Scholarships for Studying Abroad
By Barry Solomon
, last updated January 9, 2012
If you are planning on pursuing your education in a foreign country, there are a number of excellent scholarships available for studying abroad.
The single largest private provider of international scholarships is the Rotary Club. Its Ambassadorial Scholarships cover tuition for study in many countries. The group awards approximately 700 scholarships a year totaling around $16 million designed to promote international understanding. In fact, recipients are required to speak about their homeland at Rotary Club and other functions in the host country. You can apply by contacting your local Rotary Club, where you can learn the application requirements and deadlines.
The largest public program of international scholarships is the Fulbright Program, which supports studies in 140 different countries. The funds support advanced research, teaching at the university, elementary, and secondary levels, as well as graduate study. It is best to apply through an on-campus advisor, but you can also apply as an at-large applicant.
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Scholarships require an application with a 500-word essay that describes the program you're interested in and the location at which you plan to engage in your course of study, as well as your rationale and goals for studying overseas. There are a number of different scholarships granted under this program and you must include in your essay which ones you are seeking to be awarded. Various grants are funded by the Ping Foundation, including travel grants, scholarships, international study program scholarships, and a specialty scholarship award, the Jennifer Ritzmann Scholarship for Studies in Tropical Biology. Other programs include specialized awards for study in Asia and a Fulbright Hays scholarship for study specifically in China.
Global Studies Foundation
The Global Studies Foundation offers foreign language study and training grants in addition to supporting other academic pursuits in strategically important countries throughout the world. Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarships are available to undergraduates currently enrolled or who will be enrolling in a study abroad program. There are ten awards of $1,000 each available every year.
The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) offers numerous grants to support education abroad in their many diverse programs. Each year, 5,000 students opt to study with AIFS in 24 countries. The Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad grants an award of $1,000 to each of 50 undergraduate students studying at schools where there is a Phi Kappa Phi chapter. You don't even have to be a Phi Kappa Phi member to apply.
SIT Study Abroad
If you are a recipient of a Federal Pell grant, then SIT Study Abroad, a program of World Learning, will automatically match that award for a semester at a participating college or university abroad as part of the organization's mission to create a more peaceful and just world. A highly specialized program is the École des Chartes Exchange Fellowship, which will fully cover tuition for a semester of study at the École Nationale des Chartes in Paris for archival sciences.