Outside Funding for Study Abroad

Outside 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 AIFS programs.

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 create a video or write an essay about what inspires them to travel abroad.

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

Offered by ISEP to applicants studying abroad 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 (for a semester) or $4000 (academic year) for students studying in Japan. Approximately 100 awards are made each year! In addition, two students who participate in an essay contest will receive Morgan Stanley Scholarships of $7,500 toward their studies in Japan.

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships are an initiative of the U.S. Department of State for students studying one of the languages deemed critical to U.S. national security, which include Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, and many more. 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!

College Scholarships.org

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.

Critical Language Scholarships 

If you are intrigued by less commonly taught foreign languages, a Critical Language Scholarship may be right for you! These generous awards fully fund 8-10 weeks of intensive language training abroad (including airfare) during the summer in areas deemed of critical need to U.S. national security, including China, Japan, Korea, Russia & more. Most CLS languages do not require previous study of the target language. Applications are due mid-November for the following summer.

Cultural Bridge Scholarships

Weekend Student Adventures (WSA) offers one or more scholarships each semester to help defray the cost of studying abroad in Europe. Check their website for application deadlines.

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!

Diversity Abroad

Diversity Abroad teams with many universities and organizations to encourage students of many different backgrounds to venture overseas. The Diversity Abroad community connects you to study abroad, global programs, scholarships, graduate and career opportunities.

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 programs in New Zealand through ISEP or USAC.


Freeman-ASIA awards provide generous, need-based funding for undergraduate students studying abroad in one of 15 countries throughout East or Southeast Asia for a summer, semester, or a year. 

Fund for Education Abroad

FEA is dedicated to increasing the number and diversity of American students studying abroad by providing game-changing scholarships for semester and summer study abroad. Preference is given to first gen and other underrepresented students as well as those with financial need. Awards are up to $5,000 for a semester or $10,000 for a full year.

Gilman Scholarships

U.S. undergraduate students studying or interning abroad (spending 3 weeks or longer in one country) during the semester, summer, or J-term and who are eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant can apply for the Gilman Scholarship. Priority for these very generous awards 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

Go Overseas is a treasure trove of information, including a long list of scholarship opportunities and databases that is updated annually and tips for making your application shine. Go Overseas also offers scholarships in partnership with other organizations, including full scholarships to study abroad in Ireland and in New Zealand each year. Definitely check out this website!

HI USA Explore the World Travel Scholarships

This is unique: Over 100 recipients receive $2,000 to help finance an international journey that includes an educational or service component. This can be volunteer work, service learning, study abroad, or a project of your own design. Only people in specific geographical areas can apply (Hanover County, VA is one of them!), so the competition is not as fierce as for some of the national scholarships. The deadline is around March 1st - see the website for more details and start dreaming!

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

The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) offers a variety of grants and scholarships to students who are studying abroad on ISEP programs.

The National Italian American Foundation

The National Italian American Foundation awards scholarships to 60-70 students of Italian ancestry each year. Students must be a member of the NIAF or have a parent/grandparent/guardian who is a member, and meet the GPA requirements. Each of the scholarships may have different requirements.

The Study Abroad Journal Scholarship

The Study Abroad Journal is "a field guide for savvy study abroad students" and a great way to make the most of your experience. Scholarships of $500 are offered as funding is available.

Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship

The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded to passionate students (including international students!) who want to explore the world. Two scholarships of $1,000 - plus a Tortuga travel backpack! - are awarded each year to students studying abroad for a fall or spring semester.  

USAC Scholarships

USAC (University Study Abroad Consortium) offers a wide variety of grants and scholarships to students studying abroad on USAC programs. They are expanding the number and scope of scholarships every year! Check out this USAC blog for some more info. 

Virginia International Business Council Scholarship

The Virginia International Business Council (VAIBC) 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 year-long membership to the VAIBC. Three R-MC students are among the most recent recipients! Applications for 2018-19 are due March 30th.


The travel website WanderPig provides one or more scholarships of $500 to students studying abroad. The online application is simple and painless - give it a try!