Scholarship Opportunities for US students

While EMU Cross-Cultural Programs does not offer designated scholarships, there are opportunities available to qualified students who are serious about putting significant time and effort into completing a competitive application. International students, graduate students, scholars, and faculty may find resources on study abroad funding through the Institute for International Education.

General Study Abroad Scholarship Information and Search

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding and participating in a cross-cultural program for at least four weeks in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list. October 5 and March 1 are deadlines for spring and fall semesters. The summer application deadline is March 7. Most awards are around $4,000 for the semester.

The China 2018 cross-cultural qualifies under the Gilman Critical Need Language Awards category.
Students in the Radical Europe and Spain 2017 summer seminars may also be eligible for Gilman scholarships. If an applicant for the summer 2017 early application is not selected, students may re-apply during the summer 2017 application cycle as long as they continue to meet the Gilman Scholarship Program’s eligibility criteria.

David L. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants identify how their study abroad programs or overseas projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. Awards are for up to one academic year. Boren Scholars demonstrate their merit for an award of up to $20,000 in part by committing to work for the U.S. Government for at least 1 year.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad offers general scholarships for U.S.undergraduates who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks during the academic year or a summer term. Up to $5,000 may be awarded for a semester program and a summer award is calculated at a proportionate amount. Deadline: for the 2016-2017 application cycle – summer 2017, fall 2017, spring 2018 opens Monday, November 16, 2016 9AM EST. The application deadline for the 2016-2017 cycle is January 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm EST.

Everence

As a benefit to clients or their dependents, Everence offers 42 scholarships each academic year, ranging from $750-$2,000. Successful candidates demonstrate excellence in academic scholarship as well as volunteerism and leadership contributions to their school or community. The application deadline for 2016-2017 academic year is Feb. 28, 2017. Applications are available at www.everence.com/scholarships.

Go Overseas Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship

Go Overseas offers a bi-annual scholarship to Undergrad and graduate students who are planning on studying or interning abroad. Applicants must submit a photo essay and quick survey to enter. The award of $500, to go to any part of your study or intern abroad trip, is given to the most creative entrant.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international exchange program for students planning on overseas study and research after graduation. If you are a U.S. citizen who will have a bachelor’s degree by the beginning date of the grant and you are thinking of studying, assistant-teaching English, or conducting research abroad, you could be one of more than 1,500 students who receive a Fulbright U.S. Student grant each year to go overseas. Application deadline is the end of September/October and should be started at least two months in advance. Visit the Fulbright website for detailed information on eligibility, awards available, and application components.