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External Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The Gilman Scholarship Program offers grants of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students of high financial need participating in credit-bearing study abroad programs or international internship. Students studying a critical need language could be eligible to receive a grant of up to $8,000. Eligibility: students must be eligible for or currently receive a Federal Pell Grant; be studying or interning abroad for a minimum of 3 weeks (21 days) in one country; and be a U.S. Citizen. If you plan to apply for this scholarship, make sure to attend one of the International Student Center's Gilman Scholarship workshops.

Visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website for more information.

Application Deadlines:

  • Cycle 1 - October 1, 2019
  • Cycle 2 - March 3, 2020 

Hostelling International Explore the World Travel Scholarships

At HI USA, we think travel should be as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it. That’s why we’ve created Explore the World Travel Scholarships. Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component. In 2019, we’ll be giving out 86+ scholarships to would-be travelers around the country, aged 18-30, who need a little extra help along the way.

Visit the Hostelling International website to learn more and apply. Application now open - Deadline: Spring 2020 (Date TBD)


FEA Study Abroad Scholarships

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. FEA was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2010 to address the need for an independent study abroad scholarship provider. FEA's application is entirely online, and includes an online application form, a financial aid form (completed by the financial aid office), an unofficial transcript, and a recommendation letter. 70% of the scholarships FEA awards are general scholarships for students participating on any program of their choice that meets their academic and personal goals. About 30% of scholarships awarded are for a number of dedicated scholarships for students participating on programs associated with the FEA Access Partners Program and those interested in particular destinations. For a full description of these scholarships, please visit us here: https://fundforeducationabroad. org/applicants/.
Application Deadlines:

  • 2020-2021 scholarship application cycle - TBD

Phi Beta Kappa Study Abroad Scholarship

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. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.
Applicants do not have to be Society members but must attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter (note, SDSU does have an active chapter). To be eligible, applicants must have a GPA of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale and must be participating in a study abroad program that begins between May 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. For all eligibility requirements and a link to the application, click here

Application deadline: March 15, 2020

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Visit the Critial Language Scholarship website for more information.

Application deadline: November 19, 2019


Freeman-ASIA Awards for Undergraduate Study in East and Southeast Asia

Freeman-ASIA offers scholarships of up to $7,000 to assist with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc. Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia (Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam).

For full eligibility criteria, more information, and the online application, please visit the Freeman-ASIA website at:

Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for languaged-focused study abroad. The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate-level research, and academic internships abroad.

Visit the Boren Awards for International Study for more information.

Application deadline: The Boren Scholarships national application deadline is February 7, 2019. Please see your campus representative, Ryan McLemore [email protected], for your earlier on-campus deadline. Please visit how to apply for more information on application process.

Fulbright Scholarship

The U.S. Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries." It pursues this goal through the international exchange of students, scholars, and professionals. Opportunities are given to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Since 2005, 85 SDSU students have received U.S. Fulbright grants.

Visit the Office of International Programs website & Fulbright Scholarship website for more information.

German Academic Exchange Service

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) provides scholarships for students 1) to study or conduct research; 2) to study in Germany during their senior year; 3) to improve existing German language skills or to attend university courses in German; 4) and to do an internship in the fields of science and engineering in Germany. The Study Scholarship is only offered for a full master's degree program at a German university or for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or Master's degree program completed in the home country. Research Grants are awarded to candidates who have completed a Master's degree/Diploma or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research, or PostDocs, or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany.

Visit the DAAD website for more information. 

Rotary Scholarship

From scholarships to a local music camp to full graduate fellowships, Rotary offers many ways to support your education. For young leaders who embody our belief of service above self, many local Rotary clubs provide academic scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, and even international study to students in their area.

Visit the Rotary Scholarship for more information.

Rainbow Scholarship (LGBT Students)

This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Applicants must meet general Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship eligibility requirements & preferences. Students interested in being considered for this annual scholarship should indicate this through their application forms.

Visit the Rainbow Scholarship (LGBT Students) for more information. Application availabile November 15, 2017.

DiversityAbroad Scholarship has partnered with several organizations to offer study abroad grants and scholarships to Minority/Low-Income students.

Visit the DiversityAbroad Scholarship for more information.

German Chancellor Fellowship

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program is targeted at university graduates from the United States, Russia, China, Brazil and India who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience. It addresses prospective decision-makers, multipliers and thought leaders from a broad range of professional fields such as politics, public administration and business as well as society and culture. The fellowships give them the opportunity to spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad, who are also sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation, and to explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. With this programme Germany once again presents itself as a destination of choice for intercultural dialogue and as a meeting place for the international leaders of tomorrow.

Visit the German Chancellor Fellowship website for more information.

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