External Awards

Public and private money supporting study abroad is available from a variety of  external sources.  UI students have a history of success in many of these competitions!  We encourage you to pursue any that appear to be a good “fit”. 

In addition to the awards listed below, The Division of Sponsored Programs, 100 Gilmore Hall, serves as the UI’s main clearinghouse for external funding opportunities.  There are hundreds of potential funding sources for grants, fellowships, and scholarships that would support international study and/or research.  It is not always easy to identify these sources; you may need to search through information about a multitude of funding agencies in order to discover one that might be interested in giving you money. 

The Division of Sponsored Programs Resource Information Center is organized to make your search easier.  The Center houses directories and databases that describe funding sources for research and study.  The Center’s hours are 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00, Monday through Friday.

Note that some external awards are intended for a specific study abroad program(s).  Those are listed below, too. 

External Awards for All Study Abroad Programs

Gilman International Scholarships up to $5,000 TBA - early March 2015, for Summer, Fall, Academic Year October 7, 2014 for Spring 2015
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan $2,500 - $4,000 April 8, 2014 for Fall 2014 TBA in January 2015 for Spring 2015
Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan $7,500 April 8, 2014 for Academic Year 2014-15  
Iowa City Noon Rotary Club International Scholarships $2,500 Applications are available in NOW for Fall 2014/Academic Year 2014-15 - Deadline April 15, 2014
Boren Scholarships for International Study $8,000- $20,000 February 5, 2014

For more information on the Boren Scholarship, please see the International Programs Undergraduate Funding Opportunities webpage.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships
Undergraduate Scholarships For 4 - 10 months of study, thesis research or an internship for students in any academic field
University Summer Course Grants 3 - 4 week summer courses at German universities focusing on literary, cultural, political, and economic aspects of contemporary Germany.  Applicants must have attained at least junior standing at the time of application.
RISE - Research Internships in Science and Engineering Summer internships with German doctoral students at universities and research institutes - no German required!
Study & Internship Program (SIP) in Germany Semester of study at one of the UAS7 universities in Germany followed by a semester professional internship experience in a company or research institute in Germany.
German Studies Research Grant Funding for research in the US or Germany in all areas of contemporary German studies.
EMGIP - Bundestag University Two months at the German parliament for students who are fluent in German.


External Awards for Specific Study Abroad Programs

Deadline Entity Awarding Scholarship
University Studies Abroad Consortium Scholarships (USAC) — Students studying abroad on programs co-sponsored by the University of Iowa and USAC may be eligible for additional scholarship funds. For application information, talk to your study abroad advisor.
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) International Study Program Scholarships Varies by scholarship April 1 for summer, fall & academic year programs, November 1 for spring programs CIEE
American Institute of Foreign Study
Arcadia University
Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University
Central College
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)
School for International Training (SIT)
Freeman-Asia Awards
U.K. Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes for U.S. Undergraduates