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Study Abroad Scholarships & Funding

There are many opportunities to apply for outside scholarships and funding to help offset the cost of your study abroad program.

Financial aid recipients should also review the Study Abroad Financial Aid page for information on how aid applies to study abroad.

Summer Study Abroad Scholarships

  • Undergraduate Learning Abroad (ULA)
    ULA is committed to increasing access to study abroad for all students, and financial concerns should not restrict opportunities for international study. Students attending ULA Northwestern-sponsored summer programs may apply for ULA funding.
  • Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) Summer Scholarships
    NU students with demonstrated financial need who participate in GESI summer programs may be considered for GESI summer scholarships. Your GESI application must be submitted by December 15 or January 15 to be considered for the scholarships.
  • Critical Language Scholarship
    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students studying any of 14 critical languages. Most languages offered by the CLS program do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.
    Deadline: November 15, 2017 (for Summer 2018)
  • Deutsche Akademischer Austauchdienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service)
    DAAD awards several types of grants to assist students in language or cultural study and/or thesis research. Students can find scholarship requirements on the DAAD website.
    Deadline: December 1, 2017 (for Summer 2018)
  • 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.
    Deadline: January 10, 2018 (for Summer 2018)
  • Undergraduate Language Grant
    Undergraduate Language Grants (ULG) support the intensive and experiential learning of foreign languages.  The Office of the Provost will award grants to help defray the costs of intensive language study abroad or in the United States.  Study abroad programs must be at least six weeks in duration, and language instruction must be the predominant (if not the sole) aim of the program.
    Deadline: January 30, 2018 (for Summer 2018)
  • Northwestern Program of African Studies: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
    These awards provide funding to current Northwestern students to encourage the study of African languages in an intensive summer program or for a full academic year. Students may use FLAS awards to study any less commonly taught language used in Africa, which includes any modern foreign language other than Spanish, German, or French.
    Deadline: February 15, 2017 (for Summer 2017)
  • Freeman-ASIA
    Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
    Deadline: March 1, 2018 (for Summer 2018)
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
    The Gilman program is open to undergraduate U.S. citizens who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding, and help students participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. Awards amounts vary and are available for study abroad during any term of the year. Be sure to check out our Gilman FAQ.
    Deadline: March 6, 2018 (for Summer 2018)
  • Max Kade Foundation Scholarships
    The Department of German offers travel scholarships for eligible undergraduates attending Northwestern-sponsored summer programs in Germany.
    Deadline: April 1, 2017 (for summer 2017)
  • Diversity Abroad Summer Scholarship
    Summer scholarship opportunity for low-income, first generation, or under-represented students studying in any country.
    Deadline: April 7, 2017 (for summer 2017)

Scholarships for Academic Year Study Abroad

  • Undergraduate Learning Abroad (ULA)
    ULA is committed to increasing access to study abroad for all students, and financial concerns should not restrict opportunities for international study. Students attending Northwestern-sponsored or Northwestern exchange programs may apply for ULA funding.
  •  Program Sponsor Funding
    Some scholarships may be available through your program sponsor. Talk to your study abroad adviser to find out whether these opportunities may be available, and contact your program directly for information, applications, and deadlines.
  • Office of Fellowships
    Northwestern's Office of Fellowships offers comprehensive services to help students gain a competitive edge in the application process and grow personally from the experience. They help with finding a fellowship or funding match, writing resources/tools, and interview preparation/coaching. Students are encouraged to contact them for help identifying and applying for study abroad funding!
  • 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.
    Deadline: January 10, 2018 (for all 2018-2019 programs)
  • David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships
    Boren Scholarships provide funding for up to a year of undergraduate study, or one to two years of graduate study in an overseas program in a language and region relevant to national security. The mission of the NSEP is to educate U.S. citizens to understand foreign cultures, to strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and to enhance international cooperation and security. Recipients build international goodwill through educational and cultural exchange. Award recipients incur a service requirement and are expected to accept a relevant position in a government agency following their award term, for a period of time equal to the award period.
    Campus Deadline: January 25, 2018
  • Deutsche Akademischer Austauchdienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service)
    DAAD awards several types of grants to assist students in language or cultural study and/or thesis research. Awards may be used during academic year or summer programs. Students can find scholarship requirements on the DAAD website.
    Deadline: January 31, 2018
  • Northwestern Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
    These awards provide funding to current Northwestern students to encourage the study of African languages in an intensive summer program or for a full academic year. Students may use FLAS awards to study any less commonly taught language used in Africa, which includes any modern foreign language other than Spanish, German, or French.
    Deadline: February 15, 2017 (for 2017-2018 programs)
  • Hilda Specter Morgenstern Merit Scholarship
    $2,500 award given once a year to an American woman who will study in Israel, identifies strongly as Jewish, has a 3.5 GPA or higher, and demonstrates strong interest in public advocacy, public policy or government affairs.
    Deadline: February 28, 2018
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
    The Gilman program is open to undergraduate U.S. citizens who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding, and help students participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. Awards amounts vary and are available for study abroad during any term of the year. Be sure to check out our Gilman FAQ.
    Deadline: March 6, 2018 (for Fall 2018 or Full Year 2018-2019)
  • Freeman-ASIA
    Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
    Deadline: April 1, 2018 (for Fall 2018 or Full Year 2018-2019)
  • US-Japan Bridging Scholarships
    Administered by the Association of Teachers of Japanese, these scholarships are geared toward students wishing to study in Japan. Per the foundation, "Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before or during the time they are studying abroad."
    Deadline: April 11, 2017 (for 2017-2018 programs)
  • Northwestern Program of African Studies: African Research Leadership Award
    The Program of African Studies awards these undergraduate research grants for students to develop and lead a research project or program related to African Studies. Students develop, manage, and complete a project examining an issue in African Studies related to the student's academic interests and program(s) of study. These grants can be used for research conducted as part of a study abroad program.
    Deadline: April 15, 2017
  • Northwestern Program of African Studies: Morris Goodman Language Award
    The Program of African Studies provides these language awards, in honor of Linguistics Professor Emeritus Morris Goodman, to study an African language not taught at Northwestern University. These grants can be used for language study during a study abroad program (including paying for a private language tutor for programs without an explicit language component).
    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Doe Thornburg Scholarship
    International Women Associates (IWA) was founded by Doe Thornburg, with its mission "to promote understanding and cooperation among Chicago-area women of all nations." IWA unites women dedicated to the pursuit of global understanding and universal human rights, especially for women and girls. In keeping with IWA’s vision to create a more just and peaceful world through mutual respect and understanding, IWA will offer a $1,000 scholarshipto support a female undergraduate who is studying abroad.
    Deadline: May 1, 2017 (for 2017-2018 programs)

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