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Undergraduate Student Grants and Scholarships

External Funding

Scholarship Opportunities from external organizations for students studying abroad

American Association for the Advancement of Science: International Funding Opportunities for Women in STE

  • Multiple funding programs provide some ancillary support to women in science and to a certain extent anyone working with women and internationally

American Institute for Foreign Studies

  • Study abroad scholarships and grants provided to summer and semester students who demonstrate high academic achievement
  • Most scholarships if awarded offers $1,000
  • Grants come in amounts of $400 for semester programs and $200 for summer programs
  • Application deadline varies for each scholarship or grant

Cargill Global Scholars Program

  • First- and second-year undergraduate students who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement, leadership potential and study in a field relevant to Cargill's world of food, agriculture and risk management
  • Annual scholarship of $2,500 for up to two years
  • For more information on the Cargill Global Scholars Program in the United States, please contact cargillglobalscholars@iie.org

National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Available to undergraduate students of any major
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • NESP focuses on languages and fields of study critical to U.S.national security
  • Students must be traveling to countries outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand
  • Scholarship award amount worth up to $8,000 for a summer, $10,000 for a semester, and up to $20,000 for an academic year
  • Students must be accepted to an approved semester, summer, or academic year Ohio State program
  • For more information, contact the on-campus NSEP representative in the Foreign Language Center, 100 Hagerty Hall

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

  • Available to undergraduate students participating in international exchange programs in Japan and who have an interest in Japan, its culture and its language
  • Scholarship award amount worth up to $4,000
  • Application deadline for spring programs is in October and April for fall and year-long programs

CIEE Study Abroad (Council on International Educational Exchange)

  • Scholarships and grants offered to students who are studying abroad
  • Strongly considers financial need and academic excellence
  • Application deadline is April 1 (same year as studying abroad) for summer, fall and academic year programs and November 1 (year prior to studying abroad) for winter, spring and calendar year programs

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

  • Provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and PhD students
  • Countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken

DAAD German Academic Exchange Service

  • Available to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in German studies and participating in study, research, a senior thesis, or internships in Germany
  • Scholarship can be used for short-term or long-term programs in Germany
  • Scholarship award amount varies

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

  • A great resource for scholarships offered to minority, low income and first generation college students.

Freeman-ASIA Award

  • Available to undergraduate students of any major with an interest in greater understanding of Asian peoples and cultures
  • Little to no prior experience in Asia
  • Students must file FASFA
  • Students be accepted into an Ohio State approved program and attending a minimum 8 week summer or 12 week summer semester program in East and Southeast Asia
  • Scholarship award amounts are up to $3,000 (summer), $5,000 (semester), $7,000 (AY)
  • Application deadlines are October, March, or April depending on start date of program

Fund for Education Abroad

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Study abroad program must include at least 4 weeks (30 days) in country/countries
  • Up to $10,000 (Academic Year); $5,000 (fall/spring semester)
  • Preferences for academically rigorous and immersive study abroad program, study of the host country language, study abroad program with a sustainable service-learning / volunteering component, non-traditional destination, student demonstrates financial need, students who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad (minorities, first-generation college students, community college students, students with disabilities, student athletes, veterans, returning learners)

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • Available to undergraduate students of any major (Critical Need Language study funds available)
  • Must be receiving Federal Pell Grant Fall or Spring only
  • Must be accepted to an approved Ohio State semester program
  • Scholarship award amount up to $5,000

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

  • Available to undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher
  • 50 Scholarships awarded in the amount of $1,000 dollars

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

  • Fellowships are available for Ohio State graduate and professional school students who are pursuing a course of study which requires advanced foreign language and area studies training, as well as select undergraduate students
  • Applicants must: commit to studying a FLAS-eligible language, and its area of the world, have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, enrolled full time enrollment, or admission acceptance to be enrolled full time
  • Academic year fellowships require both language courses and courses pertinent to related world areas. Summer fellowships require an intensive language program.

Rotary International Scholarships

  • Available to undergraduate students
  • Country must have a Rotary Chapter
  • Scholarship award amount ranges from $1,000 to $25,000
  • Students should contact their local chapters for application details and local deadlines
  • For more information contact (847) 866-3000 or by email

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

  • Available to graduate and professional students
  • Graduate and professional students apply through the Ohio State Graduate School
  • Scholarship helps covers travel and living expenses
  • Students should contact the Graduate school for both campus and national deadlines

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

  • Available to graduating seniors or recent graduates
  • Undergraduate students can apply through the Honors Collegium, 301 Enarson Hall
  • Scholarship helps covers travel and living expenses
  • Contact Honors Collegium for both campus and national deadlines

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Study Abroad Program

  • Available to doctoral degree candidates
  • Graduate and professional students apply through the Ohio State Office of International Affairs
  • Scholarship helps cover travel and living expenses
  • Contact OIA for both campus and national deadlines

Point Foundation

  • Nation's largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students
  • Must be enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate/doctoral program
  • Must be "out" as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community

Tinker Field Research Grants

  • Fund travel and research costs of master’s and doctoral candidates pursuing field research in Latin America toward their theses or dissertations, to be expended 75% for transportation, 25% for food, lodging, and research costs
  • Awarded by the Center for Latin American Studies for brief periods (usually no longer than three months) of pre-dissertation research in Latin America (or on Latin American topics in Spain or Portugal)