Scholarship Opportunities

Too many students rule out studying abroad because they think they cannot afford it.  However, studying abroad can be very affordable, especially with the assistance of scholarships.  Check out these scholarship and alternate funding options for ways to make study abroad a reality for you!

Internal Scholarships

Internal Scholarships are directly affiliated with the University of South Alabama.  Look at the following options to see which ones fit your needs:

External Scholarships and Fellowships

External Scholarships and Fellowships are not directly offered by the University of South Alabama, but your Study Abroad Coordinator can help you apply for them.  For information on how to apply for study abroad scholarships, visit Go Abroad’s Ten Ways to Score a Study Abroad Scholarship.  A few you may be interested in are:

  • The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal PELL Grant funding to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
  • Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations.
  • The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from U.S. universities to spend one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. 
  • The Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship is a biannual scholarship for students passionate about studying abroad.
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships are designed to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas.  Contact your local Rotary Club for more information.
  • Diversity Abroad Scholarships are available to economically disadvantaged, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American students applying to a Diversity Abroad partner organization's program.
  • The Foundation for Global Scholars are available for students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 going abroad for at least twenty eight days.  They offer general awards as well as specialized scholarships for students receiving a PELL Grants, with ethically diverse backgrounds, who are veterans, and with specific majors (STEM, film, foreign language, etc.).
  • Bridging Scholarships are available for students who wish to study abroad in Japan for the spring or fall semesters.
  • Fund for International Service Learning is a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to students enrolled in an international service-learning program.
  • BUTEX Scholarships are for US students who will be studying abroad at BUTEX member institutions in the UK for a minimum of a semester.
  • Fund for Education Abroad scholarships support students within a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.
  • 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. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.
  • The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Programoffers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages.
  • DAAD offers a wide range of funding opportunities for students located in the United States.  Their primary goal is to facilitate transatlantic mobility to Germany for US and Canadian scholars, therefore Germany must be a component of your intended academic travel.
  • Huntington Beebe scholarships are for students who wish to study music abroad.
  • Project GO (Global Officers) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for ROTC students. Project GO programs focus exclusively on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, and Africa.
  • The Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards have been established to assist US students with the costs of studying abroad in New Zealand.
  • Turkish Coalition of America provides scholarships to minority students studying abroad in Turkey.
  • Scotland Saltire Scholarships provide funding for one year of undergraduate or graduate study in Scotland.
  • Fulbright offers an array of funding for graduate study in numerous areas, including the Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards and the Fulbright Arctic Initiative
  • The Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides funding for up to three years of graduate study at Cambridge University in any field.
  • The George Marshall Scholarship provides funding for two years of graduate study at any university in any field.
  • George Mitchell Scholarships provide funding for one year of graduate study at any eligible institution in Ireland or Northern Ireland in any field.
  • Rhodes Scholarships provide funding for two years of graduate study in any field at Oxford University.
  • Don’t see a scholarship or fellowship that fits your needs here?  Check out Study Abroad Funding for a study abroad scholarship search engine.


Crowdfunding for Personal Funding Campaigns

Crowdfunding is not a scholarship per se, but it is another option for you to explore for funding.  Crowdfunding platforms may help provide you with ways to encourage your friends and family to help you pay for your program. Be sure to check through the details of each of the resources as there are typically fees involved as well as a portion of the donations to your fund kept by the company.  Some crowdfunding platform options are:

  • FundMyTravel is an online crowdfunding platform specifically developed to suit the needs of individuals desiring to study or volunteer abroad.  It is part of GoAbroad LLC, which is a resource for international education and alternative travel. Through FundMyTravel, GoAbroad helps individuals plan for and fund meaningful travel experiences abroad.
  • Project Travel is a peer-funding platform that makes educational travel possible.
  • GoFundMe is a personal online fundraising website for individuals, groups & organizations.
  • Indiegogo is an international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small business, gaming, theater, and more.
  • Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects.