The University of Iowa

James L. and Rubie S. Watson Study Abroad Scholarship


James L. and Rubie S. Watson Study Abroad Scholarship will provide competitive, merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students who study abroad in one 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. Scholarship recipients should plan to study for, at least, one semester of an academic year program.

One (1) $1,000 James L. and Rubie S. Watson Study Abroad Scholarship will be awarded for a semester-length or academic year program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must:

  • be an undergraduate, full-time, degree-seeking UI student in good academic standing
  • have a minimum 3.33 UI cumulative GPA as reported on the unofficial UI grade report
  • have completed at least 12 semester hours by the application deadline
  • plan to study in one of the countries or territories identified above (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or India) for at least one semester of an academic year

Selection procedure and criteria

  • academic and personal objectives which are clearly defined and realistic
  • academic achievement and preparation
  • the anticipated impact of your choice in light of your academic discipline/major
  • quality and completeness of the essay submissions
  • factors leading you to select the country for study
  • contribution of the study abroad experience to the student's overall academic program 
  • evidence of maturity, motivation, and adaptability to a different cultural environment

Applicant Procedure

Students may enroll in a formal academic study abroad program sponsored by the University of Iowa or another accredited US university or exchange organization or may enroll directly in a foreign university. Students who meet the requirements listed above are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. The application packet includes the application form, two essays (Statement of Proposed Study and Personal Statement (each 750 words or less), UI Award Letter, and an unofficial grade report (both available from MyUI), and two letters of reference (UI faculty/Teaching Assistants).

To apply for this merit scholarship, complete ONE Semester Merit Scholarship Cover Sheet and ONE Semester Merit Scholarship Application, marking the scholarship 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. Incomplete application packets will NOT be accepted. 

Cover Sheet and Application

Submission Deadline

Spring 2022 - Thursday, October 14

Fall 2022 - TBA

The final deadline listed for the corresponding application submission is the date listed above. No applications will be accepted after this deadline!