Study Abroad Scholarships

Gilman Scholarships
Awards of up to $5,000 are made for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding are eligible to apply. This program is funded by Congress and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Students who receive the Gilman Scholarship are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Critical Need Languages available on ISEP programs include Chinese, Korean, and Russian (available in Latvia and Estonia). For more information, go to

National Security Education Program
Awards usually cover the full cost of study and travel abroad.  Created by Congress in 1991, NSEP was intended to encourage American students to study less commonly taught languages and cultures, especially in nations considered to be of interest to national security. The program also aspires to increase the number of Americans qualified for government service and international diplomacy. After graduation, student recipients are required to work for an office or agency of the Federal Government involved in national security affairs or in higher education.

Rotary Foundation
Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships of up to $26,000 provide funding for one academic year of study in another country. Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion.  ISEP students studying in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish or Swedish may qualify for the Cultural Ambassador Scholarship. 

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Scholarships to highly qualified undergraduate students for study abroad, university language or summer courses, senior thesis research and/or internships in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Bridging Scholarships
For study abroad in Japan. Undergraduate students of any major are eligible to apply. The awards are typically $2,500 for semester-long programs or $4,000 for academic-year programs. The application deadline is in April.

Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships 
Awards two $7,500 scholarships to US students who will be studying in Japan for the academic year to augment its contribution to the Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan. Eligible students include juniors and seniors at US universities with an interest in economics and international finance who have been accepted for study in Japan. Winners may also be considered for internships at Morgan Stanley Japan's Tokyo headquarters.

Freeman-ASIA Scholarships
Designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning on studying overseas in East or Southeast Asia.

Itoh Scholarship Foundation
A non-profit charitable institute that provides provides financial assistance for the study of the Japanese language at Japanese universities.

Japan Student Services Organization
Available for qualified international students already accepted by Japanese universities or graduate schools for a semester or year.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study
Only available to American citizens and permanent residents of the United States who have a college degree and plan to use an Asian language in their career.

Fund for Education Abroad
The newly established Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was created in order to open doors for deserving education abroad students. Starting with the 2011-2012 academic year, FEA will award funds for students planning to study abroad on any academically rigorous programs. Designed by the FEA Advisory Board, FEA scholarships are intended to meet the financial needs of students who might not be eligible for government grants or existing funds limited to specific programs or groups of students.

GSF Student Grant (The Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad)
Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution.


General Resources

Financial Resources for International Study: A Guide for Us Students and Professionals

(Financial Resources for International Study)

ExPAN Scholarship Search

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