University of Iowa

Merit-Based Scholarships for Semester/Academic Year Study Abroad Programs

Below are a number of Study Abroad scholarships available to students participating in a semester or academic year length program. 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.

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 report.

Deadline

The scholarship application deadline for Fall 2020 is Thursday, March 26, 2020.  

This submission information applies to all merit scholarships listed below (except Carol A. Snodgrass as that deadline has passed):

Due to classes moving online through at least April 3, 2020, the Study Abroad Office has adjusted the submission process for the merit scholarship application for this session. Students submitting a Fall 2020 merit scholarship application (deadline Thursday, March 26) should mail (US Postal Service) their completed application to Teresa Kout, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, IA 52242. This should include the cover sheet, application, statement of proposed study, personal profile, unofficial grade report, and two reference letters (in their sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature written across the seal).

If you have all materials EXCEPT the two reference letters, you can email (teresa-kout@uiowa.edu) everything except the reference letters. Then ask your referees to submit their confidential letter of recommendation via email to Teresa Kout at teresa-kout@uiowa.edu. These letters will be added to your completed merit application and included in the evaluation process.

Note for referees: The letter of recommendation should be sent from your uiowa.edu address; as always, students will not have access to the letters submitted.

Questions from students or referees can be directed to Teresa Kout, teresa-kout@uiowa.edu319-335-0353.

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 and studying abroad for at least one semester. In addition to the merit component, successful applicants must also show demonstrated financial need.

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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. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, March 5, 2020 (different from other Fall semester Merit Scholarships)

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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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