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 8:00-5:00, 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

Summer and Fall/Academic Year


Contact Filmscene

Opportunity courtesy of UI International Programs

 UI students who see all five shows in a semester will be eligible to win a $1,500 study abroad scholarship.

BIJOU HORIZONS is dedicated to bringing awareness to world cinema. Students who attend all five films this semester are eligible for a study abroad scholarship,

First film Fall 2015 semester:

CUPCAKES (Israel) on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 6PM.

Check BIJOU HORIZONS for more information
Gilman International Scholarships up to $5,000

Summer 2016: Application opens mid-January 

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2016, 11:59 pm CDT

Fall 2016 & Academic Year 2016-17:  TBA (early March 2016)

Spring 2016:

Application is open NOW!

Submission Deadline: October 6, 2015, 11:59 pm CDT

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan $2,500 - $4,000 Fall 2016; TBA (typically March-April) Spring 2016: October 8, 2015
Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan $7,500 Academic Year 2015-16: April 8, 2015   
Iowa City Noon Rotary Club International Scholarships $2,500 Fall 2015/Academic Year 2015-15: April 15, 2015
Boren Scholarships for International Study $8,000- $20,000 UI campus deadline: Late January 2016 (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

Additional Information and Application Deadlines 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, check USAC website and talk to your Study Abroad Advisor.


Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) International Study Program Scholarships

Varies by scholarship

After submitting the CIEE program application, select "Scholarships & Grants" to apply


American Institute of Foreign Study (AIFS)

Varies by scholarship

Log In to AIFS Student Portal, select your college, and apply for any awards applicable

Varies-see AIFS site

Arcadia University


In addition to funding from Arcadia, other scholarships are also listed

Arcadia, various entities

International Studies Abroad (ISA) in partnership with GLOBALINKS


ISA Scholarships, Host University Scholarships, Outside Scholarships

Various funding sources

Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University


IFSA-Butler scholarships, Fill the GAP, First Generation, and more


Central College

Up to $1,000

Complete application when applying for program - scholarships available for semester and/or academic year programs (see website for more information)

Central College

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)


UI students on semester/Academic Year programs will be eligible for IES Public University Grant of $1,500; other scholarship options are listed on the IES Scholarships webpage

IES Abroad

School for International Training (SIT)

$500 - $5,000 (semester programs); $500 - $3,000 (summer programs)

Need-based scholarships and grants are available, including Pell Grant match, (no merit-based funding). Indicate interest when submitting the SIT program application. More information is available on the SIT website, Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Spring 2016 - November 1, 2015; Summer 2016 - April 1, 2016; Fall 2016 - May 15, 2016


U.K. Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes for U.S. Undergraduates

See website for specifics

In 2015, nine UK Summer Programmes were available for US students. The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers various three, four, five, or six week options. Details are available for interested students. The online application and deadlines (typically mid-February) will be posted on the UK Fulbright website. 

US-UK Fulbright Commission

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