There are many outside sources of funding for study abroad applicants. Here are some of the resources available to you.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship is open to current undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens who wish to study abroad. Students attending programs world-wide may apply but some preference is given to applications for programs outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Applicants must be Federal Pell Grant recipients. If you are unsure if you are a Pell Grant recipient, please contact the Financial Aid Office. This competitive scholarship provides up to $5,000 for a semester or year abroad. Two application cycles per year; applications due March and October. The March Cycle Application is now open and due March 7, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. This cycle is for any program that starts between May 1, 2024, and April 30, 2025.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad aims to increase opportunities for American students to participate in rigorous study abroad programs promoting cultural immersion.  Preference is given to support students who demonstrate financial need, represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad, will be participating in a program in a non-traditional destination, and/or will be studying the language of the host country.  Awards are made in amounts up to $10,000 for an academic year and up to $5,000 for a semester program. This application is currently closed for Summer 2024, Fall 2024, and Academic 2024-2025 programs. Look for the application for Spring 2025 programs to open in early July 2024. 

Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship for study abroad in the UK is worth £1000 for a term, semester or an academic year. It is a merit-based scholarship through the Association of American Study Abroad Programmes in the UK (AASAP-UK) of which Lawrence is a member.  Lord Acton was AASAP-UK’s first Honorary President.  His professional career included work as a banker, barrister, human rights campaigner, writer, and politician. He sat in the House of Lords as both a life and hereditary peer on the Labour benches. He was a champion of international educational and cultural exchange, and offered invaluable assistance and guidance to AASAP-UK.  Further application information, deadlines and additional award information is available at the AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship page. Application opens in April; closes in June.

Freeman-ASIA (Awards for Study in Asia)

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.  From the program's inception in 2001, Freeman-ASIA has supported 4,600 undergraduates from more than 600 institutions to study abroad in East and Southeast Asia.  Awards are up to $5,000 for a semester program and up to $7,000 for an academic year. The application for 2024-2025 is now open. Applications will be due April 2, 2024, by 5 p.m. ET.

Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan

The American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) Bridging Project offers scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for AATJ to award 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,500 (for students on academic year programs). Applications for 2024-2025 scholarships will be due March 15, 2024.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. They offer programs and funding for students and others in higher education studying in Germany. More information on the various scholarships offered can be found here


National Security Education Program (NSEP) – Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

Boren Scholarships provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East) but generally underrepresented in study abroad (therefore, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded). NSEP was designed to provide Americans with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of the US. The 2024-2025 Boren Scholarship application is now closed.