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Scholarships for undergraduates to study abroad

Interested students should contact the International Programs Office and Tom Mertes at least one month prior to application deadlines

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Over 2300 awards of up to $5,000 to undergraduates of limited financial means for study abroad. Average award $4,000. Applicants must be receiving a Pell grant. Non-traditional abroad destinations outside of Europe encouraged. Additional awards for students studying a “critical language,” such as Chinese. Rolling deadlines depend on semester or January Term chosen to study abroad.

Mara Youngren Brown on the Great Wall, Gilman Recipient

Boren (National Security Education Program) Undergraduate Scholarship

Merit-based scholarships up to $20,000 for study abroad in regions of the world critical to US interests  (Africa, Asia, Central and E. Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East). Award recipient expected to  work in government agencies such as, but not limited to, the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community. U.S. citizenship required. Student DEADLINE: January 16, 2023; DEADLINE: February 1, 2023.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Provides scholarships to students who have completed at least one year of college who seek to learn one of 15 “critical need” foreign languages, such as Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Russian, and Chinese. Funds intensive summer programs overseas. Open to US citizens, all majors. Deadline: 16 November 2023.

Another resource: Students ineligible for these scholarship opportunities may find something suitable by going to the IIEPASSPORT Study Abroad Funding site:

For information about these and other nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships, contact Director of Competitive Scholarships, Tom Mertes, 101 Walker, 503-883-2759