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Global Learning Scholarships 

There are scholarships for all program types.
Keep in mind:

  • Planning ahead is key
  • Deadlines are 6-8 months in advance
  • Mark your calendar with application deadlines
  • Apply to all scholarships you qualify for

Below are links to featured scholarships, but there are many more scholarship opportunities, so do your own research, too.

Scholarships Are Not Guaranteed 

Scholarships are competitive, and many scholarship providers will not release award notifications until it is too late* to withdraw from a program without financial penalty. That means you should either be prepared to pay a withdrawal fee or create a backup plan for how to fund your experience abroad or away without scholarships. This might include taking out loans, working an extra job, or fundraising.

*exception: UCEAP will notify applicants of their scholarship status for UCEAP scholarships before the UCEAP program withdrawal deadline.

For information about scholarships, please see this How to Find and Apply to Scholarships for Study Abroad video produced by UC Santa Barbara.


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UCEAP Global Scholarship

The UCEAP Global Scholarship offers funding for students of all backgrounds and majors, and for all kinds of study abroad programs. All UC students participating on a UCEAP program are eligible to apply for a UCEAP Global Scholarship. The award selections will be primarily based on academic merit and integration of a selected UCEAP program into a student’s academic and career goals, as demonstrated in a personal statement. $1,000 for summer or $2,000 for fall, spring, and year terms abroad will be distributed. To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled at UC
  • Be selected to a UCEAP study abroad program
  • Maintain good standing, which includes completing all pre-departure requirements and meeting all deadlines set by UCEAP and your campus study abroad office
  • Meet any additional eligibility criteria 

You can review more information on the scholarship essay requirement below. You can apply for the scholarship on UCEAP’s application page here. To review other UCEAP scholarships you may be eligible for, visit their scholarships website here.

» Summer 2022 Deadline: February 15, 2022

» Fall 2022 and Academic Year 2022/23 Deadline: March 15, 2022

» Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 Deadline: September 15, 2022

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Statement of Purpose (750 words or less):

When preparing to write your personal statement, think about how you will learn and grow from your time abroad. The selection committee is looking for students who approach the privilege of studying abroad with humility, who will be keen observers of their host country, and who will be open to new experiences. 

  • What sparked your interest in studying abroad?
  • How will your program abroad relate to your academic, career and/or personal goals?
  • What academic preparation have you done for your program? If you are a student with financial need, please discuss how this has impacted your decision to study abroad.
  • What do you hope to experience while abroad?
  • How do you anticipate you will embrace challenges abroad?
  • How do you hope to grow personally while abroad?
  • If you are a student who identifies with a cohort that is traditionally underrepresented on study abroad programs, please discuss how this has impacted your decision to study abroad. Traditionally underrepresented students on UCEAP programs include, but are not limited to, students who have transferred to UC from a community college or state university, veterans, first-generation college students, students on programs where the majority of classes are taught in a language other than English, and students who spend a full year abroad (two semesters or three quarters).

UCEAP Paul Duttenhaver Scholarship (For Year programs only)

The Duttenhaver Scholars Program provides over 25 awards of $5,000 each to students who participate in year-long UCEAP programs. UCEAP and the donor, Linda Duttenhaver, value the benefits that come with a year-long program and want to encourage and assist students who are considering this option. Selections are based on academic performance and financial need. Applicants must have a passion for studying abroad and a willingness to embrace and learn from the host country’s customs, language, and culture. A letter of recommendation is required upon application.

» Academic Year Deadline: TBD

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Statement of Financial Need (250 words or less)

Provide an essay that explains your need for financial assistance. Please include how you plan to personally financially contribute to your program cost and if your family is going to contribute financially. Please also include information about any loans you have taken out up to this point. Be as complete and candid as possible in your essay, particularly if you have any unusual circumstances that affect your eligibility for financial aid or your ability to pay for your study abroad program. Examples would include: first generation college student, re-entry student, single parent, parental unemployment, bankruptcy, unforeseen medical expenses, siblings in college, etc. Do not restate information from your Statement of Purpose.

Statement of Academic Preparation (250 words or less)

Tell us about your academic preparation for your time abroad. Explain how your major or focus of study is related to your host country and the opportunities available there. If your program is taught in English but you will live in a country where English is not the primary language, explain what you have done to prepare to live in this environment. If you have chosen your host country for a specific area of study, please indicate that and how you have prepared to take advantage of those courses. The preferred qualification for the scholarship is a 3.0 GPA. If you have a GPA below 3.0, please use the Statement of Academic Preparation to explain why your GPA is below the requirement.

Statement of Purpose (750 words or less)

Address how the country, language (if applicable), and specific program you selected will help you achieve your academic, professional, and personal goals. Academic objectives for studying abroad: Which courses do you plan to take abroad? How will these courses complement or enhance what you have taken at your home UC campus? What do you hope to learn? Are there faculty members at your host university with whom you would like to study? Are there departments at your host university that offer unique perspectives on your area of study that are different from your home department? Career objectives for studying abroad: Are there unique opportunities in your host country that will help to prepare you for your career? Do you plan to have an internship related to your career interests Personal growth opportunities for studying abroad: Why did you choose a year-long program? What do you hope to experience while abroad? How do you hope to grow personally while abroad?

Gilman Scholarship

If you are a Pell Grant recipient and a U.S. citizen, you are eligible to apply to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, which offers awards of up to $5,000 to help fund study abroad. An additional Critical Need Language Award of $3,000 is available to applicants who will be studying a critical need language abroad. If you are studying in Germany, Gilman has just partnered with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to provide the Gilman-DAAD Germany Scholarship. This will offer additional scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students to study and/or intern for academic credit in Germany through the Gilman Program. 

Learn more about How to Apply to Gilman.

» Winter 2023, Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Academic Year 2023-2024 programs Deadline: October 6, 2022, at 11:59pm Pacific Time

» Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Academic Year 2023-2024, and Spring 2024 Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 11:59pm Pacific Time

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For information about the Gilman Scholarship please see this Gilman Scholarship for Studying or Interning Abroad video produced by UC Davis.

Statement of Purpose (max of 7,000 characters):

In your essay, be specific in describing your individual reasons for studying abroad, keeping in mind that this is a scholarship for academic study abroad or credit-bearing international internships. Please address ALL of the questions below, in no particular order: 
  • How will studying or interning abroad help you achieve your future academic or professional goals?
  • Why did you select your specific program and host country?
  • How are you academically prepared to be a successful scholar abroad? If you have faced significant academic difficulties, tell us about those and how you are overcoming them.
  • What examples of knowledge, skills, and experiences will you draw on to meet the challenges of going abroad?

Community Impact (max of 3000 characters each):

1. Building Mutual Understanding Essay- As a U.S. citizen, how will you represent and share what it means to be an American during your program? How will you seek opportunities to become more culturally engaged and have meaningful interactions with people and cultures different from your own during your abroad program? 

2. Follow-on Service Project Proposal- In no particular order, describe your Follow-on Service Project in more detail: What is your project and how will it increase awareness of study abroad and the Gilman Program among your peers in your home or campus community? Identify and explain why you chose the specific community you will be reaching. How will you integrate the impact of your experience abroad into your project? With which campus departments, student organizations, or community organizations will you collaborate? 

IMPORTANT Financial Aid Information: 

  • To apply for this program you will need to request that your financial aid information is shared with Gilman. In order for financial aid to certify your Gilman application, you must complete the Outside Agency Scholarship Authorization to Release Information Form. This allows Financial Aid to verify your aid information as they are certifying your application. You can access the OAS Authorization to Release Information form by going to the Forms page of the UCSC Financial Aid Website or requesting it from financial aid directly. When completing the form, you may list Gilman Scholarship Program under both the "name" and "agency" sections. Once you have filled out the form, email it to financial aid at finaid.specialprograms@ucsc.edu

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 U.S. study abroad population, including students from a minority background, first-generation college students, and students with community college experience. FEA awards up to $10,000 for an academic year abroad, $5,000 for a fall or spring semester abroad, and a prorated award for summer programs. In order to be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen, DACA recipient, or permanent resident; currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S. (graduate students are not eligible); your study abroad program must be eligible for credit at your home institution. Learn more about How to Apply.

» Winter and Spring 2023 Deadline: Applications now open! Deadline September 15, 2022, at 9 AM PT

» Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Academic Year 2023-2024: Application opens November 16, 2022. Deadline January 18, 2023

» Winter and Spring 2024: Application opens July 5, 2023. Deadline September 13, 2023

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IMPORTANT Financial Aid Information: 

  • To apply for this program you will need to access the FEA Financial Aid Form in the online application and send it to the UCSC financial aid office. The financial aid team will complete the form and give it back to you for you to upload to your online application. In order for them to do this, however, you must complete the UCSC Financial Aid Outside Agency Scholarship Authorization to Release Information Form. The Outside Agency Scholarship Authorization to Release Information Form allows Financial Aid to verify your aid information. You can access the OAS Authorization to Release Information form by going to the Forms page of the UCSC Financial Aid Website or requesting it from financial aid directly. When completing the form, you may list Fund for Education Abroad under both the "name" and "agency" sections. Once you have filled out the form, email it to financial aid at finaid.specialprograms@ucsc.edu

Essay Questions (750 words each):

Please describe your intended study abroad program. Why have you chosen this program and how do you anticipate that it will build on your previous experience and support your future goals? Please be specific. 

Studying abroad is often challenging, requiring participants to be open-minded and persevere in sometimes isolating circumstances. Please describe a personal experience in which you were similarly challenged to demonstrate these qualities.

Freeman-Asia

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. Learn more about how to apply.

» Academic Year 2023-2024: TBD

*Please note there is no winter/spring application cycle for this scholarship

Statement of Purpose (3000 characters or less):

Please explain your motivation for studying abroad in Asia and how the study abroad program will contribute to your academic and/or professional interests or goals. Include any relevant personal, academic, or professional considerations. 

Service Proposal (3000 characters or less):

A Freeman-ASIA Award recipient must fulfill a service requirement that involves encouraging and educating others about study abroad opportunities in Asia. Propose and describe a service project that will promote study abroad interest in Asia by sharing your experience with students and others in your school and community upon your return to the U.S. Consider your project goals, target audience(s), medium(s) through which you will conduct your project, and any student/community organizations or campus departments with which you will work. 

Statement of Independent Study (3000 characters or less):

If you have not taken any courses in Asian languages through your home campus or if your home campus does not offer related courses, please describe your independent study of Asian language(s). 

Statement of Independent Study (3000 characters or less):
If you have not taken any courses in Asian Studies through your home campus or if your home campus does not offer related courses, please describe your independent study of Asian culture and/or history. 


Steps to Apply to Scholarships

Write a Great Scholarship Essay

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Check out the Guide to Writing a Stellar Study Abroad Scholarship Essay.

  1. Browse the scholarships below: Find scholarship opportunities that fit your needs and that you are eligible for. 
  2. Write your application: Carefully follow the criteria for each scholarship. Emphasize why you’ve selected your program, academics, professional development, etc. If you need writing assistance, contact UCSC Writing Support.
  3. Send to an Advisor: After you’ve completed your draft(s), copy your essay into a Google Doc and share it with globallearning@ucsc.edu to request comments and feedback (be sure you give us “editing” access). Plan ahead and give your UCSC Global Learning Advisor at least 1 week prior to the scholarship deadline.
  4. Submit your application.

Scholarship Options

UCSC Campus Scholarships [show]

Nancy Pascal Field Study Scholarship

Nancy Pascal provided 32 years of dedicated service to UC Santa Cruz in the Registrar’s Office. In honor of her retirement, Nancy and her family have established a scholarship fund to benefit UCSC students participating in any of the campus’ numerous field study programs. The scholarship is established with the intention of encouraging and supporting real-world experiences that complement formal academic requirements. Scholarships may range from $100 to $1000 depending upon the number and quality of applications received. Guidelines, deadlines, and the application form are published every Winter Quarter; applications are due every Spring Quarter. For this year’s application due date, check the Program Calendar.


Elizabeth Butler Scholarship

The Elizabeth Butler Scholarship was created to memorialize the life of Community Studies alumna Elizabeth (Beth) Butler (’96). It was awarded for the first time in Spring 2016 and is open to Community Studies majors pursuing their full-time field study in Santa Cruz. Guidelines, deadlines, and the application form are published every Winter Quarter; applications are due every Spring Quarter. For this year’s application due date, check the Program Calendar.


The Community Studies Field Study Scholarship

This scholarship is generously funded by the Koffend family as well as Community Studies alumni, family, and friends who contributed to our Giving Day Campaigns in support of field study.  It provides scholarships to support Community Studies students going on field study. Guidelines, deadlines, and the application form are published every Winter Quarter; applications are due every Spring Quarter. For this year’s application due date, check the Program Calendar.


The Cynthia Mathews Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students in any UC Santa Cruz department or program who are pursuing studies or internships related to reproductive rights, health policy, healthcare professions, or public health.  It was established in 2007 through the generous donations of friends, family, and colleagues of Cynthia Mathews to honor her 40 years of outstanding service in the area of reproductive health. Guidelines, deadlines, and the application form are published every Winter Quarter; applications are due every Spring Quarter. For this year’s application due date, check the Program Calendar.


UCSC Blum Scholar Grant Awards 

The UCSC Blum Scholars award program enables undergraduate and graduate students to pursue a community-based research project either domestically or abroad that addresses poverty, social enterprise, or participatory governance. Awards are for up to $2,000. Funding is offered to highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled and in good standing at UC Santa Cruz. Students must return for at least one quarter after completing their project and participate in a public event highlighting their work. Funding is not available for use for EAP, UC Summer Abroad, or to individuals that have previously received Blum Scholar funding.

For Additional Questions Contact: 

Lisa Nishioka, Program Manager, blumcenter@ucsc.edu.


Rick Hooper Scholarship

Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the Rick Hooper Scholarship is on hold for the 2020-21 academic year. A call for applications is expected to be released in fall 2021 for summer 2022 travel.

The Rick Hooper Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Richard M. "Rick" Hooper, who died at age 40 in the August 19, 2003, terrorist bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.

The scholarship, administered through the Division of Social Sciences, is intended to fund travel by the selected undergraduate student(s) for any of the following purposes:

  • increasing understanding of the Arabic language or the Arabic-speaking or Muslim world

  • study at a college or university in an Arabic-speaking or Muslim-majority country

  • an internship in peace and conflict resolution or human rights

  • study or work in Palestinian human rights issues

Selection is based on academic merit and financial need. Candidates must be UCSC undergraduate students in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need.  Preference is given to undergraduate students in any UC Santa Cruz department who have a demonstrated interest in or are pursuing studies in one or more of the areas in which Rick Hooper focused his life's work. To apply, please submit a 500-word proposal and a copy of your unofficial academic transcript via e-mail to the Social Sciences Dean's office via pamdewey@ucsc.edu.  The proposal must concisely explain your experience, preparation, and concrete goals related to the above topics. 


Kathryn D. Sullivan Scholarship Award in Earth & Marine Sciences

The Kathryn D. Sullivan Scholarship Award in Earth & Marine Sciences is designed to encourage undergraduate student research for those pursuing degrees in disciplines related to Earth and marine sciences from a variety of perspectives: biological, physical, chemical, etc. The award amount is $3,000, and should be used to gain real-world experience that builds scientific knowledge while shaping a broad understanding of environmental stewardship and policy issues. Among the ways the award recipients can use the funds are to participate in laboratory or field research or to attend conferences or engage in other professional development activities. The application deadline is typically in early May, but please consult the scholarship webpage for specific dates.


The Joel Frankel Memorial Scholarship 

The Joel Frankel Memorial Fund awards grants to support undergraduate field study projects in Latin America or in Spanish-speaking communities within the United States. While any UCSC undergraduate may apply, priority is given to Merrill College students, Latin American & Latino Studies majors and Politics majors focusing on Latin American and Latina/o issues.

The fund is named in honor of Joel Frankel, Class of 1979, a Politics major with a strong interest in Latin America and Third World Studies who was co-founder and coordinator of the former World Studies Table. Applicants must submit a separate one-page typed biography giving information on personal background, and the development of the applicant's interest in Latin American and/or Latino/a Studies. Please submit at least one letter of support from a faculty member along with your project application. Funds are typically awarded in the amount of $500.

Contact the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies for more information.


Cowell College Education Abroad Scholarship

This award is given to a Cowell student with at least a 3.5 GPA with demonstrated financial need, who is planning to study abroad through a UCEAP program. Applicants should turn in materials to the Cowell College Academic Program Coordinator within two weeks of learning that they have been accepted into their UCEAP program. Decisions will be made within two weeks of receipt of the application. Provost selects recipient(s).


Foley-Mendelssohn Travel Scholarship

The Nathan Foley-Mendelssohn Memorial Scholarship supports Porter undergraduates who want or need to travel abroad in conjunction with coursework, creative and scholarly projects, or internships. Up to $5000 will be awarded annually. This fellowship commemorates the life of the son of Kathy Foley, Professor of Theater Arts and College Provost Emerita.

Students with Porter College are eligible to apply for the scholarship, provided that they are in good academic and judicial standing. Awarded funds must be used completely no later than the end of the quarter following the recipient’s graduation.

Application deadline: First day of spring quarter


HAVC/Porter College Scholarship

These scholarships, funded by Porter College, are available to Porter College students majoring or minoring in History of Art & Visual Culture.  Eligible students are invited to submit proposals to enhance their intellectual and educational experience.  Grants can be used to support research, travel, and other disciplinary-related projects.  Depending on the number of applicants and the amount of funding available, awards typically range from $200 to $1,000. Deadlines vary - please refer to the scholarship webpage for specific dates.

For more information, please contact havc@ucsc.edu.


Peter Rushton Endowed Memorial Fund

The Peter Rushton Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of the life and work of Dr. Peter Rushton. Dr. Rushton received his Ph.D. in Chinese Language and Literature from Stanford University prior to becoming a lecturer in Chinese languages at UC Santa Cruz in 1984. He was an active scholar, dedicated teacher, and champion of students interested in Chinese language and culture. He died unexpectedly at the age of 50 in 2000.

The scholarship is provided to assist students who have attained junior status and have completed two years of Chinese language study at UCSC to study Chinese in an academic setting. Scholarships are awarded between $500 and $1200.00 and student(s) must enroll in at least two or three courses at an accredited college or university in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.


STARS Re-entry Scholarship

The ‘STARS Re-entry Scholarship’ is an opportunity for a student to receive up to $1,500 towards any proposal of their liking that ties into their academic mission at UCSC.  Funds towards a study abroad experience are some of the most frequently submitted proposals!  This opportunity is available to anyone who identifies as ‘re-entry’ (through either one of the following): undergrad 25 or older, student veteran, student parent, graduate 29 or older. 

For more information, please contact jrceja@ucsc.edu.


UC Education Abroad Specific Scholarships [show]

Foreign Language Education Abroad Fund

All students who are studying in a non-English speaking country are encouraged to apply.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • 2.85 Cumulative GPA
  • Must be selected or have officially applied for a Summer, Fall, or Academic Year UCEAP or UCSC study abroad program
  • Study Abroad program is in a non-English speaking country
PREFERRED SELECTION CRITERIA
  • Demonstration of financial need
  • Foreign language study while abroad, either as part of your coursework or all coursework is taught in a language other than English
  • First-generation college student
  • Identify with an underserved student population
  • Academic Merit
Please note, an ideal candidate will meet all of these criteria, but it is not a requirement that you fully meet all of the above.

The award is $726.00

» Summer, Fall, Academic Year Deadline: March 15
*Please note there is no winter/spring application cycle for this scholarship

UCSC Frausto Scholarship for UCEAP

Open to UCSC students who have been selected or have officially applied to study abroad on summer, fall, and Academic Year UCEAP program in Mexico or Latin America.

Students who apply to this scholarship must be a Merrill College student, majoring in Anthropology, Business Management Economics, Education, Cognitive Science, Community Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Global Economics, Latin American and Latino Studies, Politics, Legal Studies, Psychology, and Sociology.

PREFERRED SELECTION CRITERIA
  • Financial need
  • First-generation college student
  • Integration of academic and/or career goals into selected UCEAP program, with a particular interest in pursuing a career in Education or teaching
  • Participation in campus Chicano/Latina student organizations and/or volunteer experience in community-­‐based non-­‐profits or causes that effect positive change in the Chicano/Latina community
These are preferred -­‐ students may still apply if they do not meet all criteria.

The award is $750.00

» Summer, Fall, Academic Year Deadline: March 15
*Please note there is no winter/spring application cycle for this scholarship

UC Education Abroad Program Scholarships
  • UCEAP offers over $1.5 million in scholarships for all categories of participants and for a comprehensive range of programs. Scholarships include:
  • Global Scholarship
  • Duttenhaver Scholars Program
  • Dan Wise Memorial Scholarship
  • Jasmine Jahanshahi Scholarships
  • Undergraduate Research Awards
  • Undergraduate Internship Awards
  • Undergraduate annual research awards in each of three disciplinary areas: the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and engineering. Each award consists of a $1,000 stipend.

Scholarships for CIEE UCEAP Programs
  • Students who are participating in a CIEE program offered through UCEAP can apply to any CIEE scholarships, except the Minority Serving Institution Grant. Please see if your program is listed below:
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Gaborone, Botswana
  • Hyderabad, India
  • Prague, Czech Republic (Central European Studies)
  • Rabat, Morocco
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Santiago, Dominican Republic (Summer Community Health)
  • Summer Internships: Berlin, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore

Independent Scholarships [show]

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Awards scholarships of up to $5,000 to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study or internship programs worldwide. An additional Critical Need Language Award of $3,000 is available to applicants who will be studying a critical need language abroad. If you are studying in Germany, Gilman has just partnered with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to provide the Gilman-DAAD Germany Scholarship. This will offer additional scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students to study and/or intern for academic credit in Germany through the Gilman Program.


Boren Awards for International Study

Provides scholarships and fellowships for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

For information about the Boren Award, please see this Boren Awards for International Study video produced by UC Riverside.


CIEE Scholarship

Three different available scholarships of varying amounts up to $2,000. Awards are made based on personal statements from student applicants and financial needs, based on economic profile and estimated family contribution (EFC).


Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. 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.

Each summer, CLS provides rigorous academic instruction in fifteen languages that are critical to America's national security and economic prosperity. CLS participants are citizen ambassadors, sharing American values and promoting American influence abroad. The 15 languages are Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

For more information about the Critical Language Scholarship, please visit the Critical Language Scholarship video produced by UC Merced.


Delta Phi Alpha Scholarship

This one-time award is intended for Sophomore & Junior Delta Phi Alpha Members who are planning to study abroad on an accredited program in a German-speaking country during the spring/summer semester of the coming year.


Denmark International Studies Scholarship (DIS)

DIS offers need and merit-based awards and is committed to supporting students with limited financial resources, from diverse backgrounds, and/or underrepresented populations in study abroad.


Diversity Abroad Consortium Summer Scholarship

Offers scholarships for full-time students attending a Diversity Network member institution (includes UC Santa Cruz).  Economically disadvantaged students, African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, multiracial/ethnic or Indigenous/Native-American, students with disabilities, and first-generation college undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply.


Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship

This opportunity offers $500 scholarships for fall and spring semesters as well as summer term. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities, and ethnic and racially diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.


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 U.S. study abroad population, including students from a minority background, first-generation college students, and students with community college experience. FEA awards up to $10,000 for an academic year abroad, $5,000 for a fall or spring semester abroad, and a prorated award for summer programs. In order to be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen, DACA recipient, or permanent resident; currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S. (graduate students are not eligible); your study abroad program must be eligible for credit at your home institution. Learn more about How to Apply.

 

Essay Questions (750 words each):

Please describe your intended study abroad program. Why have you chosen this program and how do you anticipate that it will build on your previous experience and support your future goals? Please be specific. 

Studying abroad is often challenging, requiring participants to be open-minded and persevere in sometimes isolating circumstances. Please describe a personal experience in which you were similarly challenged to demonstrate these qualities.

What You’ll Need to Apply

  • Complete the application form online
  • Access the FEA Financial Aid Form in the online application and send it to the UCSC financial aid office. The financial aid team will complete the form and give it back to you for you to upload to your online application. In order for them to do this, however, you must complete the UCSC Financial Aid Outside Agency Scholarship Authorization to Release Information Form.
  • Upload your unofficial transcript to your online application.
  • 2 essays (750 words each)
  • Letter of recommendation (criteria can be accessed in FEA application). You must submit the name and email of your recommender in the application. After your recommender submits your letter of recommendation, you must go back into the application to click submit
  • Make sure ALL application materials are uploaded and submitted before the deadline to be considered for an FEA scholarship.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Limited to Hispanic students attending U.S. universities. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Scholarship award amounts range from $500-$5,000. The average award amount is $2,500. These funds may be used to study abroad if the student remains enrolled in a U.S. university, the program occurs during the normal academic year, and the student will be receiving U.S. college credit towards his/her degree.


INSIGHT Into Diversity Scholarship

Committed to improving educational equity for all students, but especially those from underrepresented backgrounds who may not traditionally be afforded the ability or opportunity to participate in a study abroad program. INSIGHT is awarding a $2,000 scholarship to five individual students currently enrolled in a baccalaureate-granting institution, graduate school, or health profession school.


Make Your Mark Scholarship Video Contest

Open to all U.S. students currently enrolled in a Study Abroad program in an institution of higher education.


National Security Educational Scholarships (NSEP)

Scholarships to support U.S. undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in world regions critical to US interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East), in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Deadline: February


National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) Scholarships

Various scholarships awarded to help students attain their goals and commend them for their outstanding academic excellence as well as their leadership and service achievements. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Must be an NSCS member to apply.


Phi Kappa Phi Scholarships

Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Applicants must attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter.

Created to increase educational opportunities to students who are from low-income, first-generation families, and/or those who are from ethnic backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. Funded through the Department of Education.


Region-Specific Scholarships [show]

Asia

Freeman-ASIA

The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial needs 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.


Brazil

Brazilian Initiation Scholarship

The Brazilian Studies Association invites applications from graduate and undergraduate students for a one-time $1,500 travel scholarship to do exploratory research in Brazil. This scholarship targets aspiring Brazilianists with relatively little or no experience in Brazil.


Canada

Killam Fellowships Program

It provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. The program offers a cash award of $10,000 ($5,000 per semester) as well as an allowance of $500 to offset health insurance costs. In addition, all Fellows are eligible to apply for a mobility grant in an amount not to exceed $800.


Denmark

FEA's A. Rewari Family Scholarship for Study Abroad in Denmark

This scholarship is awarded to a deserving student planning to study abroad in Denmark. All U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S. and who are planning to study abroad in Denmark are eligible to apply.


Germany

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships

Highly qualified undergraduates are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research, and/or internships in Germany for four to ten months.

For information about DAAD scholarships, please see this DAAD Undergrad Funding Opportunities in Germany video produced by UC Merced.

Gilman-DAAD Germany Scholarship

The Gilman-DAAD Germany Scholarship is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship Program and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This scholarship supports a wider effort between the United States and Germany to increase and diversify international student mobility among German and American higher education institutions. DAAD Germany will provide 40 additional scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students per year to study and/or intern for academic credit in Germany through the Gilman Program. The award allows students from accredited U.S. higher education institutions to strengthen their skills and expand their educational experiences while living and learning in Germany.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Undergraduate student in good academic standing
  • Federal Pell Grant recipient
  • In the process of applying for, or accepted to, a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program in Germany
Award Amount
Successful applicants will receive a study grant of up to $5,000 to be used toward tuition, housing, travel, and related costs for up to one academic year in Germany.

Ireland

Inclusive Ireland Scholarship

Education in Ireland is proud to partner with Diversity Abroad to announce the creation of the Inclusive Ireland Scholarship Programme. Ireland is committed to providing academically rigorous and culturally immersive study abroad experiences for students from all backgrounds and identities. We believe that diversity among our visiting students only serves to enrich our society and our campuses, and so we are excited to welcome this cohort of scholars in Fall 2021. To be eligible students must identify as BIPOC, be an undergraduate student, and planning to study abroad at one of the listed institutions in Ireland. 


Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

The prestigious Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is a competitive award that covers all costs of participation in a summer study abroad program for students of color that is focused on leadership, intercultural communication, and advancing social justice. Ten students of color from colleges and universities across the United States will be selected to participate in a customized summer study abroad experience in Dublin, Ireland. They will follow in the footsteps of Frederick Douglass, who visited Ireland as a young man and was greatly influenced by his meeting with Irish reformer Daniel O'Connell.


Frederick Douglass Summer Scholars Grant

The Frederick Douglass Summer Scholars Grant is awarded to all applicants who submit a Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship application and meet all eligibility requirements but are not selected for the Fellowship. The $1,500 grant can be used toward any CIEE summer program in the year in which they applied for the Fellowship.


Israel

American Jewish League for Israel University Scholarship Fund

Assists students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to study in Israel for the academic year. Scholarship awards are applied towards one year's tuition. Eligibility is limited to students who have been accepted for at least one year of academic study at select institutions in Israel.

Haas/Koshland Memorial Award

Provides awards up to $20,000 to support a year of personal development and/or study in Israel. The award is open to college students, from sophomore year through masters-level graduate school, who are from or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area.

MASA Israel Grants & Scholarships

Offers universal grants and need-based scholarship awards for young adults to travel to Israel. Includes awards of $1,000 to study abroad participants and $3,000-$4,500 awards to eligible participants over the age of 21.


Japan

JASSO Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan

JASSO is available on specific programs to Japan. Unlike other scholarships, applicants can only apply to JASSO through the host university, not to JASSO directly. When applying to your host university, you will be informed if JASSO is available.

Bridging Scholarships

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 for a semester or $4,000 for academic year programs. Students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships

Several different kinds of scholarships are offered by the Japanese government for international students studying in Japan. Students holding Japanese passports are not eligible for these scholarships.


New Zealand

Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards

Education New Zealand and New Zealand tertiary institutions offer $2,000 Travel Awards to help U.S. students fund their flight to New Zealand. Excellence Awards offer $500 for study at one of the eight New Zealand universities and $500 for study at participating institutes of technology and polytechnics.


Scandinavia

DIS Scholarship

DIS offers need and merit-based awards and is committed to supporting students with limited financial resources, from diverse backgrounds, and/or underrepresented populations in study abroad.


Sweden

Jesse Lokrantz Scholarship

The American Women's Club in Stockholm offers scholarships to U.S. citizen students who are studying in Sweden for one year at an accredited Swedish university. Award amount varies from year to year but is generally sufficient to cover a round-trip economy class ticket between the United States and Sweden.


Switzerland

Think Swiss Research Scholarship

Undergraduate and graduate students wanting to do research at a public Swiss university or research institute can apply for a monthly scholarship of CHF 1,050 (approx. USD 1,100) for a period of 2 to 3 months. The scholarship is open to students of all fields.


United Kingdom

BUTEX Scholarships

Awards £500 scholarships to undergraduate students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year at a United Kingdom university that is BUTEX affiliated.

Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship

The Association of American Study Abroad Programmes United Kingdom offers a merit-based scholarship of £500 for a semester or term abroad or £1000 for full-year study in the United Kingdom. Must be on a program offered by AASAP/UK full or associate member.


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