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External Scholarships


Many scholarships sponsored by outside organizations are available to VCU students and you may apply for more than one scholarship. Please notify your study abroad adviser if you are applying for a scholarship so we can help advise you. 

The following is a list of notable scholarships and search engines to help identify scholarships that match your program destination and subject. 

Study Abroad Scholarships
Here you can find information on specific scholarships for study abroad. Please refer to individual websites for deadlines, eligibility and application procedures. This is by no means an exhaustive list of available scholarships. There are a lot of study abroad scholarships that you can find with a bit of searching and persistence.

Creative Funding Ideas
Local, regional, national groups and friends and family are all great sources to look for funding to help you achieve your goals. Set aside some time each week to research scholarships and contact individuals and groups to look for funding support. And remember to thank everyone who helps to make your study abroad experience possible!

GoFundMe.com
Create a campaign for an easy way to share your goal and ask friends and family to donate.

Kickstarter.com
Fundraise for your study abroad “project” by selling art, food, etc.

Traditional
Host a car wash, bake sale, or babysit to earn money and save. 

Frequent Flyer Miles
Ask if anyone is willing to give you miles to purchase your flight.

Holidays and Birthdays
Ask for study abroad related gifts like a backpack or camera.

Sororities and Fraternities
Check with your local and national chapter for study abroad scholarships.

Heritage Groups
Swedish Council of America, Swiss American Historical Society, Italian American Heritage Foundation, Japan America Society

Local Businesses, Churches, and Civic Organizations
Contact local businesses or civic organizations that may have scholarships or are willing to donate money, such as Elks, Kiwanis, Lions, Moose, Rotary, etc.
 
Scholarship Amount Description
Academic Programs International (API) $250-$1,000 Must be accepted into an API study abroad program, submit two essays, letter of recommendation and have a 3.0 GPA.
AIFS Study Abroad $1,000 High academic achievement, essay and application to the AIFS program.
Allianz Scholar Trips $2,500 For students seeking to enrich their education through international travel.
Alltherooms.com $1,000 600 - 800 word essay on what inspires you to travel.
American Association of University Women Fellowships $18,000-$30,000 Non-U.S. citizen full-time graduate, doctorate and postdoctoral women.
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS Up to $40,000 and full research costs Grants for research and language training in Eurasia and Eastern Europe for graduate, postdoctoral and faculty members.
American Jewish League for Israel Varies For study abroad in Israel.
American-Scandinavian Foundation Awards $5,000-$23,000 The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (normally $5,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian countries for up to one year. Awards are granted in all fields.
Amideast Scholarships Varies For students on Amideast programs.
Asian Cultural Council Grants   Grant opportunities for individuals seeking aid to undertake activities in Asia.
BestValueSchools.org $500 400 word essay on making a difference in your community
Blakemore Foundation Language Grants Tuition, tutoring, travel, living, study expenses Advanced proficiency in the Asian languages, studies after undergraduate.
Boren Awards for International Study Up to $30,000 Scholarships for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests.
Bridging Scholarships $2,500-$4,000 Undergraduates interested in studying in Japan.
Application form, essay, transcripts and recommendation required.
Brokerfish International Student Scholarship $1,000 Open to full time students of any nationality pursuing a degree, 500-1000 word essay.
BUTEX – British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association £500 Eight scholarships available to North American students studying in the UK for either a semester or for an entire academic year.
CAPA Scholarships $500 – 5,000 For students participating on CAPA programs.
CEA Scholarships $250-$3,000 Eight scholarships for students in CEA programs with various purposes; requires a 3.0 GPA and written essay.
CIEE GAIN Scholarship Varies For students participating in CIEE programs, focuses on helping students overcome the major barriers to studying abroad, namely costs and curriculum requirements.
CISabroad scholarships Varies For students participating in CIS programs.
College Consortium for International Studies   Brief information regarding financial aid and study abroad.
Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Varies For students in CCSA programs.
Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Studies All-inclusive
(state department funded)
Seven- to 11-week summer studies in Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.
DIS Scholarships Varies For students on DIS programs (Scandinavia)
Diversity Abroad & CISI Planning Scholarship  $2,000 Variety of scholarships offered to diverse and under-represented high school, undergrad and graduate students.
Explore the World Travel Scholarships
 
$2,000 Hostelling International USA (HI USA) offers scholarships to help finance an international trip with an educational or service component to the itinerary.
FlipKey Study Abroad Scholarship $1,000 Full-time students over 18 enrolled in a current or upcoming study abroad program.
Foundation for Global Scholars $500 - $2,500 The foundation offers 4 scholarships to North American students studying, researching, or interning abroad for any length of time. The scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students.
Foundation for International Education Scholarships $2,000 Merit-based scholarships to qualified students on FIE programs.
Freeman-ASIA Varies Freeman Awards for Study in Asia provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
Fund for Education Abroad Up to $10,000 General Scholarships for students planning to spend 4+ weeks abroad plus dedicated scholarships including the Hilary Echo Douglas scholarship for study in Vietnam and Rainbow Scholarship for LGBTQI students.
Fulbright Scholarships Travel, books, research, health insurance, tuition, living costs Purpose: to increase mutual international understanding. Department of State-funded, highly competitive and prestigious for one academic year of study.
Grants include full grants, travel grants, business grants and English teaching assistantships.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarships Full tuition, travel, living costs For non-UK students interested in studying at Cambridge University. Highly competitive: high GPA, strong references and a commitment to helping others required.
German Academic Exchange Service   Information on various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs, faculty and researchers to study in Germany.
Gilman Scholarship Up to $5,000 For undergraduate students on Pell Grants with limited financial means. Department of State-funded and highly competitive, for fall/winter/spring, four weeks or longer only.
Global Studies Grant   For full-time enrolled U.S. students with good academic standing
Golden Key International Honor Society Up to $5,000 Golden Key Society offers $1,000,000 is scholarships and awards each year for both undergraduates and graduates.
Go Overseas Scholarships $500 and up to $25,000 General study abroad scholarships and country specific scholarships to Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia
Hispanic Scholarship Fund From $500 to $5,000 For students with Hispanic heritage, 2.5 GPA, and U.S. citizenship.  Emphasis on STEM majors.
 Hosteling International  $2,000  For aspiring global travelers who want to give back while they experience another culture.  See HI at 7 North Second Street for details.
Be 18 - 30 years of age Be a permanent, legal resident of the USA -
ISA Scholarships Varies For students participating in ISA programs.
ItaliaRail Scholarship $1,000 For students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and studying in Italy.
Turkish Coalition of America   Scholarship for Turkish American students or American minority students studying in Turkey.
International Research and Studies Program $50,000- $200,000 a year
up to three years
U.S. Department of Education-funded grants. For the development of educational materials to strengthen foreign language and related studies areas.
Ito Scholarships   Study in Japanese in Japan.
Japanese Student Services Organization $500-$2,200/ month Scholarships for students to study in Japan.
JASSO Short-term Student Exchange Scholarship Stipend of ¥80,000 per month, and a relocation allowance of about ¥150,000 upon arrival Scholarship for students participating in a Japanese academic-year exchange program through their university.
Kosciuszko Foundation $1,000-$7,000 waived tuition Scholarships for students of Polish descent or in Polish studies studying in Poland.
Language Flagship Program Tuition, a modest stipend, and support for health insurance and travel costs Scholarship for U.S. citizens who have an advanced-low proficiency in the appropriate foreign language and a superior proficiency in English. Must hold an undergraduate degree and cannot be employed by the federal government.
LIVFund Scholarship $500 For students interested in learning, interning, or volunteering abroad in Latin America.
Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship £500 – 1,000 For students accepted to a study abroad program offered by an AASAP/UK member and minimum 3.0 GPA.
Mandarin Language Enrichment Scholarship 25,000 NTD To encourage international students to undertake Huayu courses in the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Marshall Scholarships All-inclusive Highly competitive and prestigious scholarships for U.S. students to earn a master’s or doctoral degree in U.K. requires a minimum GPA of 3.7.
Masa Israel Grants   For Jewish young adults to study in Israel.
Organization of American States Up to $30,000/year Scholarship opportunities for studies in OAS-member states.
Outdoorsy $1,000 Encourages students to pursue outdoor recreation opportunities.
Pacific Prime Scholarship $1,000 1,000 words on the impact technology has had on healthcare.
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant $1,000 Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.
Pimsleur Approach Study Abroad Scholarship $1,000 Scholarship for students participating in an immersive study abroad language program.
Rhodes Scholarships All-inclusive Highly competitive and prestigious scholarships for U.S. citizens to earn graduate degrees at Oxford.
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships $10,000- $23,000 Application through local Rotary clubs for international study.
SAI Scholarships Varies For students participating in SAI programs.
School for Field Studies Scholarships Varies For students participating in SFS programs.
Scott's Cheap Flights $1,000 For U.S. permanent residents going abroad in 17/18
Semester at Sea Scholarships Varies For students participating in Semester at Sea.
SIT Scholarships Varies For students participating in SIT programs.
STA Travel Scholarships Varies Must be a U.S. citizen and majoring in Photography, Film, Art, Travel and Tourism, or Foreign Language.
St. Andrew’s Society of Washington, D.C. $500-$2,500 For graduate students of Scottish descent intending to study in Scotland.
StudySoup Future Innovator Scholarship Program $2,000 For students who exemplify one or more of StudySoup’s core values:  Be a Knight, Make an Impact, Succeed Together.
Tripping.com Travel Lovers' Scholarship $1000 For undergraduate and graduate students.  Applicants must submit a 1,000 word travel guide on their favorite vacation destination.
Tuck.com Sleep Scholarships Varies Sleep-related Scholarships
UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship $2,500 Must be a U.S. citizen, 18-25 years old. 
United Negro College Fund Scholarships Up to full costs A general application will match you with many UNCF scholarship opportunities.
US-Ireland Alliance Tuition, housing, a $12,000 stipend and international travel Scholarship for students enrolled in a graduate degree program or certificate program offered by an institution of higher learning, in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
Volunteer Forever Scholarship $500 - $1000 Since 2014, Volunteer Forever has been offering a $500 to $1000 travel scholarship to help participants defray the cost of volunteering, studying, interning, teaching, or working abroad.
William Jefferson Clinton Scholars Program Tuition and housing Study full-time at the American University in Dubai, 2.0 GPA.

Scholarship search engines
These websites offer extensive information about education abroad funding opportunities.

 
Adventures in Education Database for general academic scholarships, including some study abroad scholarships.
BestColleges.com Financial Aid Opportunities for Minority Students
British Council’s Education U.K. Scholarship database for U.S. undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral students interested in studying in the U.K.
The College Board Scholarship Search Extensive database of general scholarships, grants, internships and loans including study abroad scholarships.
Disability Scholarships This search engine lists college scholarships for students with disabilities.
Disabled World This search engine posts general disability scholarships.
Disaboom Scholarship Engine This search engine lists scholarships related to a specific disability.
DiversityAbroad.com A study abroad and cultural exchange portal that has partnered with several organizations to offer study abroad grants and scholarships. Students can search for scholarships and explore other opportunities.
Fastweb Popular scholarship search that includes some study abroad scholarships (free registration).
FinAid! Comprehensive online source for education funding opportunities
Foundation Center Subscription site for individuals seeking foundation grants
Goabroad.com Scholarship search engine
Goodcall.com Accessible Guide to paying for college for students with disabilites
Grantfinder Database of study grants in the Netherlands.
Grants.gov Database of government grants (lengthy registration process)
Guide to Study Abroad Financial Aid Guide to financial planning, scholarships and using financial aid for study abroad
HRC Student Scholarship Database Scholarships for LGBTQ and Allied students
International Education Financial Aid An extensive resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for U.S. and international students wishing to study abroad
InternationalStudentLoan.com A provider of international student loan programs
NAFSA Funding Resources A list of scholarships and awards for students seeking experiential learning programs abroad
NerdWallet Web company that offers free resources to students to help manage their college finances, including an extensive scholarship search engine of more than 10,000 scholarships, including scholarships for study abroad
Plato Resources An  online collection of study abroad scholarships for underrepresented students in study abroad
Proyecto Visión This search engine lists a number of scholarships, many of which are specific to Latino students with disabilities
SmartScholar.com Scholarship search engine
Studyabroad.com A helpful scholarship section in the popular study abroad program search website
Studyabroad101.com Scholarship search engine
ScholarshipPortal.eu Scholarship search engine for funding study, work or research in one of the European nations
Study Abroad Funding Database set up by IIEPassport containing education abroad scholarship information
United Negro College Fund Scholarships Database of UNCF-affiliated scholarships
University of Minnesota Extensive information about education abroad from the UMN including scholarships
 

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