The scholarships and financial resources listed below are administered by outside entities. We recommend contacting each relevant organization for more information. Visit your study abroad and aid offices at your institution for more information about other sources of scholarships and grants for study abroad. Local service groups, foundations or corporations may also offer scholarships for study abroad.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Scholarships provide up to US$20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Preference is given to geographic areas, languages and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Bridging Scholarships

Undergraduate students of any major studying abroad in Japan are eligible to apply. The awards are typically US$2,500 for semester-long programs or US$4,000 for academic-year programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Scholarships are available to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students for study abroad. For a complete list please see the DAAD’s resources for North America.

Gilman Scholarships

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two year or four year college or university to participate in study and/or intern abroad programs worldwide. Over 2,300 scholarships of up to US$5,000 will be awarded this academic year by the program. Those who study a Critical Need Language while abroad are eligible to receive additional funding as part of the scholarship program, increasing their award amount by an additional US$3,000.

Japan Student Services Organization

Available for qualified international students already accepted by Japanese universities or graduate schools for a semester or year. Find more information on the JSSO website, and contact your host coordinator once you have been placed and before you go abroad.

Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT)

International students who are admitted to a Japanese university for short term study (three months to a year) and are enrolled at their home institution in a regular course of study are eligible to apply for a MEXT scholarship, in the form of a monthly stipend for the duration of study. To apply, contact your host coordinator after you have been placed, and before you go abroad.

Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships

Two awards of US$7,500 scholarships are available each year through the experience-Japan Bridging Foundation to U.S. university students who will be studying in Japan.

National Security Education Program

Awards usually cover the full cost of study and travel abroad. Created by Congress in 1991, NSEP was intended to encourage American students to study less commonly taught languages and cultures, especially in nations considered to be of interest to national security. The program also aspires to increase the number of Americans qualified for government service and international diplomacy. After graduation, student recipients are required to work for an office or agency of the Federal Government involved in national security affairs or in higher education. Boren Scholarships provide up to US$20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. The program focuses on geographic areas, languages and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

TCA Study Abroad In Turkey Scholarships For African American, Hispanic American, and Native American Students

The Turkish Coalition of America awards up to 100 scholarships per year for African American, Hispanic American and Native American Students. These scholarships are awarded to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a university in Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) or in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). TCA will award grants up to US$2,000 per calendar year to full-time undergraduates (graduate students on a case by case basis) who have been accepted to a study abroad program in Turkey for a semester or summer respectively.

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

This scholarship program supports highly motivated and qualified U.S. and Canadian undergraduate and graduate students to do research at a public Swiss university or research institute for two to three months. The scholarship is open to students of all fields.

Resources For Finding Study Abroad Scholarships

Crowdfunding Platforms For Raising Money

When choosing a crowdfunding platform to raise your funds, you should consider the process to receive funds. On some platforms, you have to raise 100 percent of your goal if you want to collect any money, while others allow you to keep any funds you raise, though you may pay higher fees in those cases. In any case, below are a few examples of crowdfunding platforms that might be a good source for raising some extra money for additional expenses while abroad.

Visit your study abroad and aid offices at your institution for more information about other sources of scholarships and grants for study abroad. Local service groups, foundations or corporations may also offer scholarships for study abroad.

Note: The mention of third-party vendors is solely suggestive, and not an endorsement. ISEP is not associated or in partnership with any of these vendors.