As a study abroad participant, you have the opportunity to apply for additional scholarships through program providers, independent organizations and governmental aid. Each scholarship has unique requirements that may focus on financial need, academic excellence, non-traditional destinations and underrepresented groups.
You should start researching possible scholarships early-at least one to two years prior to when planning to go abroad. Most scholarship deadlines are well before your program deadline, often a year or more prior to the actual award year. Remember that you may be able to apply general scholarships toward international experiences, so extend your search beyond study abroad scholarships. Also make sure to check with the program sponsor about scholarships designated specifically for their program participants.
There tend to be more scholarships available to students going to non-traditional sites, i.e. outside of Europe and Australia. By going off the beaten path, you may be able to find more scholarship money available.
The list provided, though not exhaustive, includes some frequently recommended scholarships available to WU students.
Scholarships for Washington University Students
Rowe Summer Study Abroad Scholarship: Overseas Programs is pleased to announce the Rowe Summer Study Abroad Scholarships for summer study abroad. The Rowe Summer Study Abroad Scholarships are competitive grants of up to $2,500 awarded to WU undergraduate students demonstrating a high level of financial need and participating in WU-administered programs for which no other funding sources are available. Preference will be given to students participating in WU Overseas Programs faculty-led programs and/or programs outside Western Europe.
Eligible applicants must meet all prerequisites for study abroad, including a minimum 3.0 GPA and suitable academic preparation for the proposed program. Students should include a budget outlining the program-related expenses to be covered by the grant, along with a breif statement on how the funds will be used to support participation in the study abroad program.
Rowe Summer Study Abroad Scholarship applications are due by February 22nd. Recipients of the scholarship must complete their entire summer program. Students who withdraw early will have their scholarship rescinded.
Eisler Summer Study Abroad Scholarship: Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Theodore D. Eisler, Overseas Programs is pleased to announce the Eisler Summer Study Abroad Scholarships, awarding up to $1500 for participation in a WU faculty-led summer study abroad program. This competitive grant program is for WU undergraduate students demonstrating a high level of financial need and participating in WU-administered programs for which no other funding sources are available.
Eligible applicants must be admitted to a WU Overseas Programs faculty-led summer program. Preference will be given to students participating in programs outside Western Europe. Applicants must meet all prerequisites for study abroad, including a minimum 3.0 GPA and suitable academic preparation for the proposed program. Students should include a budget outlining the program-related expenses to be covered by the grant, along with a brief statement on how the funds will be used to support participation in the study abroad program.
All scholarship application components must be completed by the application deadline of February 22nd. Recipients of the scholarship must complete their entire summer program. Students who withdraw early will have their scholarship rescinded.
Bemis Summer Research Scholarship in Europe: The Bemis Scholarship offers up to $3,000 to a junior at Washington University to undertake an original project in Europe during the summer prior to his or her final undergraduate year. Projects can be in any field provided that travel to Europe is a necessary condition for their successful completion. Current study abroad students eligible to apply if research site is not the same as study abroad site. Please download an application form. Contact Dr. Amy Suelzer at 935-8372 or email@example.com for more information.
Deadline: March 1 each year
The Career Center Stipend: The Career Center has funding of up to $3,000 available for summer internships for WU undergraduate students, which could apply to summer internships abroad. Students must have secured an internship before applying for the stipend.
The Gephardt Social Change Grant: The Gephardt Social Change Grant was established in 2009 by supporters of the Gephardt Institute for Public Service to broaden the availability of Social Change Grant funding resources for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. This grant supports international civic engagement or service projects demonstrating capacity for sustainable impact on an identified community issue. Intent to Apply Deadline: January 18, 2013
The Stern Social Change Grant: The Stern Social Change Grant was established in 2000 to provide undergraduates with the means to pursue creative and meaningful activities during the summer, geared toward finding solutions to society’s needs. The Stern family established this fund hoping that students’ experiences will help them understand their inherent obligation, as educated persons, to help others throughout their lives. Two grants are available for domestic or international projects, and priority for one of the grants is given to a student involved in any program supported by Hillel. Intent to Apply Deadline: January 18, 2013
WU in Shanghai Semester Scholarship: Students planning to study on the WU in Shanghai (in affiliation with Fudan University) program for either the fall or spring semester program are eligible to apply. Those studying for the summer only are not eligible for this scholarship. Ten (10) scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded based on financial need and academic merit. Interviews may be requested following application. Scholarships will be applied directly to the student's WU account in the same manner as any other WU scholarship/grant/financial aid.
WU in Shanghai Summer + Fall Grants: Students planning to study consecutive semesters on the WU Summer Chinese Language Institute program and WU in Shanghai (in affiliation with Fudan University) program fall semester are eligible to apply. Ten (10) scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded based on financial need and academic merit. Interviews may be requested following application. Scholarships will be applied directly to the student's WU account in the same manner as any other WU scholarship/grant/financial aid.
Scotland Scholarships: Overseas Programs is pleased to announce the Thomas Graham Smith Bellingham and Richard D. Cowell Endowed Scholarship/Fellowship for students studying abroad or conducting research in Scotland. Students studying abroad for a semester or year at the University of Edinburgh, students studying on an alternative program in Scotland approved by petition, as well as students conducting research in Scotland are eligible to apply for this scholarship. These scholarships are competitive grants awarded to WU students, ranging from $1,000-$5,000 and will be awarded based on financial need and academic merit. Preference will be given to students studying in Scotland for the academic year or fall semester. Applicants must meet all prerequisites for study abroad, including a minimum 3.0 GPA and suitable academic preparation for the proposed program. The application is due on February 8.
External Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants
Ashley's Foundation: The foundation's mission is to create a permanent endowment and award scholarships to qualified students for the travel and study abroad, based on merit, personal qualities and/or financial need.
Deadlines: December 1st for Spring study, July 1st for Fall study
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan: Sponsored by The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project for American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan beginning in Fall 2005. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Each scholarship recipient will be expected to send a brief report about his or her study in Japan to the ATJ office within 60 days of returning from abroad.
BUTEX Scholarships: The British Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) offers £500 scholarships to undergraduate students studying abroad in the United Kingdom at participating UK universities. Deadline typically in late May.
Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes: The Program is part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Scholarship recipients - U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students and recent graduates - receive funding with all expenses paid to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners. Please note that these programs are not for credit. Deadline typically in mid-November.
Freeman-ASIA Program: Freeman-ASIA provides financial support to American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad for academic credit during the summer, semester or academic year in one of 15 countries/regions in East and Southeast Asia. Freeman-ASIA scholarships will be available for study abroad anytime through the academic year, with application deadlines listed on the program website. Award amounts vary from $3,000 - $7,000 depending on the length of study. The program’s goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Upon their return to the U.S., students are required to promote study in Asia by sharing their experiences with peers on their home campuses and in their communities. ***Note: Spring 2013 is the final competition cycle for the Freeman award.***
Fund for Education Abroad: The FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.
Fund for International Service Learning: FISL offers a scholarship in the amount of $500 to students participating on international service learning programs.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship that will be awarded to students studying abroad (up to $5,000 with an average award of $3,000), applicants must meet the following criteria: recipient of a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad program; 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.; studying abroad for at least 28 days in one country in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list. Please contact Amy Suelzer (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any further questions.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship: Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany from four to ten months. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year. Deadline typically in late January.
IES Early Aid Program: Provides qualified students with a need-based financial aid offer even before they are accepted to an IES study abroad program. Applicants will receive an award decision within 5 business days of submitting a Need-Based Application to IES, regardless of where they are in the admission process. Applicants for the Early Aid Program must have demonstrated financial need as confirmed by the home school financial aid office. Awards for fall and spring programs range up to $2,000, depending on the level of need. Awards for summer programs range up to $1,000.
JASSO Scholarships for International Students in Japan: Scholarships for study abroad in Japan provided by the Japanese Student Services Organization (JASSO).
KCL Study Abroad Excellence Scholarships: Merit-based scholarships for students studying for a semester or year at King's College London in the Humanities or Social Sciences.
Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship: The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.
MASA Grants and Scholarships to Israel: Scholarships for study abroad in Israel.
MEXT Scholarship for Japanese Studies: Scholarship for academic-year study in a Japanese university. Waseda University applicants can look into this scholarship; KCJS applicants are not eligible.
National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships: Undergraduate scholarships for study abroad. Designed to provide students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation. Contact Dr. Amy Suelzer, WU NSEP Boren Campus Representative, at 935-8372 or email@example.com for more information.
On-campus deadline for WU scholarship applicants: January 25, 2013 (fellowship applicants apply directly to Boren without campus process).
Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE): A scholarship for undergraduate science and engineering students interested in 6-12 week summer research internships at German universities and research institutions. Knowledge of German is NOT required, and the grants are designed to cover living expenses (maximum of 650 euros per month) but not international airfare. Deadline typically in late January.
SIT Scholarships: Students studying abroad on programs through the School for International Training (SIT) are eligible for several different types of scholarships; need-based, merit-based, diversity, and location-based.
Study Abroad in Turkey Scholarships for Minority Students: The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) is providing 100 scholarships of up to $2,000 for undergraduate students from populations underrepresented in study abroad who will be studying in Turkey.
Other Study Abroad Funding Web Sites
FastWeb: Site provides free customized scholarship search after user fills out profile
FinAid! (National Association of Financial Aid Administrators): The web site of the main U.S. professional association for financial aid provides scholarship searches and extensive information about financial aid. Links with FastWeb.
International Education Financial Aid (IEFA): Provides free searches for scholarships for study abroad.
Institute of International Education (IIE): This valuable funding resource allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need. Our comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make your dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality.
U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (formerly USIA): Official information about all Fulbright programs (for study, research, and teaching abroad), other official exchange programs, and information about U.S. government regulations concerning international educational exchange.
Univ. of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center Scholarships Database: An excellent, free online database of scholarships.