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Scholarships for Study Abroad

There are study abroad 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 back-up plan for how to fund your experience abroad 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.



Featured Scholarships

UCEAP Scholarships

UCEAP scholarships—$1 million annually—make study abroad accessible to students of all backgrounds and majors. You could be eligible for thousands in scholarships. All UC students participating in a UCEAP program are eligible to apply for scholarships. To learn more, see UCEAP Scholarships or UCEAP’s Presentation on Scholarships. Utilize the UCEAP Promise Award Statement of Purpose Worksheet to develop and frame your statement. 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 

» Summer Deadline: February 15
» Fall, Academic Year Deadline: March 15
» Spring Deadline: September 15

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. About 25-35% of UC Santa Cruz students who apply to the Gilman receive this award. Learn more about How to Apply to Gilman.

» Spring, Summer, Fall, Academic Year 2021 Deadline: October 8, 2020 Early Bird Deadline OR Early March Deadline (exact date TBD)

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

Provides general scholarships of up to $10,000 each, and two dedicated scholarships: the Hillary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship, which awards up to $5,000 to a student demonstrating a love of Vietnam and other cultures, and the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBT students studying abroad. Scholarships are awarded a preference to underrepresented students in study abroad programs, including minorities, science and technology majors, and those choosing to study in non-traditional countries. Learn more about How to Apply

» Spring 2021 Deadline: September 16, 2020
» Fall, Summer, Academic Year 2021-2022 Deadline: January 20, 2021


Steps to Apply to Scholarships:

Write a Great Scholarship Essay


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 studyabroad@ucsc.edu to request comments and feedback (be sure you give us “editing” access). Plan ahead and give your UCSC Study Abroad Advisor at least 1 week to respond.
  4. Submit your application.

Scholarship Options:

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 as 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

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. Students who apply to this scholarship must be a Merrill College student, majoring in Community Studies, Education, Latino & Latina American Studies, Politics, or another Social Science field of study, and be a first-generation college student. The award is $750.00.

» Summer, Fall, Academic Year Deadline: March 15

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:

  • $1.5 Million Promise Awards
  • Duttenhaver Scholars Program
  • Dan Wise Memorial Scholarship
  • Jasmine Jahanshahi Scholarships
  • Undergraduate Research 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.

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.

» Deadline for programs starting between June 1, 2021 and March 1, 2022: February 3, 2021

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 need, based on economic profile and estimated family contribution (EFC).

» Spring Deadline: October 15 
» Summer, Fall Deadline: April 1

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.

» Summer 2021 Deadline: March 15, 2021

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.

» Spring 2021 Deadline: November 1, 2020
» Summer 2021 Deadline: April 1, 2021

» Fall, Academic Year 2021 Deadline: May 1, 2021

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

offer $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.

» Summer, Fall Deadline: June 1
» Spring Deadline: November 1

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

Provides general scholarships of up to $10,000 each, and two dedicated scholarships: the Hillary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship, which awards up to $5,000 to a student demonstrating a love of Vietnam and other cultures, and the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBT students studying abroad. Scholarships are awarded a preference to underrepresented students in study abroad programs, including minorities, science and technology majors and those choosing to study in non-traditional countries.

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.

Rainbow Sig

The Rainbow Scholarship awards deserving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students who aim to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. Students are able to receive scholarship awards up to $10,000.

Region-Specific Scholarships [show]



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.


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.

» Deadline: February 1, 2022


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.


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.


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.


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 apply 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.


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 year to year but is generally sufficient to cover a round-trip economy class ticket between the United States and Sweden.


Think Swiss Research Scholarship

Undergraduate and graduate students wanting to do research at a public Swiss university or research institute can apply 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.

» Deadline: January 15, 2021

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 which is BUTEX affiliated.

» Academic Year 2020-21 Deadline: October 30, 2020

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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