External Scholarships

Additional semester and academic year scholarship opportunities may be available through the U.S. and foreign governments as well as private organizations that may be related to a particular study abroad location and study goals.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

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Eligibility: Student must be a Federal Pell Grant recipient.  Open to U.S.-citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study and intern abroad, the Gilman Scholarship program aims to support students who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The program emphasizes non-traditional study and intern destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Gilman Scholarship Program supports 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. 

Fields of Study: All

GPA: N/A

Awards: Up to $5,000/semester 

Tel: 800.852.2141, Ext 1

Email: [email protected]

GW Campus Coordinator: OSA Gilman Advisor

The Boren Awards for International Study

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Eligibility: The Boren scholarship provides up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Applicants identify how their study abroad programs or overseas projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. 

Fields of Study: All

GPA: N/A

Awards: Maximum award is $8,000/summer, $10,000/semester and $20,000/academic year

Tel: 800-618-6737

Email: [email protected]

GW Campus Coordinator: Center for Undergraduate Fellowships & Research: [email protected]

The Freeman-Asia Scholarship

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Eligibility: This program provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Scholarship recipients can receive up to $5,000 for Semester and up to $7,000 for Academic Year study. 

Fields of Study: All

GPA: 2.8

Awards: Varies by semester, up to $7,000

Tel: 212-984-5346

Email: [email protected]

GW Campus Coordinator: Contact your Office for Study Abroad Advisor for further information.

Bridging Scholarships in Japan

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Eligibility: The US-Japan Bridging Foundation offers $2500 for students studying in Japan for a semester, and $4000 for students studying for the academic year. Applicants must be US citizens and undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite.

Fields of Study: All

GPA: N/A

Awards: $2,500/semester, $4,000/academic year

Tel: 303-492-5487

Email: [email protected]

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange (BUTEX) Scholarships

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Eligibility: To be eligible for British Universities Transatlantic Exchange (BUTEX) Scholarships students must be enrolled in an institution in the USA or Canada and offered a place as a study abroad or exchange student in a UK university which is a member of BUTEX.

Fields of Study: All

GPA: N/A

Awards: ₤500

Tel: 44 (0)113 343 1734

Email: [email protected]

Diversity Abroad

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Eligibility: Diversity Abroad offers a variety of scholarships for students studying abroad in summer, fall, and spring; Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racially diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fields of Study: All

GPA: N/A

Awards: Vary

Email: [email protected]

Explore the World Scholarship

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Eligibility: Granted by Hosteling International (HI), a $2,000 scholarship is awarded to students with a strong desire and motivation to experience other people and cultures through international travel. Student must demonstrate financial need 

Fields of Study: All

GPA: N/A

Awards: $2,000

Contact: Use this link to access contact form

Fund for Education Abroad

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Eligibility: Scholarships are provided to students who are underrepresented among the U.S.study abroad population. Additional scholarships are available for specific affinity groups including veterans, LGBTQIA+, and those studying in region-specific locations.

Fields of Study: All

GPA: N/A

Awards: up to $5,000/semester and up to $10,000/academic year

Tel: (202) 349-7340

Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan

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Eligibility: The Morgan Stanley Scholarship for Study in Japan is for students in Junior/Senior standing who are already accepted to a program in Japan for the academic year.

Fields of Study: Economics and International Finance

GPA: N/A

Awards: $7,500/year

Tel: 303-492-5487

Email: [email protected]

New Zealand Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards

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Eligibility: Supported by the government of New Zealand, the Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards are offered to U.S. students interested in studying abroad at a university in New Zealand. Students must be U.S. citizens, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Fields of Study: All

GPA: 3.0

Awards: $2,000

Turkish Coalition of America

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Eligibility: The Turkish Coalition of America study abroad scholarship program is offered to undergraduate American students of minority and heritage communities who wish to study abroad in Turkey. Eligible applicants must be of one of the following heritage communities: African American, Bosnian American, Filipino American, Hispanic American, Macedonian American, Native American.

Fields of Study: All

GPA: n/a

Awards: TCA Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 per student:

Tel: 202-370-1399 

Email: [email protected]

These scholarships are for students going on a program with the designated provider. If your provider is not listed below, this does not mean they do not offer scholarships. Peruse your provider’s website for more information on any scholarships and aid. Most providers offer financial support. 


Betty Hailu at the Berlin Wall
 

Betty Hailu

Junior, International Affairs
Paris, France
Recipient of the Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

I recommend that all GW students who qualify should apply for these scholarships! Specifically, I recommend to 1) start the application process as early as possible and get feedback from multiple people on the essays, 2) take time to understand your purpose of studying abroad and the aspects of the program you are applying to. The key is in the details and how a specific study abroad program will align with your professional, personal, and academic goals. In addition, the scholarship is helpful because it requires students to reflect on their experiences through weekly blogs.