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Scholarships & Funding

You are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships to help offset the cost of your program. For financial aid recipients, outside scholarships will reduce the amount of your subsidized loans for study abroad, if any.

Scholarship Questions?

Visit each of the below scholarship provider’s websites for specific eligibility criteria, award amounts, application instructions and deadlines.

Scholarship Terms Program/Region Deadline(s)
GLO Scholarships

For Northwestern students attending Northwestern or GESI Summer programs or Northwestern Exchange Programs. 

Academic Year, Summer

Northwestern or GESI Summer Program, Northwestern Exchange Programs

  • Nov 10
  • Feb 10
  • June 10
  • Sept 10

ARIT Summer Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

For U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Review important notes about credit transfer eligibility for this program. 


  • Feb 1
Critical Language Scholarship

For American students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities studying any of the 14 critical languages.


  • Nov 15
Deutsche Akademischer Austauchdienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service)

For students applying for scholarships funding senior thesis, research, or internship in Germany.

Academic Year, Summer


  • Jan 31

Fund for Education Abroad

For U.S. students participating in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. Preference given to students with demonstrated financial need, and strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad, including first-generation college students and minority students.

Academic Year, Summer

  • Jan 17

Gilman Scholarship

For U.S. citizens who are Federal Pell Grant recipients, either currently or during your study abroad program.

Academic Year, Summer

  • Summer, Fall, and Full Year: early March
  • Spring: early October

Gilman-McCain Scholarship

For U.S. citizens who are children of active duty military members in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, or Coast Guard at the time of application. 

Academic Year, Summer

  • Summer, Fall, and Full Year: March 3, 2020
  • Winter and Spring: early October
Undergraduate Language Grant

For undergraduates who will be returning to Northwestern in the fall following the summer language study.


  • Jan 30

For undergraduate U.S. citizens with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Academic Year, Summer


  • Early March
  • Early October
Max Kade Foundation Scholarships

For undergraduates attending Northwestern summer programs in Germany.



  • Feb 10
Diversity Abroad Summer Scholarship

For low-income, first-generation, or under-represented students studying in any country.


  • April 7
David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships

For undergraduate and graduate students admitted in an overseas program in any of the critical languages or in a region relevant to national security.

Academic Year

  • January 22
The U.S..-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship

For U.S. or Japanese students who are currently in good academic standing at an accredited college or university in either the United States or Japan. Applicants must have applied, been accepted or plans to apply to a college/university or approved academic center outside of their home country as part of a credit-bearing course of study.

Academic Year


  • Feb 15 
Hilda Specter Morgenstern Merit Scholarship

For a U.S. woman who will study in Israel, identifies strongly as Jewish, has a 3.5 GPA or higher, and demonstrates a strong interest in public advocacy, public policy or government affairs.

Academic Year


  • Feb 28
US-Japan Bridging Scholarships

For undergraduate students majoring in any field of study. 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.

Academic Year


  • April 11
Doe Thornburg Scholarship

For female undergraduates dedicated to the pursuit of global understanding and universal human rights, especially for women and girls.

Academic Year

  • May 1
Northwestern Program of African Studies: African Research Leadership Award

For undergraduate students developing and leading a research project or a 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.

Academic Year

  • April 15
Northwestern Program of African Studies: Morris Goodman Language Award

For students in their second year of study or beyond to study an African language taught outside of Northwestern University.

Academic Year


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Education New Zealand Excellence and Travel Awards

For students studying at Victoria University of Wellington or University of Otago.


Academic Year

  • April 30 for Semester 2

Other Opportunities

Office of Fellowships

Northwestern's Office of Fellowships helps 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.

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.

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