Some funds and organisations offer scholarships and grants for participants on study and volunteer programs abroad. Check out the following and see if you are eligible to apply. Good luck!

Scholarships for all Participants Volunteering Scholarships Directory Internship Scholarships Directory
A directory of many different scholarships for a variety of program types including international volunteering and internships.

Scholarships for US Participants

Boren Awards
The Boren Awards fund the intensive study of language and culture abroad by U.S. undergraduate or graduate students. Boren Scholars and Fellows study a wide range of critical languages and commit to working in positions critical to U.S. national security. Some Boren awards fund internships or research abroad in addition to immersive language study.

Foundation for Global Scholars
Foundation for Global Scholars awards several study abroad scholarships three times annually and designates over half of its scholarship funding to students who are underrepresented in study abroad. It’s that simple!

Fund for Education Abroad

Offers a number of scholarships for programs 4 weeks (30 days) plus, including some for any nationality. There are General scholarships plus dedicated scholarships for – Rainbow Scholarship (LGBT), Athletes Abroad Scholarship, BASAA Scholarship( for MA, ME, VT NH, RI, CT), Texas Scholarship, Minnesota Scholarship, PDX Abroad Scholarship (Portland,OR), Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship (to Vietnam or S Asia). Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Academic Year 2022-2023 term scholarships will open on November 10, 2021 at 12pm EST and closes on January 12, 2022 at 12pm EST.

Christianson Grant
The Christianson Grant is awarded to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents between 18 and 28 who have arranged their own service projects abroad. Past grantees’ projects have focused on multiple international issues, including public health, environmental conservation, legal advocacy, women’s and girls’ rights, microfinance, education, and poverty alleviation, among other topics. Proposed projects must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. Programs may not be part of a degree requirement or for class credit.

Hosteling International USA Explore the World Travel Scholarship
Travel scholarships available for anyone living in the following locations;

  • CA – Los Angeles, San Diego or San Francisco/Oakland
  • DC – Washington
  • IL – Chicago
  • MA – Boston
  • MD – Baltimore
  • MN – Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • OR – Portland
  • TX – Austin or Houston
  • VA – Richmond
  • WA – Seattle

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Undergraduate students with financial needs. Study must be in specified Asian countries – Cambodia, China, Philippines, or Vietnam. Must be on a credit-bearing program for at least 8 weeks in one of the approved countries and have intensive language study during that period.

DIWC Scholarship
The Diverse International Women Of Color Summer 2021 Study Abroad Scholarship is intended to assist women of color who are exceptional in their studies and in need of financial assistance to study abroad. DIWC will award (5) $500 scholarships to women of color who have been accepted to a In-Person Summer 2021 Study Abroad Program, including internships.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Offers fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad and engage in a research project for one academic year. The Program also includes the English Teaching Assistant work abroad component.


Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
Offer seventy-five $1000 awards each year to undergraduate students from more than 300 colleges and universities that have an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter. This scholarship opportunity aims to enhance the students’ academic experiences through study abroad, targeting individuals with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale for programs commencing in the month of May 1, 2021 tthrough June 30, 2022.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities, on academic study or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. The scholarship amounts will be up to $5,000 and vary depending on the length of study.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Scholarships for students with Hispanic heritage, at least a 3.0 GPA. All major accepted with an emphasis on STEM majors. Award amounts range from $500 to $5,000.

Critical Language Scholarships
Each year, the U.S. government lists specific languages that students are encouraged to learn while studying abroad and scholarships can be applied towards programs allowing you to learn a language.

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program
The Overseas Ambassador Program is an initiative created for current students or recent graduates who are planning to study, intern, volunteer or teach abroad. Overseas Ambassadors earn a stipend in return for representing Diversity Abroad, writing articles, and sharing experiences while abroad. Geared toward economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnically and racially diverse students.

UM Scholarships
Offers scholarships to UofM students who are planning to study abroad. You can also use most general scholarships to fund your study abroad experience. In many cases, you do not need to have applied for your study abroad program to be eligible to apply for study abroad scholarships.

Rotary Foundation Scholarships
The Rotary Foundation and the regional Rotary regional clubs offer scholarship opportunities for students to study abroad. Being a rotary member is not mandatory and amounts and eligibility vary by club. All students are available including high school age students.

Watson Fellowship
The Watson Fellowship challenges students to engage in their deepest interests on a world scale. To do this, Watson Fellowships provide grants for one year of independent study in one or several countries outside the United States just after graduation. All majors and fields of inquiry are eligible.

These are only the most popular resources. However, there are plenty more of scholarships available. We recommend checking the CollegeBoard website for more options depending on your specific criteria and qualifications.

Page last Updated: 10 November, 2021