The University of Iowa

Merit-Based Scholarships

Below are a number of Study Abroad scholarships available to students participating in Study Abroad programs that include travel, lasting for a semester or academic year. Applicants for scholarships should review all requirements necessary prior to submission of applications, including eligibility, required components, deadlines, etc. Any incomplete applications or attempted submissions after the published deadlines will not be accepted. These scholarships do not apply to virtual programs.

New Process!

To apply for any of the merit scholarships listed below, applicants should complete ONE Semester Merit Scholarship Cover Sheet and ONE Semester Merit Scholarship Application, marking the scholarship(s) you wish to submit, along with any other requirement(s) listed specific to the scholarship. This process will result in the submission of ONE application, required essays, required reference letters, and grade reports.

All materials (excluding reference letters) should be emailed by the applicant (attach to one email so all pieces of the scholarship submission arrive at one time). Reference letters from faculty or teaching assistants can be emailed by the author and will be added to the student's scholarship submission.

Deadline

Spring 2022: Thursday, October 14 (all applicants will receive result notifications via email)

Fall 2022: TBA

 

Application

Semester Merit Scholarships Cover Sheet

Semester Merit Scholarship Application

Merit-Based Awards

Bedell World Experience Asia Scholarship

The Bedell World Experience Asia Scholarship is available for an eligible undergraduate student wishing to study in a  geographical area where Japanese, Chinese, or Korean is the primary language. This competitive, merit-based scholarship is designed for undergraduate students who are native residents of Iowa. In addition to the merit component, successful applicants will also show demonstrated financial need.

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International Student Study Abroad Scholarship

The International Student Scholarship will be awarded via a competitive, merit-based application process. Eligible students must participate in an approved study abroad program at an institution outside the United States but not in the student's home country.

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James L. and Rubie S. Watson Study Abroad Scholarship

James L. and Rubie S. Watson Study Abroad Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students who study abroad in one or more of the following countries and territories: China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India. Students with diverse majors in a variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

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Joel D. and Sandra Barkan Scholarship

The Joel D. and Sandra Barkan Scholarship will be awarded to students who study abroad in various non-Western  European geographical areas (also excluding Australia and New Zealand). Eligible undergraduate, full-time, degree-seeking students may be pursuing study abroad in countries including sub-Saharan Africa, Asia (including Central Asia), Latin America, and the Middle East (including North Africa).

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Naomi Gunderson Scholarship For Foreign Language Study Abroad

The Naomi Gunderson Scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students who are committed to developing advanced language proficiency. Students must have completed at least one year of language study prior to the application deadline. 

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Richard J. Tyner Scholarship

The Richard J. Tyner Scholarship will provide competitive, merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are pursuing a major in French, Italian, international relations, or political science. 

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Stanley Merit-Based Scholarship

The Stanley Merit-Based Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based scholarship designed for undergraduate students who will study abroad.

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Stuart A. Lundquist Memorial Fund Scholarship

This competitive, merit-based scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who is majoring in French (first preference) or English (second preference) and studying abroad in France for at least one semester. In addition to the merit component, successful applicants should also show demonstrated financial need.

Students who graduated from Rockford Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois (primary) or Illinois (secondary), in addition to other requirements, will be shown preference.

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Carol A. Snodgrass Scholarship

The Carol A. Snodgrass Scholarship will provide competitive, merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are studying abroad in Latin America or Spain. 

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The Drs. Michael L. and Darlene M. McNulty Scholarship

Drs. Michael L. and Darlene M. McNulty Scholarship will provide competitive, merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students who study abroad in West Africa, preference Ghana. 

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