Possible sources of funding for students seeking to study abroad are listed below. Please note that most of these programs will require that you apply and receive admission to an approved study abroad program. For more information on how to apply, and which program may be applicable to your academic goals at the University, please contact the Office of Global Programs.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The program offers competitive awards up to $5,000 for study abroad to students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000 Critical Need Language Supplement. The applicable critical need languages are: (1) Arabic (all dialects); (2) Chinese (all dialects); (3) Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek); (3) Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki); (4) Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi); (6) Korean; (7) Russian; and (8) Swahili. For more information, visit their website at: Gilman-Scholarship-Program
Click the box below to see a video by Alcorn Alumna, Dr. Pandora White who talks about applying for the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship and how it changed her life.
Alcorn Alumna, Dr. Pandora White – Applying for the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad
The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program’s goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.
From its inception in 2001, Freeman-ASIA has made study abroad in East and Southeast Asia possible for over 4,600 U.S. undergraduates from more than 600 institutions. For more information, visit:
CDS International (CDS)
CDS is a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of international practical training opportunities for young professionals, students, educators, as well as labor, business, and government representatives. CDS serves over 2,000 individuals annually from over 70 countries (worldwide) in a variety of work/study, internship, fellowship, and study tour programs. For more information visit the website at: https://www.culturalvistas.org/
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships
The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. https://www.fundforeducationabroad.org.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. student program gives a one year award for study or research in any country where there is a Fulbright commission. The program accepts applications from seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates. The program provides opportunities to engage in the following activities abroad: university course work, library and field work, classes in a music or art school, independent projects in the social or life sciences, Assistant in teaching English, or a combination of activities. For more information about the U.S. student program, please visit the website at: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-us-student-program
NSEP (National Security Education Program): David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For additional information, please visit the website at: https://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Boren-Awards-for-International-Study
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation promotes scholarships, education, and research programs in the social sciences, chemistry, computers, engineering, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology and other related fields. NSF funds may be used for study abroad. For more information on NSF Programs visit: https://www.nsf.gov
Humboldt Foundation Fellowships
The foundation awards scholarships and fellowships to seniors, graduate/professional students, and post doctoral candidates for research and study abroad in Germany. The program is open to U.S citizens as well as nationals of other countries. More information is available at: https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/home.html
CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) Scholarships
CIEE Scholarships are awarded to support study abroad in CIEE International Study Programs. These scholarships are given to individuals or members of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. For more information, visit the official site at: https://www.ciee.org/go-abroad/college-study-abroad/scholarships-grants
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.
There are two major components to the Rangel Program: an International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service, and an undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy. At the conclusion of two years of study, the Rangel Fellow is expected to obtain a degree in international affairs or a related subject (such as public administration, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, political science, communications) at a graduate or professional school approved by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center. The program includes international internships. For more information, visit the website at: https://www.rangelprogram.org/
The Critical Language Scholarship Program
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.
The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.
- Azerbaijani , Bangla , Hindi , Indonesian , Korean , Punjabi , Swahili , Turkish , and Urdu : Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
- Arabic and Persian : Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
For more information about this wonderful scholarship opportunity or to apply for it, please visit their website: https://clscholarship.org/
The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) – Graduates and Undergraduates
The Turkish Coalition of American (TCA), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that aims to foster a better understanding of U.S.-Turkey relations and Turkish Americans here in the U.S., has the funding for 100 scholarships per year for African American, Armenian American, Bosnian American, Filipino American, Hispanic American, Macedonian American, and Native American students who have been accepted to a study abroad or language program in Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Eligible students will receive between $500 and $2,000.
Since 2007, these scholarships have subsidized the cost of study abroad for students who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad programs. They also serve as an incentive for students to consider Turkey as a potential study abroad destination.
For information on how to apply, please visit our website (https://tc-america.org/scholarships/minority.htm) or email Liz Clark, TCA Project Coordinator, at [email protected].
ESU Luard Morse Scholarship
The Luard Morse Scholarship provides up to $25,000 towards a semester of study at a British university to deserving students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The scholarship is open to sophomore students in all disciplines and has been awarded to students majoring in economics, philosophy, finance, mathematics, liberal arts, and the sciences. Click on link below for application information. For additional information, please see flyer.
(212) 818-1200, ext. 212
United States Department of State – USA Study Abroad
Are you pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree? Interested in research? Enhance your education by studying abroad. You can learn how to communicate across cultures and work with diverse teams while working toward your degree. Find a program that’s right for you. Check out the scholarship opportunities at the website: https://studyabroad.state.gov/us-government-scholarships-and-programs/us-college-and-university-students
Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship
The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship offers high achieving students the opportunity to study abroad on an all expenses paid, four week summer program. Each cohort of ten experiences a unique seminar designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills. One hundred percent of a recipients’ program fees and travel costs are covered for an intensive 4-week, 3-credit summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills. Frederick Douglass Global fellows commit to sharing their experience and intercultural growth with peers and classmates. You can also check their website for more information:
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, administered by Howard University, that attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State. It welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need. Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, social, and geographic diversity.
The Pickering Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to promote positive change in the world. Upon successful completion of a two-year master’s degree program and fulfillment of Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows have the opportunity to work as Foreign Service Officers in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, serving in Washington, DC and at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe. Fellows also agree to a minimum five-year service commitment in the Department of State’s Foreign Service. The five-year service commitment begins upon entry into the Foreign Service. Please see more information on their website: https://pickeringfellowship.org/
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study.
As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.
Interested students can find the application by following this link: https://www.marshallscholarship.org/applications/apply