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External Scholarships


The external websites listed below provide a good starting point for research on the many study abroad scholarship opportunities available. Remember, studying abroad is an investment in your future and scholarships are meant to supplement your existing strategies for funding your program. Note: This list is not exhaustive and is meant to provide a starting point for your research. Please verify all due dates by visiting the corresponding websites as eligibility requirements and deadlines are subject to change. 

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program 
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. 

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. 

Deadline: Various deadlines; early March for summer and fall; early October for spring 
Award Amount: $3,000 (summer); up to $4,000–$8,000 (for critical language studies) 

The Boren Awards 
Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

Deadline: Late January/Early February 
Award Amount: $8,000 (8-week summer); $10,000 (semester); $20,000 (6-12 months) 

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The funding assists with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses. 

Deadline: Early April 
Award Amount: $3,000 (summer); $5,000 (semester); up to $7,000 (academic year) 

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan 
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to 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. 

Deadline: March 15
Award Amount: $2,500 (summer); $4,500 (academic year)

Foundation for Asia Pacific Education 
The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences within the Asia Pacific region. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority. 

Deadline: April for summer, August for fall, December for Spring 
Award Amount: $500-$1,500 

BUTEX Scholarship  
The BUTEX Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students who are affiliate to a BUTEX Full Member institution. Students studying abroad for a full semester or academic year at Oxford Brookes University or Roehampton University are eligible to apply. 

Deadline: June 15 
Award Amount: £500 

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) 
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18-24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. 

The program consists of three phases: two months of intensive German language training, four months of classes in one’s academic or career field at a university, technical or professional school and five-month internships in one’s career field. 

Deadline: December 1 for the following academic year 
Award Amount: Varies based on program and internship Overseas Ambassador Scholarship 
The Overseas Ambassador Program is a initiative created for current students or recent graduates who are planning to study, intern, volunteer or teach abroad. The Overseas Ambassadors will serve as an overseas correspondent, sharing their experiences to motivate other members of the community to go abroad. By writing insightful articles, sharing inspiring videos and pictures about your new surroundings, cross-cultural observations and personal growth, your words will inspire other diverse students to go abroad and challenge them to rethink how study abroad experiences can be for everyone. 

Deadline: June 1 for summer/fall, November 1 for spring 
Award Amounts: $500 

Rainbow Scholarship 
The Rainbow Scholarship awards deserving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students who aim to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. To be considered for the Rainbow Scholarship, applicants must self-identify on the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship application. 

Deadline: January for the following summer and academic year 
Award Amount: Up to $10,000 

Hosteling International USA Explore the World Travel Scholarship 
Hosteling International created the Explore the World Scholarship to help students finance international travel that includes an educational or service component. 

Deadline: Varies by year 
Award Amount: $2,000 

ItaliaRail Study Abroad Scholarship 
Open to all students studying at Webster Florence. 

Deadline: November for spring 
Award Amount: $1,000 + a 3-day Italy Rail Pass 

Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship 
The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. 

Deadline: Fall programs - April; Spring programs - November 
Award Amounts: $1,000 + 1 travel backpack 

First Trip Scholarship 
First Trip scholarships may be awarded to a student traveling to a country ranked lower than Very High on the United Nations' annual Human Development Index (HDI). Only countries whose human development has been ranked as High, Medium, or Low on the latest HDI are considered eligible destinations. 

Deadline: Rolling; submit application at least 3 months prior to travel 
Award Amount: $750-$1,500 

Membership-Based Study Abroad Scholarships

The following study abroad scholarships require you to be a member of a particular group or organization. 

St. Louis German American Heritage Society 
The Society offers an annual scholarship for students going to Europe to take German classes through Webster University. Apply to Paula Hanssen, Associate Professor of German in the International Languages and Cultures Department. 

Award Amount: $1,000 
St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities 
The not-for-profit organization offers and annual scholarship for students studying or taking an internship in the Stuttgart area, through the Dual University in Villingen-Schweningen. Apply to Paula Hanssen, Associate Professor of German in the International Languages and Cultures Department. 

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation 
Named in honor of fellow Girl Scout, the Corinne Jeannine Schillings Scholarship to Study Abroad is available to Girl Scouts who have received their Silver or Gold Award. The scholarship can be awarded to applicants applying for summer, semester, or academic year programs. 

Deadline: May for summer/fall, December for spring 
Award Amount: $1,000 

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarships 
Golden Key International Honor Society offers many unique scholarships and grants to members and alumni all over the world. Scholarship requirements and awards are consistently updated and added throughout the year. 

Rotary Club and Rotary Foundation Peace Fellowship 
Rotary Club scholarships are given by individual clubs and are open to anyone except Rotary members and their families. Contact your local club for application information and eligibility requirements. 
Rotary Foundation Peace Fellowships are for college graduates and professionals to study peace and conflict resolution or water and sanitation. Peace fellowships are available to candidates who want to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of six Rotary partner universities. 

Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis 
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis partners with community organizations, foundations, and corporations to aid students seeking college degrees with scholarships and grants. Follow the link above to learn more about the Foundation’s grant programs. 

Deadline: April 15 
Award Amount: Varies 


Graduate students are eligible for many of the scholarships offered through the Office of Study Abroad. To review eligibility requirements, see the study abroad scholarship program brochure

External graduate study abroad scholarships often are tied to a specific academic area, geographic region, and/or institution. Once a program has been selected, the Office of Study Abroad can assist with determining scholarship opportunities. There are a few links below to help get your search started.  
Boren Awards – Boren Fellowships 
GO Overseas - Graduate Only Study Abroad Scholarships 
Rotary Foundation – Scholarships and Fellowships