Private Sources of Funding


There are many opportunities for study abroad scholarships and grants, however researching options well in advance is crucial. 

The following list is not exhaustive and students should continue to research other options: 



2018 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship. Undergraduate and graduate students wanting to do research at a public Swiss university or research institute for 2 to 3 months can apply for the ThinkSwiss research scholarship. This program provides a monthly scholarship of CHF 1,600 (approx. USD 1,650) for a period of 2 to 3 months (CHF 4,800 maximum), which covers the majority of the average student's living costs. The scholarship is open to students of all fields. For more information about this program visit (Top)

American Association of Univeristy Women: The largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women. Check the website at (Top)

The American-Scandinavian Foundation: The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Application forms are available online at (Top)

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: This program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). U.S. undergraduate students can apply to receive financial support for study abroad programs worldwide. The scholarship provides up to $5000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit. You must currently be receiving a Federal Pell Grant and be at least 28 consecutive days in length in one country to qualify. For an application and additional information, check the IIE website at . (Top)

Blakemore Asian Language Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study Grant. Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of full-time, intensive language study of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer or Burmese at the advanced level in approved language programs in East or Southeast Asia. To be elgible, you must have an undergraduate degree. For more information, please visit the Foundations website: (Top)

The Bridging Scholarship Program: Awards 50 scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan that begin in Fall 2009The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards scholarships to US undergraduate students to study for one semester or academic year in Japan.  The Foundation aims to expand the opportunities for study abroad in Japan to help prepare America's young people to assume future global leadership roles.  Students must be accepted in a program in Japan, and provide the tuition.  Bridging Scholars are chosen by a volunteer committee and awarded scholarships of up to $5,000 for the academic year, which provide for travel and daily cost-of-living expenses. For more information, visit (Top)

Bridging Scholars and Morgan Stanley Morgan Stanley will again offer scholarships to two US undergraduates. Eligible students include students at US universities who have an interest in economics and international finance and who have been accepted for study in Japan for the academic year. Winners of the Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships are awarded scholarships of $7,500 to help finance their studies.  For more information, visit (Top)

British Council Scholarship: This program offers funding and scholarship opportunities to cover postgraduate studies within the United Kingdom.  To find out more:

Foundation for Global Scholars: The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate on any international education program that meets their academic objectives. For additional information and application, please visit: (Top)

Freeman Asia Scholarship: The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. (Top)

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program: Provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. Proposals focusing on Western Europe are not eligible. For more information, visit (Top)

Fulbright Student Scholarship Program: The U.S. Student Fulbright Program was created to give recent BS/BA graduates, professionals, and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Projects are self-designed and may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination. (Top)

GO! Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship: This organization awards up to $1,000 for students participating in a study abroad program. The scholarships are awarded based on the creativity and analysis of writing or video submissions. For more information, visit  (Top)

GO! Volunteer Abroad Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to students planning to volunteer abroad. The applicant must submit a writing sample of video submission. The scholarship award is $1,000. For Scholarship description and application instructions, visit  (Top)

Harry S. Truman Scholarship: Please visit for more details. (Top)

Hostelling Internationational USA Michigan Council Gerald Pearsall Memorial Travel Award: The award will be given to a student who will appreciate the exploration of their own heritage and understanding of others, through the dialogue and education that comes through hostelling and traveling abroad. Download an application and drop it off in Manoogian 131. (Top)

International Education Financial Aid: IEFA provides a comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist students in their pursuit of study abroad. Check the website at (Top)

Italian Consulate of Detroit Scholarship: The Italian Consulate of Detroit invites students of Italian Language majoring or minoring who are planning to participate on the Wayne in Abruzzo Program to apply for an award. The awards range from $500 to $1,000 depending on the quality of application. For more information, click here. (Top)

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship: The scholarship is given to students who pursue Italian language and culture courses in Italy as well as study and research projects. Eligibility varies on a per student basis. For more information, click here. (Top)

The Midwest Regional Center of the Institute of International Education: Undergraduate students currently matriculated at a Midwest college or university, which is a member of the Institute of International Education (IIE) Networker programs. To be eligible, students must receive credit for their studies abroad and this credit must be applied to the completion of an undergraduate degree. For further information, contact the IIE Midwest Regional Center at 312.644.1400. (Top)

NAFSA: The Association of International Educators offers a variety of grants and scholarship programs. Check the website at (Top)

National Italian American Foundation Scholarship: The NIAF annually awards scholarships to students who fall into one of the two categories. The first category scholarship is given to students who are Italian American heritage who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements in any area of study. The second category scholarships are given to any student who is majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Scholarships award range from $2,000 to $12,000. Students must either be a member of NIAF or have parents/guarding who is a member. For more information: (Top)

The National Security Educational Program (NSEP): Also called the David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship, NSEP Scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. NSEP Scholarships can be applied to study abroad in all countries, except Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Contact the Study Abroad Programs Office via e-mail at for additional information. (Top)

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship: This organization has a yearly nationwide competition for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students for grants up to $19,000 to students who wish to directly enroll in an overseas university. The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarship Program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. The application deadline is usually in the early fall of the year preceding the year that you will study abroad. Check the Rotary Foundation website at (Top)

Transatlantic Fellowship Program, formally the Resident Fellows program of the German Marshall Fund: Selects individuals from varied professional policy backgrounds with a demonstrated track record of thinking outside the box in approaching transatlantic relations and professional policy. Transatlantic Fellows are offered support in the form of sabbaticals of one year or less to pursue research or policy projects in transatlantic issues. Interested individuals are encouraged to check the website at (Top)

Rhodes Scholarship: a regional selection committee chooses individuals from the United States for two-year study program at Oxford University after completing a formal application process. Rhodes Scholars are not only chosen for their academic background but their demonstrated participation in making society better. Applicants are chosen from various fields of study and must have completed at least two years of college and a bachelor's degree before October 1 of the year of application. For more information, please consult: (Top)

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC): is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit, international association devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences. For more information, please visit (Top)

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute:Toronto Rehab co-sponsors or administers a variety of education funding opportunities for students and staff pursuing further education in rehabilitation and complex continuing care. Please visit for more information. (Top)

German Academic Exchange Service DAAD: Offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education. The website has a database of scholarships for students looking to study in Germany. For more information please consult: (Top)

EuroScholars program offers a unique study abroad program for advanced undergraduate students as well as postgraduates, looking for international research experience. There are many universities throughout Europe participating in this program and many fields from which students can choose. For more information please consult: (Top)

Yokohama National University: The International Student Center started the JOY Program for students from partner universities outside Japan to give them the opportunity to experience Japanese university life for up to a year. Students must be proficient in English or Japanese and can study a range of disciplines. For additional information, including application deadline, please consult: http://www.ynu (Top)

June Jordan Fund: Open to all Black women who have been accepted to a study abroad program and is focused on expanding access to women who normally would not have access to the funds necessary to undertake joyous experiences while abroad. As such, commuter students, non-traditional students, and students with a GPA under 3.0 are especially encouraged to apply. For additional information visit