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Study Abroad Scholarships

 
 


GENERAL STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS: 
Available for students studying in a variety of locations and on a variety of programs. Please be aware of some location and program requirements unique to each scholarship.

Gilman Scholarship (must be US citizen)
  • Open to students who receive a Federal Pell Grant
  • Study abroad program must be minimum of 3 weeks
  • Studying in a country that has a US State Dept. Travel Advisory level no higher than 2
  • Available for summer, fall, spring terms
  • Deadline: Early Oct. for spring / Early Mar. for summer, fall, academic year
Fund for Education Abroad (must be US citizen or permanent resident)
  • FEA offers several dedicated scholarships, make sure to explore each one
  • Open to students with demonstrated financial need
  • Priority given to students from groups traditionally underrepresented in education abroad (first-gen., ethnically and racially diverse students, etc.)
  • Study abroad program must be minimum of 4 weeks
  • Available for summer, fall, spring terms
  • Deadline: Mid-Jan. for all terms
Diversity Abroad - Overseas Ambassador Scholarship
  • Open to students with identities traditionally under-represented in education abroad (i.e., economically disadvantaged students, first-gen., students with disabilities, ethnically and racially diverse students, etc.)
  • Available for fall, spring terms
  • Deadline: Early June for all terms
​Rotary Club Scholarships
  • Students must pursue scholarship opportunities independently
  • Please contact your local Rotary Club to discuss possible scholarship opportunities
Boren Awards (must be US citizen)
  • Open to students studying less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests, and underrepresented in study abroad: Africa, Asia, Central/ Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and NZ are excluded.
  • Study abroad program must be minimum of 8 weeks
  • Available for summer (STEM majors only), fall, spring terms
  • In exchange for funding, Boren scholars must participate in the NSEP Service Requirement (post graduation)
  • Deadline: Early Feb. for all terms in the upcoming academic year
Rainbow Scholarship (must be a US citizen)
  • Open to students who identify as LGBTQI and who are participating in academically challenging study abroad programs 
  • Study abroad programs must be a minimum of 4 weeks 
  • Available for summer, fall, spring, and academic year
  • Deadline: Early Jan.
Study Abroad Scholarship Search Engines
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REGION-SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS: Available for students studying in a variety of countries within the designated regions.
 

ASIA PACIFIC (including Australia & New Zealand)

The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education 
  • The Foundation's mission is to create global citizens by assisting students in funding their academic experiences within the Asia Pacific region
  • Scholarships are typically awarded to students underrepresented in study abroad (i.e., economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities, ethnically and racially diverse students, students from STEM fields, students from Rocky Mountain region, etc.)
  • Available for fall and spring terms
  • Deadline: Early Aug. for programs that begin Sept. 1 - Dec. 31Late Dec. for programs that begin Jan. 1 - Apr. 3Late Apr. for programs that begin May 1 - Aug. 31
​Freeman-ASIA (must be U.S. citizen)
  • Must currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance
  • Available for summer (8 week minimum), fall, spring terms
  • Deadline: Please check Freeman-ASIA website for more details
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program (must be U.S. citizen)
  • Supports study of languages deemed critical to U.S. national security (Hindi, Indonesian, Chinese, Russian, Swahili, Urdu, Japanese, Turkish, and Punjabi, to name a few)
  • Offers 8-10 week summer programs of intensive language study
  • Deadline: Nov. for the following summer
   
 
COUNTRY-SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS: Available for students studying in specific countries.

The South India Term Abroad Nallennam Scholarship (India)
  • ​Must be US citizen
  • Open to students with demonstrated financial need
  • Open to students studying abroad in India, preference given to students studying in southern India
  • Preference will also be given to Oberlin students
  • Program must be minimum of 4 weeks
  • $5,000 for semester, $2,500 for summer
  • Deadline: Early Jan.
DAAD Scholarships (Germany)
  • Open to students studying abroad in Germany
  • Scholarships available for programs of various lengths
  • Deadline: Please check DAAD website for more details
The Bridging Project (Japan)
  • ​Must be US citizen
  • Open to students studying abroad in Japan
  • No language study required. Open to all majors.
  • Available for fall, spring terms
  • Deadline: Please check Bridging Project website for more details
GoOverSeas.com Ireland Scholarship (Ireland)
  • Must be US citizen
  • Available for fall, spring terms
  • Deadline: Please check GoOverSeas website for more details
  
PROGRAM-SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS: Available for students studying on specific programs.​
 
BCA Study Abroad
  • BCA is committed to increasing the # of study abroad students from diverse ethnic, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic backgrounds
  • Deadline: Generally early October for spring / early March for fall
CYA Athens
  • As a non-profit organization, CYA aims to help as many students as possible find options for financial assistance
  • Only students who have been accepted to CYA are eligible to apply - but you don't need to wait to be accepted before applying for the scholarships!
  • Eligibility is based mainly on demonstrated financial need
  • Deadline: For early consideration (both fall and spring semesters) submit scholarship applications around April 1st of each year / for additional deadlines please check CYA's website
WSA Cultural Bridge Scholarships 
  • All US students studying abroad in Europe are urged to apply
  • Provides students with $500 to use for travel expenses
  • Students must provide proof of study abroad program acceptance 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Deadline: Late January 
IES Diversity Scholarship
  • Must be applying to or accepted into a study abroad program with IES
  • Open to students with identities traditionally under-represented in study abroad (i.e., economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities, ethnically and racially diverse students, etc.)
  • Available for summer, fall, spring terms
  • Deadline: Please check IES website for more details
CIEE Need-Based Grants
  • To help students overcome the financial barriers to study abroad, CIEE provides need-based GAIN Travel Grants and Go Global Grants - potentially up to $4,500 toward international airfare and program fees
  • PELL students are guaranteed a GAIN Travel Grant - potentially up to $2,000
  • Students who applied for the Gilman Scholarship (regardless of whether or not you were awarded) are guaranteed a CIEE Go Global Grant and a GAIN Travel Grant - potentially up to $4,500!
  • Available for summer, fall, spring terms
  • Deadline: Please check CIEE website for more details
CIEE Open-Campus Grants
  • Oberlin has a small number of $4,000 - 6,000 grants for students participating in the CIEE Open Campus program
  • To be eligible, you must participate in 3-blocks during the program
    • Attend one location for all three blocks and you may be eligible for a $4,000 grant
    • Travel to two or three different locations during your three blocks and you may be eligible for a $6,000 grant
  • Available for fall and spring terms
CIEE Merit-Based Scholarships
  • For students at the top of their academic studies, CIEE offers six different types of merit-based scholarships
  • Awards are based on students’ academic records and a personal essay
  • Available for summer, fall, spring terms
  • Deadline: Please check CIEE website for more details