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 & have a 2.75 GPA at an accredited U.S. university or college. Students from the following backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply: Economically disadvantaged, Ethnic & racially diverse, First-generation, LGBTQ+., Students with disabilities, Students of faith.

Amount: $500
Deadline(s): Applications are due November 1st for Spring programs.
Application: online application

Due to COVID-19 and the current status of global programs, scholarships will not be awarded for Fall 2020. Sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of this page under “Stay Connected” for updates and announcements about 2021 scholarships.

Diversity Abroad Consortium 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.  Must participate in a study abroad, domestic or global engagement program, for a minimum length of 4 weeks.

$1,000 – Program Abroad   $500 – Domestic Program
Deadline(s):  The 2021 Diversity Abroad Consortium Summer Scholarship will open for applications on Feb. 1, 2021.
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.

$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.

Summer Award up to $3,000; Semester/Quarter Award up to $5,000; Academic Year Award up to $7,000
Deadline(s): All applications for Academic Year 2020-2021, including the following terms: Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-21, Spring 2021, or Calendar Year 2021, are now closed. Please check back in early 2021 for more information about upcoming application cycles.
Application: pre-screening page, unofficial transcript


General Scholarships

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.

$2,500 to $25,000
National deadlines for the 2021 Boren Awards are:

  • Boren Fellowships: January 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST
  • Boren Scholarships: February 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST

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.
Deadline(s): October 6th 2020. The October 2020 Deadline application will open in mid-August 2020 for applicants whose in-person and virtual programs start between January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021. The March 2021 Deadline application will open in mid-January 2021 for applicants whose programs that start between May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. This cycle encompasses Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-2022, and Spring 2022 programs.
Application: Online application, requires transcripts, and online certification from student’s study abroad and academic advisors.