Global Education

These scholarships have early deadlines--to secure this funding, you'll need to plan ahead!

When seeking scholarships for study abroad programs, keep in mind that most scholarships that would apply to a regular semester of school will also be applicable towards a semester of classes abroad!

There are, however, a few scholarships that are geared specifically toward study abroad.  These have a range of deadlines and eligibility requirements: see the individual websites for details.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

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. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting students of color, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.

One online application leads to many opportunities. Applicants are considered for all of the FEA scholarships they meet the criteria for, along with the FEA General Scholarships. This includes The Rainbow Scholarship, The Jan Kieling Rainbow Scholarship, and Kacenga-Cladera Family Rainbow Scholarship.

To be eligible for an FEA scholarship, you must be:


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship

Awards of up to $5,000 are made for up to one academic year of undergraduate study abroad. Award amounts will vary based on student’s recommendation group in the selection process, their financial need and length of program. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, international airfare, passport and visa fees.


Diverse International Women of Color Study Abroad Scholarship


Diverse International Women of Color’s mission is to inspire, encourage and promote opportunities for women of color to travel abroad, experience different cultures and broaden their horizons beyond the United States.

All applicants must:


The Doe Thornburg Scholarship from IWA (International Women Associates)

The International Women Associates (IWA), founded in 1978 by Doe Thornburg, is a 501(c)(3) Chicago cultural and educational organization whose members engage in cross-cultural exchange, community service, dialogue and friendship.  By creating connections among people of diverse international backgrounds through our programs and with other organizations, IWA works toward establishing a more just and peaceful world.  IWA has a membership of over 500 women with diverse international backgrounds representing 58 countries. 

In keeping with IWA’s vision to promote understanding and cooperation among people of all nations, IWA offers a scholarship to help support a female undergraduate student who is studying abroad.  Scholarships are awarded annually to each of the IWA Partner Institutions.*

Scholarship value:  US $1,000.00 (applicable only to tuition and course-related expenses).

Eligibility Criteria:


Boren Awards

The Boren Awards fund the intensive study of language and culture abroad by U.S. undergraduate or graduate students. All eligible applicants have the option to either apply for a Regional Flagship Language Initiative or select/design their own study program.

The Boren Awards promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion. Proposed programs of two or more semesters are strongly encouraged. Preference will be given to Boren Awards applicants proposing overseas programs of at least 25 weeks’ duration. The minimum duration of an eligible program is 12 weeks for most Boren Awards applicants.

Boren Scholarships Maximum Award Amounts:

All applicants must be: