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Outside 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 Financial Aid webpage for information on how Northwestern’s financial aid policies and procedures relate to study abroad.

Sources of outside funding

  • Program Sponsor Funding
    Some scholarships may be available through your program sponsor. Contact your study abroad advisor for a list of scholarships offered by your program. Also contact the program directly for information, applications, and deadlines.
  • 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.  Application Deadline: January 31, 2013 
  • 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.
  • 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 web site.
  • The National Security Education Program (NSEP)
    This program aims to bring American students to countries and regions less often visited by Americans. The scholarship may not be used for study in English-speaking countries or those in North America or Western Europe. Language fluency is not required unless the student intends to study in French or Spanish (i.e., in Francophone Africa). The list of target countries may change each year, and students must check the NSEP Web page for updated information before beginning the application process.
  • Gilman Scholarship
    Pell Grant-eligible undergraduate students who wish to study abroad may apply for the Gilman International Scholarship to subsidize the cost of their programs.
  • 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.
  • Global Studies Foundation Student Grant
    Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who are already studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited institution.  The foundation is particularly interested in funding the study of strategically significant countries and languages.  Grant recipients are expected to share their experience with others upon their return, ideally, with multiple audiences and media.
  • 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."
  • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
    Rotary Scholarships, like Fulbright Grants, aim to promote international understanding and peace among nations.  NU has sent students to South Africa, Egypt, England, France, Switzerland and Italy, among other countries, to study subjects as varied as Arabic language, English literature and Economics.  The possibilities are endless.  Rotary differs from Fulbright and from NSEP; Rotary cannot guarantee that a student will be assigned to the first choice university, as geographical distribution of Scholars is important to Rotary's overall design.
  • American Association of University Women
    AAUW offers branch and local scholarships for women.
  • International Program Development (IPD)
    IPD programs are designed so that financial concerns do not restrict opportunities for international study. Fellowship opportunities exist for Northwestern students to participate in IPD programs, and these are not limited to students with demonstrated financial need:
    • Hill-Urbina Global Health Studies Fellowship
      The Hill-Urbina Global Health Study Fellowship is designed to provide international study opportunities to Northwestern Global Health Minors.  This award is based on academic merit, essay quality, and financial need. The award can range from $2000-$3000.
    • IPD Fellowship for International Study
      The IPD Fellowship, supported by the Office of the President and International Program Development, is designed to provide financial support to Northwestern undergraduate students who go abroad on IPD study abroad programs. The mission of IPD Fellowships is to aid all qualified Northwestern undergraduates to have the opportunity for an international experience, regardless of financial constraints. Awards (of up to $3,000) are based on essay quality, academic merit, and financial need.
    • Benedict K. Zobrist Scholarship
      The 2011 Benedict K. Zobrist Scholarship is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate study in both Europe and Asia. This $2,500 award is based on academic merit and quality of submitted application materials.

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