Study Abroad - Scholarships for Study Abroad
DIRECT EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIP: a large scholarship fund which awards multiple scholarships ranging from $500-$5,000 to UMaine students participating on ANY of the UMaine direct exchange programs. The award criteria is based on financial need, cumulative GPA as well as destination. Preference will be given to students applying to the following direct exchange programs for Bulgaria and Germany. The Direct Exchange Scholarship Application (PDF) must be submitted in addition to the UMaine study abroad application.
Annie P. Norton Scholarship - established at the UMaine in 2009 to honor Annie Norton for her dedication to family, teaching and education abroad. She was born in Antwerp, Belgium, graduated from UMaine and was a teacher of French and Spanish for more than 25 years in Bucksport High School and Hampden Academy. She believed that immersion in other cultures was critical to understanding ourselves and others. Intended for students who are studying abroad in countries where English is not the official language. Award amounts range from $500-1,000. The application deadline ONCE a year on February 20 for summer, fall, spring, and academic year programs abroad.
Dorris Berry Norton Travel Scholarship - established at the University of Maine in 1996 to support students studying abroad. Intended for students who are studying abroad in countries where English is not the official language. Award amounts range from $500-1,200. The application deadlines are February 20 for fall and academic year programs, and October 15 for the spring semester programs abroad.
French Language Immersion Fund – supports the travel expenses of undergraduate French majors as well as International Affairs majors with a concentration with French who will study French in a French-speaking country in a total immersion setting. Applications are available at the department of Modern Languages and Classics in 201 Little Hall. This scholarship is applicable for the exchange at the University of Angers, France as well as all exchanges in Canada.
George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship – the scholarship covers tuition, fees, room, board, and travel expenses for one semester or academic year. Applicants must be undergraduate students, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a U.S. citizen. The application deadline is in early February each year.
HONORS COLLEGE: Stanhope Study Abroad Fellowship - for students in the UMaine Honors College who study abroad for at least a semester. Preference shall be given to students who graduated from a Maine high school. The application deadline is in late April each year.
Samantha Smith Scholarship – is intended for a UMaine student who will study or intern in Russia or in any of the former Soviet states. Samantha Smith was a Maine schoolgirl who visited the Soviet Union in 1982 to lobby Soviet President Yuri Andropov for peace between our nations. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered and must select an academic program approved by the University of Maine. The application deadlines are February 20 for the summer, fall semester and academic year programs, and October 15 for the spring semester programs.
UMaine/API Scholarship - UMaine students applying to API programs may apply for a UMaine/API scholarship. Award amounts range from $250 -$ 1,000. The application deadlines are February 20 for the summer, fall and academic year programs, and October 15 for the spring semester programs abroad.
UMaine/ISA Scholarship - UMaine students applying to ISA programs may apply for a UMaine/ISA scholarship. Award amounts range from $250 -$ 750. The application deadlines are February 20 for the summer, fall and academic year programs, and October 15 for the spring semester programs abroad.
UMaine/SeaMester Scholarship - UMaine students applying to Sea/Mester programs may apply for a UMaine/SeaMester scholarship. Award amounts range from $250 -$ 1,000. The application deadlines are February 20 for the summer, fall and academic year programs, and October 15 for the spring semester programs abroad.
UMaine/SIT Scholarship - UMaine students applying to SIT programs may apply for a UMaine/SIT scholarship. Award amounts are up to $5,000 for semester programs and $2,000 for summer programs. The application deadlines are February 20 for the summer, fall and academic year programs, and October 15 for the spring semester programs abroad.
UMaine/USAC Scholarship - UMaine students applying to USAC programs may apply for a UMaine/USAC scholarship. Award amounts range from $200-$1,000. The application deadlines are February 20 for the summer, fall and academic year programs, and October 15 for the spring semester programs abroad.
Women of the World (WOW) Scholarship: Women of the World (WOW) is a group of international and American women who gather once a month in Orono around an ethnic lunch to share their cultural heritages. WOW members include women from all continents, and of all ages. WOW is awarding a scholarship of $500 to a Maine woman who will study abroad for a semester. Currently there is no scholarship application available. Check back in January 2015 for more updates.
Killam Fellowship Program - undergraduate scholarships for direct exchange and direct enroll programs at Canadian universities. Up to $10,000 for a full academic year or $5,000 for one semester with a $500 (Canadian dollars) allowance to offset the cost of health insurance. Open to undergraduate students applying to a direct exchange program or open competition category at participating institutions in Canada. All materials must be submitted to Betsy Arntzen in the Canadian-American Center at UMaine by December 15. Contact Betsy Arntzen in the Canadian-American Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) – for graduate students The FLAS Fellowship Program is predicated on the belief that “the well-being of the United States is dependent on the education and training of Americans in international and foreign language studies.” Two Fellowships are available : Academic Year FLAS and Summer FLAS. As part of its mission, the Can-Am Center provides federally-funded Academic Year and Summer Foreign Language and Areas Studies Awards(FLAS)to support the bilingual research (English/French) of M.A. and Ph.D. candidates whose focus is on Canada and Canadian Studies. The 2014 competition is now open until March 14th. Contact FLAS Coordinator Betsy Arntzen, email@example.com
Baden-Württemberg Scholarship – 400 to 800 Euros monthly stipend. Qualified students who have been accepted to the Aalen University direct exchange program can apply for the Baden-Württemberg Scholarship. This exchange is primarily for business students. The application deadline is March 31 each year. Applications Instructions 2014-2015 (PDF).
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships - the goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German Universities. Funding available for study abroad, language studies, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany.
JASSO Scholarship – $700 monthly stipend and $1,300 relocation allowance. The JASSO scholarship application is a part of the exchange application for Hirosaki Univeristy. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Courses are taught in Japanese and English. The application deadline is December 15 each year.
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan - for American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships. The application deadlines are in early October and early April each year.
Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program – provides scholarships for US students to study Chinese language (Mandarin) in Taiwan for the summer. No prior Chinese (Mandarin) language experience required.
Mandarin Language Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) - provides scholarships for US and international students to study Chinese language (Mandarin) in Taiwan for summer, semester or full academic year.
Turkish Coalition of America - in line with its mission to engage and cultivate a new generation of young Turkish American leaders, TCA offers the TCAdvange Scholarship program for Turkish American students. A wide range of scholarships are available for American minority students for programs in Turkey.
BUTEX Scholarship - £500 scholarships available for a semester or a year at universities in the U.K. Students participating on direct exchange as well as recommended programs are eligible. The application deadline is once a year in late May for both fall and spring semesters abroad.
Fulbright Summer Institutes – The U.S. – U.K. Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK for three to six week academic and cultural summer program. The Summer Institutes will cover the majority of participant costs. This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host university/institution, accommodation and meals and in some cases a small daily allowance. The deadline is early March each year.
API – Academic Programs International Scholarships: from $250 to $1,000 for students applying to API programs with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Application deadlines are June 10 for fall programs, October 15 for winter/spring programs, and April 1 for summer programs.
CIS – Center for International Studies Scholarships: all UMaine students receive a $250 discount for semester programs and $100 for summer programs automatically. Additional scholarships of $250-$1,000 are available as well which require an application. Early Bird discounts of $100 are available (check the CIS website for deadlines). Bring a Friend discount of $250 for semester and $100 for summer programs are offered. Just be sure that you put your friend’s name on your online application (in the “Bring a Friend Grant, Name of Friend” box) and have your friend put your name, and you will both receive the grant. Note: this must be done at the time of application!
GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Scholarships: UMaine students receive an automatic scholarship of $500 for semester programs and $100 for summer and internship programs. Students applying to GlobaLinks programs may apply for a number of additional scholarships. All UMaine students applying for GlobaLinks programs can have their application fee waived. Please ask the study abroad advisor for the code.
IES – Institute for International Education of Students Scholarships: all UMaine students applying to an IES semester or year program will receive a public university scholarship for $1,500 automatically. Students applying to IES summer programs may apply for IES need-based scholarships.
IFSA-Butler University Scholarships: Need-based and merit-based scholarships available. New scholarship for first-generation college students available.
ISA – International Studies Abroad Scholarships: up to $2,500 scholarship awarded to students accepted in ISA programs. Deadlines are Feb. 28 for summer, April 30 for fall and year programs, and October 30 for winter and spring programs.
SFS – School for Field Studies: awards over $330,000 in need-based scholarships and grants each year, and about 90% of students who apply for SFS aid receive it.
Semester at Sea Scholarships: Need-based and merit-based scholarships available.
SIT – School for International Training Scholarships: offer automatic matches for Federal Pell Grant funding for all SIT semester programs. Many SIT scholarships and grants are available for both terms of study: semester and summer. Individual awards generally range from $500 to $5,000. Special scholarship for engineering students applying to SIT programs.
USAC – University Studies Abroad Consortium Scholarships: USAC offers many scholarships for specific programs. See their website for exact information.
Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship: Students who receive a federal Pell Grant and are applying to or have been accepted to a study abroad program may apply for the Gilman Scholarship. Awards are $1,500 – $5,000 with possible Critical Need Language Supplement of $3,000 for semester or full-year programs. The deadline is March 1 for summer and fall programs and October 1 for spring programs.
Boren Scholarships & Fellowships: The National Security Education Program offers study abroad scholarships for undergraduates, graduate students and intensive language training. U.S. citizens may study in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Western European countries, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada excluded. Foreign language study is a required component of the program, and there is a required service component upon graduation. Up to $20,000 for American students for study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests (excludes Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada). Boren Fellowships - up to $30,000 for U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. All materials must be submitted to OIP by January 31.
Critical Languages Scholarship: full funding for intensive language instruction of critical languages for seven to ten weeks for undergraduate and graduate students. The application deadline is in mid November each year.
Foundation for Global Scholars: $500 to $2,000 for one or two semesters of study, teach or intern abroad in any country. The application deadline is early April for summer programs, late June for fall programs and mid-November for spring programs.
Fulbright Scholar Program: Established in 1946, the Fulbright program aims to increase mutual understanding between peoples of the United States and other countries. There are over 250 Fulbright programs for faculty, students, professional staff members, teachers, etc. Fulbright offices are in the United States and around the world, providing funding programs for both U.S. citizens to go abroad, and for citizens of other countries who wish to come to America. The Maine Fulbright chapter was inaugurated on June 11, 2007. The Fulbright program offers many scholarship opportunities. Please check their website for most recent information.
Fund for Education Abroad: awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs for a summer, semester or year. Applicants must plan to study abroad for at least 4 weeks and may apply to both the General and Rainbow awards. The application deadline is in November each year.
FundMyTravel: create a fundraising campaign for your study abroad program through crowd sourcing.
Glimpse Correspondents Program Grants: $600 grants for talented writers, photographers, and filmmakers with a passion for storytelling and a knack for finding truly unique stories. The program is open to anyone who will be working, volunteering, or studying outside of their home country for at least 10 weeks. The application deadline is in late July every year.
Global Studies Foundation Grant: designed to support foreign language training while abroad. Grants are awarded based on academic and program merit, and outreach potential. The application deadline in in early July each year.
Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship: $1,000 awards for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate members who are currently enrolled in a study abroad program. Golden Key members are eligible to apply.
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF): scholarship awards range from $2,000-$12,000 and are awarded to undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical, dental, and legal students. Each scholarship award can cover only tuition and university-provided room and board.
Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship: $1,000 for study abroad programs. Students who have been accepted to a study abroad program may apply for the Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours and maximum of 90 credit hours prior to going abroad; have a minimum GPA of 3.75; and have at least two semesters remaining at UMaine after completing their study abroad program. The application deadline is April 1 each year.
Project GO Scholarship: Project GO (Global Officers) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for ROTC students. Project GO programs focus exclusively on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, and Africa. The grants may cover the full cost of both domestic and international language programs.
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships: for one regular academic year (usually nine months) of full-time study at an institution approved by The Rotary Foundation Trustees. The scholarship provides a flat grant of $26,000. Applicants must have completed at least two years of university or college course work, or must have a secondary school education and have been employed in a recognized vocation for at least two years when the scholarship begins.
Whitaker International Undergraduate Program: grants of up to $10,000 to support undergraduate students in biomedical engineering or bioengineering students who wish to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field. The Research Abroad program is a great fit for this scholarship. Application deadlines are in mid October for spring programs abroad, early February for summer programs abroad and mid March for fall programs abroad.