Scholarships and fellowships can be beneficial and often necessary components to a successful and less stressful study abroad. You'll find below scholarships and fellowships to aid you in your search for funding. We recommend that you start early in your funding research and that you thoroughly review the information below to see which scholarships you may apply to you and your study abroad. Some of them are general and others are for specific destinations and criteria.

Here is a list of some valuable general scholarship opportunities:

The Study Abroad Financial Assistance Grant


SUMMER 2020 DEADLINE: Early application deadline - December 2nd, regular deadline January 20th


The Study Abroad Financial Assistance Grant supports undergraduate students who have financial need and are participating in LMU and Featured Study Abroad Programs. The award is based on financial need and a project proposal. Grant amounts will vary and are placed directly into your student account to go towards the program fee. You may apply for the grant through your Study Abroad application.

To complete the Study Abroad Financial Assistance Grant application, you will answer the following questions:

  1. Describe the details affecting your financial situation to explain why you will need additional financial support for your study abroad experience.
  2. To receive the Study Abroad Scholarship, you will be required to carry out a Study Abroad Grant Project on the LMU campus the semester after you return to campus. Please write a proposal explaining how you will give back by inspiring others to pursue their own experience abroad. Below please provide a proposal that outlines the following: a) description of the project, b) describe who your target community is, c) explain how this project will impact your chosen community, and d) explain how you will integrate your own experiences abroad into your project.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 

Application Deadline: October 6, 2020 11:59pm Central Daylight Time

The October 2020 Deadline application will open for applicants whose programs start between December 1, 2020, to October 31, 2021 in mid-August 2020. This cycle encompasses Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Academic Year 2021-2022 programs. 

If an applicant is not selected for a specific cycle, them may re-apply for the next cycle as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements and their program fall within the start dates. 

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships for US undergraduate students at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this program requires both US citizenship as well as being a current recipient of a Federal Pell Grant. If you have questions about the Gilman Scholarship, please email

Ferdinand Verbiest, S.J. Award
The History Department is pleased to announce the Ferdinand Verbiest, S.J. Award, offering financial support for summer study abroad in the following countries (listed by priority): China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, The Philippines, Indonesia, or Singapore. Three awards of up to $7000 will be made. Each award will assist with the cost of the summer program and airfare. APPLY NOW

The Bridging Scholarship

The Bridging Scholarship program will award scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan during the semester or academic year. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive stipends ranging from $2,500 to $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan. 

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice, and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity.

NSEP (National Security Education Program)

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate/Undergraduate Fellowships enables U.S. students to pursue specialization in area and language study and to add an international dimension to their education. Boren Fellowships support students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. national security but are less frequently studied by U.S. students, i.e., areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. These fellowships provide students funding up to $10,000 for a semester or $20,000 for a year to study abroad while participating in an academic program as an NSEP scholar. Limited to U.S. citizens, this program has a federal government service agreement attached to the award which would require recipients to commit to working in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities within three years after graduation.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

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.


Apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research, and/or internships in Germany. Visit the DAAD website for more information.


The US National Commission for UNESCO Laura Bush Traveling Fellowship funds 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.

Fund for Education Abroad 

Spring 2021: July 1, 2020 –  September 16, 2020

Fall, Summer, Academic Year 2021-2022: November 16, 2020 – January 20, 2021

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.

Find more funding opportunities by visiting the Office of National and International Fellowships website here

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship

Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 scholarships for fall and spring semesters as well as summer term. Three scholarships are available for each semester and two scholarships are available for summer. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racially diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.