Study Abroad Scholarships

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If you're considering studying abroad, we suggest that you attend a Study Abroad 101 session, talk to your Academic Adviser, and meet with UAA's Study Abroad Adviser. You should start planning about 9 to 12 months in advance in order to be prepared for the deadlines. For more information, visit the OIIA website.

Some nationally competitive scholarships like Gilman, Phi Kappa Phi, and CLS may have earlier campus deadlines. Also please note that the Honors College provides preparatory help with the Marshall and Fulbright scholarships for upcoming or recent graduates.

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IIEPassport Study Abroad Directories

IIEPassport Study Abroad Directories, a joint project between the Institute of International Education and EducationDynamics, provides an online directory of study abroad funding scholarships and grants, searchable by country and subject. Scholarship Database offers a list of funding opportunities and scholarships, searchable by country and subject. Scholarship Database provides a list of scholarships specifically for those who wish to study abroad.

Scholarships for International Study & Study Abroad

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2 or 4-year college or university, to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. The Gilman International Scholarship aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to: students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Awards of up to $5,000 are made for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. A limited number of $3000 Critical Need Language Supplements are available for students studying a critical need language for a total possible award of $8000. A list of eligible languages can be found on the Gilman website. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need, with the average award being $4,000. This congressionally-funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

This scholarship is available for students of all class standings and fields. The national deadline is the first Tuesday in October for the Spring semester, and the first Tuesday in March for the Summer and Fall semesters.

The College Language Association Scholarship

The College Language Association Scholarship, aims to support students at member institutions who want to participate in a study abroad program in order to enhance his or her proficiency in a target language and/or his or her understanding of other cultures. The scholarship is open to any student who meets eligibility requirements and is presently attending a CLA college or university.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Each year, Phi Kappa Phi offers 75 Study Abroad Grants of $1000 to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Since UAA has a Phi Kappa Phi chapter, all UAA students are eligible. Students must have completed 30 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75. A student's study abroad plan should relate directly to their academic preparation, potential career choice, and commitment to the welfare of others. Students must also plan on returning to UAA after their study abroad experience. Check out the fact sheet or visit the Study Abroad Grant FAQ for more information.

This scholarship is available to Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors of all fields. The national deadline for application is April 1.

Session A Deadline: Feb. 15, 2017 (Travel must start May 1, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2017)

Session B Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017 (Travel must start Dec. 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018)

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Foundation for Global Scholars

The Foundation for Global Scholars is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Denver, Colorado whose mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences abroad. The Foundation will support this mission by awarding scholarships to help enable students to obtain an international experience. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority.

This scholarship is available to U.S. citizens enrolled full-time in college in any field, with a 2.5 GPA. The national deadline for application is November 22 for the Spring semester, April 11 for the Summer semester, and June 27 for the Fall semester.

Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship

Go Overseas awards scholarships of $1,000 each academic year. The Go Overseas scholarship is open to current students who will be enrolled in a study abroad program during the coming academic year. Recipients must be successfully accepted into a study abroad program.

This scholarship is available to undergraduate students of all academic fields. The national deadline for application is November 28.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

The FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs, by reducing financial restrictions through grants and scholarships.

This scholarship is available to undergraduate, U.S. citizens in any academic field. The national deadline for application is January 17.

Program-Specific Scholarships

Please visit the "Study Abroad Partner Program Scholarships" section on the Office of International & Intercultural Affairs' scholarships page, for links to scholarships provided by UAA's study abroad partner programs (note: you will need to study abroad with the specific program to be eligible for that program's scholarship).

Country/Region Specific Scholarships


Kibrik & Bergelson Study in Russia Scholarship

The Kibrik & Bergelson Study in Russia Scholarship offers financial assistance for tuition and other educational expenses including air travel to or from Russia, to University of Alaska Anchorage students who are studying in Russia. Preference will be given to those that are majoring in language, communications, and/or anthropology.  Applicant must demonstrate academic excellence with a 3.0 or higher GPA, a clear interest in the study of Russia, a solid connection between the study program in Russia and the applicant's academic and professional goals, and leadership potential.

This scholarship is available for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in all academic fields, but preference is given to students majoring in languages, communications, and/or anthropology. The deadlines for submission are September 15 and March 15.


Elizabeth Tower Endowment for Canadian Studies

In 2004, UAA announced the creation of the Elizabeth Tower Endowment for Canadian Studies. The goal of this endowment is to increase the visibility of Canadian studies at UAA and in the community, and to improve opportunities for UAA students wanting to study in Canada. Funds will be made available on a case-by-case basis to students who have demonstrated an interest in Canada by excelling in INTL 301 or another course with significant Canadian content, and who also have a strong academic record, show promise, and have clear study plans.

To apply, please write a letter to the members of Elizabeth Tower Endowment Committee, stating your name and grade point average, describing the nature of the studies in Canada you wish to pursue, and explaining why you believe the committee should fund your studies. This letter must be received by November 1st. Your own letter should also be accompanied by a letter of reference from a professor who can speak to your interests in studying in Canada.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sudarsan Rangarajan Attn: Elizabeth Tower Endowment for Canadian Studies at (907) 786-4061, or

This scholarship is available to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in any academic field.

Fulbright Canada - Awards for American Students

About Fulbright: Excellence in scholarship, a commitment to diversity, and community service are the hallmarks of the Fulbright Program. In 1946, as the junior senator from Arkansas, J. William Fulbright introduced legislation to start a new international educational exchange program with an ambitious goal –to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program now operates in 155 countries, and has supported over 300,000 students and scholars.

The following scholarships are available: Traditional Student Program ($15,000 for 9 months beginning in September); Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Award, The Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships; and Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.  Grant amounts and length vary by award. Deadline to apply: October 13, 2015

The Killam Fellowships Program 

The Killam Fellowships scholarship program provides $5,000 per semester for undergraduate students to participate in a bi-national residential exchange program between Canada and the United States of America. Scholarship recipients spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the other country. Students are also awarded $500 Canadian (CAD) for Health Insurance and can apply for $800 CAD for in-Canada Travel. The program is designed to encourage exceptional undergraduate students in the United States and Canada by providing a unique opportunity for academic exchange. UAA students can spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. Students may participate in the program either as a direct exchange student (registering at their home university, paying their home fees, and attending the host university as an exchange visitor) or as a self-placed visiting student (registering at the host university and paying host tuition fees).

This scholarship is available to full time students in all academic fields. The deadline for application is January 31.


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals 

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange includes a round-trip transatlantic flight, university tuition, language training, living stipend, program-related travel costs and health insurance. The participants receive two months of German language training, one semester of study at a German university and a five-month internship in a German-speaking work environment. Students need to demonstrate clear career goals and work experience.

This scholarship is available to U.S. citizens, between 18-24 years old. Knowledge of German is strongly recommended. Preferred fields of academic study include: business, vocational, scientific, engineering, technical, and agricultural — however, candidates in other fields are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline for application is December 1.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad in Germany

Application Deadline: Varies  Find Scholarship Funding through DAAD

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites highly qualified undergraduate students to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.


ItaliaRail Scholarship Program

ItaliaRail strongly believes that world experience is a vital component to a complete education. ItaliaRail is excited to give students a chance to study abroad and experience the magic and majesty of Italy. To this end, they have created the ItaliaRail Scholarship for those who have enrolled in their university's study abroad program with Italy as the country of choice. ItaliaRail is offering two scholarships worth $1,000 each during the spring semester. Applications must be submitted between September 3rd - November 30th.

We are continuing to encourage students studying abroad in Italy to apply for this prestigious award. Once again, two recipients will be chosen and each will receive $1,000 to be used for expenses related to their academic experience in Italy. Please advise students that they may re-apply for the scholarship, even if they already submitted an application for the Fall 2014 award and were not chosen. They are still eligible for the Spring 2015 semester. However, as some of the requirements have changed, they will need to resubmit documents and review the updated guidelines. For more information regarding the changes made, details can be found at If you have not done so already, we recommend linking to this URL on the scholarships page of your website, as well as including it in any communications you deem relevant in getting the word out to study abroad students.


Kaare Birkeland Norwegian USA Exchange Scholarship

The Kaare Birkeland Norwegian USA Exchange Scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for an independent student looking to study abroad for a semester or a year at the University of Stavanger (UiS), Norway! UiS, located on the south-western coast of Norway, has been welcoming students from all over the world since it was established in 2005.  Approximately 10,100 students attend the university. The number of international study programs taught in English at the University of Stavanger is constantly growing making it an attractive choice for students in certain fields. 

Pending funds availability, UAA students may apply for a scholarship  (contingent upon satisfactory academic progress and performance) to be awarded to one UAA student to study at the University of Stavanger (UiS). Students who wish to study at UiS for only one semester may also apply. The award is applied to the student's UAA account and can be used to cover airfare, student fees, books, housing (apartments owned by UiS), food, insurance, and/or miscellaneous personal expenses.  The scholarship trustees honor and uphold the terms of Kaare Birkeland's bequest in determining how the funds can be apportioned and used, and may give preference to students applying for the full year. 

Student can apply by submitting the general scholarship application at the UA Scholarship Portal with their UA username and password.

Eligibility criteria for UAA candidates:

  • Be a full-time, degree-seeking UAA student
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older
  • Have at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Financial need is considered
  • Preference is given to students who are motivated, and demonstrate academic and leadership potential. Students may have any major or class standing.


United Kingdom

BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association)

BUTEX sponsors many scholarships for students currently studying at U.S. or Canadian Universities who will be going on exchange to a BUTEX-affiliated university in the UK. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.

This scholarship is available to Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors in any field of study. The deadline for application is early September.

The Snowdon Awards Scheme

Every year, The Snowden Awards Scheme provides grants to students who have a physical or sensory disability, and will be studying at a university in the UK. Grants range from £250 to £2,500 and help cover additional costs like computers, mobility equipment, or human help that push up the already high costs of being a student.


Bridging Scholarship 

The Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATJ) Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ 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 $2,500 stipend for semester-long programs, or $4,000 for academic year programs. Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.

This scholarship is available to undergraduate U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S who have enrolled in any academic field before and during the time they are studying abroad. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. The deadline to apply for Study Abroad programs beginning in the Fall semester or extending throughout the academic year is April 5, and the deadline for Spring Study Abroad Programs is October 8.

Japanese Government Monbukagakusho (Monbusho) Scholarship

The Japanese Government enables foreign students from 110 different countries to study for 1 - 7 years in Japan on the Monbukagakusho Scholarships. The Monbukagakusho works in cooperation with local, national, and private universities, and consulates to promote these scholarships. Several scholarship categories are open to U.S. citizens, including:

  • The Japanese Studies Scholarship for undergraduates to study the Japanese language and culture for 1 intensive year (applicants must be between 18 and 30 years of age and currently enrolled in a university program that studies Japan or Japanese in some capacity) 

  • As well as the Research Fellowship for post-graduates to research a broad range of topics in Japanese universities and educational institutions for 1-2 years (applicants must be 22 to 35 years of age). Scholarships for UAA students are processed through the Seattle Japanese Consulate. Please look at the scholarship application guidelines and required forms found on their website.

This application is available to full time undergraduates or graduate students. Required fields of study depend on scholarship type. The national deadline for application is early June.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

This need-based award is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Summer awards are offered at amounts up to $3,000, semester awards up to $5,000, and academic year awards up to $7,000. The summer award application deadline is March 1st and the fall/academic year deadline is April 1st.  Details can be found on the IIE website.

Language-Based Scholarships

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

Study Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian!

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. This program will offer over 500 scholarships for intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical-need foreign languages every summer. The CLS Program provides fully-funded, seven-to-ten, week group-based intensive language instruction, and extensive cultural enrichment experiences held overseas at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels* 

This scholarship is available for U.S. citizens currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at a university at either the Undergraduate, Master's or Ph.D. level. The national deadline for application is Fall.

*Scholarships are offered at different language levels.

Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Summer Language School at Middlebury College 

These fellowships allow students to increase their language proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian.  The Davis Fellowships are merit-based, and intended for exceptionally-qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies, international politics and economics, peace and security studies, and/or conflict resolution. These fellowships fund the cost of tuition, room, and board for individuals to study at the Middlebury Language Schools for the summer. 

This scholarship is available to Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and recent graduates. Required fields for application are: international, global, or area studies, international politics and economics, peace and security studies, and/or conflict resolution. The national deadline for application is December 15.

Boren Scholarships & Fellowships for International Study

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 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 programs. Regions of interest include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly-taught languages, including but not limited to: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program — as well as their future academic and career goals — will contribute to broadly-defined U.S. national security. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

This scholarship is available to U.S. citizens who are current undergraduates. Applicants must be studying any field related to the Boren Scholarship's broad definition of national security. This scholarship also requires dedication to non-traditional Study Abroad locations and plans on working in the government after graduation. The national deadline for application is February 5.

Graduate Studies, Research, and Work

Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902 and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars were elected in 1904. Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. In addition, each Scholar receives a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel.

This scholarship is available to seniors and recent graduates in all fields of study offered at Oxford University. The national deadline for application is early October.

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. The Scholarships are available for any British university and cover two years of study in nearly every discipline*. Scholarships are primarily offered at the graduate level, leading to the award of a British University degree. Contact Ronald Spatz for more information about applying through UAA:

Scholarships are available to seniors and recent graduates. *Some degrees programs are not funded. The national deadline for application is October 1.

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The U.S.-Ireland Alliance has established the George J. Mitchell Scholarships to educate future American leaders about Ireland, and to provide tomorrow's leaders with an understanding about, an interest in, and an affinity with the island from which 44 million Americans claim descent. Scholars are eligible to study any discipline offered by an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland, for one academic year of graduate study. Twelve Scholars are selected each year.

Scholarships are available to seniors and recent graduates in any field at a university in Ireland. The national deadline for application is October 1.

Gates Cambridge 

In establishing the Gates Cambridge Scholars program, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hopes to create a network of future leaders from around the world who will bring new vision and commitment to improving the life circumstances of citizens in their respective countries. Over time, it is anticipated that Gates Cambridge Scholars will become leaders in helping to address global problems related to health, equity, technology and learning — all areas that the Foundation is deeply engaged in. 40 scholarships are awarded to U.S. students each year. 

Scholarships are available to seniors and recent graduates in all fields offered at Cambridge University. The national deadline for application is October 15.

Fulbright Student Program

The U.S Fulbright Student Program provides grants for individually-designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships. Candidates must submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country — sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks — allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others' viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.

Scholarship is available to seniors and recent graduates in all fields. The national deadline for application is October 15.

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)

Founded in 1987, the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The program aims to enhance foreign language education in Japan, and to promote international exchange at the local level by fostering ties between Japanese and foreign youth. Currently, the JET Program is one of the longest and most successful exchange programs between Japan and the United States. College and university graduates are invited to experience a year in Japan, employed as a Coordinator of International Relations, assisting local government agencies carry out international activities, or as an Assistant English Teacher in a public school. The program provides a very competitive salary, training orientations prior to departure, travel expenses to Japan, housing assistance, and health insurance. The program is conducted by local authorities and other organizations of Japan in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations. Apply here. For information about applying to JET, please contact Warren Roselius at (907) 562-8424 x 116, or

Scholarship available to seniors and recent graduates in any field of study. National deadline for application is November 21.