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Scholarship and grant support is the most tangible expression of the UI’s commitment to increasing the number of students who study/conduct research abroad. Study Abroad expects to disburse more than $500,000 in scholarships/grants this year.

We encourage you to apply for any awards for which you are eligible! If you are completing scholarships with essay components, we highly encourage you to utilize the Writing Center to review your work prior to submission.

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Scholarships & Grants Administered by UI Study Abroad

Merit-based Scholarships

Merit-based study abroad scholarships are available for semester or academic year length programs. Only one application is needed!

Need-based Grants

These grants support students who are eligible for financial assistance, evidenced on the UI Award Letter.

Diversity Ambassador Scholarship

These scholarships are intended to support the diversification of students who study abroad.

International Student Study Abroad Scholarship

This competitive, merit-based scholarship is available for use during summer and winter sessions.

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Global Internship Funding

This list of scholarships can be applied towards international internships.

See Global Internship Scholarships

Program-Specific Awards

CIEE Study Abroad Scholarships

CIEE offers a number of scholarships based on various eligibility factors. Study Abroad Advisors will provide information during the advising process. (Semester/Academic year/Summer/Winter/Short-term)

IES Public University Grants

All students participating in an IES Abroad academic-credit, semester-length program through the University of Iowa will receive an automatic $2,000 IES Abroad Grant. (Semester/Academic year)

USAC Scholarships

USAC funding opportunities are available for students participating in a USAC program. The scholarships are awarded based on a diverse spectrum of criteria, ranging from academic merit, program location, first-generation status, and military service. (Semester/Academic year/Summer/Winter/Short-term)

SIT Public University Scholarships

All University of Iowa students who are accepted to a SIT program will receive a $1,500 SIT Public University scholarship. In addition to this automatic award, SIT offers a broad range of awards including a Pell Grant Match to students who receive a federal Pell Grant. (Semester/Academic year/Summer/Winter/Short-term)

SIT Targeted Honors Scholarship

The SIT Targeted Honors Scholarship is applicable to all School for International Training (SIT) approved programs. SIT programs offer topical, field-based coursework with research and independent study opportunities, allowing students to pursue their own interests. Learn more about SIT Targeted Honors Scholarship. (Semester/Academic year/Summer/Winter/Short-term)

Academic Year Freiburg (AYF) Alumni Club Scholarship

The US and German AYF Alumni Clubs are offering scholarships (US $500) to students participating in the Academic Year in Freiburg. (Semester/Academic year)

TEAN Affiliate Scholarships:

TEAN UI-sponsored programs in South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand will be eligible to receive an affiliate scholarship. Additional information will be available during the advising process. Learn more about TEAN affiliate scholarships. (Semester/Academic year/Summer/Winter/Short-term)

CEA Abroad Affiliate Scholarships

Students who study on UI-sponsored CEA Abroad study abroad programs in Prague, Czech Republic (summer or semester), or Florence, Italy will be eligible to receive an affiliate scholarship. Additional information will be available during the advising process. Learn more about CEA ABROAD affiliate scholarships. (Semester/Academic year/Summer/Winter/Short-term)

Lamplighter Fund Scholarship

The Lamplighter Fund Scholarship is intended to support one or more merit-based scholarships for student(s) participating in the India Winterim program, section 0001, Sustainable Development, or section 0002, Water Poverty in Rural India. (Summer/Winter/Short-term)

IES Summer Internship Scholarships

IES Summer Internship Scholarships are available for students interning abroad on the IES summer programs. Learn more about IES summer internship scholarships. (Summer/Winter/Short-term)

External Awards

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan.

Boren Scholarships for International Study Abroad

Boren Scholarships are available to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central, and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Overseas Ambassador Program

The Overseas Ambassador Program is an initiative created for current students or recent graduates who are planning to study, intern, volunteer or teach abroad. The Overseas Ambassadors will serve as an overseas correspondent, sharing their experiences to motivate other members of the DiversityAbroad.com community to go abroad.

Freeman-Asia Award: Freeman-ASIA

Freeman-Asia offers scholarships to undergraduate U.S. citizens or permanent residents wishing to study in East Asia or Southeast Asia who have demonstrated financial need.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

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.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships

There are several scholarship opportunities available to students who wish to study abroad in Germany.

Iowa City Noon Rotary Club International Scholarship

Eligibility for the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club International Scholarship is based on graduation from a Johnson County (Iowa) high school in addition to student status of sophomore, junior, or senior at the time of application.

Jeff Zimpleman Iowa Sister States Scholarship

Eligible students must prove current Iowa residency (for 5+ years), will be degree-seeking in International Business, International Agricultural-Related Studies, or International Relations/Culture (to include language, art, music) in one of Iowa's 9 sister states.

U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes

The U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for U.S. citizens to come to the UK. These summer programs provide the opportunity for U.S. undergraduates, with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six-week academic and cultural summer program.

Other UI Awards

Student Impact Grant

The University of Iowa Office of the President and the University of Iowa Student Advancement Network (SAN) have partnered to create Student Impact Grants, which provide funding for a variety of undergraduate and graduate student activities outside of the classroom, such as research, travel, and service projects.

CAPS Study Abroad in Asia Scholarship

Scholarships for Study Abroad in East and Southeast Asia are available for undergraduate students through the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS).

Genevieve Davis Searle Scholarship

The Genevieve Davis Searle Scholarship is available to undergraduate Spanish majors studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Scholarship amount: $10,000 for two consecutive semesters.

Iowa Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship is available for undergraduate, full-time, degree-seeking Iowa residents who entered as first-year students at the University of Iowa between Summer 2015 and Fall 2017.

Sally and Ken Mason Travel Grant

Travel grants, up to $500 per individual, are available for students for travel with study abroad programs, professional meetings, and conferences. As indicated by donor intent, preference will be given to first-generation undergraduate students.

Summer Scholarships For Asian Language Study

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in Asian Languages & Literatures/Asian Civilizations are eligible to compete for summer scholarship aid for intensive language study provided by the Stanley-University of Iowa Support Organization.

Journalism & Mass Communication Study Abroad Scholarship

Students who are currently enrolled in School of Journalism & Mass Communication can apply for Pulitzer Center Global Health Fellowship, SJMC Study Abroad Scholarship, Lauren A. Wretman Phelps Study Abroad Fund.

Funding for Graduate Students

Study Abroad funding is limited to undergraduate students. Graduate and professional students seeking funding for field research or other activities should begin their search with Graduate College; your academic college or department; International Programs Grants Office; which administers the Fulbright Grants; Stanley Fellowships and FLAS Fellowships, among other internal and external awards; Sponsored Programs, the main source on campus for information about external awards.

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