The University of Iowa

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship and Other Dedicated Scholarships

Created in 2010 to expand access to study abroad, the Fund for Education Abroad scholarship seeks to diversify the pool of students who study abroad. To more closely reflect the U.S. demographics, this scholarship attempts to award students who are underrepresented in study abroad and/or are planning to participate in programs in non-traditional locations.

Award Amounts

  • Academic Year – up to $10,000
  • Fall or Spring Semester – up to $5,000
  • Summer session (prorated by the number of weeks) minimum $1,250


UPCOMING Application Cycles 

  • Application cycle Spring 2022: July 1, 2021 [12 a.m. EST ~midnight~] - September 15, 2021 [12 p.m. EST ~noon~]

Application Components

  • Application form (found online on Fund for Education Abroad website)
  • Financial Aid form (requires input from your financial aid office)
  • Unofficial transcript 
  • Faculty recommendation letter (maximum of one)

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient
  • Full-time undergraduate in good academic standing
  • Participating in academic credit-bearing study abroad program lasting more than 4 weeks (28 days)
  • In addition to eligibility requirements, a number of preferences can also be taken into consideration:
  • Academically rigorous and immersive study abroad program
  • Study of host country language (if not English)
  • Non-traditional destination
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Preference to students that are underrepresented in education abroad (those groups include the following, but are not limited to this list)
  • First-generation college students
  • Minority students
  • Community College (transfer) students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Student-athletes
  • Veterans
  • Returning learners

Other Dedicated Scholarships

In addition to the Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship, other Dedicated Scholarships are available through this website. Some of these Dedicated Scholarships are listed below (not a complete list – see website for all available categories and specific details):

  • Cyril Taylor Memorial Scholarship (study in United Kingdom)
  • Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship (study in Vietnam or other Southeast Asian culture)
  • Malu Alvarez Global Access Scholarship (part of FEA's "Bringing the World Home" comprehensive campaign)
  • Rainbow Scholarship (LGBTQI student)