Scholarships

Studying abroad is one of the most rewarding and impactful experiences you will have as a student.  If you’re like many students, you’ve considered study abroad, but due to what you’ve heard or read, you may have already decided that you can’t afford to do it.  You are not alone in thinking this but through scholarships, grants, loans, fundraising and other forms of financial aid, it can be possible. 

Below is information regarding different scholarship opportunities for study abroad and also be sure to check out our brochure "You Can Afford to Study Away" which has additional tips and suggestions.  This brochure is available through the Trinity College Financial Aid Office and the Office of Study Away.

National Scholarships

Boren Scholarships
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, central and eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Application is made directly through the organization’s website.

BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association) Scholarships
BUTEX is pleased to offer scholarships for students currently registered at an institution in the USA. To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a place as a study abroad or exchange student at a UK university which is a member of BUTEX. BUTEX promotes mobility between universities and colleges in the UK and North America. The Association represents over eighty higher education institutions in the United Kingdom with active transatlantic links and interest.

Bridging Project
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation
The Foundation supports the study abroad experience of an undergraduate student who is the recipient of the Girl Scout Silver or Gold Award, irrespective of major or minor. The scholarship provides $1,000 directly to the awardee upon verification that they have begun their study abroad experience.  Students of any major are eligible and must have been accepted to an accredited study abroad program.

DiMattio Celli Family Study Abroad Scholarship
The UNICO Foundation will grant two scholarships, valued at $1,250 each, for study in Italy. Candidates must be currently attending, full-time, an accredited college or university in the United States, pursuing a degree. The study abroad program must be eligible for credit by the student’s college/university. An applicant must be a United States citizen of Italian descent.

Diversity Abroad offers ten $500 scholarships for full-time undergraduate students studying abroad during the spring or fall semesters (five scholarships are awarded for each semester). Economically disadvantaged students, African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, multi-racial/ethnic or Native American undergraduate students, as well as students who study in nontraditional locations (outside western Europe and Australia) are strongly encouraged to apply. Application is made directly through the organization’s website.

Education in Ireland
There are hundreds of scholarships available for international students from a wide variety of sources such as the Government of Ireland, the Irish higher education institutions and other organisations. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual organisations that set down their own criteria for eligibility.

Education New Zealand: Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards

Offering a wide variety of scholarships for study abroad in New Zealand.

Open to students who receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance who are studying abroad and pursuing language study in any of the following countries: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam.

Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invites applications from undergraduate students for FEA Scholarships. Scholarships (up to $5,000) are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs of four weeks or longer. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in U.S. universities/colleges who plan to study abroad. Funding preference may be given for students from underrepresented groups attending a program with a strong service-learning or volunteering component in a nontraditional destination. Application is made directly through the organization’s website.

Fulbright Scholarships
The study/research grant category includes projects in both academic and arts fields. Study/research grants are available in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize himself or herself with the program summary for the host country. Application is made directly through the organization’s website.

General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts' International Study Abroad Scholarship
The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts awards an International Study Abroad Scholarship of up to $600 to undergraduate or graduate students. To qualify the recipient must be a student maintaining legal residence in Massachusetts. You must be an undergraduate or graduate student maintaining legal residence in Massachusetts.

Gilman Scholarships
The Gilman Scholarship Program supports undergraduate Pell Grant recipients studying abroad for summer, semester, or academic year programs. Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 are typically awarded each academic year. Award amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need, with the average award being approximately $4,000. Application is made directly through the organization’s website.

Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship
The Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship is open to all current or aspiring study abroad students. Scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples, photos, and/or video submissions.

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarships
Undergraduate members of the Golden Key Honor Society who are currently enrolled in a study abroad program or who will be enrolled the academic year immediately following the granting of the award are eligible for one of ten $1,000 awards presented each year. Application is made directly through the organization’s website.

Institute of International Education Scholarship Directory
This directory features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, and professionals. Application is made through individual websites.

International Scholarship Search
The International Scholarship Search has a comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad. Application is made directly through individual websites.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Forty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Open to all applicants with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter at their school; membership in Phi Kappa Phi is not required. Application is made directly through the organization’s website. 

Rotary Scholarships
The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarship is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. Scholars studying abroad serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands, studies, and projects. Upon returning home, they share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to greater understanding of their host countries. Application is made directly through your local Rotary Club.

Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship
The SCSF was founded on the belief that any desiring individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. This website also has a scholarship resource list. Application is made directly through the organization’s website.

U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program
A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully-funded intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is administered by American Councils and The Ohio State University/Ohio University.

U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship
This fellowship is intended to help fund proposals by American college students to carry out brief work, about four to six weeks, in foreign countries on topics related to the mandate of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and that seek to build strong ties among nations.

Other Sources
Search for scholarships provided by organizations in your hometown, county, and state (such as heritage groups or service-oriented membership organizations). For example: Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam counties).

Program-Specific Scholarships

Many institutions will offer grants and scholarships for students studying abroad on their program. Listed below are just a few highlights of the types of funding available through some of the more popular programs for Trinity students. Be sure to check with your individual program to see if they offer any merit and/or need-based scholarships.

Other Funding Opportunities

International Student Loans are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are planning to study abroad through a school-sanctioned study abroad program at either the undergraduate or graduate level, while still attending an approved school within the U.S.

Institute of International Education provides a directory featuring detailed descriptions of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals. Search by Field of Study, Region/Country, a particular scholarship by name, or any keyword.

Diversity Abroad provides resources, including a list of scholarships and grants, available to Asian, Black, Latino and other racially diverse students, as well as first-generation, economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities.

GoAbroad scholarship advice and search tool provides a traditional search option for scholarships by country and subject.

Fund My Travel provides students a platform to create a profile and raise funds with the help of family and friends.