Scholarships are a good way to mitigate the costs of a term abroad. In addition to searching for funding for study abroad and international education programs, you may want to consider searching for funding sources that base awards on such factors as financial need, merit, location of study, ethnicity, field of study, volunteer work, and more. You may also want to ask your academic dean's office and major department adviser about possible funding opportunities with which they are familiar. Occasionally there are discretionary funds available at these departments. Other possible sources may exist within local community organizations.
Below are some examples of study abroad scholarships offered by Rutgers as well as external organizations to students studying abroad. Some scholarships have a very early deadline that requires you to fill out the application months, weeks, or even a year before you have selected a study abroad program, so apply to these scholarships before you start your application. You can apply to as many scholarships as you wish.
Please remember that if you are conducting your own research on scholarships that are not listed below, make sure that they are legitimate opportunities before providing your information.
Access the World Initiative +
All Rutgers students are eligible for scholarships tied to the Access the World Initiative, which offers 30+ study abroad programs all over the world at or sometimes below Rutgers cost.
Rutgers Scholarships (Open for all Rutgers Students) +
Rutgers Global Scholarships
Rutgers Global offers scholarships for semester programs, summer programs, winter programs, and embedded programs. Rutgers Global scholarship awards are competitive; students are not guaranteed a scholarship.
Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. As an applicant, you are automatically considered for all applicable scholarships based on answers you provide on your application. Scholarship awards may only be used for Rutgers Global–Study Abroad administered study abroad programs.
DEADLINE TO APPLY:
- Spring (semester) & Winter programs: October 1
- Fall (semester) & Academic Year & Summer programs: March 1
Rutgers Global–China Office Study Abroad Scholarship: China
Rutgers Global–China Office Study Abroad Scholarship will be given on a competitive basis to qualified students whose financial needs are not being met by other funding. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of the overall strength of the application (especially the cover letter), academic record, and financial need. The award can be used to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare. More information can be found here.
Rutgers Scholarships (Open to Specific Majors or Fields of Interest) +
Rutgers School of Biological and Environmental Sciences (SEBS) Scholarships
This study abroad scholarship is available to SEBS students only. For more information on criteria and award amounts, please visit the SEBS international programs scholarship page, or contact Assistant Dean Megan Francis at email@example.com.
Rutgers School of Engineering (SOE) Scholarship ($500–$1,000)
This study abroad scholarship is for engineering students studying abroad in the fall or spring semesters who wish to defray travel costs. For more information, contact assistant dean Robert Ciervo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Typical award amount: $500–$1,000 for semester programs.
Rutgers Department of Italian Scholarships ($500–$2,000)
Coccia Foundation Italian Studies Scholarship - The Coccia Foundation Italian Studies Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student who has demonstrate excellent academic performance and plans to study abroad.
RU in Rome Scholarships - Requirements and amounts vary.
Rutgers in the Dominican Republic ($500)
We offer three one-time scholarships to study abroad in one of the three of our CIEE Dominican Republic programs. Contact us at email@example.com for more information or to apply.
Typical award amount: $500
Rutgers Art History Scholarship: Summer Art History in Paris ($2,000)
This scholarship is available to all Rutgers students attending the six-credit summer program, Art History in Paris. Priority is given to you if you are an art history major. There is no application necessary for this award. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Typical award amount: $2,000 for summer Art History in Paris program.
Rutgers Art History Scholarship: Summer Art History in Rome ($2,000)
This scholarship is available to all Rutgers students attending the summer Art History in Rome program. Priority is given to you if you are an art history major. There is no application necessary for this award. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Typical award amount: $2,000 for summer Art History in Rome program.
Max Kade Foundation Scholarship ($5,000)
In coordination with the Department of Germanic, Russian and East European Languages and Literatures and Rutgers Global–Study Abroad, the Max Kade Foundation offers up to two scholarships per year of $5,000.00 each to undergraduate students enrolled in study abroad programs in Berlin. More information can be found here.
Rutgers Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security Scholarship: National Security or Intelligence Students
The Rutgers Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security (IEPHS) offers scholarships on a competitive basis for students interested in studying abroad to advance a career in national security or intelligence. The scholarship is available to all Rutgers students studying on summer, fall, or academic year programs through Rutgers Global–Study Abroad. Students must be U.S. Citizens to apply. For more information on criteria and award amounts, or to apply, visit the IEPHS website.
Rutgers Phi Sigma Iota Merit Scholarship
This scholarship is to be awarded to undergraduate members of Phi Sigma Iota based on merit (overall cumulative average, average in foreign languages taken at Rutgers, and level of study achieved). For more information please visit the Phi Sigma Iota website.
Rutgers Study in Israel: Jewish Studies Majors/Minor
The Department of Jewish Studies offers scholarships to Jewish studies majors and minors who wish to study abroad at an accredited Israeli university. For more information on criteria or how to apply, visit the Study in Israel website.
External Scholarships By Country +
The Blakemore Foundation
Offers grants for graduates and professionals studying an Asian language at an advanced level. The application typically opens in July and closes in December. For more information please visit http://www.blakemorefoundation.org/.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Must receive need-based financial aid and have a minimum GPA of 2.8. Award amount earned can be up to $7,000 varying by program. More information is available at http://www.iie.org/programs/freeman-asia#.WFl1WX1KV0Y.
Marshall Plan Scholarships
Available to students studying at the Graz University of Technology. For more information, please visit https://www.tugraz.at/en/studying-and-teaching/international-studying-and-teaching/exchange-at-tu-graz/mobility-programmes/marshall-plan-scholarship/.
Australian Education Office
This is a database of scholarships in most disciplines for most universities in Australia. Application deadline varies. More information is available at http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/.
Rutgers Global–China Office Study Abroad Scholarship
This scholarship will be given on a competitive basis to qualified students whose financial needs are not being met by other funding. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of the overall strength of the application (especially the cover letter), academic record, and financial need. The award can be used to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare. More information can be found here.
A scholarship application is available inside each student’s online CET study abroad application. For more information please visit http://cetacademicprograms.com/.
DAAD Undergraduate Awards
Available to undergraduate and graduate students studying in Germany. For more information please visit https://www.daad.org/en/.
Technical University of Munich
Different types of scholarships are available for students attending Munich. More information: https://www.tum.de/en/studies/fees-and-financial-aid/scholarships/.
Hellenic American Scholarship
Available to students studying at the American College of Thessaloniki. For more information please visit http://www.act.edu/index.jsp?CMRCode=15I1THH4L&extLang=LG.
Go Overseas and Education Ireland Scholarships
Go Overseas has partnered up with Education Ireland to award 15 full-tuition scholarships to undergraduate students. More information on the scholarships can be found at https://www.gooverseas.com/scholarships.
MASA Grants for Jewish Undergraduates
MASA enables Jewish youth to spend a semester or a year of study in Israel to help them build a life-long relationship with the country and a firm commitment to Jewish life. For more information please visit http://www.masaisrael.org/Masa/English/MASA+Grants/.
Columbus Guarini Scholarship
Available to students who are U.S. citizens planning to attend John Cabot University. Applicants must be at least 25 percent Italian descent, maintain at least an 85 percent or 3.0 overall academic average, and demonstrate financial need. For more information, visit https://www.columbuscitizensfd.org/scholarships/Columbus-Guarini-John-Cabot-University-Scholarship.html.
If you’ve been accepted and confirmed for a fall study abroad program in Italy, are receiving financial aid, and have at least a 3.0 GPA, you may eligible to receive this scholarship. Applications typically open in November. For more information, visit https://www.italiarail.com/scholarship.
National Italian American Foundation Scholarships
Several scholarships are available with various application criteria. For more information, please visit https://www.niaf.org/programs/scholarships-overview/.
Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan
Available to undergraduate students majoring in any field of study. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Application deadlines vary by semester. For more information, please visit http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/japan-bridging-scholarships.
Japanese Consulate in New York Scholarships
Several scholarships available for undergraduates and graduates studying or conducting research in Japan. For more information please visit http://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/h/01.html.
AMIDEAST Education Abroad Scholarships
Available to all students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad/AMIDEAST program. For more information and application instructions please visit http://www.amideast.org/abroad/about-us/scholarships.
Go Overseas Study in New Zealand Scholarship
This is a full scholarship ($15,000) for US or European undergraduate students to study abroad in New Zealand for either the Spring or Fall semesters. In addition to the $15,000 scholarship, there are three $10,000 scholarships for graduate students. For more information please visit https://www.gooverseas.com/scholarships.
Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards
Available to all students participating on a New Zealand study abroad program. Application deadlines vary by semester. For more details, please visit http://www.enz.govt.nz/our-services/scholarships/generation-study-abroad-excellence-and-travel-awards.
University of Auckland Generation Study Abroad Scholarship
As a Generation Study Abroad commitment partner, the University of Auckland is giving 100 Study Abroad scholarships of NZ$1,275 per year through our US partner institutions for fee-paying study abroad students. Check with the study abroad office to see if you are eligible.
King Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Fund
Applicant must have a keen interest in Norwegian heritage or is a Norwegian who demonstrates an interest in American heritage. Awards range from $1,000-$5,000. More information: https://www.sofn.com/foundation/scholarships/.
Swedish Women's Educational Association NJ Scholarship
The SWEA chapter of NJ scholarship amounts to a total of $6,000 per year. The scholarship can be awarded in whole or in part, to qualified individuals, preferably with current residence in New Jersey or the Tri-State area pursuing academic or professional studies or artistic endeavors pertaining to Sweden. The application typically closes in May and the recipient is awarded in June. To apply, please visit http://newjersey.swea.org/apply-for-scholarship.
Study Abroad Turkey Scholarship for Minority Students
The Turkish Coalition of America in cooperation with Diversity Abroad offers a grant program to encourage African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American undergraduate students in the United States to participate in a study abroad program in Turkey. For more information, please visit http://www.tc-america.org/scholarship/scholar_minority.html.
Study Abroad Turkey Scholarship for US. Citizens of Multiple Ethnicities
The Turkish Coalition of America offers a scholarship for American students of Armenian, Bosnian-American, and Macedonian-American descent to participate in a study abroad program in Turkey. For more information, please visit http://www.tc-america.org/scholarship/scholar_armenian.html.
Scholarships are available to US students who have been offered a place as a study abroad or exchange student at a UK University which is a member of BUTEX. The application typically closes in June. For more information, please visit http://www.butex.ac.uk/.
St. Andrews Society
Available to students interested in studying at St. Andrews University or Glasgow University. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships available to full-time undergraduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The application opens in March and is due June 1 for the 2018-2019 term. For more information, please visit http://www.aasapuk.org/scholarships.php.
Search engine for scholarships and grants for students who wish to study in the UK. There are many different types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. Some scholarships require more than a year in advance to apply. For more information, see http://www.educationuk.org/global/articles/scholarships-financial-support/.
Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. Academic excellence and access grants/scholarships are offered. For more information please visit http://www.ciee.org/study/scholarships/.
CIEE CIC-Partner Scholarships
Available to Rutgers students participating on eligible CIEE study abroad programs. Applications will be released to students upon acceptance.
External Scholarships By Interest Group +
American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program
Applicant must be enrolled as a full time in an undergraduate school or be enrolled part time or full time in a graduate school, and have a documented disability and provide documentation of their disability. Applicant must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US. Preference will be given to students majoring in public health, disability studies, disability research, health promotion or a field related to disability and health. More information can be found at http://www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program/.
Dr. Natalia Gomez Passport Scholarship
Applicants must be US Citizens. Applicants must provide proof of purchase of a U.S. passport (receipt) and/or be ready to study abroad. The award amount is $135, the cost of a fully funded passport. More information available at http://abroadwithdisabilities.org/scholarship/.
Fadel Educational Grant
This is a need-based grant for Muslim U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The award amount varies. The application opens February of each year. Click here for more information.
Gates Millennium Scholarship
Open to African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States and receive the Pell Grant. For more information, please visit http://www.apiasf.org/scholarship_gms.html.
Guide for Grad students on finances and scholarships for the LGBTQ student community. More information is available at http://www.gograd.org/financial-aid/scholarships/lgbtq/.
Open to US and international students who are currently in college or who have student loans. No GPA, no essay to apply. You must apply for the GotChosen $1000 Every Month Scholarship each month to be eligible for the current month’s drawing. More scholarships available at https://www.gotchosen.com/en/monthly-scholarship.
Typical award amount: $1,000
Hispanic College and Scholarship Fund (HCF/HSF)
Scholarships are open to undergraduate and graduate students and community college students intending to transfer to a four-year college. Most of the scholarships were granted to students majoring in business, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. Applicants must also be US citizens or permanent residents. For more information please visit https://www.hsf.net/.
Typical award amounts: $1,000–$20,000
Islamic Scholarship Fund
Open to US citizens or permanent residents who are undergraduate (junior/senior) or a graduate students by August. This scholarship favors media and journalism majors; for a list of approved majors that can apply, click here. The application consists of answering essay questions, a video introduction, and letters of recommendation. The deadline to submit an application is April 9. The award amount varies. Learn more at https://islamicscholarshipfund.org/scholarships/.
The Islamic Society of North America hosts a list of scholarships on their site. These are open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are attending a U.S.-based accredited institution. Award amount, criteria, and deadlines vary. For more information, visit http://www.isna.net/scholarships/.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Applicants must have applied to or be enrolled in a college, university or graduate student (including two-year colleges and vocational school programs leading to an associate’s degree). A minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale is required for the National Scholastic Achievement Awards, and a minimum 3.25 GPA is required for the Honors Awards. More information is available at http://lulac.org/programs/education/scholarships/.
Additional scholarships that can be used to study abroad. More information is available at http://www.miusa.org/ncde/financialaid/scholarshiplist/?searchterm=scholarship.
National Society of Black Engineers
Scholarships for African-American students pursing engineering who are members or would like to become a member of NSBE. Please visit http://www.nsbe.org/Programs/Scholarships.aspx for more information.
Point Foundation – The National LGBT Scholarship Fund
Point Foundation is a national, publicly supported, scholarship-granting organization focused on helping LGBTQ students. It seeks to empower promising LGBTQs to achieve their academic and leadership potential. More information is available at https://www.pointfoundation.org/point-apply/apply-now/.
Typical award amount: $5,000–$28,000
National Competitive Scholarships +
Benjamin A. Gilman Awards
If you are a student who receives a Pell Grant and are a U.S. citizen, you can apply to receive up to $5,000 towards the costs associated with study abroad. This award is extremely competitive and requires an essay and a proposal. The deadline varies based on semester and early applications are available as well. For more information please visit http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.
Typical award amount: Up to $5,000
Fund for Education Abroad
Available to all U.S. citizen and permanent residents. Often, students must apply more than a year in advance. There are different types of scholarships available, such as the Rainbow Scholarship and the Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship. The application typically opens in November. More information is available at http://fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants/.
IIE Travel Grants
Available to Rutgers U.S. citizens or permanent residents participating in spring, summer, or fall study abroad programs. Students must demonstrate financial need. More information is available at https://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Generation-Study-Abroad/UtilityNav/Funding/Travel-Grants#Eligibility.
Typical award amount: Up to $2,000
#StudyAbroadGoals Flight and Scholarship
This opportunity is open to students looking to study abroad in 2019. The winner will receive a $2,000 flight voucher, a $3,000 scholarship, and a copy of the Lonely Planet Guide to studying abroad. Learn more and apply at https://www.goabroad.com/contests/studyabroadgoals.
David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship
Available to all students studying abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. In exchange for funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement. Applications are needed almost a year before the actual start of the study abroad program. For more information please visit http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html. Applications are submitted through the Office of Distinguished Fellowships.
Typical award amount: $8,000–$20,000 for summer, semester, or year-long programs
Go Overseas Scholarships
Go Overseas offers two types of scholarships: Study Abroad Scholarships and Volunteer/Intern Abroad Scholarships! The deadlines change based on semester. For a list of FAQ's and to apply, visit https://www.gooverseas.com/.
Study Abroad Journal Scholarship (Europe)
This opportunity is open to U.S. and international students. Winner is awarded $500, a journal, and a guide book for Europe. The deadline varies; for more information visit https://www.thestudyabroadjournal.com/study-abroad-scholarship.
Typical award amount: $500 (and a journal and a guidebook!)
Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship
Available to all undergraduate study abroad students who are U.S. citizens. Recipients will be rewarded with $1000 as well as a Tortuga Travel Backpack. The deadlines change based on semester. For more information, and to apply, please visit http://www.tortugabackpacks.com/pages/study-abroad-scholarship.
Typical award amount: $1,000 (and a backpack!)
Good College Study Abroad Award
Applications are open to U.S. or Canadian citizens enrolled in an accredited college or university. Award amount is $2,000. The scholarship usually closes around November 1st. For more information visit https://goodcolleges.online/study-abroad-award/.
Typical award amount: $2,000
Open to legal U.S. residents. If you want to create a video or essay about your study abroad experience, the ScholarTrips Scholarship is right for you! Six winners will receive $2,500 and 30 runner-ups will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Applications are typically open from October 10th to November 10th. For more information visit http://www.scholartrips.org/details.
Typical award amount: $2,500 (six prizes); $50 Amazon gift cards (30 runner-ups)
Other Scholarship Directories +
IEFA International Education Financial Aid
International financial aid and college scholarship search engine.
International Student Scholarship
College and international scholarships resource for students.
Scholarship search engine based on study abroad location or field of study.
General scholarship search engine.
General scholarship search engine.
General scholarship search engine.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars Scholarships (NSCS)
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS offers a million dollars in scholarships each year to help their members attain their goals and commend them for their outstanding academic excellence as well their leadership and service achievements. Scholarships are only available to active members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.