Scholarship Sources
A Few Places for Overseas Travel Scholarships

This page is meant to help you get started on finding various scholarships that can be used for study abroad. Remember if you are a UNCG student going on one of UNCG's programs you are eligible for the IPC travel endowment, but this is not offered to students going on outside programs nor visiting students going on our programs. Check with IPC to see if you are eligible.

One way to procure scholarship information is to go to the Jackson Library Reference Section and ask the librarians on duty to help you find scholarship information. Be specific when you ask for help because there are various scholarships based on majors, ethnicity, merit, country of destination and need.

Remember to ask your department what funds are available. Faculty and advisors usually know whether special funds are set aside for student scholarships.
If you still need further help come by IPC or call 334.5404 and set up an appointment to speak with Tom Martinek, Jr.

Below are just a few of the scholarships you might be eligible for. There are, of course, other scholarship webpages out there so be sure to check them out. If you find a good source of information, feel free to email the site to tjmarti2@uncg.edu so they can be added to this website.

Some of the scholarships listed below are area specific, while others are for academic endeavors abroad in any country. For more information, click on the links provided.

General Scholarships
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships
Gilman Scholarship Program
NSEP Scholarship
Fulbright Grants & Others (Honors Program)

Area Specific Scholarships
Freeman-ASIA Awards for Study in Asia
Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATJ)
Federal Scholarships for Study in China
DAAD (Germany)
UNCG Baecker Scholarship (Germany)
English-speaking Union Scholarship (UK)
The SWEA Sweden Scholarship

Scholarships for Students Participating in Outside Programs
John E. Bowman Travel Grants
Robert B. Bailey III Scholarship
International Study Programs Scholarships
AIFS Scholarship 

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial scholarships and grants aim to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. Recipients are expected to be outstanding ambassadors of goodwill through appearances before Rotary clubs, schools, civic organizations and other forums in the host country, and are expected to share the experiences of understanding acquired during their period abroad with the people of their home countries. Scholarship candidates must be citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary club, and may apply through a Rotary club in their legal or permanent resident (or place of full-time study or employment). Scholarships are available to individuals of all ages, provided the candidate has completed at least two years of university coursework or equivalent professional experience prior to beginning scholarship studies. Spouses or descendants of Rotarians may not apply.

Application Deadline: Varies
For additional information contact:

National Office
Rotary International
Scholarship Department
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston,IL 60201
Tel: 847-866-3000

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Gilman Scholarship Program
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Sponsored by the US. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education, this program enables students who have limited financial means to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S citizen undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue semester or academic-year long study abroad opportunities in other countries. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba.

Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Critical need languages include: Arabic (all dialects); Chinese (all dialects); Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek); Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki); Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi); Korean; Russian.
Application Deadline: Fall/Academic Year Study Abroad- April 15 and Spring Study Abroad - October 15
For additional information visit http://www.iie.org/gilman
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NSEP: National Security Educational Program
This web site contains information on work obligations with the federal government or in higher education after college. These scholarships are not for use in Western Europe or English speaking countries.
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Freeman-ASIA Awards for Study in Asia
The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) are available for undergraduates to study in East and/or Southeast Asia who are US citizens or permanent residents. Students must demonstrate financial need in order to participate. Priority will be given to students with no previous experience in Asia. As a condition of the awards, upon return to the US, students must agree to promote study in Asia by sharing their experiences with peers on their home campuses and in their communities and submit a report including the implementation of the service requirement.
For additional information visit http://www.iie.org/pgms/Freeman-ASIA.
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Federal Scholarships for Study in China
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Council funding under the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program to provide financial assistance to students participating in the Chinese language programs offered by the Council Study Centers at Peking University and Nanjing University.
For additional information and a downloadable application visit http://www.ciee.org/study/scholarships
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English-speaking Union Scholarship
The English-Speaking Union sponsors numerous programs to encourage the use of the English language for both native and non-native English-speakers. To do this, the Greensboro branch of the English-Speaking Union offers one or more William A. and Alice Middleton Carroll Scholarships for study in the British Isles- England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland. Scholarships are available up to $5,500. Students must be in their Junior or Senior year during their study abroad.
        Application Deadline: See IPC for application.
        For more information: English-speaking Union Scholarship
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The Swedish Woman’s Education Association (SWEA) Scholarship
The SWEA Scholarship is to support a person or an organization with ties to North Carolina in their studies or efforts to advance/share knowledge of Swedish culture, traditions, language, history, or society. However, outstanding scholars in any field of study are invited to apply, as the scholarship is more broadly intended to foster worthwhile exchanges between Sweden and North Carolina. Scholarships are available in amounts up to $1,000. To be eligible an applicant must have connections with North Carolina and Sweden, have concrete plans on how to use the scholarship, and commit to providing a report on how the scholarship was used (for example, writing an article, or giving a presentation).
         Application Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis from February through May, and August through November. See IPC for application.
         For more information: northcarolina@swea.org
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John E. Bowman Travel Grants
The Bowman Travel Grants provide assistance to students participating in educational programs in non-traditional destinations (NOT Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden , Switzerland, or the United Kingdom).
        Application Deadlines:
        Summer, fall and academic year programs: March 15; Spring programs: October. For more information visit www.ciee.org.
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Robert B. Bailey III Scholarship
The Bailey Scholarship is intended to promote increased participation in Council's International Study Programs by members of groups that have traditionally been under-represented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. Applicants will be asked to specify a group to which they belong and which they believe is under-represented in study abroad. These awards are funded by the generous bequest of Robert B. Bailey III, former member of Council's Board of Directors and Professor of Sociology and Director of Study Abroad at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and by other private donations.
        Application Deadlines:
        Summer, fall and academic year programs: March 15; Spring programs: October.
For more information and a downloadable application form visit www.ciee.org/
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International Study Programs (ISP) Scholarships
In an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to the widest possible audience, Council's International Study Programs Division offers scholarships each year to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need.
        Application Deadlines: Summer, fall and academic year programs: March 15; Spring programs: October.
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        AIFS Scholarships
AIFS International Scholarships promote international understanding through study abroad. The awards celebrate the founding more than 40 years ago of the American Institute For Foreign Study. AIFS offers up to 150 semester scholarships of $1,000 each annually as well as up to 50 summer scholarships of $500 each for use on AIFS programs. Minority Scholarships help increase the participation of ethnic minority college students in study abroad programs.
        Application Deadline: See IPC for application.
        For more information: AIFS SCHOLARSHIPS
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Other Scholarship Links
  • Goabroad.com: This web site contains scholarship information pertaining to study abroad, and is organized based on region of study.
  • Studyabroad.com: This website contains scholarship information pertaining to study abroad. 
  • FastWeb.com:  This web site is a searchable database of over 400,000 scholarships of all types. You will need to fill out a personal profile in order to search the database. This web site also offers tips for successful scholarship applications.        
  • FinAid:  This web site contains a list of scholarships available for study abroad.
  • Friends & Partners:  This web site is an exhaustive list of scholarships available for all types of international experiences.

Special thanks to Georgetown and Truett-McConnell College for their website sources.

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