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Study Abroad Scholarships

Scholarships for study abroad are available by application to UB students.  Make sure to start your scholarship search early and keep track of deadlines. Keep in mind that many general scholarships and grants can also be applied to study abroad and look for scholarships specific to the country where you will be studying.

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

    www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/About-the-Program

    Requirements: The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the following criteria: The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/ her study abroad; The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.; The applicant is studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least four consecutive weeks; The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list.

    Amount: Awards of up to $5,000 are made for up to one academic year of undergraduate study abroad. Award amounts will vary based on student's rank in the selection process, their financial need and length of program with the average award being $4,000. Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000 if they are studying a critical need language while abroad.

    Deadline: The Fall 2012/Academic Year 2012-2013 application cycle is for programs beginning between July 15 and October 15, 2012. This cycle encompasses fall semester, quarter, academic year programs that are a minimum of four weeks in length.

    Contact (According to your last name): A – D: Phone: 832.369.3477 -- Email: gilmanforms@iie.org, E – K: Phone: 832.369.3484 -- Email: gilman@iie.org, L – Q: Phone: 832.369.3475 -- Email: gilmandocs@iie.org, R – Z: Phone: 832.369.3485 -- Email: gilmanapp@iie.org

  • NSEP David L. Boren Awards

    http://www.borenawards.org/

    A. Boren Scholarship Requirements: A U.S. citizen at the time of application; A high school graduate, or have earned a GED; Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete; Applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

    Amount: Maximum scholarship awards are:

    •$8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)

    •$10,000 for a semester

    •$20,000 for a full academic year

    Deadline: The application deadline for 2012 has passed. The 2013-14 application will be available in late-August 2012, with an application deadline on February 13, 2013. Schools with campus representatives may have an earlier on-campus deadline. (University of Baltimore does not have a campus representative for either the Boren Scholarship or Fellowship.) Send all supplementary materials to: Boren Scholarships, Institute of International Education, 1400 K St. NW Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005.

    Contact: 1-800-618-6737 or boren@iie.org

    B. Boren Fellowship

    Requirements:

    Boren Fellowships are for graduate students. You are eligible to apply for a Boren Fellowship if you are:

    A U.S. citizen at the time of application Either matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at a U.S. college or university located within the United States and accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren Fellows must remain matriculated in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship and may not graduate until the fellowship is complete. Planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

    Amount: Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study. In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000.

    Deadline: The application deadline for 2012 has passed. The 2013-14 application will be available in late-August 2012, with an application deadline on January 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST. All online components must be submitted, and all original supplementary material must arrive by the application deadline to the following address: Boren Fellowships, Institute of International Education, 1400 K Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20005

    Contact: 1-800-618-6737 or boren@iie.org

     

  • Institute of International Education

  • Fulbright Program

    http://fulbright.state.gov/

    General Requirements include:

    Fulbright offers numerous competitive, merit-based grants for Students, Scholars, Teachers, Professionals and Groups. Grants are available for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for foreign (non-U.S.) citizens to come to the U.S. Specific Fulbright grant categories and programs can be located on the Fulbright Program website. Potential applicants should consult this page for specific program availability and contact information for complete details about applying, eligibility and award benefits, as these details vary by country and program. All applicants must have:

    U.S. citizenship at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible. B.A. degree or the equivalent conferred before the start of the grant. In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement. Good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician. Proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Candidates who have undertaken their higher education primarily at educational institutions in the U.S. Undergraduate study abroad will not be considered a disadvantage. Candidates who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months, not counting undergraduate study abroad. Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section. For most programs, applicants who have had extensive previous foreign experience in the host country are at a competitive disadvantage, but are still eligible to apply.

    Employees of private and public agencies (excluding educational institutions) under contract to the U.S. Department of State to perform administrative or screening services on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s exchange program, for a period ending one year following the termination of their services for the U.S. Department of State provided such employees have been directly engaged in performing services related to the exchange programs.

    Amount: Grant benefits for all Fulbright U.S. Student grants include Round-trip transportation to the host country Funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country Accident & Sickness Health Benefits. In some countries, grants may also include: Book and research allowances Mid-term enrichment activities Full or partial tuition Language study programs Pre-departure and in-country orientations

    Deadline: Fulbright operates on a yearly application cycle, which generally (but not in all cases) opens approximately 15 months before the anticipated start of the grant with a deadline approximately 11 or 12 months before the grant's start date.

    Contact: Email: fulbright@state.gov; Telephone: 202.632.3238

     

  • Critical Language Scholarship Program

    http://clscholarship.org/

    Requirements:

    All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level. Current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college course-work by program start date (one year is defined as two semesters or three quarters). Be in acceptable mental and physical health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Information Form and Physician’s Statement. Applicants must be 18 by the beginning of the 2013 CLS Program. Please go to the Critical Language Scholarship Program website to see the 2013 CLS Institute Language Levels for more information on language pre-requisites for individual institutes. Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply.

    Amount: All CLS Program costs are covered for participants including: travel to and from the student's U.S. home city and program location, a mandatory Washington, D.C. pre-departure orientation, applicable visa fees, room, board, group-based intensive language instruction, program-sponsored travel within country, and all entrance fees for CLS Program cultural enhancement activities. Please note that U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship, and you will be required to cover transportation to and from your U.S. home address and the airport for CLS Program travel. Selected applicants must have a U.S. passport that is valid for the length of stay with at least two blank visa pages by early February 2012. Please plan in advance to avoid visa delays.

    Deadline: According to the Program Assistant for the Critical Language Scholarship Program, the application will become available tentatively on October 1 st, 2012, and will tentatively be due November 15th, 2012.

    Contact: cls@americancouncils.org, 202-833-7522

     

  • Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship

    http://www.rotary.org/en/studentsandyouth/educationalprograms/ambassadorialscholarships/pages/ridefault.aspx

    General Information: The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship program will end in 2013. Beginning in 2013-14, The Foundation will offer scholarship opportunities through district and global grants. Please check out the Rotary International Website for this information.

    Requirements: Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are for one regular academic year (usually nine months) at a study institution assigned by the Foundation Trustees. The scholarship may be used for almost any field of study; however, it cannot be used for unsupervised research, medical internship or residency, or for employment on a full- time basis in the host country. Since candidates are expected to be proficient in the host country’s language, generally this scholarship is not appropriate for study of a foreign language. Because the scholarship is limited to one academic year, recipients may not be able to earn degrees, certificates, or diplomas during the study period. The award cannot be used to study at more than one institution or in more than one country.

    • Candidates must have completed at least two years of university or college course work at the time the scholarship period begins or have a secondary school education with employment in a recognized vocation for at least two years.

    • Candidates must be citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary club.

    • Candidates cannot be Rotarians, honorary Rotarians, or employees of a club, district, or other Rotary entity or of Rotary International. Spouses, lineal descendants (child or grandchild by blood, adopted or not adopted), spouses of lineal descendants, and ancestors (parent or grandparent by blood, adopted or not adopted) of persons in the foregoing categories are also ineligible. Please note that Rotarians and their relatives remain ineligible for scholarship awards for 36 months after a Rotarian has discontinued club membership.

    • Application must be made through a local Rotary club in the applicant’s legal or permanent residence or place of full-time study or employment.

    • Study or training must be undertaken in another country or territory where there are Rotary clubs, but not in the sponsor Rotary country or district. (Recipients of donated scholarships may study in the donating district.)

    • Rotaractors are eligible and encouraged to apply, provided they meet all other eligibility criteria.

    • Persons with disabilities are eligible for Foundation awards. If otherwise qualified for the scholarship, such applicants should not be overlooked. With the support of Rotarians in the sponsor and host districts, students with disabilities have served as successful Ambassadorial Scholars in the past.

    Amount: Funding is intended to defray costs associated with round-trip transportation, one month of intensive language training (if assigned by the Foundation), required fees for a normal course load, room and board, and some educational supplies. The Foundation will not pay additional costs resulting from personal living preferences. The award provides a flat grant amount of US $26,000 or its equivalent. Applicants who request and are assigned to an institution where costs exceed $26,000 must pay all additional costs.

    Contact: 1 866-976-8279

     

  • North American Language and Culture Assistantships in Spain

    http://www.educacion.gob.es/exterior/centros/losangeles/es/cursos/20091223-Language-Culture-Assistants-in-Spain-Manual.pdf

    Requirements: The candidate shall hold a minimum of a BA or BS by the end of the academic year preceding the start of the program or be an upcoming Junior or Senior student at their university or be a university graduate. Candidates MUST have an intermediate level knowledge of the Spanish language at minimum. Candidates must hold a U.S. or Canadian passport. The candidate must be a native or bilingual English or French speaker. Candidates must be in good physical and mental health. The average age of a participant is 21-35, as long as they meet the profile listed above and submit the documentation listed in the “Requirements” section below; candidates older than 35 may be subject to regional evaluation.

    Amount: You will receive a minimum monthly stipend of 700 net euros. You will be provided private general health insurance by your region covering basic needs, emergencies and repatriation.

    Deadline: The deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year is still being determined.. Please check website for updates.

    Contact: 202-728-2335

     

  • Butex North American Scholarships

    www.diversityabroad.com

    Requirements:

    •Applicants must be full-time undergraduates at a university or community college based in the United States. Students must participate in a study abroad program offered by a DiversityAbroad.com partner organization.

    •Economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/ Latino, Multiracial/ethnic or Native-American undergraduate students as well as student who study in non traditional locations (Outside western Europe & Australia ) are strongly encouraged to apply.

    •Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    •Have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA at an accredited U.S. university or college

    •Be accepted to a study abroad, intern abroad, language immersion abroad or volunteer abroad program offered through a DiversityAbroad.com Partner Organization

    •Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident

    •Must be willing to share their experiences abroad with the DiversityAbroad.com community via blogs, picture and videos (at least twice a week), participation in DiversityAbroad.com travel abroad forum and do a study abroad testimonial at the end of their time abroad

    Amount: Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with AIFS, will offer ten, $500 scholarships for full-time undergraduate (both community college and university level) students studying abroad during spring 2012 and fall 2012. Five scholarships are available for the fall and five for the spring.

    Deadline: May 2, 2012 for fall 2012 and October 16, 2012 for spring 2013.

    Contact: 510-982-0635, info@diversityabroad.com

     

     

  • Freeman-Asia Scholarship

    http://www.iie.org/programs/freeman-asia

    Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application; Must currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program; The applicant is required to submit the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) figure, calculated through FAFSA, with the statement of financial need through the online Freeman-ASIA application. Must be an undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 2.8, pursuing his or her first bachelor's degree (or associate's degree), at a two-year or a four-year institution of higher education in the United States. Must apply through the U.S. home campus and have at least one term of enrollment remaining at the home institution in the U.S. upon returning from studying abroad in Asia. Must have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad based program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. A multi-country program is eligible only if the applicant will spend at least 8 weeks in one of the countries stated above and will have intensive language study during that period. Must have applied to or have been accepted by a study abroad based program that awards academic credits through the home campus or other U.S. accredited college or university. The proposed length of study in the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term. Must have little or no previous experience in the country in which he or she plans to study. A summer term applicant must not have spent more than 4 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years. A semester or an academic year term applicant must not have spent more than 6 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years. Must submit the online Freeman-ASIA Student Impact Survey within one month of returning to the United States and must initiate his/her service project to promote study abroad opportunities in Asia on the college campus and/or in the local community. Must submit the Freeman-ASIA Final Service Report on the implementation of his/her service project at the end of the term following his/her return to the United States. Must not be a previous Freeman-ASIA award recipient.

    Amount: Grant amounts range from $3,000-$7,000. A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

    Deadline: Summer 2013- Mid-February (exact date TBD)

    Fall 2013 & Academic Year 2013-14- Early April (exact date TBD)

    *Applicants must submit their online application by 11:59 p.m. EST on the date of the Student Deadline for the specific cycle.

    Contact: Freeman-ASIA@iie.org, 212.984.5542

     

     

  • Talk Fellowship

    http://www.talk.go.kr/

    Requirements: Applicants must be a citizen of one of the following countries where the national language is English: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom or USA; Overseas Koreans with permanent residency in the above countries are also eligible; Korean Nationals with temporary residency (with the intention of obtaining permanent residency) who have lived in one of the above countries for at least 8 years including elementary school are also eligible; At the time of application, all applicants must be enrolled in a Bachelor’s program and have completed at least two (2) years of undergraduate study OR have obtained an Associate’s degree in one of the aforementioned countries. Recent college graduate and graduate students are also eligible to apply; Overseas Koreans in their 1st or 2nd year of undergraduate study are eligible if they qualify for the F4 visa or hold Korean citizenship; Must have a strong command of spoken and written English and sharp communication skills; Must be adaptable to a new environment; Must be responsible for his/her own physical and mental health, and judgment of his/her capability in performing the assigned duties/responsibilities; Must carry themselves maturely and professionally regardless of the situation, location or people present.

    Amount: 6 month program- $7,800

    12 month program- $15,600

    Deadline: This program employs a rolling acceptance system. The local application windows at the Korean Embassy/Consulate in the country of your residence are closed in late June-July; late December-January; respectively for each term. Applications submitted before local application windows open and after local application windows close will be forwarded to the Seoul Talk Office for review and will be considered for the waitlist or the next term.

    Contact: contactkorea@gmail.com

     

     

  • Laura W. Bush Travelling Fellowship

    http://www.state.gov/p/io/unesco/programs/143138.htm

    Overview: The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college/ university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.

    Requirements:

    In order to apply for the Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship, applicants must be a U.S. citizen eligible for foreign travel Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the United States The award will be made on the basis of :

    • Originality and feasibility of proposal

    • Quality of essay Apparent dedication to bridging nations, enlarging freedoms, and promoting democracy through one or more of UNESCO’s fields of competence

    • Performance during interview, if applicable

    Amount: Awards range from $1,000 - $4,000

    Deadline:Spring 2013: Monday, February 25, 2013, Fall 2013: Monday, September 23, 2013

    Contact: DCUNESCO@state.gov -- 202-663-0026

     

     

  • The Teaching Assistant Program in France

    http://www.frenchculture.org/assistantshipprogram

    Overview: The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.

    Requirements:

    Candidates must be American citizens or foreign nationals in possession of a U.S. Green Card. French nationals and French-American dual citizens are not eligible to apply. AGE: Candidates must be between 20 and 30 years old on the start date of the program (October 1). EDUCATION: Candidates must have completed at least two years of higher education by the beginning of the program. BACKGROUND: Candidates must have completed the majority of their elementary, secondary and university studies in the United States. LANGUAGE SKILLS: Proficiency in French is required (minimum level of B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). French majors and minors are encouraged to apply. Candidates who do not have a major or minor in French may apply if they have developed at least a basic proficiency (3 college semesters) in French and/or lived abroad in a Francophone country.

    Amount: Teaching assistants receive a gross monthly salary of approximately $1,099. Due to the higher cost of living in the overseas departments, assistants placed in these Académies receive an additional salary allowance of 30% to 35%. The stipend provides enough money to live the lifestyle of a typical French student. Personal funds are needed for the initial period of the contract.

    Deadline: The application for the 2013-2014 program will be available on website in October 2012. The deadline to apply is January 15.

    Contact: assistant.washington-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr