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Scholarship opportunities

At first glance, study abroad may not always appear to be financially feasible. Alfred University’s Office of Education Abroad aims to help students choose the program most aligned with their academic goals and financial means by providing advice and access to resources available to bridge gaps in program costs.

We highly encourage students of all backgrounds to apply for scholarships. There are study abroad grants and scholarship opportunities based on financial need and/or merit. 

Tips for applying for study abroad scholarships:

  • Seek them out: there are all kinds available - you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!
  • Plan ahead: most scholarships are competitive and must be applied for months in advance. Pay attention to those deadlines and give yourself plenty of time to gather recommendations, draft essays and prepare the applications.
  • The Writing Center: take advantage of the resources already available on campus. Walk in or make an appointment at under the first tab, “Academics” > Writing Center 
  • If you need a form filled out by the office of Financial Aid, you must give them at least a week to process it!
  • Also watch out for any relevant workshops and materials available to help you write successful scholarship essays. 

General study abroad scholarships

Scholarship Eligibility Award Deadline
Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarships: Offers bi-annual scholarships to students who are planning on studying abroad or interning abroad Any student (including graduate) studying/interning abroad can apply $500 Early Dec
Churchill Foundation Scholarship: Offers at least fourteen Churchill Scholarships annually. U.S. Citizen, Senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program. $50,000-
Nov 1st
Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship: Offered biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. Any four-year university student with good academic standing. $1,000 Fall:
May 20th

Dec 20th
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants: Fifty grants are awarded each year GPA above 3.75. $1,000 Feb 15th
Sep 15th
The Critical Language Scholarship Program: A fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. Critical-need language study
(see list on website).
The CLS Program is fully funded Nov 15th
Gilman Scholarship: Over 2,900 scholarships will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad and demonstrate a financial need. Need-based $5,000 Spring:
Oct 4th
Oct 4th,
Mar 7th
Mar 7th
Boren Scholarship: Awards for students interested in geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Funding is available for year-long programs and semester long programs. By critical-needs language/
study abroad location.
Up to $20,000 Feb 8th
Fund for Education Abroad: Provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population.
US citizen or permanent resident who is enrolled as an undergraduate. The program must be for credit and run for at least 4 weeks. $5,000 -
Sept 16th
Jan 20th

Study Abroad in Oceania

Scholarship       Eligibility Award Deadline
Scholarship to study in New Zealand: Annual scholarship awarded to five undergrad or grad student students to study abroad in New Zealand.
Any student (including graduate) studying/interning abroad can apply $1500 Fall 2018

Study Abroad in Asia

Scholarship Eligibility Award Deadline
Bridging Scholarships: The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. They 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.
American Undergraduate studying in Japan $2500 April 11th
Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan: For students who have an interest in economics and international finance and who have been accepted for study in Japan for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Any student studying
economics and international finance
$7500 April 11th
Freeman-Asia Scholarship: Scholarships for study abroad in East or Southeast Asian counties.
Demonstrates financial need $3,000
Mar 14th
Academic Year:
April 11th
The Alliance for Global Education Scholarships: Need-based scholarships awarded to students who attend Alliance programs in China, India, or Istanbul.
Demonstrates financial need $2,500 Spring: Nov 1st
Fall and summer:
April 1st

Study Abroad in Europe

Scholarship Eligibility Award Deadline
Walter Jensen Scholarship: American Association of Teachers of French is able to offer a scholarship for study abroad to a future teacher of French.
Studying to be a future French teacher $2,000 Mar 15th
Scholarship to Study Abroad in Ireland: Annual scholarship to study in Ireland. This scholarship is awarded to two undergraduate or graduate students giving them tuition waiver and 6,000-12,000 euros in stipend money.
Any student (including graduate) studying/interning abroad can apply €6,000-€12,000 Feb 23rd
DAAD: The goal of the program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German Universities. Scholarships available either as part of an organized study abroad program or an independent study abroad semester or year. Second or third year undergraduate with a good academic standing with well-defined internship or research plans Monthly stipend of EUR 650, health, accident and liability insurance, travel allowance. Jan 31st  
EESA Scholarships: Eastern European Study Abroad offers merit-based and need-based scholarships for students who have applied to a study abroad with EESA.
Demonstrates financial need $7,000 Fall:
Mar 1st
Spring: Oct 15th
Summer: April 1st


Study Abroad in Latin America

Scholarship Eligibility Award Deadline
Spanish Studies Abroad Scholarships: Offers two scholarships options: merit-based or diversity for students attending their regular academic programs in Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Argentina. Any student (including graduate) studying/interning abroad can apply $1,500 Fall:
May 15th
Spring: Oct 15th
Summer: April 15th


Study Abroad in North America

Scholarship       Eligibility Award Deadline
Scholarship to study in Canada: The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in Canada and the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the other country.
Undergraduate student studying at a Canadian university $5,000 - $10,000 Jan. 31st

Databases to search for scholarships

IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding
This database connects you to thousands of study abroad funding opportunities. You can search by country, program and keyword. The site links you to a wide range of funding opportunities and is a great tool to search of study abroad scholarships.
College Board general scholarship search engine
Free online scholarship database. Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion. Enter as much information as possible to find the most matches.
Diversity Abroad Scholarships and Grants:
Free database of scholarships that target minority, low-income and first-generation students
Free online scholarship database.
Free college scholarship search and financial aid information resource.
Scholarship Experts: 
In addition to scholarships, you now have access to colleges, internships, careers, and a whole lot more.
International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search:
At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings, plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.
International Scholarships
The International Scholarship Search is the premier financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource for students wishing to study abroad.
CIEE Scholarships and Grants:
Awards more than $3 million in scholarships and grants for study abroad. Offers multiple scholarships in three distinct areas to reach all student, those areas include: academic excellence scholarships, access grants and scholarships, and ambassador grants.
AIFS Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Support:
Awards more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants, and financial support to students and institutions. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs.
API Study Abroad and Intern Abroad Scholarships:
API awards approximately $450,000 in study abroad scholarships with a maximum of $1,000 per student.
ISA Scholarships:

Offers many scholarships and grants to students participating in one or more ISA programs.
SIT Scholarships:
SIT scholarships are available to students applying to an SIT Study Abroad program. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.