There are countless scholarship and grant opportunities out there for study abroad and finding the ones that suit you and your desired experience will involve research. We've compiled a short list to help get you started on your but consider what might make you a stand out candidate and get creative as you search.
Academic merit certainly plays a role but it is not the only determining factor when it comes to funding opportunities. So, by taking time to reflect on personal circumstance you may end up identifying scholarships that feel far more personal and attainable given your experience. For instance, first generation college goers, veterans, minority groups, or specialized language studies can all be searchable categories.
Though there are many scholarships available across the nation for study abroad, it is also worth noting the potential funding tethers within a student's own community, from businesses to places of worship, don't be afraid to explore your own backyard.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Provides awards for US undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Based on financial need. Sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Online application and certification from the student's study abroad and financial aid advisor. http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/Application-Process
Award: Up to $5,000 (plus additional bonus funds available to Gilman Scholarship recipients only)
Requirements: Must receive the Pell Grant. The student's chosen program must meet the Gilman Program's eligibility criteria.
Deadline: Oct. 7 for spring and March 7 for summer of each year. (spring and summer only)
AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants
Over $800,000 is given to deserving students for both semester and summer programs by the American Institute for Foreign Study. Online application https://www.aifsabroad.com/scholarships.asp
Award: $200 - $1,000
Requirements: Varies by award
NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Program
This program offers scholarships to students interested in international academic areas as well as language study. This program supports study of languages and cultures that may not have been emphasized in the past but are deemed crucial to national security. U.S. citizens that are enrolled in an academic institution at the time of application and are planning on finishing their study abroad before they graduate are eligible. Online application at https://borenawards.org/.
Level: Undergraduate students
Award: $8,000 for a summer program, $10,000 for a semester, $20,000 for 6 - 12 months
Requirements: Boren scholarships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security.
Deadline: Feb. 9
Eastern European Study Abroad (EESA)
EESA provides merit and need-based scholarships of up to $7,000 per applicant. EESA offers individual financial advising to all students and ensures that each student can study abroad.
Award: Up to $7,000
Requirements: Meet minimum GPA requirements
Deadline: March 1st for fall semester, Oct. 15 for spring semester, and April 1 for summer
Number of scholarships given: 5
How to apply: Answer a scholarship question with an essay one to two pages long. http://eesabroad.org/study-abroad-EESA-scholarships?from=financing
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarships
The national honor society for foreign language students awards scholarships for undergraduate study in programs abroad to its members. Online application at http://www.phikappaphi.org/grants-awards/study-abroad/study-abroad-faq#.WKuxFegrLIX
Requirements: Have a 3.75 GPA at an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter