Additional Scholarships & Funding

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Additional Scholarships & Funding

There is money available for study abroad. 
Sometimes you just need to look for it.

The Institute of International Education

General Funding Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Preference is given to students studying outside of Western Europe and Australia.

Boren Awards 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 United States interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The award includes an additional requirement of federal service following graduation.

Foundation for Global Scholars
The foundation is a non-profit organization. Their mission is to aid future leaders to be global citizens by obtaining cultural and academic experiences abroad regardless of financial ability. Four different types of scholarships are available through the foundation.

Fulbright Scholarship
Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.

Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad accepts applications from undergraduate students. Scholarships of up to $10,000 are awarded to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education programs abroad for 4-weeks or longer.

Kathryn E. Sullivan
Eligible students are those who will have completed the required number of credits for graduation but will have only spent three years on campus at the end of the academic year. Students may have completed all graduation requirements but must complete them by the end of the study abroad experience.

Minnesota Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who attends a U.S. university/college located Minnesota. Applicants must meet general Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship eligibility requirements & preferences. Students interested in being considered for this annual scholarship should indicate this through their application forms. This scholarship is made possible by the generous support and fundraising efforts of international educators working in Minnesota. Apply simultaneously to the Fund for Education Abroad and the Minnesota Scholarship here

Rotary Scholarships
The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship opportunities through a district, global, and packaged grants.

Udall Scholarship
Expected to award 80 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Offered to students in the following areas:

  • Students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment
  • Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy
  • Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care

UMD Financial Aid Scholarships
The UMD Financial Aid office offers many scholarship opportunities, research their offerings as some may be applicable towards study abroad. 

UMD World Languages & Cultures (WLC) Scholarships
The UMD College of Liberal Arts WLC department offers several scholarships applicable to study abroad.

UMD University Honors Study Abroad Scholarship
The scholarship is $6000 released upon enrollment in a UMD-approved semester or yearlong study abroad program. If you are unable to participate in a semester or yearlong program, you can take advantage of our $2000 award for a UMD-approved short-term study abroad course (e.g., May, summer, or winter break abroad courses). This scholarship applies to one study abroad experience only.  All active UH students who have completed 30 credits and have maintained good standing in UH for the two most recent contiguous full semesters (i.e., Fall and Spring semesters).  The scholarship may be used for any program approved by the UMD Study Abroad office. (Students currently receiving the UH book scholarship are not eligible.)

Location Specific

Chinese Government Scholarship – CHINA
The Chinese Government Scholarship is made available through the China Center’s partnership with the People’s Republic of China Consulate General in Chicago. The Chinese Government Scholarship is a full academic-year scholarship to a University of Minnesota undergraduate or graduate student for study at a university in mainland China. The scholarship will cover tuition and room and board and will pay a small monthly stipend to cover books and incidental expenses. International airfare, health insurance, the physical exam requirement, and any study abroad service fees are not included. More than 120 Chinese Institutions of higher education in 21 provinces and autonomous cities are authorized by the Ministry of Education of China to accept international students to study in China under Chinese Government Scholarship program. 

China Center Scholarships – CHINA
Awards ranging from $500 – $,1000 are available to help support University of Minnesota students who are participating in a study abroad program to the greater China area (mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan). Scholarships can be used to cover travel, tuition, room and board, and personal expenses.

Generation Study Abroad – NEW ZEALAND
Students can now apply for a $2,000 travel award to help with flights to New Zealand and $500 towards study at a university or participating institute of technology or polytechnic in New Zealand. $15K New Zealand Scholarship – NEW ZEALAND
GoOverseas is awarding a $15,000 NZD scholarship to one well-deserving student. They’re awarding this scholarship to encourage more students to seriously consider studying abroad in New Zealand. More info from an article with all the details: Could You Really Study Abroad in New Zealand…for Free?

American Women’s Club (AWC) Stockholm Foundation – SWEDEN
Based on academic excellence and commitment to improving humankind, this scholarship is awarded to an American woman studying or conducting research in Sweden. Founded in 1982, AWC has been issuing funds to women via the Jessie Lokrantz Scholarship to share the Swedish culture with women from around the world.

Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship – SWEDEN
Offered to Minnesota residents, the American Swedish Institute this scholarship is for students who plan to carry out scholarly and/or creative studies in Sweden. Applicants must have a working knowledge of the Swedish language, a serious desire to make a contribution to American-Swedish cultural exchange and demonstrable achievement in the selected field of study.

Malmberg Scholarship for Study – SWEDEN
The Malmberg Scholarship grants significant funding for up to one year of study or research in Sweden to a U.S. resident who is enrolled in a degree-granting program at an accredited college or university, or who is a qualified scholar engaged in study or research. Visit the American Swedish Institute for more information.

Undergraduate scholarship to study at a German university - 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 an independent study abroad semester or year.

Underrepresented Populations: Funding Options

The links below provide information about programs and sources of funding for students from underrepresented groups in U.S.-based study abroad.