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Study Abroad Scholarship Information

There are a number of scholarships and grants available to undergraduate and graduate students that are offered through a variety of sources. A thorough scholarship search will include looking into the following funding sources and applying to as many as possible.

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Scholarship Resources

National Scholarships
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
    This program serves undergraduate students who have been under-represented in study abroad which includes but is not limited to: students with high financial need, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.  To be eligible, students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the time they are studying abroad.
  • Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
    Boren scholarships are available for undergraduate students and Boren fellowships for graduate students. Both provide funding for U.S. students focusing on languages, geographic regions, and academic areas considered critical to U.S. interests. Recipients must fulfill a national security service requirement. Award recipients must study abroad in countries outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • BUTEX North American Scholarships
    This scholarship is open to all undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the U.S. or Canada. To be eligible to apply, you must have been offered a place as a study abroad or exchange student in a UK university which is a member of BUTEX (British Transatlantic Exchange Association).
  • Fulbright Scholarships
    Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The Fulbright programs offer various scholarships.
  • Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
    FEA was created in order to open doors for deserving education abroad students. FEA awards funds for students planning to study abroad on any academically rigorous program. Designed by the Advisory Board, FEA scholarships are intended to meet the financial needs of students who might not be eligible for government grants or existing funds limited to specific programs or groups of students.
  • Fund for International Service Learning
    The Fund for International Service Learning (FISL) is offering $500 scholarships to aid students who are enrolled (or in the process of enrolling) in an accredited International Service Learning program. Recipients are selected based on their academic and professional goals and accomplishments, as well as financial need.
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    The DAAD is a publicly-funded, independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. A large number and variety of scholarships and fellowships to study in Germany are available to American undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, and faculty members.
  • Go! Study Abroad Scholarship
    Go! Overseas offers scholarships to students based on entries that display creativity, analytical thinking, and passion for studying abroad.
  • Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
    The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project accepts applications from American students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships.
  • Foundation for Global Scholars
    The Foundation for Global Scholars is a nonprofit organization located in Westminster, CO, serving U.S. undergraduate and graduate students pursuing academic and internship programs abroad. Through scholarships for international study, they have a goal to empower future leaders to become better prepared for the fast-changing global marketplace and interdependent world. Scholarships are available for a wide array of students. 
  • The Dante Alighieri Society Academic Scholarships
    These awards have been established to enable undergraduate students to advance their study of the Italian language, culture, and history. Selection of winners is made on the basis of their interest in Italian culture, previous academic performance, the merit of their proposed study, and letters of recommendation.
  • Il Circolo Italiano Scholarship Program
    This program awards one scholarship per year to a Colorado undergraduate who plans to study abroad in Italy. Selection is based on academic performance, letters of recommendation, financial need, and pursuit of the Italian language. For more details, see their website.
DU Scholarships for Study Abroad
  • AMICI of the University of Denver Grants-in-Aid
    Up to $10,000 in grants will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students accepted into a study abroad or music program in Italy. Preference is given to students who are majoring or minoring in Italian and enrolling in immersion language programs. One grant is available to a Lamont School of Music student. 
DU Departmental & Program-specific Scholarships

Many general scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study in the U.S. can be applied to study abroad. You should check to see if you are eligible to apply for general scholarships that are not specific to, but can be applied to, study abroad. Of course, there are national, regional, local, and DU-specific versions of these scholarship competitions as well.

Sometimes the study abroad program provider itself has scholarships available (especially when these are U.S.-based institutions). You should check with your program provider/host university to learn if any scholarship opportunities are offered to their participants.