Timing is important, so get started early; some deadlines are six to twelve months before you actually study abroad. You do not need to wait until you are admitted into your program of study to apply for most scholarships.
List of Scholarships
Below are links to help you search for study abroad scholarships and other international fellowships and scholarships. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but simply a starting point.
UW Study Abroad Scholarship: Washington state residents with the greatest financial need are given priority for most scholarships. Financial need is demonstrated via the FAFSA or WAFSA. Deadlines vary.
Boren Awards: Funding to study abroad outside of Western Europe/Canada/Australia. Requires language study as part of the program, plus a one-year government service post-award. Campus Deadline: January.
Bridging Scholarship (Japan)
Bridging Scholarship (Japan): Scholarships for U.S. undergrads participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Summer programs not eligible. Deadlines: April (for fall study abroad) and October (for winter & spring study abroad).
Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS)
Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS): Fully funded overseas intensive summer language institutes in fourteen foreign languages (incl. Arabic, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, etc.) Deadline: November.
German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships (DAAD - Germany)
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship: Supports undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies. Application opens November 1, 2022. Application deadline is January 31, 2023.
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA): Support for undergraduate students who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. Grantees help promote study abroad on their home campuses and communities. Deadline: April
Fulbright Summer Institutes in the UK (UK)
Fulbright Summer Institutes in the UK (UK): Fully funded, 3-4 week study abroad programs at prestigious British institutions to promote US students’ understanding of the UK. Deadline: February.
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA): The FEA works to make study abroad accessible to all by supporting students of color, community college, and first-generation college students. The application opens November 22, 2023. Application deadline is February 7, 2024 for summer 2023, autumn 2023 and academic year 2023-2024.
Gilman International Scholarship
Gilman International Scholarship: Merit-based scholarships for Pell grant recipients to study or intern abroad. Non-traditional study and intern destinations preferred. Deadlines: March (for summer & fall study abroad) and October (for winter & spring study abroad)
Gilman-McCain Scholarship: Support for children dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad. Deadlines: Rolling application
IIGE Study Abroad Award
IIGE Study Abroad Award: Scholarships for UW Tacoma students to study abroad on a UW study abroad program (includes UW Tacoma, UW Bothell, and UW Seattle programs). Deadline: March.
Japanese Government Scholarships (Japan)
Japanese Government Scholarships (Japan): Scholarships for academic study in Japan to foreign students interested in deepening their understanding of the Japanese language, Japanese affairs, and Japanese culture. Deadline: February.
Killam Fellowships Program (Canada)
Killam Fellowships Program (Canada): Opportunity for exceptional undergrads to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. Deadline: January.
Bonderman Travel Fellowship: UW fellowship for 8 months of solo travel to at least six countries in two major world regions. Non-traditional locations preferred. Deadline: January.
Erasmus Mundus Scholarships
Erasmus Mundus Scholarships: Funded European joint Master’s degrees. All of the available graduate programs include study/research in at least 2 different EU countries. Deadlines vary by program: November/December.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Funding for one academic year of international study, research, and/or teaching English abroad. Sponsored by U.S. State Dept. Campus Deadline: September.
Luce Scholars Program
Luce Scholars Program: Stipend, language training, and professional placement in Asia for students and young professionals with no or limited experience in Asia. Deadline: October.
Peace Corps: 2-year service program working on agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, and youth projects abroad. Deadlines vary.
Schwarzman Scholars Program
Schwarzman Scholars Program: Highly selective award for a one-year Master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Includes significant leadership and professional development, travels through China, and networking opportunities. Deadline: September.