Outside Sources for Study Abroad Funding
Students should discuss their study abroad plans with both the study abroad and financial aid advisors at Vassar. Students who receive scholarships/grants from non-Vassar sources must report those scholarships to the Office of Financial Aid.
This program offers a competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad; up to $3K additional may be awarded to those studying critical need languages.
As part of the Gilman Program, the following scholarships are also available:
Gilman-McCain Scholarship: The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.
Gilman-Israel Scholarship: The Embassy of Israel to the United States has generously provided funding to support at least 5 U.S. students to study in Israel through the Gilman Program. The Embassy of Israel to the United States is also providing funding for Gilman Scholars to study Hebrew under the Critical Need Language Award (CNLA), which is part of the Gilman application. The Gilman Program will also continue to support the study of Arabic through the CNLA in Israel. This additional funding supports a wider effort between the United States and Israel to increase and diversify international student mobility among Israeli and American higher education institutions.
Gilman-FLAD Portugal Scholarship: The Gilman Scholarship Program is proud to partner with the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) in establishing the Gilman-FLAD Portugal Scholarship, a highly selective award for underrepresented U.S. students to study in Portugal. Students also have the opportunity to study Portuguese, a critical need language. This partnership builds cooperation between Portugal and the United States and promotes Portugal as a destination for learning.
Gilman-France Scholarship: The French Embassy in the United States and Gilman Scholarship Program partnership offers a highly selective award for those studying or interning abroad in France. This scholarship supports the overall effort between the United States and France to increase and diversify international student mobility among French and American higher education institutions.
Gilman-Education New Zealand Scholarship: Education New Zealand (ENZ) is New Zealand’s government agency for building international education and promoting New Zealand as a study destination. This partnership sustains a wider effort to support students who have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, including those of Native American heritage, and will commit $250,000 over the next five years to support Gilman Scholars who study or intern abroad in New Zealand. Funding is matched by the U.S. Department of State.
Gilman-Global Wales Scholarship: The Global Wales program is a partnership consisting of Universities Wales, the Welsh Government, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the British Council. This scholarship is committing $25,000 over the next two years to support Gilman Scholars to study at Welsh universities. Funding is matched by the U.S. Department of State.
beGirl.world is a global education organization that elevates and equips Black girls through global education and travel. beGirl.world offers two beGirl.world Scholarships ($2K each) to black female identifying college students who have been accepted to a study abroad program. Vassar students are eligible to apply for their “All Country” scholarship, which is for one black female identifying college student (U.S. citizen) enrolled at an accredited college or university in the United States of America, Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands. Specific questions about the scholarship should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boren Scholarships provide up to $25,000 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 American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. View a complete list of countries.
Boston University offers grants and scholarships to non-BU students for any full-year, fall, spring, or summer program offered by Boston University Study Abroad.
Last year, Boston University Study Abroad awarded grants and scholarships to 190 students, helping to make their summer, semester, or year abroad possible. You may qualify, too. Get an application.
The US-Japan Bridging Foundation offers 65 scholarships annually to assist undergraduate students to study in Japan. Undergraduate students, who are U.S. citizens, majoring in any field are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language is not a prerequisite.
The scholarship is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled at an institution in the US or Canada. To be eligible to apply, you must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place at a UK institution that is affiliated with BUTEX. Please see the BUTEX website for a full list of host institutions who participate.
Each year CIEE awards scholarships and grants to students who plan to study overseas. Please read the eligibility criteria and the application procedures for each scholarship carefully. Competition for the CIEE scholarships and grants is keen and the quality of the materials submitted is very important.
Critical Language Scholarship (Summer Study)
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master ’s and Ph.D. students.
Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu:
Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.
The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Program page for more information.
Countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken.
Provide funding to sophomores or juniors for a 4 to 10 month period in Germany for study, research or an internship during the German academic year
DIS offers need-based scholarships allocated from various funds including the Mary Dau Foundation to study abroad with DIS.
DIS Scholarship – need-based up to $5,000 per semester; $250-1,000 per summer depending on course/program selection
Work-Study Scholarship – up to $500 per semester (limited number)
Diversity Scholarship - DIS seeks to promote a diverse student body by providing need-based financial support to academically excellent students from populations traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. Such students may have diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, economic, sexual orientation and educational backgrounds and experiences. First generation college students (meaning neither parent has a college degree from any country) are also encouraged to apply. Funding is available up to $5,000 per semester, $250-1,000 per summer depending on course/program selection.
Diverse International Women of Color believes the lack of funds should not be an obstacle for a student to achieve their study abroad goal. Therefore, it is the vision of the DIWC to provide scholarships opportunities to women of color wishing to study abroad.
Diversity Abroad is proud to partner with Education in Ireland to announce the creation of the Inclusive Ireland Scholarship Program. Ireland is committed to providing academically rigorous and culturally immersive study abroad experiences for students from all backgrounds and identities. Diversity Abroad and Education in Ireland believe that diversity among visiting students serves to enrich their society and their campuses.
The DiversityAbroad.com Overseas Ambassador Scholarship was formerly known as the DiversityAbroad.com/AIFS Blogging Scholarship. Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 scholarships for fall and spring semester. Five scholarships are available for each semester. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racially diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply. Visit Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador for application details and additional information.
A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc. Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
Interested students should apply to Freeman-ASIA in the academic term before their study abroad program begins. Applications must also be endorsed by both the study abroad adviser and the financial aid adviser by the specified deadline.
Fund for Education abroad is committed to increasing study abroad opportunities to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. FEA offers both general and dedicated scholarships for study abroad, including the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBT students. Check their site for information about all of their scholarships.
This Vassar fellowship will support international travel to and study in Ghana for Vassar students in their junior year who are members of groups underrepresented in undergraduate international study; the students will be in good standing and enrolled full-time at Vassar College.
The Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowship for Study Abroad and Internships is funded through gifts from Paula Williams Madison '74 and Lynai Williams Jones '92, to provide Vassar students of African heritage, from across the African Diaspora, with the opportunity to study and work in Sub-Saharan Africa. The donors' intent is to encourage and support students who wish to learn firsthand about the continent and people of their ancestral heritage, while studying and working with projects and programs in their field of interest. It is hoped that through this experiential model, the fellows will be better prepared to understand and contribute to solutions to the global, environmental, economic, health and social needs and priorities of the 21 century.
IES offers merit-based scholarships of up to $3,000 to students enrolling in IES-sponsored programs.
IFSA-Butler 14 different scholarships and annually gives over $1,000,000 in financial awards to students enrolling in Institute for Study Abroad Programs. Among these are the First Generation Scholars Program, which awards up to $2,500 for study abroad-related expenses for students who are first generation college students, and the IFSA Diversity Scholarship.
IFSA also offers a Fill the GAP (Global Account Program) that allows students to get a head start on study abroad by saving early for an IFSA-Butler program. Friends and family are also allowed to contribute to a student's Fill the GAP account. Participating students receive a matching scholarship up to $1,000. Complete this Fill the GAP enrollment form to participate.
Rotary scholarships support study abroad at a university in any country in which there is a Rotary Club. Students should contact their home town Rotary Club to determine application procedures.
SIT Study Abroad offers both need based and merit scholarships for students enrolling in their international programs.
The Société de Professeurs Française et Francophone d'Amerique offers a number of scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in an American College who wish to study in France. Please check their website for details.
This scholarship is established in memory of J. Scott Van Der Meid, a long-time supporter of FEA, and beloved husband, son, colleague, and friend. Scott’s experiences studying abroad as a high school student in Germany and as an undergraduate in Japan were formative. Scott was a pioneer in developing advising strategies to support underrepresented students, for example the LGBTQ community and students of diverse ethnic, cultural and faith backgrounds. He influenced positive change in the field of international education, both at Brandeis University where he worked as Associate Dean of Study Abroad, and as a dedicated volunteer to numerous boards, advisory councils, and committees of educational organizations and institutions.
In honor of Scott, his family, friends, and colleagues are establishing this scholarship to continue his legacy of advocating for underrepresented students and increasing diversity in study abroad. This scholarship will be available to deserving U.S. undergraduates in the 2021-2022 academic year attending a study abroad program of at least 4 weeks (28 days). Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a U.S. college or university.
SIT Study Abroad awarded $750,000 in scholarships in 2009. About one-third of scholarship applicants receive financial assistance to participate in our programs. Only SIT Study Abroad participants can be considered for SIT Study Abroad scholarships. Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs, and $300 to $3,000 for summer programs. Financial need is a primary consideration for all of our scholarship decisions.
The following web sites provide useful information about study abroad funding.