Scholarships, Grants, & Fellowships
Many students are interested in studying away yet few have the needed funds right at their finger tips. This is where the knowledge of scholarships, grants, and fellowships become increasingly valuable. Unlike loans that you will have to pay back, scholarships, grants, and fellowships are fully funded by the sponsor and don't require you to pay them back. Applying for such financial aid sources is a process that can ease your financial woes.
Though scholarships may be offered directly through the university's Financial Aid office, they may also be found through a funded or private source such as a local business, organization, or church. If you have not yet spoken to a Financial Aid representative at the university make it a priority to set up an appointment and discuss your options. Then look into other avenues through your host university or the administrative program. There are also corporate sponsors that offer additional services, products and discounts for travel, phone cards, guidebooks and more. Surfing the Internet may also find new study abroad scholarship options as well. Below are some options to check out:
- Study Abroad Funding
- Foundation for Global Scholars
- Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE)
- STA Travel
- ISEP (Annette Kade Scholarship for Study in France or Germany only)
- Go-Volunteer Abroad
- Institute of International Education
- Association of Teachers of Japanese (for study in Japan)
- Boren Awards
- German Academic Exchange Service
Program Specific Scholarships
Students attending AHA/NCSA institutions are eligible for scholarships ranging from $500 to $1500. Application deadline for fall and winter quarter programs or fall semester is August 15. For spring semester participants, the deadline is January 15.
ISEP-Exchange (not ISEP-Direct): UAS Student Government has three $2000 scholarships per semester starting spring 2012.
Youmay attain a study abroad grant through applying directly to Grants.gov, or by checking with the Financial Aid office to see what grants are offered here. Student travel grants are awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate students to help pay for transportation, food, and lodging. A great source for travel grants is the AAG IGIF Student Travel Grant site.
Most fellowships are awarded to graduate students, but are also given to undergraduate students in their last two years of study. Fellowships are awarded for a summer or semester abroad. It is important to apply as early as possible since fellowships are very competitive due to the fabulous international learning opportunities they present. Here is an example of excellent online fellowship resource:
- Germany: Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals