The following is an overview of scholarships and fellowships that may be applied to study abroad. All are highly competitive and require a high GPA and strong references. Eligibility for scholarships and fellowships may be limited to certain majors or based on class standing, location of study, careers, and other criteria. Most scholarships will have additional requirements that students must adhere to.
Please note that some of these programs allow you to apply on your own, but many of them require you to apply through your university and to be officially endorsed or nominated by your university. This process always takes time prior to the deadline date listed under the individual scholarship.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation
ASF grants and awards for Americans.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Funding from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) supports U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Up to $20,000 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduate students depending on cost and length of program.
Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes
Open to: Graduates and undergrads
Usual deadline: November
Award: Travel, study, and all program expenses for summer institute language study in countries where “target languages” are spoken
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Open to: Undergrads – American students planning to study in East or Southeast Asia with demonstrated financial need
Usual deadline: October
Award: Up to $3000 for a summer, $5000 for a semester, $7000 for an academic year (international)
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Open to: Graduates: apply as seniors, recent grads, and grad students (U.S. citizens)
Usual deadline: October
Fields: Any field, but most plan a project that builds cultural understanding
Award: Covers expenses for a year of travel and living expenses for overseas study/research; some awards offered for English language teaching (international)
Note: language competency normally required
Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below:
- The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad.
- The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
- The applicant is studying abroad for at least 28 days in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 28 consecutive days.
- The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list.
Award: Up to $5000 for study abroad (must be a minimum of four weeks), with amount contingent on amount of Pell grant eligibility (international)
Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement
Open to: Undergrads – studying Arabic, Chinese, Turkic, Persian, Indic, Korean, or Russian
Usual deadline: Depends on timing of study abroad experience
Award: Up to $3000 in additional study abroad funding for study involving a designated language (international)
UND Languages Department
GoAbroad Scholarship Directory
Other Scholarship Search Sites