For students who have the grades, language skills and determination to succeed, studying abroad opens many doors for future business and diplomatic corps opportunities. The organizations listed below have decades of experience in supporting students wanting to expand their education beyond the borders of the U.S.
American Association of Teachers of Japanese
AATJ has been providing scholarships for students interested in learning Japanese and teaching English for 50 years. These scholarships cover travel and living expenses for undergraduate students studying in Japan. Awards can range from $2,500-$4,000. The Morgan Stanley Dean Witter award provides two $7,500 scholarships for an academic year of study in Japan.
Program details and how to apply can be viewed at their website here.
American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS)
AIFS offers a range of grants and scholarships that cover both summer sessions and internships as well as reglar academic school years. Monetary amounts vary from $200 – $1000 and are awarded for merit, need and diversity.
Details on indivdual programs and to download applications can be found at their website.
Caribbean-Pacific Island Mobility Scheme (CARPIMS)
CARPIMS provides full scholarships for postgraduate studies between the Caribbean and South Pacific Islands. The University of the West Indies is the coordinating institution, and the Secretariat is based at the St. Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago. Pacific students can apply to study both within the Pacific region as well as in the Caribbean.
For more information on the CARPIMS please visit their website.
The Fulbright Program is run by the Institute for International Education and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. It is regarded as one of the most prestigious overseas study programs offered to American students. About 1,500 student awards are given out annually. Grants are awarded in all fields and disciplines.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and sufficient proficiency in the host country’s language to carry out the project required. A bachelor’s degree is not required, but it does help. Additional requirements depend on the program and host nation students have an interest in. The deadline for the traditional Fulbright Program for U.S. scholars is August 1st.
At a minimum, the Fulbright program provides for international transportation, a living stipend, a book and research allowance and medical insurance. Some host nations also provide tuition assistance, a small family allowance, an in-country orientation or other grant benefits. Further details can be determined at the Fulbright Program website here.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from around the world to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at Cambridge University. The purpose of the program is to build a network of future leaders dedicated to improving the lives of others. Applicants must show the following:
– Outstanding intellectual ability
– Leadership potential
– A commitment to improving the lives of others
– Be a good fit academically with postgraduate program at Cambridge for which they are applying
More details on the Gates Cambridge Program and how to apply can be found at their website.
The Alexander von Humboldt Program promotes cooperation between scholars and scientists to work on projects that benefit people around the world. Students work not only with German instructors, but also scientists and other experts on projects spnsored by the foundation.
Interested applicants must apply to different projects and directors associated with the Humboldt Foundation. Awards depend on the project cost and how many people will be involved. To learn more about the foundation and how to apply, visit their website.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars Academy Abroad Scholarship
The NSCS Academy Abroad Scholarships encourage academic excellence through the study abroad experience. The idea is to encourage students to gain a global perspective that is critical to the modern workforce. Three $500 scholarships are awarded annually to help defray education costs. Applications can be downloaded at the NSCS website after making sure the following requirements can be met:
– Have at least a 3.4 GPA
– Be an NSCS member in good standing
– Enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited institution
– Already be accepted into the one of the Academy Abroad programs
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi was founded at the University of Maine in 1897. It is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses and each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.
Fifty members of Phi Kappa Phi are accepted into their study abroad programs each year. These grants are worth $1000 each. To learn more about this organization, the requirements to join and their scholarship programs, visit their website.
SIT Study Abroad HBCU Scholarships
The mission of the School for International Training (SIT) is to prepare students to be interculturally effective leaders, professionals, and citizens. In so doing, SIT fosters a worldwide network of individuals and organizations committed to responsible engagement in a changing world.
SIT offers HBCU scholarships are offered to students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate in any SIT Study Abroad program.
For more information about this scholarship and how to apply, visit their website here.
Taiwan Mandarin Language Enrichment
The Ministry of Education in Taiwan developed this program and grants scholarships to encourage international students (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao SAR students are not eligible) to increase their understanding of Taiwanese culture and society and to promote interactions on both personal and national levels.
Students will be expected to reside in Taiwan for a period of one year (1 September to 31 August), although there are some courses that take place only over the summer months of June and July or July and August.
Value of the scholarships, program details and how to apply can be found at their website.
American Instititute For Foreign Study
Bechtel International Center
Institute of International Education
International Financial Aid
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
U.S. Department of State