External Study Abroad Scholarships

There are many other scholarship opportunities facilitated by scholarship organizations and providers outside of UNC Charlotte. Eligibility and application requirements will vary. These scholarships are not awarded by OEA nor UNC Charlotte. Explore the list of scholarships below and use the links to be directed to the organization's website.


External Study Abroad Scholarship Databases


Scholarship Opportunities

Some of the external scholarship opportunities are looking to target a certain applicant. Below you'll find a chart listing a handful of external study abroad scholarships. The factors at the top (explained further in the link below), if indicated by a box next to the corresponding scholarship, may mean that should a student fall within this category, they are encouraged to apply. Just because you may or may not fall within these categories does not mean that you should not apply!; you'll always want to check the scholarship organizations' website for more information about eligibility.


AASCU China Government Scholarship 

Award Amount: Approximately $10,000 for a one-year program

Requirements:

  • Strong interest in Chinese language and culture
  • Participating in exchange programs between the U.S. and China
  • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident in the U.S. 
  • Full time student enrolled in AASCU institution (UNC Charlotte is a member)
  • Overal GPA of 3.0 or above

Resources:

Deadlines:

Mid-March. See website for updated deadlines.


Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant

Award Amount: $900

Requirements:

  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior 
  • 18+ years of age
  • Double major in French and one other major (consideration may be given to French minors)

Resources:

Deadlines:

Mid-March. See website for updated deadlines.


Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Award Amount: $3,000 - $8,000

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate
  • Pell grant recipient
  • Abroad for at least four consecutive weeks
  • Not studying in Cuba or a country on the US Department of State's Travel Warning list
  • No minimum GPA requirement, but must be in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Recommended for (but not restricted to) students studying abroad in non-traditional locations and/or studying critical languages
  • Must have started an application with the Office of Education Abroad

Resources:

  • Gilman website
  • How to apply
  • OEA holds a Gilman Scholarship workshop twice a semester prior to the application deadline in order to discuss application requirements and tips on how to have a competitive application. Please refer to the OEA calendar to view these workshops or webinars.

Deadlines:

  • Fall/Academic Year: First week of March
  • Spring/Calendar Year: First week of October
  • Summer: First week of March

Boren Awards for International Study

Awards of up to $20,000 for study abroad programs that include the study of a critical language. Boren Scholarships allow U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in study abroad.

Open to students who...

  • are US citizens
  • are undergraduates (Boren Fellowships available to graduate students)
  • will be studying in a critical area (excludes Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand)
  • will be studying a critical language
  • have some desire to work for the US government in a capacity related to national security (due to the mandatory service requirement)

Deadline

The UNC Charlotte campus deadline for 2017 is January 13 at 5:00pm (Eastern). All applicants will be interviewed by the campus interview committee and given the chance to revise their essays and resubmit the application by the national deadline of 5:00pm February 9, 2017.

Receiving this scholarship requires considerable advanced planning, thorough preparation and collaboration with the Office of Education Abroad.  You must be applying to a recognized study abroad program to apply.

Boren Scholarship


Bridging Scholarships

US-Japan Bridging Foundation makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. 

Open to students who....

  • are U.S.citizens
  • are undergraduates
  • will be studying abroad in Japan

Deadline

Spring prior to Fall semester student will be abroad

Click here to learn more and apply


Butex Scholarship

Each year Butex awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. 

Open to undergraduate students who...

  • have been offered a study abroad or exchange place which is not eligible for an ERASMUS grant. 
  • will be abroad for a minimum of a semester 
  • has a placement for the UK academic year

Deadline

Click here to learn more and apply


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals to Germany

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals the opportunity to spend one year in each others' countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.

Open to students who...

  • are interested in a year of cultural exchange

Deadline

In December.

Click here to learn more and apply


Critical Language Scholarships

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students by the US Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

Open to students who...

  • undergraduate or graduate students
  • are apart of any major and/or field
  • Studying and/or mastering critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu

Deadline

In November

Click here to learn more and apply 


Cultural Vistas Fellowship

The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture. Cultural Vistas will select up to 12 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India. This fellowship opportunity is funded by Cultural Vistas.

Open to students who...

  • are of rising junior or senior status with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • are ages 18-30
  • have prior knowledge of language of host country (applicable in Germany and Argentina only)

Deadline

In January. 

Click here to learn more and apply


DAAD German Academic Scholarships

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.

Open to students who...

  • are currently second and third year students and will be in their third and fourth year during their stay in Germany
  • are seeking DAAD support for a 4-10 month period in Germany during the German academic year
  • possess outstanding academic records and personal integrity, as evinced by both their grades and letters of recommendation

Deadline

Click here to learn more and apply


DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Scholarship

Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 scholarships for fall and spring study abroad. Five scholarships are available for each semester. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racial diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Open to students who...

  • have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA at an accredited U.S. university or college
  • have been accepted to a study abroadintern abroad, or volunteer abroad program offered through a DiversityAbroad.com Partner Organization
  • Must be willing to share their experiences abroad with the DiversityAbroad.com community via bi-weekly blogs, picture and videos, participate in DiversityAbroad.com travel abroad forum and do a study abroad testimonial at the end of their time abroad


Deadline

November 1 for Spring; July 1 for Fall

Click here to learn more and apply


The Foundation for Global Scholars (FGS) Scholarship

$2,000 general scholarships, Pell Grant recipient scholarships, STEM scholarships, ethnically diverse student scholarships, and veterans' scholarships.

Open to students who...

  • are studying abroad for a minimum of 28 days
  • are a US citizen enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program
  • have declared a major and are receiving academic credit for their program
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Deadline

Spring programs: application is open October 1 to November 21

Click here to learn more and apply


Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

This award provide scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated need to study abroad in East or South East Asia. This includes study to Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. Students can apply for study in both summer and/or semester abroad. 

Open to students who...

  • are US citizens
  • are undergraduate students or permanent residents
  • have a 2.8 GPA 
  • has applied to or been accepted to a program in Asia (list above)
  • has applied to and is approved to study abroad through home university
  • have little to no experience in country he or she plans to study

Deadline

Summer programs: early March
Fall programs: early April

Find more information and deadlines here.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship

This national program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and proficiency in the language of the host country is required for most research projects and some ETA and study projects. 

Interested applicants must meet with UNC Charlotte's Fulbright Program Advisor, Brad Sekulich, to discuss the application process and timeline prior to the application deadline. 

Deadline

Please view link for deadline details

Fulbright U.S. Student Program


The Fund for Education Abroad

General scholarships of up to $10,000 as well as the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBTQ students.

Open to students who...

  • are US citizens or permanent residents (also accepts applications from DACA students)
  • are currently enrolled undergraduates
  • are studying abroad for at least 30 days abroad

Deadline

Application will open mid-November and close in mid-January for programs in the Summer, Fall or Spring following the deadline.  

Click here to learn more and apply


The Jane Gluckmann and Carol Rausch Go Global Scholarship

Scholarship in honor of two mothers who inspired their children to travel the globe and engage with other cultures offered through the Fund for Education Abroad. 

Open to students who...

  • are US citizens or permanent residents (and accepts applications from DACA students)
  • are currently enrolled undergraduates
  • are studying abroad for at least 30 days abroad
  • are planning to study abroad in Mexico, Central America, South America, France or Germany

Deadline

Application will open mid-November and close in mid-January for programs in the Summer, Fall or Spring following the deadline. 

Click here to learn more and apply


George J. Mitchell Scholarship/US-Ireland Alliance

Provides funding for one year of post-graduate study at an institution of higher learning in Northern Ireland. This includes tuition, housing, a living stipend, and an international travel stipend.

Open to students who...

  • are US citizens
  • between the ages of 18 and 30
  • have a bachelor's degree

Deadline

Varies

Click here to learn more and apply


Global Studies Grants (currently inactive)

$1,000 grants for study abroad, especially in critical areas. Recipients must be willing to share their experience with different audiences upon their return.

Open to students who...

  • are enrolled full-time
  • are already accepted into a study abroad program

Deadline

Click here to learn more and apply


Go! Overseas Scholarship (Study and Volunteer Programs)

Open to students who...

  • are currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to study/teach/volunteer abroad programs

Deadline

Click here to learn more and apply


Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship established in memory of Hiliary Echo Douglas, a study abroad advocate who traveled to Vietnam with a Fulbright Fellowship. This scholarship is available to applicants planning to study abroad in Vietnam or other Southeast Asian cultures. 

Open to students who...

  • are US citizens or permanent residents (and accepts applications from DACA students)
  • are currently enrolled undergraduates
  • are studying abroad for at least 30 days abroad
  • are participating on a study abroad program in Vietnam or within other Southeast Asian cultures

Deadline

Application will open mid-November and close in mid-January for programs in the Summer, Fall or Spring following the deadline. 

Click here to learn more and apply


LIVFund

$500 scholarships for studying, volunteering, or interning in Latin America.

Open to students who...

  • are over the age of 18

Deadline

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Students may apply six months before their program.

Click here to learn more and apply


Marshall Scholarships

Covers the cost of tuition, housing, living, and books for at least two years of graduate-level study in the United Kingdom.

Open to students who...

  • are US citizens with a bachelor's degree
  • graduated with a minimum GPA of 3.7
  • graduated after 2012

Deadline

Early October

Click here to learn more and apply


Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships

Partnering with the United States-Japan Bridging Foundation, which is administered by the Japan-United States Friendship Commission. Morgan Stanley provides scholarships of $7,500 each to two undergraduate American students to study at universities in Japan.

New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarship

Apply to win a full scholarship to study abroad in New Zealand. Awards are for undergraduate and graduate students.

Deadline: Early October

Learn more here and apply

 

 


Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship 

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

Open to undergraduate Students who....

  • attend an institution wight an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter
  • have a cumulative GPA of at 3.75 on a 4.0 scale 

Deadline 

Session A deadline is in February 

Session B deadline is in September 

Click here to learn more and apply


Rainbow Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by the generous support of a group of international education professionals who are committed to advocating on the behalf of LGBTQI students. It will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student. 

Open to students who...

  • are US citizens or permanent residents (and accepts applications from DACA students)
  • are currently enrolled undergraduates
  • are studying abroad for at least 30 days abroad
  • are participating in a high quality, rigorous education abroad program

Deadline

Application will open mid-November and close in mid-January for programs in the Summer, Fall or Spring following the deadline. 

Click here to learn more and apply


Rotary Peace Fellowships

Covers most costs associated with earning a master's degree or professional development certificate relating to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution.

Open to students who...

  • hold a bachelor's degree
  • have chosen a career in international relations, peace, and conflict resolution
  • have work experience in the above areas
  • have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service

Deadline

Click here to learn more and apply


STA Travel Start the Adventure Scholarship

Scholarship funded by STA Travel to help fund multiple students study abroad. As a recipient of this scholarship, your study abroad office will receive additional funds to award to another student participating on a study abroad program in the same academic year. 

Open to students who...

  • are US citizens or permanent residents (and accepts applications from DACA students)
  • are currently enrolled undergraduates
  • are studying abroad for at least 30 days abroad
  • are participating on a study abroad during the summer semester

Deadline

Application will open mid-November and close in mid-January for programs in the Summer, Fall or Spring following the deadline. 

Click here to learn more and apply


Year Abroad Program (Poland)

Covers nearly all expenses associated with a year or semester of Polish language studies at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow.

Click here to learn more

Deadline

Please view link for deadline details


Please note that it's important to understand that scholarships may not be disbursed to you until the start of the program or even after it has already started. You will need to plan your study abroad expenses without depending upon scholarships, as unfortunately they are never guaranteed or may be disbursed later after payment deadlines.