Scholarship Opportunities for
Study Abroad and Work Overseas
Financial aid is far more available for study abroad than students commonly imagine. Not only is federal financial aid applicable to study abroad (including travel costs), but, under most federal programs, the amount of the grant or loan money for which a student is eligible can be increased to cover additional costs of studying abroad. The level of a student's need is measured by a formal evaluation process. To begin the process, the student must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Summer & Fall 2012 Online Application Open
The Gilman Scholarship Program is happy to announce that the online application system is now open for students participating in study abroad programs during either the Summer 2012 or Fall 2012 or 2012-2013 Academic Year terms. We anticipate this will be our most competitive cycle ever so please encourage your students to seek your guidance and utilize all available Gilman resources. For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources please visit the Gilman website at www.iie.org/gilman.
Summer & Fall 2012 online applications are due March 1, 2012 by 11:59pm CST
For students applying for any academic term (Academic Year, Fall, Spring or Summer) please find the eligibility requirements below:
* Enrolled as an undergraduate student at a two or four-year U.S. Institution
* United States citizen
* Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad
* Participating in a study abroad program that is no less than 4 weeks (28 days) in one country and no more than an academic year
* Receiving academic credit
* Study in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Cuba
- Awards for Summer Program $3,000; Awards for Semester Program $5,000; Awards for Academic Year Program $7,000
- Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents at the time of application.
- Applicants must currently receive Need-Based Financial Aid or demonstrate through FAFSA a verifiable need for financial assistance to study abroad.
- Programs must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term and 12 weeks for a semester term in a program that provides summer academic credits through home campus or other U.S. accredited academic university.
- Applicant must be an undergraduate student pursuing a first bachelor's degree.
- Applicants must have at least one semester of enrollment remaining at their home institution upon return from the study abroad program.
- Applicants must have applied or have been accepted to a country-based study abroad program from among the following countries and regions: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
- The proposed length of study at the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term.
NOTE:USG students can apply for the Joint USG Summer Study in China programs to obtain the minimum 8 weeks required by the Freeman-Asia scholarship.
- Thirty-eight grants, valued at $1,000 each, awarded annually. These grants are designed specifically to recognize and assist undergraduates as they seek knowledge abroad.
- Competition is open to non-members.
- Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Applicants must have a minimum of 56 semester hours (or equivalent) and no more than 90 semester hours (or equivalent) including all AP, credit by exam, transfer credits, etc.
National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren
The main focus of this scholarship is to attract those students who are interested in the study of languages, cultures, geographic areas, and fields of study that are of critical interest to US national security. It is ideal for students who would like to pursue a career with the US federal government. The scholarship provides support to the study of underrepresented languages and cultures in study abroad that are also critical to US national security. The study of a foreign language appropriate to the geographic region of study must be a part of each proposal.
- Preference will be given to those studying abroad for a full academic year.
- Summer-only programs are limited to first year students, sophomores and applied science and engineering majors regardless of class standing. Summer-only applications will be considered if the aforementioned conditions are met and the program is a minimum of 8 weeks in length and is a language immersion program.
- Must be a US citizen at the time of application
- This scholarship has a service requirement - within three years of graduation award recipients must work for one year in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community. There is also an expectation that NSEP Scholars will use the language or regional expertise acquired as a result of the award in their work for the U.S. government.
Currently, three types of scholarships are offered:
Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide funding for one academic year of study in another country. This award is intended to help cover round-trip transportation, tuition, fees, room and board expenses, and some educational supplies up to US$26,000 or its equivalent. Academic-Year Scholarships are the most common type of scholarship offered.
Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country and provide funds to cover round-trip transportation, language training expenses, and homestay living arrangements up to US$12,000 and US$19,000, respectively. Applications are considered for candidates interested in studying Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Swedish.
Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are for two years of degree-oriented study in another country. A flat grant of US$13,000 or its equivalent is provided per year to be applied toward the costs of a degree program.
NOTE: Some Rotary districts may only offer one type of scholarship (or none at all); applicants must check with the local club regarding availability. Use the Club Locator.
ACADEMIC YEAR PROGRAMS
AFS (American Field Service) offers year-long exchanges in which U.S. students have an opportunity to learn about the culture of another country while living with a host family and attending a local school. AFS is the oldest and largest high school exchange program worldwide.
• Year-long program: Denmark (incl. Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden
• Year programs: 11 months duration, mid July - early June
• Costs: Year program: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden: ~$6,195; Iceland: ~$6,495. Incl. roundtrip airfare and local transportation to the host family, orientation, volunteer support, field trips, and secondary medical coverage
Financial Aid: Available based on need.
Up to 40 new Marshall Scholarships are awarded each year. The awards allow recipients with US citizenship to study for a period of two and in some cases three years at graduate or undergraduate level at any university in the United Kingdom, in any discipline leading to the award of a British university degree. Each scholarship comprises:
• a personal allowance for residence and cost of living
• tuition fees
• grants for books, travel in connection with studies, and other miscellaneous expenses
• travel to and from the United States
• a marriage allowance, where applicable
To qualify, candidates must:
- be American citizens at time of application
- apply within two years of graduating from their undergraduate college or university
- have a grade point average of at least 3.7 (or A-minus)
- take up their award within three years of graduating from college in the United States
- not be studying for or hold a British University degree
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GRADUATE STUDY
NSEP Graduate International fellowships
AWARD PERIOD AND LEVEL OF SUPPORT
Boren Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of one and a maximum of six academic semesters (24 months). Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic study, or a combination of both. The maximum award for overseas study is $12,000 per semester for up to two semesters ($24,000 total). A maximum of $12,000 is available for a program of domestic study only. Support for domestic study is limited to language or area studies, which enhance a degree program. The maximum level of support for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000.
Fulbright Scholarships - For both Americans going abroad and incoming foreign students. Grants are made to citizens of participating countries, primarily for: university teaching, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
International Research & Exchanges Board Short-Term Travel Grants (IREX)
Grants for scholarly projects focusing on Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia and Mongolia. Support is available for brief visits (about 2 weeks) for individuals who do not require administrative assistance from IREX. Grants do not exceed $3,000. Per diem for about 14 days, not to exceed $100 a day (for food, loadging, and local transportation only). The grant may cover other incidental expenses, such as temporary health insurance for incoming foreign scholars, conference registration fees for Americans, and visa fees.
LEXIA International Scholarships
LEXIA Exchange international is a private, independent, not-for-profit organization, offering study abroad programs for university undergraduate and graduate students. LEXIA study programs are available in: Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Krakow, Prague, Venice, and Shanghai. Applicants must participate in a LEXIA program in Central or Eastern Europe. Scholarships are for $1500 based on need and academic standing.
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Fellowships
www.phikappaphi.org (click on "Scholarships and Awards")
*USG memebers of Phi Kappa Phi are: Augusta State University, Columbus State University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, North Georgia College & State University, The University of Georgia, Valdosta State University, and the State University of West Georgia.