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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 UK Participants

Jack Petchey Foundation Individual Grants for Volunteering Programme
Jack Petchey Foundation offers Individual Grants for Volunteering. This programme is for young people ages 11-25 living in London or Essex who wants to take part in a volunteering project. Whether the project is in the UK or abroad, JPF can help with a one-off grant of up to £400 per person. The Foundation will fund up to 50% of the cost of the young person’s project and no more than £400 per person. Jack Petchey Foundation has helped young people make a huge impact in projects across the UK and all over the world with local communities, support schools, improve access to health services, and contribute to conservation projects. Application for grant must be 2 – 9 months before the start of your volunteering project.

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. The application deadline for the Boren Scholarship is on January 29, 2025. The Boren Awards application is now closed for the 2024-25 cycle. The 2025-2026 application will open in mid-August 2024. Boren Awards funding may be applied to programs starting as early as June 1, 2025, or as late as March 1, 2026. Applicants will be notified in mid-to-late April if they have been selected.


Christianson Grant
The InterExchange Foundation Christianson Fellowship awards between $2,500 and $10,000 to young Americans who are passionate about helping communities abroad thrive and eager to learn about their host country’s local culture and customs. Fellows identify a project or an organization working on an issue they care about and spend at least six months on location abroad. This intercultural experience is a meaningful way to help others, improve skills, and gain insight into another culture. Application Deadline is October 15, 2024.

DIWC Scholarship
The objective of Diverse International Women of Color (DIWC) is to ignite inspiration, provide motivation, and create avenues for women of color to explore foreign lands, immerse themselves in diverse cultures, and expand their horizons beyond the borders of the United States. The Diverse International Women Of Color Study Abroad Scholarship is designed to support outstanding female students who possess both academic excellence and financial need, enabling them to pursue their education overseas. DIWC is committed to granting $500 scholarships to women of color who have gained admission into an In-Person Study Abroad Program. The application date for the Fall 2024 program is from June 4, 2024, to July 15, 2024, and the notification of awards is on August 19, 2024

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. The 2025-2026 Competition Deadline is on Tuesday, October 8, 2024, at 5 pm Eastern Time


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 student’s 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 the month of May 1, 2025, through June 30, 2026, the application deadline will be March 15, 2025, and recipients will be notified on May 1, 2025. The study Abroad program must begin during this time, May 1, 2025, through June 30, 2026.


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. To be eligible for this award, students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship.

The Gilman-McCain August 2024 Deadline Application is open for applicants whose programs or internships start between September 1, 2024 to April 30, 2025. The application deadline is Thursday, August 1, 2024, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time, and the advisor certification deadline is Thursday, August 8, 2024.

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. The Scholarships at a Glance (PDF) chart lets you quickly determine eligibility, award amounts, and deadlines for some of the most promising scholarships.

Rotary Foundation Scholarships
The Rotary Foundation and the regional Rotary clubs offer student scholarship opportunities 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. The 2025-26 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now closed. The 2026-2027 application will be available online in February 2025.

The Going Abroad Scholarship
The Going Abroad Scholarship’s mission is to help people travel and experience the world. Twice a year, two outstanding students will win $1,500 scholarships towards their upcoming study abroad program. The scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled at an accredited higher education program in the United States (and its territories and possessions) and will be studying abroad. All Fall semester scholarship entries must be received no later than March 15, at 11:59 pm PST to be eligible for the scholarship. All Spring semester scholarship entries must be received no later than October 15, at 11:59pm PST to be eligible for the scholarship.

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: 26 June, 2024