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Study Abroad 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.

Visit each scholarship provider’s website for specific eligibility criteria, award amounts, application instructions, and deadlines.

Scholarship Name Summer Academic Year Region, Country, or Program Deadline

ULA Scholarships 

For Northwestern students attending Northwestern-sponsored or exchange programs





ULA programs November 1 for Spring Quarter programs, February 10 for Fall Quarter and Full Year programs, March 1 for Summer Quarter programs, and June 1 for Winter Quarter and Winter-Spring Quarter programs.

GESI Scholarships 

For Northwestern students attending GESI summer programs



GESI programs While the January 15 deadline has passed, scholarships are still available for eligible students for summer 2018! Acceptance is rolling, so apply ASAP.

Critical Language Scholarship 

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



November 15, 2017 (for Summer 2018). 

Deutsche Akademischer Austauchdienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service) 

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







Germany January 31, 2018

Fund for Education Abroad 

For American students who are participating in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs





January 17, 2018 (for summer 2018)

Undergraduate Language Grant 

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



January 30, 2018 at midnight 

Northwestern Program of African Studies: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 

For full-time Northwestern students who are U.S.. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants may use the FLAS awards to study any less commonly taught language used in Africa and they must place in the intermediate level (2nd year) or above of the chosen language









Africa February 1, 2018 


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






Summer Deadline: March 14, 2018

Fall/Academic Year Deadline: April 11, 2018

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 

For undergraduate U.S.. citizens who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding





Early March for Summer, Fall and Full Year programs, and early October for Spring programs. 

Max Kade Foundation Scholarships 

For undergraduates attending Northwestern-sponsored summer programs in Germany




Germany April 1, 2018 (for Summer 2018)

Diversity Abroad Summer Scholarship 

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



April 7, 2018 (for Summer 2018)

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.  



February 8, 2018

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. 





U.S. or Japan February 15, 2018 (for all 2018-2019 programs)

Hilda Specter Morgenstern Merit Scholarship 

For 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




Israel February 28, 2018

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





Japan April 11, 2018

Doe Thornburg Scholarship 

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



May 1, 2018 

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.




April 15, 2018

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.




Applications are accepted on a rolling basis


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.