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Education Abroad Scholarships



Applying to multiple scholarships increases your chances of receiving funding. While each scholarship has its own level of competitiveness, all have the same goal of helping students to learn, intern or work abroad. We encourage you to read each website carefully for eligibility, application instructions, and deadlines. Note: Scholarship application deadlines for summer/fall/year-long programs tend to be between January and March; scholarship deadlines for winter/spring programs tend to be between September and October. GOOD LUCK!



UCR Scholarships

General Education Abroad Scholarships

  • Bridging Scholarships

    Geared toward U.S. undergraduate students who learn for one semester or an academic year in Japan, the US-Japan Bridging Foundation helps students prepare for future global leadership roles. Awards up to $5,000 for the academic year.

    Bridging Foundation Website

  • Boren Awards

    Representing a variety of academic backgrounds, Boren Scholarships for undergraduates and Boren Fellowships for graduate students support programs in underrepresented areas that are critical to U.S. interests. These include Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. They exclude Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

    Boren Awards Website

  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

    Offered by the U.S. government, the CLS Program is fully-funded and offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in critical need foreign languages. Awarded with the expectation that they will apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers, CLS Program participants have studied Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu. If you are applying for academic credit, you MUST work with the UCR Education Abroad office. Please email us at educationabroad@ucr.edu.

    CLS Program Website

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Scholarship

    Supporting 50-60 U.S. and Canadian undergraduates each year, the DAAD Scholarship funds study, senior thesis research and internships in Germany from four to ten months.

    DAAD Website

  • DiversityAbroad.com Scholarships

    DiversityAbroad.com has partnered with several organizations to offer education abroad scholarships and grants. DiversityAbroad.com also hosts a directory of education abroad scholarship, grants, and fellowships.

    Diversity Abroad Website

  • Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

    To increase access to education abroad by more students at minority serving institutions (MSIs), the Council on International Educational Exchange will cover 100 percent of program fees and travel costs for 10 students from 10 different MSIs each year to participate in a four-week summer education abroad program. To become a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow, students must be nominated and receive letters of recommendation from the president of their institutions. Due EARLY OCTOBER. For more information on the partnership between the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions and the Council on International Educational Exchange, please click here.

    Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

  • Freeman Asia Scholarship

    Supporting U.S. undergraduates who learn overseas in East or Southeast Asia, the Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) helps to increase the number of students with first-hand exposure to—and understanding of—the people and cultures of Asia. If you plan to apply, please make an appointment with a UCR Education Abroad Advisor to discuss this scholarship opportunity by sending an email to educationabroad@ucr.edu.

    Freeman Asia Scholarship 

  • Fulbright Scholarship

    Formed in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Since its beginning, the Fulbright Program has helped nearly 300,000 participants to learn, teach and conduct research abroad. 

    Fulbright Scholarship 

  • Fund for Education Abroad

    For U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. (as of May 2015, applications from DACA students are welcome). Students must be currently enrolled as undergraduates at a college or university in the U.S. The education abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s educational institution and must include at least four (4) weeks (30 days) in country/countries. The deadline is typically mid-January.

    Fund for Education Abroad  

  • Gilman Scholarship

    Targeting U.S. undergraduates receiving Federal Pell Grant funding, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program helps students of limited financial means to learn in non-traditional education abroad destinations.

    Gilman Scholarship  

  • Hostelling International-USA (HI-USA) "Explore The World" Travel Scholarships

    "At HI USA, we think travel should be as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it. That’s why we’ve created Explore the World Travel Scholarships. Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component."

    Hostelling International-USA (HI-USA) "Explore The World" Travel Scholarships 

  • IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant

    IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant is  an annual grant hosted by the Institute of International Education. In the past, IIE has awarded grants to 100 students of $2,000 per student.

    IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant 

  • StudyAbroad.com

    Choose from scholarships awarded based on merit, diversity factors, your destination, your program or the subject you will study.


  • UCEAP Scholarships

    You want to invest in your future by studying abroad, and UCEAP wants to help make that happen. By defraying costs and reducing loan debt, UCEAP scholarships—$800,000 annually—make study abroad accessible to students of all backgrounds and majors. You could be eligible for thousands in scholarships. Whether you're studying in a country in Asia, working at an internship, or going for just a summer, there could be a scholarship tailored for the program of your choice. And it's easy—a single application covers most UCEAP scholarships. But, why stop there? Apply for multiple scholarships and make your dream happen.

    UCEAP Scholarships

  • USA Study Abroad

    The U.S. Department of State is committed to supporting the next generation of diverse American leaders to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a globalizing world.

    USA Study Abroad

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