Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding
Education Abroad Scholarships
Many scholarship opportunities exist to support Education Abroad. Scholarships include those offered by the International Studies Office or by specific abroad programs, those offered by various departments and schools throughout U.Va., and national and international competitive scholarships. We recommend you also utilize additional scholarship databases in your research.
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES OFFICE and PROGRAM-SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS
Students can apply online for all International Studies Office scholarship opportunities by clicking here.
Dee Family Global Scholarship
The Dee Family Global Scholarship was created to support undergraduate and graduate participation in study or research in countries with the lowest scores on the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI). To apply, please complete the Dee Family Global Scholarship application.
The International Studies Office wishes to support those students who demonstrate the interest and inclination to become global citizens. The ISO Scholarship Committee reviews applications thoroughly and makes awards based on a number of factors, including financial need, quality of the application, and academic merit. Students must be participating in credit-bearing programs abroad to be eligible for this scholarship. Scholarship award amounts vary and depend upon the qualifications of the applicant pool. Students may receive a total of up to $4,000 of ISO Scholarship support within two years. To apply, please complete the Education Abroad Scholarship application.
IWL Study Abroad Scholarship
The Institute of World Languages (IWL) aims to support undergraduate students who have demonstrated a sincere devotion to their language education, as well as a deeper interest in, and commitment to the learning of any world language taught at the University of Virginia. Scholarship award may go up to $3000 and be commensurate with the number and quality of applications. Applicants who are determined to study abroad for a summer or longer are encouraged to apply. Complete the Education Abroad Scholarship application to apply.
IWL Research Abroad Award
The Institute of World Languages (IWL) aims to support undergraduate students who have demonstrated exceptional abilities in the acquisition of any world language and culture, as well as great scholarly promise and potential to carry out a research project abroad. Award amounts may go up to $3000 and be commensurate with the number and quality of applications. Applicants who are determined to conduct research abroad are encouraged to apply. Complete the IWL Research Abroad Award application to apply.
Lyon Program Scholarship
Scholarships range from $250 to $2,000 and are determined by both financial need and academic merit. Students should complete the Education Abroad Scholarship application to be considered for this scholarship.
CLAS Education Abroad Scholarship
The College of Arts & Sciences (CLAS) aims to support undergraduate CLAS students pursuing education abroad as a means to develop the knowledge, skills, attitude, and actions of a global citizen. Preference will be given to students who have not previously traveled abroad. Scholarship award amounts vary from $500 to $2,500 and depend upon the qualifications of the applicant pool. To apply, please complete the Education Abroad Scholarship application.
Sue and Lee Piepho Scholarship
The Sue and Lee Piepho Scholarship supports undergraduate student participation in education abroad. Awards will be based on financial need and the quality of the application. Preference will be given to students studying in Great Britain, China, or Germany. To apply, please complete the Education Abroad Scholarship application.
Wyatt Family Summer Scholarships for Spanish Majors
Wyatt Family Summer Scholarships for Spanish Majors aims to support students pursuing a total immersion experience so they can improve their language skills early in their major and bebetter prepared to complete their upper level courses on-grounds. Students are encouraged to attend our two established UVA summer Spanish programs in Costa Rica and Valencia, but may go to any ISO/department approved program. Preference may be given to students who have not been abroad before. Scholarship award amounts range from $2000 to $3000 and depend upon the qualifications of the applicant pool. To apply, please complete the Education Abroad Scholarship application.
Robert Denommé Study Abroad Scholarship
The French Department aims to support undergraduate students studying in Francophone countries for a semester or longer. Scholarships range from $1000 to $3000.
Chinese Language Studies in Taiwan
Two scholarships are available to support Chinese language studies in Taiwan in the summer of 2015.
- Huayu Enrichment Scholarship: The HES Scholarship, offered by the Ministry of Education of the republic of China (Taiwan) offers a 2 month stipend of NT$25,000 per month.
- MTC Scholarship: The MTC Scholarship waives tuition for study at the National Taiwan Normal University’s Mandarin Training Center.
Application instructions are available here. In addition to completing the scholarship application, students must complete the UVA Education Abroad Application for their preferred study abroad program. Refer to the Education Abroad Workshop for application instructions.
Community-Based Research Grant
Community-Based Research Awards for undergraduates provides students the opportunity to develop research projects that apply their academic skills, experiences, and ideas to real world problems. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged.
Deborah J. Kane Scholarship
The Deborah J. Kane Scholarship for third year college students in the humanities and social sciences provides money for travel overseas to pursue an educational experience with preference given to "untravelled" students wishing to study in Mexico, Central America, or South America.
Ellen Bayard Weedon Travel Grants
Each year the Grants Committee of the East Asia Center allocates money to the Ellen Bayard Weedon Travel Grants to defray the cost of travel to East Asia by students. These funds may be used to cover all or part of a round trip airfare between Charlottesville and East Asia. Applicants must intend to spend at least two weeks in East Asia pursuing study or research. View other eligibility criteria and application instructions on the East Asia Center Grants & Awards page.
Francis Lazenby Travelling Fellowship
The Francis Lazenby Travelling Fellowship of about $3,000 is awarded each year to one Classics major for Education Abroad during either semester or the summer.
Harrison Undergraduate Research Award
The Center for Undergraduate Excellence is home to the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award . The program funds outstanding undergraduate research projects carried out in the academic year or summer.
IRC Study Abroad, Travel & Learn Award Programs
The goal of this Travel & Learn Award is to strengthen the international character and interactions of IRC student members while ensuring a strong focus on academics. The award specifically provides up to $1000 travel expenses for qualified study abroad expenses during the January Term, Spring Break or Summer Session.
Jefferson Public Citizens
The JPC award supports student stipends, student travel, and project costs for both domestic and international projects.
Leslie Anne Baltz Fellowship
The fellowship was created to assist a third or fourth year major in art history or studio art who plans to spend a year, semester, summer, or January term studying in Italy. To apply, please contact Lawrence O. Goedde , McIntire Department of Art.
Lidner Center Fellowships for Study Abroad
The Lindner Center for Art History offers fellowships for art history majors studying abroad for a semester, year, summer, or January term. The declaration of a major must be made by the date of application. To apply, please contact Lawrence O. Goedde , McIntire Department of Art.
Murphy Fund for International Study
The Murphy Scholarship was developed to assist College of Arts and Sciences students pursue an international study experience.
Project GO is an initiative funded by the Department of Defense bringing together the National Security Education Program, 24 U.S. universities, the Defense Language Office, the military to promote global awareness and language proficiency among future military officers. For further information, please contact Richard Cohen, Director of the U.Va. Asia Institute.
Research and Travel Grants
Small Research and Travel Grants are available to College of Arts and Sciences students.
School of Nursing International Scholarship
Thanks to the generosity of the School of Nursing Alumni Association, donors to the School of Nursing Endowment for International Initiatives and the Maxine D. Woodard, RN International Scholarships, School of Nursing students can apply for grants to help defray some of the costs of international academic and exchange programs.
U.Va. Alumni Association Ridley Scholarship
The Ravenell (Ricky) Keller III Scholarship Award was established to perpetuate the memory of Ravenell “Ricky” Keller. Ricky believed quite fervently in the value of travel to broaden one's perspective. He felt strongly that foreign experiences are integral and would have wanted to provide financially deserving, talented African-American students with the opportunity to participate in Education Abroad programs at the University of Virginia. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Ben-Gurion University Scholarship
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Beer-Sheva, Israel offers scholarships for tuition to two U.Va. undergraduates to study there during Spring Semester 2016. One scholarship is for a student whose focus is the social sciences or humanities, the other is for a student who focus is the natural sciences. All U.Va. undergraduates are encouraged to apply. A scholarship committee reviews the applications and makes awards on a number of factors, including quality of the application and academic merit. To apply, please complete the Education Abroad Scholarship Application online. For further information, please contact Gabriel Finder, Director of the Jewish Studies Program.
Boren Undergraduate Scholarship (NSEP)
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) is a unique scholarship opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. Created in 1991, NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including, Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East).
The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduates participating in Education Abroad programs in Japan.
Students studying abroad in the UK for at least one semester are eligible to apply for a BUTEX Scholarship.
Critical Languages Scholarships
The Critical Languages Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes offer intensive overseas study in critical foreign languages: Arabic, Azeri, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany that offers funding support for international research and study.
Diversity Abroad Network Scholarships
The Diversity Abroad Network “Diversity Network” will offer summer scholarships in the amount of $500 for full-time students attending a member institution in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or the United States. Economically disadvantaged students, African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, multiracial/ethnic or Indigenous/Native-American, students with disabilities and first generation college undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. You are also encouraged to look for other scholarship via the Diversity Abroad Network at http://www.diversitynetwork.org/scholarships.
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) are designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.
Established in 1946 and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program offers opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to participate in international education programs.
Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman International Scholarship Program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduates who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding to participate in Education Abroad programs worldwide.
Rotary International sponsors a number of funding programs to "foster peace by building understanding through person to person contact, friendship, study, and cross-cultural exchange.”
United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation
UNCFSP offers several funding opportunities for minority students participating in a variety of programs.
Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program
The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program sponsors emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their own careers within the field. In the first four years of the Whitaker Program, 100 grants have been awarded to Fellows and Scholars to conduct projects in over 20 countries worldwide.
Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship
The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.
The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.
The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy.
Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.
To apply, students should go directly to the fellowship website and follow instructions there.
OTHER Sources of FundingStudents are encouraged to research other scholarship opportunities as well as other sources of funding. There are some resources available in the Education Abroad Library (Minor Hall 216) as well as online:
- The Center for Undergraduate Excellence offers information and support in applying for a number of scholarship and funding opportunities.
- www.studyabroadfunding.org: Worldwide database of Education Abroad scholarships, grants, and fellowships searchable by country or subject.
- University of Minnesota Education Abroad scholarship database.
- Michigan State University list of scholarships.
- www.gofundme.com is a crowdfunding & fundraising resource
- Going on a non-UVA program? Some programs offer grants and scholarships for attending their program. Check with your program provider for more information!