Additional Study Abroad Funding Resources and Opportunities
Although this is not a comprehensive list of funding opportunities, it can help you begin your search. We encourage you to conduct your own research and explore multiple resources to fund your study abroad experience.
Founded under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 this congressionally-funded program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education. The Gilman Scholarship program aims to broaden the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who have been traditionally underrepresented in US study abroad and those with high financial need.
The program encourages students to choose nontraditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia, and aims to support students traditionally underrepresented in US study abroad. This includes but is not limited to, students with high financial need; community college students; students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering; students with diverse ethnic backgrounds; and students with disabilities. The program seeks to support applicants from a diverse range and type of two-year and four-year public and private institutions from all 50 states.
The Gilman Scholarship provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue country-based undergraduate opportunities abroad that are a minimum of four weeks and up to one academic year in length. To be eligible, students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba. For more information, full eligibility criteria and the online application please access the Gilman Program website at www.iie.org/gilman or contact the Gilman office directly.
APPLICATION DEADLINES (please see website for exact dates):
Fall Term/Academic Year Programs -- April
Spring Term/Calendar Year Programs --September
Gilman International Scholarship Program
Institute of International Education - Houston
1800 West Loop South, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77027
Toll Free: 888.887.5939 x. 25
Tel: 713.621.6300 x. 25
King Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Fund
The Sons of Norway Foundation announces the King Olav Scholarship in an amount of $1-1,500. Any American, 18 years of age or older, who has demonstrated a keen and sincere interest in Norwegian heritage, and any Norwegian, 18 years of age or older, who has demonstrated an interest in American heritage, and who now desires to further the study of their heritages at a recognized educational institution (arts, crafts, literature, history, music, folk-lore, etc.) is eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Graduate or undergraduate students may apply for this scholarship. Objectives of the Sons of Norway Foundation are to:
promote improved international relationships;
provide people-to-people enrichment programs;
promote cultural exchange; and
promote humanitarian causes.
The purpose of the King Olav scholarship is to fund activities in which the American and Norwegian heritages are explored, studied, and shared by qualified scholarship recipients.
For further information contact the Sons of Norway Foundation at:
1455 W. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408-2666
National Security Education Program - David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship (graduate below)
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) is a unique scholarship opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. Created in 1991, 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).
NSEP was designed to provide American undergraduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. As students of other cultures and languages, NSEP Scholars begin to acquire the international competence needed to communicate effectively across borders, to understand other perspectives, and to analyze increasingly fluid economic and political realities.
U.S. National Security Focus: NSEP focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. It draws on a broad definition of national security applied by the President in his annual National Security Strategy, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including: sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
International Focus: NSEP scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security.
Language Study: NSEP emphasizes the importance of language study as a major component of your study abroad program. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country must be an integral part of each proposal. In addition, you must meet any language requirements of the study abroad experience you propose.
The NSEP Service Requirement: The NSEP service requirement stipulates that an award recipient work in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community. If, after making a full and good faith effort (according to conditions and rules established by NSEP), an award recipient demonstrates to NSEP that no appropriate position is available in one of these agencies, he or she may work in any U.S. federal department or agency. There is also an expectation that NSEP Scholars will use the language or regional expertise acquired as a result of the award in their work for the U.S. government.
As a U.S. undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply for an NSEP Boren scholarship if you are:
1. A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
2. A high school graduate, or have earned a GED, and are matriculated as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including universities, colleges, and community colleges accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
3. Applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards.
4. Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad and the study abroad program ends before you graduate. NSEP undergraduate scholarships are not for study in the United States.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-2403
National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. national security but are less frequently studied by U.S. graduate students (i.e., areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand), and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. It is hoped that recipients of Boren Fellowships will comprise an ever-growing cadre of experts whose enriched educational and professional experiences will enable them to provide leadership and direction in our national commitment to economic growth, international peace and security, and the promotion of democracy abroad. The Academy for Educational Development (AED) considers it a distinct pleasure to serve as the administrative agent for this important program.
AED welcomes applications from U.S. citizens enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program in an accredited U.S. college or university located within the United States. Boren Fellowship recipients must provide evidence of admission to and enrollment in a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university located within the United States, and must be willing to enter into a service agreement.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-2403
Fulbright Institute for International Education Student Grants
The Institute for International Education works with the U.S. Department of State to administer this annual grant competition. The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, young professionals, and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience in over 100 countries. Most grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination.
Fulbright Full Grants
These grants generally provide round-trip transportation; language or orientation courses, where appropriate; tuition, in some cases; book and research allowances; maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country; and supplemental health and accident insurance. Fulbright full grants are payable in local currency or U.S. dollars, depending on the country of assignment.
Fulbright Travel Grants
Travel grants are available only to Germany, Hungary, or Italy. They are available to supplement an award from a non-IIE source that does not provide funds for travel or to supplement a student's own funds for study. Travel grants provide round-trip transportation to the country where the student will pursue studies for an academic year, supplemental health and accident insurance, and the cost of an orientation course abroad, if applicable.
Applicants must be graduating seniors, recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, young professionals, artists.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
Preference will be given to applicants whose higher education was received primarily at educational institutions in the United States. Preference will usually be given to candidates who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months.
Applicants must hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the beginning date of the grant. Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application, unless otherwise noted.
Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study.
Applications are due the first Tuesday in September of the year PRIOR to the proposed project.