with study abroad costs through Named Scholarships and Travel Grants. Deadlines are November 1 (for study during spring semester) and May 1 (for study during fall semester) each year. The application form is included in the SU Abroad application as a post-acceptance form. Open to SU undergrads only.
Syracuse University students who participate on one of the World Partner programs run by CET, SIT , CEA , SEA Semester , and DIS may apply for funding through their organizations. Various types of grants and scholarships are offered including Pell Grant Match (SIT programs only), merit-based, needs-based, and diversity-based scholarships. Check out their websites for more info!
Gilman International Scholarships
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers scholarships of up to $5,000 to U.S. citizens and Pell grant (federal financial aid) recipients. Gilman encourages applications from students from diverse ethnic backgrounds; students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations; students in fields underrepresented in study abroad; and students with high financial need. Students studying a Critical Need Language (such as Mandarin Chinese or Turkish) can apply for an additional $3,000 supplement for a total possible award of $8,000. One in three Gilman applicants wins an award. Funding for fall, spring, and summer study is available. Application deadline is the first Tuesday of March for summer/fall/full-year programs; the first Tuesday of October for spring semester and summer (early application).
Contact Rick Cieri for more information. Visiting students should check with their study abroad office for additional pertinent information about applying for the Gilman.
Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship and the application process:
Gilman Walk-In Hours and writing workshops will be held next fall – check back for updates! Visiting students should check with their study abroad office for application instructions.
The NSEP Boren Award is a highly-competitive scholarship program offering $10,000 for a semester of study abroad and $20,000 for an academic year. Boren Scholarships are awarded for countries, languages, and topics of study critical to U.S. national security. World areas deemed critical to U.S. national security are Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Latin America. (Applications are not considered for Western Europe or Australia.) Preference is given to students who will study abroad for longer periods of time, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. The NSEP Boren Award is open to undergraduates and graduates; students must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
Application deadline at SU is the end of January for study during the fall and/or spring of the following academic year. Summer-only programs (for $8,000 in funding) are limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students. For more info, SU undergrads students should contact Prof. Erika Haber (firstname.lastname@example.org). SU graduate students should contact Prof. John McPeak (email@example.com) or Jolynn Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org). Non-SU students need to contact the Boren rep on their home campus.
Read about a student who won the NSEP Boren Scholarship to study in Brazil for the 2016-17 academic year and was profiled on the SU scholarship website.
The Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) is a program funded by the U.S. Dept. of State and provides fully-funded language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences for 7- 10 weeks overseas during the summer. The intensive summer language institutes entail 4- 5 hours of language instruction each day, 5 days a week for approximately one year’s worth of language study. The targeted critical languages include Chinese, Turkish, and a variety of others. Application deadline is in November. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and may be undergraduate or graduate students.
Hear from a student who won the CLS award to study Chinese in summer 2016 and was profiled on the SU scholarship website.
The Freeman-Asia program provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students to study in East or Southeast Asia in summer or during the academic year. Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at time of application, have a minimum 2.8 GPA, have demonstrated financial need, and have little or no previous experience in the country in which he or she plans to study. Award amounts: Up to $3,000 for summer; up to $5,000 for semester; up to $7,000 for full year. Application deadlines: early October for study in spring semester; late February for study in summer; early April for study in fall semester. See website for exact deadlines dates.
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Open to any undergraduate student (you do not have to be a member) who has a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 and who attends an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter. (SU has a chapter; visiting students should check if their home institution has a chapter.) Fifty grants are available at $1,000 each. There are two deadlines each year (February and September); check website for current information.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers over 150 different types of scholarships to Hispanic students. The majority of funds come from corporations and foundations (such as Procter & Gamble, Coca Cola, Verizon, Wells Fargo). Funds can be applied to costs associated with study abroad. Eligibility guidelines require applicants to be one of the following: a US citizen; a legal permanent resident; have a passport stamped I-551; have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA). A single application can be used to apply for multiple awards. Application opens on January 1 and is due March 30 of every year for study during the following academic year.
Hispanic and Latino students should check out the many scholarship possibilities posted on this website.
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may participate on any international education program that meets their academic objectives. Spring 2021 scholarships range from $1,250 – $5,000 and can be applied for programs that run for at least 28 days. Apply between July 1, 2020 and September 16, 2020.
Awards are intended to support students in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. Students applying for semester, summer, or full year programs may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA students currently enrolled in a U.S. university or college. Application cycle for study abroad during the spring semester opens in July and closes in mid-September. Deadline for summer study is in January. It is not necessary for applicants to have applied or been accepted to a study abroad program. Groups typically underrepresented in study abroad, such as minority students, first-generation college students, and STEM majors, are encouraged to apply.
MillerCoors National Scholarship offers several $3,000 scholarships to juniors and seniors of Hispanic descent who are business or communications majors with a 3.0 or higher GPA. For more info, you can also email email@example.com.
The Scholarship America Dream Award is open to students at the sophomore year or higher who are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or individuals granted deferred action status under DACA who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Applications are usually available in October with a December deadline, but check the website for exact dates.
Rainbow Scholarship : LGBTQI students who are applying for a scholarship for the Fund for Education Abroad General Scholarship (see above) may also choose to be considered for this award by indicating this through their applications forms. FEA offers scholarships to LGBTQI students to take part in a high-quality study abroad program. It is not necessary for applicants to have applied or been accepted to a study abroad program.
Student-athletes (club, intramural, or varsity) who are applying for the Fund for Education Abroad General Scholarship (see above) may choose to be considered for the Athletes Abroad Scholarship by indicating this on their application. FEA offers one scholarship per year to a student-athlete to take part in a high-quality, rigorous study abroad program. It is not necessary for applicants to have applied or been accepted to a study abroad program.
Joan Nelson Study Abroad Scholarship offers $5,000 awards for study abroad. Must be a Golden Key member (collegiate honor society). Deadlines are in mid-June (for spring study) and mid-December (for fall study).
Masa Israel Journey provides grants and needs-based scholarships for your study abroad program in Israel. Check your eligibility and apply for funding here.
Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation offers study abroad (“travel study”) scholarships to undergraduate female students who are Silver or Gold Award Girl Scouts and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. $1,000 awards are available for semester, summer and full-year study. Applications are due in May for awards effective for fall, spring, and full-year immediately following the application deadline.
The Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship offers five $500 scholarships each semester to study abroad students. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities, and ethnic and racially diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply. Application deadline is typically June 1.
The Diversity Network Summer Scholarship awards two $1,000 scholarships for summer study offered by a Diversity Abroad partner organization. (Syracuse University is a partner organization, thus SU and visiting students participating on an SU Abroad program may apply for this scholarship.) Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 GPA. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities, and ethnic and racially diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply. Application deadline is typically April 1.
The FlipKey Study Abroad Scholarship is open to full-time students over the age of 18. Write a 1,000 word essay describing why travel is important to you. The winning contestant will receive $1,000. Check the website for application deadline.
The recipient of the Toruga Backpack Study Abroad Scholarship will receive $1,000 (and a Toruga backpack) if their 500-word essay is chosen as the winner. U.S. citizens and international students are eligible. December deadline for study in spring; May deadline for study in fall.
Write a 500-1,000 word essay about your best outdoor recreation memory and possibly win a $2,000 scholarship through Nature Immerse. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students.
The Himan Brown Study Abroad Grants are available only to Syracuse University students enrolled for a degree in the School of Education. These grants are designed for students with low-medium and medium-high financial need to bridge the gap between existing aid and unmet needs for their study abroad experience. Applicants should email a letter to Prof. Corinne Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the School of Education with their study abroad plans and the amount they are requesting. International, undergraduate, and graduate students are eligible; grants can be used for semester, summer, or short term programs.
U.S. graduate and undergraduate students who are studying at a U.S. university or studying abroad and who aspire to become foreign correspondents are invited to apply for one of 15 scholarships or fellowships awarded by the Overseas Press Club Foundation . December deadline.
The OppU Achievers Scholarship provides $2,500 for current or future education costs. Selections are made four times a year. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to apply by submitting a short essay through the portal on their scholarship page. 2018-19 application deadline dates are September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30.
Lounge Lizard Worldwide is sponsoring a $2,000 Design Scholarship Contest. Fall semester deadline is in September; Spring semester deadline is in February.
The JASSO Student Exchange Support Program offers a monthly stipend to qualified international students who have been accepted to a Japanese university. JASSO is an independent administrative institution established by the Japanese government.
Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan offers funding of $2,500/semester and $5,000/year to undergraduates who are U.S. citizens majoring in any field of study. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Deadline is early October for study in the spring; early April for fall and academic year. See website for exact dates.
The Morgan Stanley Scholarship offers two scholarships of $7,500 for students who have an interest in economics and finance and who will study in Japan for the entire academic year. A research essay on a given topic is required. Deadline is early April for the following academic year. Must complete an application for the Bridging Scholarship (see above).
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides generous funding to undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates and artists/musicians wishing to study (or intern) in Germany during a semester, academic year, or summer. American and Canadian citizens are eligible. International students enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian university are also eligible to apply. German language ability is not a requirement for this grant, however students should demonstrate language skills commensurate with their study and research needs.
Max Kade Student Travel Grant for study abroad in Germany and Austria: Students planning to study abroad in a German-speaking country are invited to apply for a Max Kade Travel Grant through the German Program at Syracuse University. The awards of $ 1,200 are meant to offset the costs traveling abroad and to make study abroad more affordable. They also serve as encouragement to take advantage of SU’s study abroad opportunities. For more information about SU’s three world partner programs in Berlin, Freiburg, and Graz, visit the World Partner page.
SeniorAdvice is offering a $2,000 SeniorAdvice Caregiver Scholarship to students who have acted as caregiver to an adult in any capacity. Deadline: January 15, 2020.
TheBackPackerCo Scholarship is designed to help students who are passionate about traveling. Applicants need to submit a personalized video of any destination where he/she has traveled. Applications will be judged on creativity & originality, and the winner will be awarded $500 to be used towards their educational expense. Deadline: October 28, 2018
Intertek Scholarships (up to $10,000) are awarded to engineering majors (or students majoring in an engineering-related field) with a 3.2 GPA. Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada. Recipients must be available to participate in an internship program at one of Intertek’s offices in the summer. Scholarships can be applied to tuition even if the student is studying overseas.
Check into these additional sources for study abroad funds:
The Got Chosen Social Network Scholarship is open to U.S. and international students who are 18 years old or older. A $5,000 award, which must be used for educational expenses, is given each month to a new student.
The Point Foundation Scholarship provides scholarship opportunities to the LGBTQ community. Applicants are evaluated on academic accomplishment, financial need, leadership within school and the community, and goals for the future. Check out their website for details and deadlines.
Goedeker’s Scholarship offers $100 – $500 for textbooks. Entrants must have a 3.0 GPA and send an essay of at least 300 words on why attending college and your major are important to you. Three awards given each semester.
The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program not based on financial need. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are legal residents of the U.S. Fall 2018 deadline is December 31, 2018; award amount is $1,000. Check website for more info.
Submit a 500-word essay and possibly win a study abroad scholarship valuing $1,800. The spring deadline is December 1; fall deadline is May 1. Learn more about the Asher Fergusson Scholarship here.
The National Pathfinder Scholarship was established in honor of Nancy Reagan and offers three annual scholarships of $2,500 to women seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees. Applications due June 1.
Undergraduates majoring in accounting should look into the NSA Scholarship Foundation . Applicants are judged on factors including academic achievement, leadership, and financial need. Deadline is usually in April.
The Unigo Scholarship is open to legal residents of the U.S. enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Answer a fun question in 250 words or less and be eligible to win $10,000. This website is also an excellent source for many, many scholarship opportunities. Take the time to check it out!
The $2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship winner is selected by a random monthly drawing. One entry per person but you can apply each month. Open to college students, legal residents of the U.S. or international students with a valid visa.
ShipDig awards a $1,000 scholarship on a semi-annual basis, with submission deadlines in April and September annually. Applicants will need to write a 500-1000 word essay on a subject which changes periodically, so check their website. Applicants must be U.S. residents.
Form Swift is a young start-up company made up of a small team of recent grads. They sponsor a $1,000 scholarship contest every semester based on varying topics. International students are eligible to apply. Deadlines are in October, December, and March.
Writing essays for scholarship applications:
Here are some quick guidelines for writing a good essay. Remember, if you’re asking someone to give you thousands of dollars, you need to put thought, time, and energy into your application! Ask someone to proofread your work. (And don’t trust spell check!)
Planning to return abroad after graduation?
Consider applying for a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant ! These prestigious and generous awards allow you to take some graduate level courses abroad and possibly combine it with guided/independent research. The application deadline for the U.S. Student Fulbright Grant for Recent Graduating Seniors is in September of your senior year. This means you will need to be working on your application over the summer prior to returning to campus for senior year. Arrange to meet with the Fulbright Program Advisor on your campus early for guidance and more information. Fulbright grants are also available to graduate students. Enrolled students must apply through their university.