Scholarship and Financial Resources
- Recommended scholarships to help with your expenses
- Places to find even more study abroad scholarships
- Ways to crowdfund your study abroad experience
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.
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.
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.
The Scholarship for the Visually Impaired to Study Abroad (SVI-SA) supports visually impaired men and women, who are Japanese nationals or special permanent residents of Japan, for graduate or undergraduate English-based study abroad. It was established in 1978 and is the first scholarship designated for visually impaired students in Japan. Scholarships are based on candidates’ academic excellence, the quality and feasibility of their proposed study, and their potential to contribute to society, and does not impose restrictions on field of study.
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad.
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.
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.
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.
Each year, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho) offers scholarships to international students, providing hundreds with the opportunity to live and study in Japan. Information on these scholarships is in the link and students are encouraged to take advantage of these unique opportunities to learn more about Japan, its people and its culture. Please note that the Consulate General of Japan in New York can accept scholarship applications from US citizens who live, study, work or maintain a home address in Connecticut (Fairfield County only), Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.
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.
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.
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.
Many of the Scott’s Cheap Flights team members had their first international travel experience when they studied abroad. This inevitably led many of us to keep exploring the world and traveling whenever we could get the chance. They’d like to give others this same opportunity.
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.
The Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program in either the United States or Japan. A generous endowment gift of $10 million from Mr. Toshizo (Tom) Watanabe to the U.S.-Japan Council makes it possible to award scholarships to students for whom study abroad would not be possible without financial support. For U.S. or Japanese students studying in either country for semester or year-long programs.
For U.S. masters or undergraduate students doing research at TU Graz in Austria.
- Big Future Scholarship Search
- External Scholarships Database, University of Minnesota
- Peterson’s Scholarship Search
- Scholarships, Grants and Fellowships for Students Overseas
- Scholarship Portal
- The SmartStudent™ Guide to Financial Aid
- StudyAbroad.com Scholarship Search
- Zinch Scholarship Search
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.