External Study Abroad Scholarships

General Scholarships:

NSEP Boren Scholarship

  • Any undergraduate student looking to go abroad to a country that speaks a less commonly taught language.
  • Students looking to improve US national security, American well-being, or the challenges of a global society.

Note: Recipients incur a service agreement of at least one year with the federal government. Campus deadline is prior to national deadline (usually February 1st)

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • PELL Grant Qualified studentsUndergraduate students that are US citizens
  • Must be participating in a program of at least 4 weeks and no more than one academic year. (Programs with internships are encouraged)

Fulbright US Student Program

The Institute of International Education (IIE), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition. Our University at Albany deadline is September 21, 2018.


  • Must be U.S. citizens at the time of application
  • Must hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant.

The Center for International Education & Global Strategy is spearheading the Fulbright student application process and advising is available throughout the process. Interested students can contact Jacqueline Ledermann, Assistant Director of Global Academic Programs and Fulbright Program Advisor, at jledermann@albany.edu for additional information.

Critical Language Scholarship

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply.


  • Must be a US citizen.
  • Must be enrolled in any degree program (grad or undergraduate) and are interested in learning a critical language. For more details check their eligibility website.

The program offers the following 14 languages for 3 academic credits: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu.

Schwarzman Scholars

The Schwarzman Scholars program is a fully funded M.A. in one of three disciplines: Public Policy, Economics and Business or International Relations. It is a one year program at the prestigious Tsinghua University in China that encapsulates leading academics and access to the international community and its brightest leaders and policy makers.

In addition, students have experiential and applied learning built into their program and will have opportunities to engage outside of their day to day studies, within the grand landscape of China.

The 18/19 application is currently open online with September 28th, 2017 as the deadline. The program commences in August 2018.

Please visit www.schwarzmanscholars.org for more information. Please contact Jacqueline Ledermann, , Assistant Director of Global Academic Programs and Fulbright Program Advisor, for application support and advisement: jledermann@albany.edu

Fund for Education Abroad
General Scholarship For:

  • US citizens or permanent resident undergraduate students studying abroad for a minimum of 30 days

Dedicated Scholarship: Hilary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship For:

  • Students who demonstrate love for Vietnam and other cultures and a desire to give back to the international community

Dedicated Scholarship: Rainbow Scholarship For:

  • LGBTQI students studying abroad

The Norman Woodbury Scholarship

  • Residents of Fairfield County, CT or Westchester County, NY only
  • Students enrolled in a 4-year university
  • Participants of a semester length or longer study abroad program
  • High achieving students (with at least a B average)

Note: Applicants must be available for personal interview

Diversity Network Summer Scholarship


  • Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students at a university or college that is a member of the Diversity Abroad Network
  • Economically disadvantaged students, African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, multiracial/ethnic or Indigenous/Native-American, students with disabilities and first generation college undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Note: Scholarship is for $1000 towards a Summer study abroad program

Note: The University at Albany is a member of the Diversity Abroad Network

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program


  • Same as Diversity Network Summer Scholarship
  • For term length programs
  • Will act as a representative of DiversityAbroad.com, documenting your experience in pictures and videos and writing articles about your experience

Go Overseas Scholarships

  • No eligibility requirements
  • Go Overseas offers several scholarships throughout the year for both undergrad and master's degree students. They are both for general study abroad and for specific countries and can be applied to either summer, semester or year-long study abroad options.  Applicable for both UAlbany and other-SUNY options.

Area-Specific Scholarships

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

  • Students at US universities participating in study abroad programs in Japan.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

  • Students studying abroad in East or Southeast Asia and receiving intensive language training
  • Need-based funding
  • Must be returning to home university for at least one term following time abroad
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Will be required to complete a service project
  • The proposed length of study in the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term

Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan

  • Students at US universities who have an interest in economics and international finance and who have been accepted for an academic year of study in Japan

Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program in either the United States or Japan.


  • U.S. or Japanese citizens
  • Currently in good academic standing at an accredited college or university in either the United States or Japan
  • Has 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
  • Demonstrates financial need for international study (i.e. Without financial assistance or support, would not be able to study abroad)
  • (Preferred) Applicants who have been raised by a single parent or who have lost both parents
  • (Preferred) Applicants without significant international travel or study experience
  • (Preferred) First in family to attend/graduate from college (i.e. first-generation)
  • (Priority) The priority for the scholarship is undergraduates who are studying abroad for a year or less. Graduate students and international degree-seeking students may also apply, however the maximum amount of an award is $25,000 for one year.

Turkish Coalition of America Study Abroad in Turkey Scholarships for African American, Hispanic American, and Native American Students

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of African-American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American ethnic origin
  • Enrolled full-time, in good standing at an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Must be accepted to a Study Abroad program, language program at a university in Turkey,TRNC, Bosnia Herzegovina or to a university sponsored study to Turkey,TRNC or Bosnia Herzegovina.
  • Willingness to share experiences in Turkey, TRNC or Bosnia Herzegovina with the TCA community and Diversity Abroad
  • Also available: Bahcesehir University Tuition Scholarships, Istanbul Technical University Comprehensive Scholarships and Ozyegin University Summer Program

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship Eligibility:

  • Junior or senior students studying in Germany for at least a semester
  • Students with good academic standing and possess strong integrity
  • Students interested in German or European affairs

MASA Israel Universal Grant

  • Jewish Students between the ages of 18 and 30 studying abroad in Israel and demonstrated financial need

Note: Students must not have Israeli citizenship (unless they left Israel before the age of 14 and have spent at least 4 consecutive years outside of Israel)

US-UK Fulbright Summer Program

  • U.S. undergraduate students, over 18 years of age, with a minimum of two years left of undergraduate study

Note: Consists of special summer institutes around the U.K.

Rebild Scholarship for Study in Denmark

  • Students participating in a full semester (not summer) of study at a Danish university or college.
  • Students of Danish background or who have demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to Denmark and Danish related matters.


Graduate Opportunities

American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) Fellowships and Grants

  • The ASF offers awards to American students, scholars, professionals and artists for study and/or research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.
  • Fellowships of up to $23,000 are intended to support an academic year-long stay, and priority is given to students at the graduate level who need to spend time at foreign academic or research institutions.
  • Grants of up to $5,000 are considered more suitable for shorter research visits, both on the graduate or post-doctoral level. Funding is available to candidates in all fields.

NSEP Boren Fellowship

  • US graduate students looking to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency
  • Students looking to work in the federal national security arena
  • Participants of a program no less than 12 weeks and no more than 24 months

Note: Recipients incur a service agreement of at least one year with the federal government. Campus deadline is prior to national deadline (usually February 1st)

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

  • U.S citizens with a conferred B.A. degree before the start of the grant
  • Research grants and English Teaching Assistantships available

Fulbright-Hays—Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

  • Graduate students in doctoral programs in the fields of foreign languages and area studies and are in good academic standing
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Students who are planning a teaching career in the U.S. upon graduation

Note: Applicants must apply through the university

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

  • US citizen graduate students pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language
  • Students with an undergraduate degree and an advanced level in the chosen language

Note: For a list of current approved language programs click here

The American-Scandinavian Foundation Awards for Study in Scandinavia

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. with an undergraduate degree who have a well-defined research, study or creative arts project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential
  • Applicants must have at least some ability to speak the language

DAAD Study Scholarship

  • Undergraduate seniors or graduate students who desire to study in Germany for an academic year (10 months)
  • U.S./Canadian citizens or permanent residents

Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship

  • Undergraduate seniors or graduate students who desire to study in Germany for an academic year (10 months)
  • U.S./Canadian citizens or permanent residents

Rotary Peace Fellowship

  • Students seeking a Master's Degree in a form of Peace Studies
  • Will study at one of five universities based in the United States, Japan, England, Australia, and Sweden


George J. Mitchell Scholarships

  • For study in Ireland

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

  • Graduating college seniors wishing to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world before attending graduate school
  • Application deadline: January 19, 2016

Marshall Scholarships

  • US citizens who have graduated with a BA degree and have a minimum GPA of 3.7
  • Students wishing to study in the U.K.

Rotary Global Grants

  • Graduate students looking to fund a humanitarian project or graduate academic studies

Rhodes Scholarship

  • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 18 and 24 who have a B.A. degree


Links and Other Resources

International Scholarships.com

Study Abroad Scholarships

Study Abroad Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants—IIE Passport

U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

Michigan State University Libraries: International and Foreign Grantmakers

Cohen Center for Student Life Scholarships for Study Abroad & Graduate Programs