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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. All applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of their study abroad program or internship.  The program abroad must be at least 3 weeks (21 days) long in one country.

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between CIEE and the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (Rutgers CMSI), in an effort to make study abroad accessible to students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI).

100% of a recipients’ program fees and travel costs are covered for an intensive 4-week, 3-credit summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills. Frederick Douglass Global Fellows commit to sharing their experience and intercultural growth with peers and classmates.

Ten scholarships are awarded annually based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and nominations from students’ MSI senior leadership. 

All qualified applicants who don’t receive a Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship are guaranteed a $1,500 grant toward summer '20 programs. This grant is available only for the summer 2020 sessions and is non-transferable.

Critical Need Languages are those predominately spoken in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. These languages are identified by the United States government as important for the continued growth and influence of the U.S. around the world.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
The Critical Language Scholarship is a fully funded summer (8 to 10 weeks) overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. Many languages do not require any prior study. The application deadline is every November for programs the following summer. 

Boren Awards
The Boren Awards are targeted at students who are interested in critical-need languages (non-western European languages), U.S. national security issues and government service, studying abroad longer term, and completing the federal service requirement (normally one year) upon graduation. The deadline is early January. 

Project GO
Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. NSEP works with the Army, Air Force, Navy ROTCs, and U.S. institutions of higher education, including the Senior Military Colleges. Project GO facilitates collaborative efforts among universities and between universities and ROTC leadership to provide funding for a total of 14 critical languages, including: Arabic (all dialects), Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Urdu, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajik), Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Uzbek.

Below you will see scholarships dedicated to students studying in a specific geographic region or country. It is not an exhaustive list, so students are encouraged to conduct their own research.  CPP does not endorse any external organizations or companies who may offer awards, but a CPP Study Abroad Advisor may be able to provide more details and advice.

Cultural Vistas Fellowship
The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture. Cultural Vistas will select up to 12 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India.

Cultural Vistas Fellowship
The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture. Cultural Vistas will select up to 12 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India.

Freeman-ASIA Awards for study in Asia
Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.

Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant
A man of the Enlightenment, philosopher and scientist, Benjamin Franklin was also a great diplomat and friend of France. This travel grant is named after him and aims at giving students enrolled in an American University an opportunity to discover France. It is open to sophomore, junior & senior students who are enrolled in a double major including one major in French and one major in another discipline. Consideration will also be given to students enrolled in a minor/certificate in French and majoring in another subject.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18-24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. The program consists of three phases: two months of intensive German language training, four months of classes in one’s academic or career field at a university, technical or professional school, and five-month internships in one’s career field.

Cultural Vistas Fellowship
The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture. Cultural Vistas will select up to 12 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India.

Baden-Wurttemberg Stipendium
Provides a limited number of scholarships for study in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg. Students accepted to a university in Baden-Württemberg (Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Reutlingen, etc) are eligible. Please see the Baden-Württemberg Stipendium webpage for more details 

DAAD Scholarships
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) offers a wide range of funding opportunities for individuals to study, intern, or conduct research in Germany.

Delta Phi Alpha National German Honorary Society Scholarships
Scholarships for study in Germany. SDSU has a Delta Phi Alpha chapter, so students can contact the chapter advisor for more details.

Émigré Memorial German Internship Program
The Émigré Memorial German Internship Program–German State Parliaments (EMGIP) is a fellowship program that provides U.S. and Canadian students with internships at a German state parliament (Landtag). Internships afford students an excellent opportunity to gain government work experience, improve their high-intermediate/advanced German language skills, and learn about German culture firsthand.

UAS7 German Universities of Applied Sciences
The Study and Internship Program (SIP) has enabled highly qualified undergraduates from U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities to experience the German approach to hands-on education at a member of UAS7, a consortium of Germany's top universities of applied sciences. SIP students spend a semester studying at a UAS7 campus and a semester interning. Berlin School of Economics and Law and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences are the only two SDSU partner universities in UAS7.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.

Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship 
The Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship provides financial assistance to undergraduates or graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program in Japan. The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the program. Application deadline is February 15th of each year.

Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Denmark)
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)
ASF’s award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation's most long-standing commitment to educational exchange. During the past 100 years, over 4,000 fellowships and grants have been given to Americans and Scandinavians engaged in study, research or creative arts projects. In 2017, 65 students, professionals and artists were provided over $737,600 in total funding.

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship
The MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program (HES) is established by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to encourage international students to undertake Mandarin Chinese (Huayu) courses in the Republic of China (Taiwan); in order to provide them with opportunities to increase their understanding of Taiwanese culture and society, and to promote mutual understanding and interactions between Taiwan and the international community. Huayu Enrichment courses will include a summer term (June and July or July and August), along with short term classes, which may last 3, 6 or 9 months to a year respectively.

Study Abroad in Turkey for American Minority Students
The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) awards up to 100 scholarships per year for African American, Hispanic American and Native American Students. These scholarships are awarded to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a university in Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) or in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). TCA will award grants up to $2,000 per calendar year to full-time undergraduates (graduate students on a case by case basis) who have been accepted to a study abroad program in Turkey for a semester or summer respectively.  See the TCA Scholarships webpage for more details and how to apply.

United Kingdom
BUTEX Scholarship
Each year the British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.
See the BUTEX Scholarships webpage for more details. Deadline is in mid-June for awards to the following academic year

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Fund for Education Abroad
FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks. Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship
This scholarship assists members who are going to participate in a study abroad program. With the global economy in today's world, Golden Key feels it is crucial for members to have education-based study abroad experiences. See the Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship webpage for more information. 

Hostelling International USA 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, so we've created the Explore the World Travel Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip as long as they have an educational or service component to their itinerary. We give to you, so you can give back.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.75.  Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

AIFS recognizes the challenges today’s students face with meeting the cost of their education. They believe a study abroad experience is an essential component of well-rounded university education and are committed to providing financial assistance to as many students as possible. AIFS funding, combined with other sources of financial support students can access, will help make study abroad attainable. CPP students enrolling in an AIFS program automatically receive $400 grants for semester programs and $200 grants for summer programs. To learn more about AIFS Aid visit

API Affiliate Scholarship
API annually awards scholarship credits to CPP to assist in sending more students abroad.  API awards range from $200 - $1,000 per semester, and $150 for every student enrolled in a summer study abroad program or a credit-bearing internship program, whichever is greater.  Visit to learn more about scholarship opportunities.
CEA is committed to increasing all students’ access to study abroad’s many benefits. They commit more than $2.0 million each year to financial and scholarship programs. CEA programs are diverse, academically rigorous, discipline-based, focused on active learning, and help students develop global competence, gain critical thinking skills, communicate cross-culturally, and immerse into local culture–all while earning credits toward graduation.

CIEE Block Grant

As an affiliated partner, CPP values CIEE’s commitment to breaking down barriers of cost, curriculum and culture. This spring we want to highlight two signature CIEE programs that do just that: Open Campus Block Stem + Society in Monteverde, Costa Rica; and Open Campus Block Stem + Society Yucatán, Mexico. These STEM + Society programs invite students to enroll in courses taught in English in the natural sciences: earth sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and chemistry as well as Spanish language classes. CIEE is offering Cal Poly Pomona the opportunity to award one $10,000 grant, and three $3,000 grants to attend the aforementioned programs. Students can choose to stay in one location or combine blocks to experience both of these culturally and environmentally rich destinations.

KEI programs focus on distinct academic and professional disciplines, offering a wide selection of major-specific courses and internships as well as general education and foreign language courses. KEI offers program in many traditional and non-traditional countries. KEI provides an Affiliate Grant worth $1,000 per semester to CPP students enrolling in a KEI program. The grant is applied as a discount when the student is billed for their program fee by KEI. To learn more about KEI Aid visit

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Schwarzman Scholars
Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. The program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University – one of China’s most prestigious universities. For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to access world-class curriculum and faculty, learn beyond the classroom, and engage in multi-dimensional leadership training.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)
ASF’s award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation's most long-standing commitment to educational exchange. During the past 100 years, over 4,000 fellowships and grants have been given to Americans and Scandinavians engaged in study, research or creative arts projects. In 2017, 65 students, professionals and artists were provided over $737,600 in total funding.

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program provides young American professionals with work placements in the federal government and private sector in Germany. Three seminars taking place throughout Europe provide an in-depth understanding of issues facing Germany and the European Union today. Candidates are competitively chosen from the fields of business administration, economics, journalism, law, political science and public policy.

IOU Respect Intercultural Exchange
IOU Respect is a two-week, intensive, cultural exchange program designed to increase the participants’ knowledge of other cultures, help them develop skills for intercultural communication and foster attitudes that promote mutual understanding and tolerance. Participants from the six countries will engage in a mix of facilitated dialogue sessions (5+ sessions, 3-4 hours each), team-building project work and group outings and activities.

Luce Scholarship Program
The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. 


Teach English Abroad

TaLK Program
The TaLK Program (Teach and Learn in Korea Program) is designed by the South Korean Government to award current undergraduates and recent University graduates with the opportunity to contribute their English speaking abilities and transition this ability into the skill of becoming an international English teacher. With full government support, the TaLK Program consistently offers many benefits other teaching Programs in South Korea are simply unable to award.

EPIK (English Program in Korea)
EPIK was established in 1995 and is affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Education. Since its inception, EPIK has had the goals of improving the English-speaking abilities of Korean students and teachers, developing cultural exchange between Korea and abroad, and of introducing new teaching methods into the Korean education system. To help accomplish these goals, EPIK invites responsible, enthusiastic native English speakers with a motivation to share their knowledge and language with Korean students and teachers within the Korean public school system throughout the country.

English Language Fellow Program
Through the English Language Fellow (EL Fellow) Program, highly qualified U.S. educators in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) participate in 10-month-long fellowships at academic institutions throughout the world. Through projects sponsored by U.S. embassies, EL Fellows share their professional expertise, hone their skills, gain international experience and learn about other cultures.  EL Fellows model and demonstrate up-to-date TEFL classroom practices that help foster thoughtful and responsible behavior in students and teachers of English.

Visit the Funding Search Engine for more information. This link will open a new window that will lead you to the Study Abroad scholarship search engine for University of Minnesota, which is an open database available to the public. 
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