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Being scholarship savvy

At first glance, study abroad may not always appear to be financially feasible. Alfred University’s Office of International Programs (OIP) aims to help students choose the program most aligned with their academic goals and financial means by providing advice and access to resources available to bridge gaps in program costs.

OIP highly encourages students of all backgrounds to apply for scholarships. There are study abroad grants and scholarship opportunities based on financial need and/or merit. 

Tips for applying for study abroad scholarships:

  • Seek them out: there are all kinds available - you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!
  • Plan ahead: most scholarships are competitive and must be applied for months in advance. Pay attention to those deadlines and give yourself plenty of time to gather recommendations, draft essays and prepare the applications.
  • The Writing Center: take advantage of the resources already available on campus. Walk in or make an appointment at under the first tab, “Academics” > Writing Center 
  • Also watch out for any relevant workshops and materials available to help you write successful scholarship essays. 

General study abroad scholarships

Scholarship Eligibility Award Deadline
Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarships: Offers bi-annual scholarships to students who are planning on studying abroad or interning abroad Any student (including graduate) studying/interning abroad can apply $500 December 2nd, 2016
Churchill Foundation Scholarship: Offers at least fourteen Churchill Scholarships annually. U.S. Citizen, Senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program. $50,000-$60,000 November 10, 2016
November 7, 2017
Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship: Offered biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. Any four-year university student with good academic standing. $1,000 Spring 2017:

Fall 2017:
STA Travel Start the Adventure Scholarship has joined forces with the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) to bring you the scholarship opportunity for two FEA applicants.
The applicant studies the host country language (if not English)
The department is in a non-traditional destination where the language is not English
The student demonstrates a financial need.
$2,500 Summer Semester:
Applications open on November 16, 2016 at 12:00pm EST.
You have until January 11, 2017 at 12:00pm EST to apply.
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants: Fifty grants are awarded each year GPA above 3.75. $1,000 December 15, 2016 –
February 15, 2016
The Critical Language Scholarship Program: A fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. Critical-need language study (see list on website). The CLS Program is fully funded Nov 16, 2017
Gilman Scholarship: Over 2,700 scholarships will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad and demonstrate a financial need. Need-based $5,000 Spring
10/4/16 / 3/7/17

Boren Scholarship: Awards for students interested in geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Funding is available for year-long programs and semester long programs. By critical-needs language/
study abroad location.
Up to $20,000 February 9, 2017 - 5:00 PM EST 

Databases to search for scholarships

IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding
This database connects you to thousands of study abroad funding opportunities. You can search by country, program and keyword. The site links you to a wide range of funding opportunities and is a great tool to search of study abroad scholarships.
College Board general scholarship search engine
Free online scholarship database. Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion. Enter as much information as possible to find the most matches.
Diversity Abroad Scholarships and Grants:
Free database of scholarships that target minority, low-income and first-generation students
Free online scholarship database.
Free college scholarship search and financial aid information resource.
Scholarship Experts:
In addition to scholarships, you now have access to colleges, internships, careers, and a whole lot more.
International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search:
At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings, plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.
International Scholarships
The International Scholarship Search is the premier financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource for students wishing to study abroad.