There are several scholarships that support study/research abroad. You're encouraged to apply for any awards that you're eligible for.
Here are some ideas of available scholarships. Some programs are only for specific countries or activities. Please read the informaiton on each site thoroughly before applying.
- Study Abroad Funding (www.studyabroadfunding.org), sponsored by IIE Passport, provides links to a variety of study abroad scholarships and grants based on your host country and/or academic subject(s) of study while abroad.
- Fund for Education Abroad ( http://www.fundforeducationabroad.org/) provides scholarships up to $10,000 who plan to study abroad for at least four in high-quality, rigorous education programs. The financial support for these scholarships is provided by generous donors, who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students.
- Gilman Scholarships (www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program). This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.
- Boren Scholarships (www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship), Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
- Fast Web (www.fastweb.com) provides a scholarship search as well as advice on searching for and using loans, grants, and other types of financial aid.
- College Board (www.collegeboard.com/student/pay/index.html), along with resources for researching and applying for college, offers a database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding, totaling nearly $3 billion in financial aid opportunities. Do a Quick Search for "study abroad" or "international," or fill out a profile (it's free) for more advanced search options and scholarship matches that are right for you.
- Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants (www.phikappaphi.org/Web/Awards/Study_Abroad.html) are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Forty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.
- The Department of Education (www.ed.gov/finaid) is the official resource for federal financial aid and can provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date information for Pell grants, Stafford loans, FSEOG, and more.
- NerdScholar (http://www.nerdwallet.com/nerdscholar/scholarships/) is a not-for-profit financial literacy website with scholarship information for students who are seeking extra funding to study abroad. The tool is easy to use and doesn't require you to sign up for an account or leave any personal information.
- CIEE Travel Grants for Educational Programs in Developing Countries
- DAAD Scholarship Program (Germany)
- Freeman Asia Scholarship
- Fulbright Scholarships
- Gilman International Scholarship Program
- IIEE Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
- NSEP Undergraduate Scholarships
- Rhodes Scholarship
- Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
SFA Office of International Programs Scholarship
Don't forget to apply for the OIP Study Abroad Scholarship (this is included in your application packet).
If you qualify for or currently receive financial aid, contact a Financial Aid Counselor at the Office for Financial Aid on campus, to discuss the procedures for applying your SFA financial aid towards your study abroad program costs.
Wisely Study Abroad Scholarship
These awards are made possible through the generosity of the Dorothy Wisely School of Honors Endowment. The School of Honors directs the supervision of the awards. Recipents traveling in Fall or Spring semesters will receive up to $2,000 toward the semester of the stuy abroad trip. Recipients travelling in the Summer I or Summer II semesters will receive up to $1,000 toward the semester of the study abroad trip. Application materials should be submitted to the School of Honors by February 1st. To learn more about the Wisely Study Abroad Scholarships, please visit http://www.sfasu.edu/honors/scholarships/study_abroad.asp.
If you are currently receiving or are planning on using financial aid to pay for all or part of your expenses while abroad, go to the Financial Aid Office in order to determine whether aid will transfer to your study abroad program. If you will qualify for financial aid, apply early to ensure the procedures are carried out correctly. This will enable you to receive notification of your award and help you plan for other financial arrangements that you may need to make in order to go abroad.
Please note that there are specific requirements for students who study through an SFA-sponsored program and students who study through another university or a provider program (ISEP, etc). More information about these is noted below.
1. For students studying through an SFA faculty-led program:
To defer payment, students need to have their Financial Aid officer complete the Financial Aid Deferral Form. The complete form has to be attached to the Study Abroad Application. Payment will be deferred up to the aid amount until 10 business days from the date the aid is disbursed. Balance beyond transferable aid remains due on the payment due date. This form does NOT eliminate the requirement to pay the $50 application fee and the program deposit on the regular payment schedule.
2. Or students studying through another university or a provider program (ISEP, etc):
In order to receive financial aid a student must carry a full-time load at the host institution abroad and receive transferable credit for the program toward his or her degree. Credit received on a study abroad program does not have to fulfill major requirements, but can be recognized as elective credits that advance the student towards a degree (i.e., language credits).
In order to receive consideration for financial assistance, you will have to submit to the Financial Aid Office the Study Abroad Concurrent Enrollment Agreement Form. The purpose of this form is to ensure disbursement of the proper amount of financial aid. You will be responsible for paying all program fees at the other institution using the financial aid that is refunded to you by SFA. SFA will not make any payment directly to any other school or provider. You are responsible to provide the host school/program provider with your financial aid award information and disbursement dates. Finally, please keep in mind that typically, it takes three weeks or longer to get all the necessary signatures on a concurrent agreement. Financial aid cannot be disbursed without this signed agreement. Please request the Study Abroad Concurrent Enrollment Agreement Form to your Study Abroad Coordinator.
Once accepted in the study abroad program, your study abroad coordinator will submit your Course Approval Form to the Registrar's Office for your enrollment in a study abroad placeholder course. This placeholder class allows your Financial Aid to disburse and keeps your student status active.
Financial Aid for Study Abroad Overview http://www.nafsa.org/students.sec/financial_aid_for_study/
Financial Aid Myths and Facts http://www.nafsa.org/students.sec/financial_aid_for_study/myths_and_realities_of/