R-MC Funds to Support Semester Abroad

R-MC students studying abroad for a semester or academic year have the opportunity to apply for the following sources of financial support. They are the result of generous contributions to the college by alumni, or in one case a former faculty member.

Applications for students studying abroad in 2017-18 are now available! Applications for R-MC  travel grants and the Gray Fund for International Study are due April 1, 2017 for those studying abroad in fall 2017; for spring 2018 the deadline is October 1, 2017. Please note: There is only one application cycle for 2017-18 for the Carrell Aid Program and the Doggett Fund. Anyone going abroad in fall 2017 or spring 2018 who wishes to apply for those awards must do so by April 1, 2017.

The application process takes place online, just like applications for semester abroad programs. On the StudioAbroad home page, look for the word SCHOLARSHIPS at the top left, above the announcements. The application for R-MC Study Abroad Travel Grants, the Carrell Aid Program, and the Gray Fund for International Study includes a questionnaire, a brief essay, and (for need-based awards) a financial statement.

The Doggett French Fellowship Fund has additional requirements and therefore has a separate application.  

R-MC Study Abroad Travel Grants

Need-based awards for travel to semester study abroad programs in any country outside the US. Award amounts vary; they may cover up to half the actual cost of airfare.  

The Gray Fund for International Study

The Gray Fund for International Study was established in honor of Anne Marie Gray, whose husband, William Cabell Gray, graduated from R-MC in 1933. The fund is to benefit students who have demonstrated financial need and wish to study abroad, with preference given to students studying the humanities. In the 2017-18 academic year, four awards of $1,000 each will be made to students studying abroad in fall 2017 and spring 2018 (two each semester). 

The Carrell Aid Program

Established by former R-MC faculty member Susan L. Carrell, this program supports travel expenses for RMC students who study abroad in France (including dependencies) for a semester or an academic year. Students must be majoring or minoring in French and have demonstrated financial need. Awards vary based on the actual costs of travel to the host site and local transportation while there.

The Barbara S. Doggett French Fellowship Fund

Established by Robert V. Doggett, Jr., R-MC class of 1957, in honor of his wife, Barbara, this merit-based award is for R-MC students majoring or minoring in French and participating in a semester abroad program in a French-speaking country. For the 2017-18 academic year, one $2,500 award will be made to a student studying abroad in fall 2017 or spring 2018. Recipients will send a letter of thanks to the donor or his designated representatives, as well as a brief written reflection at the conclusion of their study abroad experience.

Applicants for this award submit a questionnaire, an essay, 2 letters of recommendation written by faculty members, and 1 character reference from a non-family member. In addition, each applicant will participate in a personal interview.

The Georgina Childs and Marcelle Prat de Jouvenel Scholarship

Established by the late Hon. J. Rives Childs ’12, this scholarship provides in alternating years a full year of study at the University of Nice in France for a Randolph-Macon student, and a year’s study at R-MC for a student of the University of Nice. It may be divided by two R-MC students who each spend one semester in Nice. R-MC recipients are selected by the French department on the basis of merit from among students currently majoring in French. R-MC will host a student from Nice in 2018-19; the next award for a Randolph-Macon student will be in 2019-20. Please contact the OIE or the French faculty for more information.


Additional Sources of Funding for Study Abroad

This list is by no means complete - there are myriad opportunities out there. Investigate scholarships offered by your program provider, any groups you belong to, and use the Internet to search for additional possibilities.

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships

AIFS offers scholarships for students studying abroad through an AIFS program.

Allianz Global Assistance USA

Allianz Global Assistance USA hosts a national scholarship contest called ScholarTrips that awards six $2,500 scholarships to students seeking to enrich their education through international travel. To participate in this contest, applicants may create a video or write an essay on what inspires them to travel abroad. The entry form can be filled and uploaded from Oct 10 - Nov 10. 

American Women's Club in Stockholm, Sweden Scholarship

This scholarship is for American women studying abroad in Sweden.

Annette Kade Scholarships for Study in Austria, France, Germany, and Switzerland

Applicants must be studying in one of the countries listed above through an ISEP program.

Asia Institute

The Asia Institute awards scholarships of $1,000 to students majoring in international business or engineering who plan to have an international experience in an Asian country - that can be study abroad of any length, an internship, or even research. This is one of VERY FEW scholarships available for programs as short as J-term study/travel courses!

Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant

The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant is awarded by the French Embassy in the United States. It provides grants of $900 to students who are majoring or minoring in French and wish to travel to France for studies, internships, research, or other projects.

Bridging Scholarships

Bridging Scholarships are generous awards of $2500 or $4000 for students studying in Japan on a semester or year-long program, and there are multiple awards each semester (75 awards will be made in fall 2016, for example). In addition, two students who participate in an essay contest will receive $7,500 toward their studies in Japan.

Boren Scholarships

An initiative of the U.S. Department of State, applicants should be studying one of the languages deemed critical to U.S. national security, which include Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, French (in African countries), and many more. Boren Awards are up to $10,000 for a semester or $20,000 for an academic year. STEM students are eligible for awards of up to $8,000 for summer programs at least 8 weeks in length. The Boren program is for both undergraduates and graduate students.

Campus France

Search the Campus France database for hundreds of scholarship opportunities to help fund studies in France. Most of the information is in French, naturally, but don’t let that deter you!


A comprehensive list of scholarships, grants, and loans for students studying abroad, organized by country. You can also search for funding for study in multiple countries or by region or by language.

Cultural Bridge Scholarships

Weekend Student Adventures (WSA) offers one or more scholarships each semester to help defray the cost of studying abroad in Europe. Applications are due August 1 and December 1.

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service

The DAAD offers a wide range of generous scholarships, grants, and fellowships to support US and Canadian citizens, from freshman to faculty, who study or do research or internships in Germany. If the website is confusing, send them an email or call to ask questions!

Education New Zealand - Generation Study Abroad Travel Awards

Awards are targeted towards students (US citizens and residents) who want to spend a semester or year at a New Zealand university through a study abroad program. R-MC students can apply to several programs in New Zealand through ISEP or USAC.

Foundation for Global Scholars

Applicants must plan to study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks. Scholarships are designated for students with financial need.


Freeman-ASIA awards provide generous, need-based funding for undergraduate students studying abroad in many countries throughout East or Southeast Asia for a summer, semester, or year. 

Fund for Education Abroad

FEA offers multiple scholarships each year for semester and summer study abroad, some dedicated to students who meet certain criteria, as well as general scholarships. Awards are up to $5,000 for one semester or $10,000 for a full year.

Gilman Scholarships

U.S. undergraduate students studying or interning abroad during the semester or in summer who are eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant can apply for the Gilman Scholarship. Priority for these generous awards (average = $4,000) is given to students underrepresented in study abroad, and a service project must be completed after your return. Several R-MC students have won Gilman Scholarships in recent years - ALL eligible students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Go Abroad 

A comprehensive site devoted to going abroad for many reasons, including scholarships listed by geographic location and field of study, as well as tips for submitting the strongest possible applications and info about other ways to fund your abroad experiences.

Go Overseas - Grants and Scholarships

Provides a list of scholarship opportunities and other databases, as well as offering scholarships in partnership with other organizations. In 2016 Go Overseas is awarding two $15,000 scholarships for study in Ireland, for example, and there may be awards for New Zealand as well.

GRANTS - The Database of the Austrian Exchange Service

This database lets you to search for many different scholarships if you will be studying in Austria.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

For students who are of Hispanic background wishing to study abroad.

IIE (Institute of International Education) Study Abroad Funding Database

Brought to you by the organization spearheading the Generation Study Abroad initiative, this is a helpful database with detailed descriptions of hundreds of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internship opportunities. 

International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search

IEFA is a database where you can search for many different types of study abroad scholarships.

ISEP Scholarships & Financial Aid

ISEP offers a variety of grants and scholarships to students who are studying abroad on ISEP programs.

Mango Scholarships

Mango Languages is offering three scholarships of $1,000 each to support students in their educational goals. There are no lengthy essays, recommendation letters, or application fees. Just tell your story. It’s that simple!

STA Travel Scholarships

Student applicants are asked to answer the question, "Why is it important for students to participate in international education programs?"

The National Italian American Foundation

The National Italian American Foundation awards scholarships to 60-70 students each year. Students must be a member of the NIAF or have a parent/grandparent/guardian who is a member. Students must also have a GPA of at least 3.5 and have at least one ancestor who has immigrated from Italy. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is on March 1. 

USAC Scholarships

USAC (University Study Abroad Consortium) offers a variety of grants and scholarships to students studying abroad on USAC programs. They are expanding the number and scope of scholarships every year!

Virginia International Business Council Scholarship

The Virginia International Business Council (VAIBC) scholarship program grants multiple scholarships to students in central Virginia who study abroad, in part to encourage them to consider a career in international business. Recipients also receive a year-long membership to the VAIBC. Two R-MC students are among the most recent recipients! While the website has not been updated, applications for 2017-18 are due April 12th. Email for application information.