Scholarship & Funding Opportunities for Study Abroad

Scholarship & Funding Opportunities for Study Abroad

• Please note that in most cases, you do NOT need to have been accepted into your study abroad program at the time of scholarship application.

• Check the eligibility guidelines for each scholarship before you begin applying.

• Check the on-line application deadline date. The deadlines vary widely.

• Some scholarships require that you apply several months before studying abroad; other scholarships require that you apply a year in advance.

• Start early.

• If your application requires a letter of recommendation, remember to give your professor several weeks lead time.

• NEVER pay to apply for a scholarship.

• Contact the Writing Center in 101 H. B. Crouse Hall or; or contact Jolynn Parker ( from the Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising (CFSA).

Below are some of the larger and better known programs through which a student may seek funding for study abroad. It is also recommended that you seek out scholarship opportunities via google and/or on sites such as: or

You should also check out general scholarship search engines such as Fastweb, Unigo, and Scholarship America. Awards can usually be used to pay for tuition, etc. (even if you studying overseas).

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program (
The Gilman Program offers scholarships of up to $5,000 to students in good-standing who are U.S. citizens and Pell grant (federal financial aid) recipients. Gilman encourages applications from: Students from diverse ethnic backgrounds; students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations; students in fields underrepresented in study abroad; and students with high financial need. Students studying a Critical Need Language (such as Mandarin Chinese or Turkish) are automatically considered for an additional $3,000 supplement for a total possible award of $8,000. One in three Gilman applicants wins the award. Funding for study and/or internships during fall, spring, summer, and full academic year is available.
Gilman Application deadline is the first Tuesday of March for summer/ fall/academic year; first Tuesday of October for spring semester and early decision summer.
Gilman essay writing workshops will be held on September 28 at 3:30-5pm and October 1 at 3:30-4:30pm in 306 Bowne. Bring 5 copies of your essay. You can attend one or both of the writing workshops.

The NSEP Boren Award (
There will be an undergraduate information session on Friday, November 13 from 1:00 – 2:00pm; the graduate information session is Friday, November 6 from 12:30 – 1:30pm.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) (

Phi Kappa Phi (all-discipline honor society) Study Abroad Grants (

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (

The Scholarship America Dream Award (

The Fund for Education Abroad awards (

Rainbow Scholarship – (

Joan Nelson Study Abroad Scholarship –

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation (

Diversity Abroad (

Foundation for Global Scholars (

STA Travel Start the Adventure Scholarships (

Toruga Backpack Study Abroad Scholarship (

University Language Services (

The Turkish Coalition of America (

The Himan Brown Study Abroad Grants – Applicants should email a letter to Prof. Corinne Smith ( at the School of Education with their study abroad plans and the amount they are requesting. International, undergraduate, and graduate students are eligible; grants can be used for semester, summer, or short term programs.

Syracuse University students who participate on one of the World Partner programs run by CET, SIT, CEA, Sea Semester, and DIS may apply for funding through their organizations. Various types of grants and scholarships are offered including Pell Grant Match (SIT programs only), merit-based, needs-based, and diversity-based scholarships. Check out their websites for more info!

Overseas Press Club Foundation (

The AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship (

The JASSO Student Exchange Support Program (

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan (

The Morgan Stanley Scholarship (

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Max Kade Student Travel Grant for Study Abroad in Germany and Austria: Students planning to study abroad in a German-speaking country during spring 2016 or summer 2016 are invited to apply for a Max Kade Travel Grant through the German Program at Syracuse University. T

Intertek Scholarships –

BG Scholarship (

The Got Chosen Social Network Scholarship (

Goedeker’s Scholarship offers $100 – $500 for textbooks – (

The Unigo Scholarship (

DEGREED’S Student of the Month Contest (

(updated August 2015)