Scholarship support is the most important expression of the Fern’s commitments to increase number of students who study abroad. We expect to disburse more than $100,000 in scholarships/grants during the current years.

There are a variety of different scholarships and need-based grants are available to students studying abroad for a semester/academic year and for students studying abroad during the summer/winter sessions (or other short periods of time). We encourage you to apply for any awards for which you are eligible!

There are 5 types of study overseas scholarships that are well known in the mainstream

  • Merit-Based
  • Need-Based
  • Student-Specific
  • Career-Specific
  • College-Specific

Scholarships for Study Abroad Around the World

1. Boren Scholarships

Awards:

  • $8,000 (summer program, available for STEM students only)
  • $10,000 (semester program)
  • $20,000 (academic year program)

Degree Level: Bachelors
The annual scholarships of the National Security Education Program provide funding’s to undergraduate students from the U.S. to study less popularly studied, minority world languages. Promoting linguistic and cultural immersion, this award program aims to support students focusing on language studies that are critical to U.S. national security. Boren Scholars can choose to study abroad in their country of choice, excluding nations within Western Europe as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In exchange for funding, scholars must commit to working in the federal government for at least a year after graduation.

2. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Awards:

  • $3,000 (summer program)
  • $4,000 (fall and spring program)
  • $5,000 (academic year program)

Degree Level: Bachelors
Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program offers grants to U.S. undergraduates with limited financial means, in order to diversify the population of students going abroad. This annual competitive award is given to a limited number of recipients interested in studying or interning abroad.

3. Robert B. Bailey Scholarship

Award:

  • Up to $2,000 per student

Degree Level: Bachelors
Offered through the Council on International Educational Exchange, the Bailey Scholarship is aimed at providing ethnic minority students from the United States with the financial means to study abroad. Applicants are required to submit a range of application materials, such as an outline of academic achievements, proof of financial need, a personal statement essay, and letters of recommendation.

4. USAC Scholarships

Award:

  • Varies

Degree Level: Bachelors
The University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) awards students who demonstrate significant financial need with scholarships to support their study abroad aspirations annually. To be eligible for these studies abroad scholarships, students must enrol in USAC study abroad programs. USAC’s scholarship offerings include General Scholarships for Non-Consortium Affiliate Students, Legacy Scholarships, and Program-Specific Scholarships.

5. Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

Award:

  • $1,000

Degree Level: Bachelors
Phi Kappa Phi supports U.S. undergraduates who wish to seek wisdom, experience, and academic excellence through study abroad by awarding 50 scholarships to aspiring study abroad students annually. Students who wish to apply must have an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter at their home university

6. CEA Study Abroad Scholarships

Awards:

  • $500 - $750 for short term programs
  • $1,000 - $3000 for year-long programs

Degree Level: Bachelors
CEA is committed to changing students’ lives by providing them with essential financial aid needed to study abroad. More than two million dollars is given to students for study abroad programs each year by CEA. CEA Study Abroad scholarships are divided into three categories: merit, need, and diversity.

7. Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship

Award:

  • Ranges from $50,000 to $60,000

Degree Level: Masters
Started in 1963, the Churchill Scholarship provides funding for American students interested in enrolling in a master’s degree programs in science, engineering, and mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Fourteen applicants are awarded with this scholarship annually.

8. AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

Award:

  • $400 - $1,000; Varies per scholarship

Degree: Bachelors
The American Institute for Foreign Study awards deserving students with more than $800,000 in financial aid for study abroad annually. These funds are available for students seeking both summer and semester study programs.

9. SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Award:

  • Ranges from $500 to $5,000

Degree: Bachelors
The School for International Training (SIT) offers scholarship funding to qualified students interested in participating in one of SIT’s many study abroad programs around the world. SIT offers a wide range of scholarships and grants that can be applied toward the costs of tuition and housing accommodation for students during their time abroad.

10. Critical Language Scholarship

Award:

  • Varies

Degree Levels: Bachelors & Masters
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs provides American students with the opportunity to enjoy fully-funded overseas summer language and cultural immersion programs through the awarding of Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) each year. Applicants are selected based on their commitment to studying non-traditional languages abroad, including Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, and Russian. The Critical Language Scholarship is only open to American undergraduate and graduate students