External Scholarships and Grants

Carleton students have been successful in obtaining additional funding for their off-campus programs. Students who receive non-Carleton scholarships or grants and are on Carleton financial aid must notify Student Financial Services about their award before they leave campus.

Remember to research your options early (some deadlines are 6-9 months before a program begins), follow the application instructions, and proofread your materials carefully before submitting them. The Office of Student Fellowships has some good tips for applying for external scholarships or grants.

General Programs

These scholarships help fund your choice of study abroad programs.

NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship is awarded through the Fund for Education Abroad to African-American undergraduate students in the United states who hope to study abroad, and who also embody Mrs. Bryant's spirit of resilience and commitment to intercultural exchange. FEA scholarships range from $1,250-$10,000 and can be applied for programs that run for at least 28 days.

NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION PROGRAM (NSEP) scholarships, up to $10,000/semester, $20,000/year for merit-based study in select countries, including foreign language study; service component as follow-up, applications available in the Office of Student Fellowships and due in February of each year; see site for more information.

GILMAN scholarships, up to $5000 need-based grants for study abroad (for Pell Grant recipients only)

FUND FOR EDUCATION ABROAD offers general scholarships of up to $10,000 and dedicated scholarships of varying amounts; for students participating in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs; preference given to students with financial need

  • LGBT students who are applying for a scholarship through Fund for Education Abroad may also choose to be considered for the RAINBOW SCHOLARSHIP award. This scholarship awards up to $5000 to one LGBT student participating in a high-quality, rigorous semester-long study abroad program.

HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND offers over 150 types of scholarships to Hispanic students. Funds can be applied to costs associated with study abroad. There are different deadlines throughout the year; check the website often and carefully. Eligibility guidelines require applicants to be on of the following: A U.S. citizen; a legal permanent resident; have a passport stamped I-551; have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)

CORRINE JEANNINE SCHILLINGS FOUNDATION offers study abroad scholarships to undergraduate female students who are Silver or Gold award Girl Scouts and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.


EXPLORE THE WORLD SCHOLARSHIP provides $2,000 to help finance the recipients international trip as long as the trip includes an education or service component. Must be between 18-30 years of age.

GOSTARTABLOG'S YOUNG WRITERS SCHOLARSHIP awards $1000 for the best essay on the topic "Writing has given me the opportunity to..." No GPA requirement.

Funding for Specific Programs

Many program providers have funds to help defray the expense of their programs. Check individual program websites for availability, eligibility, and application instructions.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, CAIRO offers several scholarships for international students.

AUGSBURG COLLEGE will award scholarships ($1,000 to 50% of program costs) to students participating in a program through the Center for Global Education.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY will award a scholarship to students participating in a BU study abroad program.

CET scholarships, $500-$1500 need and merit-based scholarships for CET programs.

CENTER FOR EDUCATION ABROAD (CEA) offers scholarships from $500-$3000 for CEA programs.

CIEE scholarships $500-$2000 for students on CIEE programs.

COLLEGE OF GLOBAL STUDIES, Arcadia University, $500-$2500 for students participating in CGS programs.

DIS: STUDY ABROAD IN SCANDINAVIA (DIS) PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS, merit and need-based, $5,000 maximum.

DIVERSITY ABROAD offers five $500 awards each semester to winners of their video essay contest. The competition is open to those participating in a study abroad program offered by a Diversity Abroad partner organization (CIEE, IES, SUAbroad, AIFS, CAPA.) Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. Economically disadvantaged students, ethnically diverse students, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and students studying in non-traditional locations are encouraged to apply.

IES offers need-based,merit-based and diversity/legacy/disability scholarships.

INSTITUTE FOR STUDY ABROAD, Butler University, $500-$2500 scholarships for IFSA programs. Additional funding for specific countries/programs.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ABROAD offers several scholarships, need-based and non-need-based, that range from $100 to $3,000.

QASID ARABIC INSTITUTE, $2500-$13,000 for students studying Modern Standard or Classical Arabic.

SCHOOL FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAINING (SIT) offers $500-$5,000 need- and merit-based scholarships for SIT programs, also, matching Pell grants for select programs

SABE (SAN ANDRES BUILDING EXCELLENCE), partial and full tuition scholarships to attend semester-long programs in Latin American studies at the Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Apply for the program and scholarship by April 15. 

SACI FLORENCE awards between $500 and $15,000 scholarships and financial assistance.

SEA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (SEA), need-based interest-free loans and $5000 merit “Dean’s Awards” for SEA programs

TURKISH COALITION OF AMERICA offers several opportunities for students participating in a study abroad program in Turkey. Specific scholarships are available for African-American, Native American, and Hispanic American students. Scholarships also exist for students of Armenian, Bosnian, and Macedonian descent who plan to study abroad in Turkey. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. No deadline: rolling admissions.

Funding for Specific Countries or Regions

There is some funding available for specific countries/regions.

BRIDGING SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDY IN JAPAN, U Colorado Boulder, open to all majors, for travel and living expenses, maximum $4000.

GO OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDY IN IRELAND, in concert with Education Ireland, offers two $15,000 scholarships to students who wish to study in Ireland, one for undergraduate studies, the other masters.

GO OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDY IN NEW ZEALAND offers a full scholarship ($15,000 plus roundtrip flight) for students who wish to study in New Zealand.

DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service, offers a variety of scholarships, grants, and internships to students who wish to study in Germany.

MONDALE SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDY IN JAPAN, Japan Society of America Minnesota $1000-$1500 for travel to or within Japan before, during or after your program.

FREEMAN AWARDS FOR STUDY IN ASIA, need-based scholarships for students planning to study in Asia. Priority given to students with no previous experience in Asia, grants range between $3000 and $7000.

BUTEX SCHOLARSHIP $1,000 awarded to US undergraduates enrolled in a program at one of the member British Universities Transatlantic Exchange (BUTEX) universities.

JASSO STUDENT EXCHANGE SUPPORT PROGRAM offers a monthly stipend to qualified international students who have been accepted to a Japanese university.

THE AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE in conjunction with the Lilly Lorenzen Scholarship Committee will award $1000 to Minnesota residents who have a working knowledge of Swedish and have a credible plan to study in Sweden.

AIRPORT RENTALS is an industry leading, globally focused car rental booking company with a strong focus on innovation and agility which has naturally led to the company offering a scholarship designed to support and enable those with fresh ideas and solutions for the ever-shifting world of travel commerce. The Airport Rentals scholarship includes $4000 to cover tuition and fees at the successful applicant's choice of our partner educational institutes.

ITALIARAIL awards two $1,000 scholarships each semester to students who wish to study abroad in Italy plus a free three-day Italy Rail pass to each recipient.

Various scholarship funds available for study in England, Scotland and Ireland through St. Andrews Societies, Rotary International, etc., contact the OCS Office for more info.

Funding for Language Programs, not necessarily for credit

CRITICAL LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIPS, fully-funded intensive summer language institutes for 13 critical need foreign languages.

CENTER FOR INTENSIVE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, Monterey Institute, summer study of Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

CENTER FOR LANGUAGE STUDIES, Beloit College, summer study in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

BETTY & DAVID JONES LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIPS offers awards to students studying Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish at the summer Middlebury Language Schools or the Monterey Summer Intensive Language Program. 

Eight-week intensive Chinese language and culture program for students and recent graduates, located at National Cheng Kung University.

External Search Engines

The following search engines can help you identify additional funding sources.

IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding

International Education Financial Aid

Learning Abroad Center Scholarships Database

University of Michigan website for minority students. Contains excellent links to foundations and other funding

Study Abroad-Related Scholarships

CHAIRISH "Design Your Future" Scholarship offers $2,500 to two students from underrepresented backgrounds and all majors. Deadlines are January 1 and June 30 of each year.

ESTA A $500 scholarship awarded to two students. To apply, submit an essay of no more than 800 words on what motivates you to study abroad before December 31 for spring semester programs or July 15 for fall semester programs.

FIX THE PHOTO A $1500 scholarship awarded to three students each year. Application includes an essay about photography as well as a creative element.

HUBSTAFF TECH SCHOLARSHIP Twice-yearly scholarship for students interested in technical programs. Students need to submit an essay to be eligible for $2000.

KALU YALA SCHOLARSHIP awards $1000 to current college students interested in studying abroad, particularly with an interest in business and entrepreneurship though not required. The application includes a 500-word essay.

REEDSY NATIONAL CREATIVE WRITING SCHOLARSHIP $1000 award granted twice annually to student writers. Application must include the first chapter (1,500 to 7,500 words) of an original novel.

THE TRAVEL OFFICE LOCAL ADVENTURES SCHOLARSHIP awards a $1000 scholarship. To apply, submit an essay on your college experience (1,000 to 1,500 words).

Summer Study, Internship, Conference, or Research Awards from Carleton

The Office of Student Fellowships administers several Carleton funds dedicated to academic research as well as student travel to work on projects, conduct research, and attend conferences, $500-$5000. The Career Center administers several sponsored internship programs.

Do you know of other scholarships that Carleton students could apply for? Take a few minutes to let us know and we’ll add them to our list!