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Gilman Scholarship

Applying for the Gilman Scholarship: Tips for FAMU Students​

About: The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity.

Requirements: Undergraduate student enrolled at an American institution; US Citizen; Pell Grant recipient

Preference: The preference will be given to the students who plan to spend a semester or an academic year in an underrepresented country, are first-generation college students, and/or demonstrate financial need.

Benefits: Summer: Up to $3000; Fall/Spring: Up to $5000; Up to $8000 Critical Need Language Award.

Special Initiatives: Critical Need Language Award to study the following languages: Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese.

Deadlines to Apply: October (for the next Spring, Summer, or Fall Semester); March: (for coming Summer, Fall, or Spring semester.)

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

About: The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

Requirements: Undergraduate student enrolled at an American institution; US Citizen.

Preference: The preference will be given to the students of all majors and backgrounds, who demonstrate a strong interest in involvement with the language after completing the CLS program.

Benefits: All program costs, such as transportation, visa fees, tuition and board, and program-sponsored travel within the host country, are covered. You are responsible to cover the costs of obtaining a passport.

Deadline to apply: November

Boren and Critical Language Scholarship

About: Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central, and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Requirements: Commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation; Undergraduate student enrolled at an American institution; U.S. citizen.

Preference will be given to the applicants of all majors who plan to focus on linguistic and cultural immersion; who demonstrate a desire for a career in the Federal Government; who plan to spend two or more semesters abroad.

Benefits: Up to $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum); Up to $10,000 for a semester; Up to $20,000 for a 6-12 months.

Special Initiatives: The African Flagship Languages Initiative; The South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative; The Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative; Boren-ROTC; STEM Initiative.

Deadline to applyFebruary 7th for Undergraduate students; January 30th for Graduate students

Fund for Education Abroad

About: The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.

Requirements: Undergraduate student enrolled at an American institution; U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Preference: FEA encourages those students who are traditionally underrepresented in education abroad, such as first-generation college students and minority students to apply; preference will be given to the applicants who demonstrate financial need.

Benefits: Awards that are prorated by number of weeks in-country (with a minimum of $1,250) for students studying abroad during summer; Up to $10,000 for a full academic year; Up to $5,000 for the fall or spring semester.

Deadlines to apply: September (Spring Semester); January (Upcoming Fall or Summer Semester)

Freeman Asia

About: The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. 

Requirements: Must currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program; Undergraduate student enrolled at an American institution; U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Preference: Applicants of all majors who demonstrate interest in Asian countries.

Benefits: Summer Award: up to $3,000; Semester/Quarter Award: up to $5,000; Academic Year Award: up to $7,000.

Deadlines to apply: October (for the next Spring semester); January (for coming Summer or Fall semester)

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

About: The scholarship funds will cover 100 percent of program fees and travel costs for 10 students from MSIs. Each cohort of 10 students will take part in a summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (summer 2019). CMSI will award the study abroad scholarships based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and nominations from students’ MSI presidents. To be nominated, bring your unofficial transcript to the President's Office (Lee Hall 400).

Requirements: U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Permanent Resident; Must be Pell Grant eligible; Rising college Sophomore or Junior status; Enrolled at a MSI.

Benefits: 100% of a recipients’ program fees and travel costs are covered for an intensive 4-week, 3-credit summer study abroad program.

Deadline to apply: February 14

12 Study Abroad Scholarships for LGBT Students

About: To support LGBT students who are ready to take on the challenge of studying abroad, many organizations, institutions, and associations have established study abroad scholarships to specifically provide financial assistance to LGBT students.

LGBTQIA+ scholarships.pdf 

About: Additional Scholarships for LGBTQIA+ students.

Scholarship Programs by Host Countries

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

About: The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students and researchers around the globe each year – making it the world’s largest funding organisation of its kind. DAAD also promotes internationalisation efforts at German universities, help developing countries build their own systems of higher education, and support German Studies and German language programmes abroad. Our Artists-in-Berlin Program is DAAD's one of the most renowned international scholarship programmes for artists.

Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai

About: The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai seeks to further the goals of the Clinton Presidential Foundation to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. In partnership with the American University in Dubai, the program will provide American students based in the US the opportunity to expand their educational and cultural horizons by studying in the Arab world. 

Requirements: U.S. citizen enrolled as an Undergraduate student at U.S. based university. 

Benefits: Paid tuition and dorm for 1 semester.

Deadline: June 15 (Fall Semester); November 15 (Spring Semester); March 15 (Summer Term)

New Zealand

About: $15000 Scholarship to study in New Zealand in 2019 + Free Airfare. There are 8 New Zealand Universities and 10 polytechnic schools. See participating universities for the full list. 

Deadline to apply: October 12th, 11:59pm PST.

Asian Cultural Council

About: The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) works to advance international respect and understanding between people and cultures through transformative cultural exchange. The ACC awards fellowship grants to artists and scholars in three categories of cross-cultural exchange: Asia to the U.S., the U.S. to Asia, and intra-Asia.

Programs: Individual Fellowship Program (Asia-to-U.S., U.S.-to-Asia, or intra-Asia); Travel Grant (Asia-to-U.S., U.S.-to-Asia, or intra-Asia); Organization and Project Grant.

Bridging Scholarships to Study in Japan

About: The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized credit-bearing exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships.
Recipients of Bridging Scholarships receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan. The scholarships are funded by donations from corporations, foundations, and individuals to the US-Japan Bridging Foundation. Since 1999, the Bridging Scholarship program has awarded 1,870 scholarships to students studying abroad in Japan. Most recently, 81 students received scholarships for study in Japan beginning in Fall 2018. Selection is based on academic potential and financial need. The scholarship selection is administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese.
Applications can be submitted electronically. The online application form and complete information can be found at:

Study in Shanghai

Campus France

About: French public institutions and the Erasmus + program offer numerous scholarships to foreign students to help them finance their studies in France and in Europe. 

aeAD Austrian Academic Exchange Service

About: You can find details of the OeAD’s scholarship programs – for bachelor's, master’s, PhD students, post-docs and researchers – here. Please note that there are hardly any financial support options for students in bachelor’s programmes. A whole degree programme in Austria is also hardly ever supported financially.


About: The U.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for educational, cultural, and professional exchanges across the world. 

Monash International Merit Scholarship

About: Monash University, established in Melbourne, Australia in 1958, invites students from all countries who have received an offer from Monash or who are currently enrolled with the university to apply for the Monash International Merit Scholarship. As a scholarship recipient, you will receive $10,000 per annum for the duration of your degree.

National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic

Scholarship opportunities for advanced undergraduate students, Masters' and PhD students.

Smaller/Private Scholarships

Innovation in Education Scholarship

About: LA Tutors awards students who showcase their creativity and make positive impacts with a $500 Innovation in Education scholarship. On an ongoing monthly basis, this scholarship is open to all currently enrolled high school and college students who showcase their creativity while helping those around them (whether that be in a creative fundraiser, inventive new app, series of blog posts on a particular theme, or another idea). The application deadline is 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month.
Benefits: $500 per month.

Scott's Cheap Flight Scholarship

About: Earn a $1,000 study abroad scholarship.
Deadline: March 15th

STA Travel + Lonely Planet

About: Lonely Planet, STA Travel, and have come together to break down your barriers to studying abroad and help you achieve your goals. With the Guide to Studying Abroad, you’ll learn how you can make studying abroad a reality—plus every entrant gets one for free!
The Grand Prize winner will not only get the ULTIMATE Study Abroad Starter Kit, they'll also get a $2,000 Flight Voucher from STA Travel AND a $3,000 Study Abroad Scholarship from Lonely Planet.

Deadline: September 25th

Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

About: At Tortuga, our mission is to help you live on your terms, including students studying abroad. When customers purchase luggage from us for their trips, they are “paying it forward” by funding scholarships for students like you.

Requirements: Currently enrolled Undergraduate student. 

Benefits: $1,000 scholarship for studying abroad and 1 travel backpack.

Deadlines: November for Spring; April for Fall Semester.

Drifted Scholarship

About: The Drifted scholarship was created to help foster the next generation of photographers. Given to 1 student annually in order to help that student advance their photography studies. 

Requirements: 1 piece of demonstrable work related to photography that you are happy to present to the Drifted team (ideally automotive themed).

Benefits: annual $500 USD Drifted Student Scholarship.

Deadline to apply: December 

Volunteer Forever Travel Scholarship

About: The scholarship award can be used for anything related to your travel, including the program fee, airfare, travel insurance, or even spending money while you are traveling! There are two scholarship campaigns each year.

Benefits: $500-1000

Deadline: January 

KidGuard Education Scholarship

About: The KidGuard for Education Scholarship aspires to give multiple scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 to all undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled at an accredited University or College. Our main goal is to bring awareness and inspire solutions to certain issues such as cyberbullying, online predators, teen suicide and childhood depression in the age of technology.

Requirements: All undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited University or College.

Benefits: $500-1000

Deadline to apply: Ongoing (Annual), Every October 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time).
National Debt Relief Scholarship
About: The NEA says "If the United States is to hold a competitive edge in a rapidly changing global workforce, bolstering the nation's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is essential." National Debt Relief supports this effort and wants to encourage students to pursue careers in these fields to bolster our future economic prosperity.

Requirements: The applicants must be enrolled in an accredited 4-year university or college located in United States. Graduate and undergraduate students can apply. Graduating high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or above are also eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants must be pursuing or intending to pursue their bachelor's degree which can be in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Benefits: $1000

Deadline to apply: January

Foundation for Asia Pacific Education

About: Scholarship to study in  American Samoa (U.S. territory) Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, People's Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Republic of China (Taiwan), Fiji, Guam (U.S. territory), Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Northern Marianas (U.S. territory), Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, or Vietnam.

Requirements:  the applicant must be enrolled in a North American college or university where transfer credit from an academic program abroad will be applied to your degree being earned; must be a US or Canadian citizen.

Benefits: $500-1500

Deadlines to applyApril 30th (May 1 - August 31); August 1st (September 1 - December 31); December 31st (January 1 through April 3.)

Key Thinkers Scholarship

About: The Key Thinkers Scholarship ("Scholarship") awards academically qualified students with a $2,500 USD Scholarship to one (1) eligible recipient ("Recipient") once every academic term (coinciding with the application schedule below), to one (1) eligible recipient ("Recipient"). There will be a total of four (4) Recipients of the Scholarship per academic year. The sponsor ("MoneyKey") offers the Scholarship to post-secondary students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. This is an opportunity for students to be a voice in the growing conversation about financial responsibility.

Requirements: Be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. Be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, or trade school in the United States. Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. 

Benefits: $2500

Deadlines to apply: Summer (June 30); Fall (September 30); Winter (December 31); Spring (March 31)


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Benefits: $500-$5,000

Wander Pigs Study Abroad Scholarship

Requirements: You must be a full time student or if home educated must have proof of a study abroad program application/acceptance. Have applied or been accepted into a study abroad program with your college/university.

Benefit: $500

Deadline: May. 

Elite Rehab Placement Substance Abuse Scholarship

About: Addiction is a life-long battle that affects millions of people. Fresh insight into addiction and personal experiences is an essential part of beating this affliction. As a result, Elite Rehab Placement is offering a scholarship to students who are considering a career in psychology, substance abuse counseling, or have  been affected by addiction in some way.

Benefits: $1,000

Deadline to apply: December 1st. 
Owner Direct Vacation Rentals Study Away Scholarship
About: At Owner Direct, we value the benefits of education and travel as a way to learn first-hand about the world we live in. To encourage this, we are offering one student a $500 scholarship to put towards studying away from home. From plane tickets and tuition costs to outings and excursions, this scholarship money can be used to cover any expenses associated with studying away from home.

Benefit: $500

Deadline to apply: August

Annual CGTrader Scholarship

About: CGTrader is the largest 3D model marketplace backed by the strong designer community of more than 1.2M members. CGTrader was founded with the goal to ensure fair marketplace conditions for 3D designers. Every year CGTrader challenges students to dig into the field of technology by writing an essay on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives.

Requirements: Minimum 2.5 GPA. High school senior, undergraduate or graduate student. Enrolled full-time in an academic institution Jan 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018.

Benefits: Winner: $2,000; 2 Runner-Ups: $500

Deadline to apply: December 


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