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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)

The Ohio International Consortium Donald N. Nelson Scholarship for Study Abroad

  • Preference given to first-time study abroad applicants studying in a non-English speaking country and taking courses in the native language of the host country
  • Must be a full-time, degree seeking undergraduate from an Ohio International Consortium member school
  • Must be at least a rising sophomore with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Awardees must return to the home campus for at least one semester to complete a follow-on project designed to encourage others to pursue study abroad opportunities
  • Must be accepted into an accredited study abroad program that has been approved by the home school. Programs must be at least one semester in duration

Insight into Diversity Global Engagement Scholarship

  • Goal of the $2,500 scholarship is to encourage global engagement among underrepresented and diverse students whose backgrounds represent a broad cross section of our society including students with disabilities, different race and ethnic populations, religious backgrounds, LGTBQIA, first generation students, students from rural or isolated areas and students with low socio-economic status.
  • Preference will be given to students from the United States who have not traveled or studied abroad previously.
  • These scholarships will be presented by Insight into Diversity at NADOHE’s Annual Conference Awards Ceremony March 9, 2018, in Washington D.C.
  • Applications can be submitted via email to info@nadohe.org.