Fund Your Immersive Learning Abroad

External Scholarships

Many organizations recognize the value of education abroad and seek to support students in the unique experience of cross-cultural immersive learning. Study abroad should not be limited to those with the financial means to pay their own way. In our programs, we value diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and world views in our programs – as do many of the organizations listed below.

Disclaimer: VIA has listed these resources to aid potential applicants in finding funding sources for the purposes of study abroad. However, we cannot vouch for the validity of any information provided by external organizations. Please be thorough in evaluating any potential funding source – its legitimacy, requirements, and limitations – before applying.


Lists of Scholarships


Description: A plethora of study, volunteer and intern abroad scholarships available in this extensive database.


Scholarships Based on Candidate’s Background

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program

Requirements: Must be currently enrolled full-time at your college or university based in the United States or a recent graduate (1-3 years), participate in a semester or year long study, intern, volunteer, or teach abroad program between January 1 and June 30, 2018, & have a 2.75 GPA.
Amount: $500
Deadline(s): Nov. 1, 2017; June 1, 2018
Application: online application

Diversity Abroad Diversity Network Summer Scholarship

Requirements: Must be full-time undergraduate at a university or community college based in Australia, Canada, the UK or the US. Must have minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA. 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.
Amount: $1000
Deadline(s): April 2018
Application: online application


Region-specific Scholarships

Foundation for Asia Pacific Education Scholarships

Requirements:  Must be a US or Canadian citizen enrolled in a North American college or university where transfer credit from an academic program abroad will be applied to your degree being earned. (VIA university partner programs – Gender & Conflict and Graduate Research Methods with GMU and Art & Social Movements with SUNY Cortland – are credit-bearing programs.)
Amount: $500 to $1500
Deadline(s): Programs that begin May 1 through August 31 – April 30; Programs that begin September 1 through December 31- August 1; Programs that begin January 1 through April 3 -December 31
Application: online application, most recent transcript

Freeman Asia Scholarship

Requirements: Must be a US citizen receiving need-based financial aid, an undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 2.8, and have applied to or have been accepted by a study abroad based program that awards academic credits through the home campus or other U.S. accredited college or university.
Amount: Summer Award up to $3,000; Semester/Quarter Award up to $5,000; Academic Year Award up to $7,000
Deadline(s): Spring 2018 Student Deadline: October 18, 2017
Application: pre-screening page, unofficial transcript


General Scholarships

Go Overseas – Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship

Requirements: Must be enrolled full time in a US university (undergrad or grad)
Amount: $500 (one scholarship awarded each round)
Deadline(s): Early December (Spring/Summer), March-April (Fall/Winter)
Application: Photo essay and short survey

National Security Education Program / David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Requirements: US citizen, undergraduate who has not yet completed their degree. The scholarship supports students participating in programs in regions that are critical to US interests (including Asia) and who are interested in working with the US government in the future.
Amount: $2,500 to $20,000
Deadline(s): February 2018
Application: Online application requires 2 essays and 2 letters of recommendation

Gilman International Scholarship

Requirements: Open to US citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means receiving Federal Pell Grant to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing career oriented internships abroad. Minimum program length is 3 weeks.
Amount: Up to $5000, depending on need/length of program (fall/spring programs avg. $4000, summer programs avg. $3000). Additional opportunity for competitive critical need language study award ($8000) – Chinese, Japanese, and Bahasa Indonesia are eligible. (VIA Indonesia programs include Bahasa Indonesia classes.)
Deadline(s): For summer programs, early application deadline in early October, final deadline late February/early March
Application: Online application, requires transcripts, and online certification from student’s study abroad and academic advisors.