Opportunities

Study Abroad Scholarships

Below, you will find a few opportunities for scholarships that can be applied to typical study abroad programs. Please visit our study abroad section for more information on these scholarships and information on the study abroad process in general.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.

Eligibility: US Citizen, undergraduate, Pell Grant recipient, 3+ weeks credit-bearing program

When is the national deadline?

  • Spring and Early Decision Summer: Early October
  • Summer, Fall, and Full Year: Early March

When should you come see us?

  • If you are studying abroad in the summer, there are two opportunities to apply for Gilman in October and March, so ideal times to come in would be August/Early September and January.
  • Spring study abroad applicants should come see us in August/Early September.
  • Fall study abroad applicants should come see us in January.

What is the application timeline? Students will begin working on first drafts of application essays one to two months before the national deadline (after our initial appointment). Students often move at their own pace in the drafting process, getting through as many drafts as they feel comfortable within the time period. We will review essays up until a week before the national deadline.

Read more about the Gilman Scholarship on our Gilman page!

ONS Contact: gilmanadvisors@usf.edu

https://www.gilmanscholarship.org

Freeman-ASIA Awards

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Preference goes to students studying Asian language and culture. The proposed length of study in the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term.

Eligibility: US Citizen or Permanent Resident, undergraduate, high financial need, 8+ weeks credit-bearing program, 2.8+ GPA

When is the national deadline? Early April

When should you come see us? Freeman-ASIA has moved to one deadline per year, so students will apply the spring before they study abroad. If a student is studying abroad for a spring semester, they will be applying a full year in advance. If students are applying for the Gilman Scholarship, we will work with them to adapt their essays immediately after the Gilman deadline in early March. If the student is not applying for Gilman, we should be meeting for the first time in January or February.

What is the application timeline? For Gilman Scholarship applicants, the process is a fairly quick adaption of existing essays. For students not applying for Gilman, we will set up an essay-drafting schedule that works for the student beginning in February. We typically review drafts up until the week before the national deadline.

ONS Contact: Ms. Lauren Roberts, robertsl1@usf.edu

https://www.iie.org/freeman-asia

Fund for Education Abroad

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) offers a variety of scholarships to undergraduates who plan to study abroad on a program that is at least four weeks in length. Preference is given to first-generation students, ethnic minorities, and community college students.

Eligibility: US Citizen or Permanent Resident, undergraduate, 4+ weeks credit-bearing program

When is the national deadline?

  • Spring Study Abroad: Mid-September
  • Summer, Fall, and Full Year Study Abroad: Mid-January

When should you come see us?

  • Students studying abroad in the spring should be coming in as early in August as they are able.
  • Summer, Fall, or Full Year study abroad students should ideally come in for an appointment in December before winter break because the deadline comes so quickly after winter break ends.

What is the application timeline? Advising for FEA can often be limited because the deadlines come so soon after breaks, but the student and advisor will set up a timeline for drafting and reviewing essays that suits both.

ONS Contact: Ms. Lauren Roberts, robertsl1@usf.edu

https://fundforeducationabroad.org/


We are also featuring two programs that are competitive, fully-funded study abroad opportunities.

Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes

The Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes are three-to-four-week programs for rising sophomore and juniors (freshmen and sophomores). Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the U.K. while experiencing higher education at a UK university. Students are eligible to receive academic credit. Depending on the Institute, students will have the opportunity to study alongside leading academics and professionals, develop knowledge in specific fields, experience cultural and social events, and become an ambassador for studying in the UK, for the Fulbright Commission and their host institution(s).

Eligibility: Students must be a US citizen and possess a US passport, have had little or no study/travel outside of the US or North America, have a minimum GPA of 3.7, be at least 18 years old by the start of the program, be able to participate in the program in its entirety, and have at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the Institute finishes.

When is the national deadline? Applications are due to the Fulbright UK Commission by early February.

When should you come see us? Students need to meet with Ms. Lauren Chambers and declare their intent to apply for the Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program in the fall semester (October).

What is the application timeline? Students will declare their intent to apply for the Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program in the fall semester (October), and begin working on their applications in the fall semester (October-December).

ONS Contact: Ms. Lauren Chambers, lschumac@honors.usf.edu

http://www.fulbright.org.uk/going-to-the-uk/uk-summer-institutes

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded summer overseas intensive language program and structured cultural enrichment experience designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security.

Eligibility: US Citizen, enrolled in degree-seeking program (undergraduate or graduate) at time of application, some languages require previous study

When is the national deadline? Late November

When should you come see us? Introductory appointments for CLS typically begin in August, September, or October. Students will also need to be in communication with recommendation letter writers early in the fall semester.

What is the application timeline? Students work at their own pace on essays between October and mid-November. Students submit the names of two recommendation letter writers in early October when they declare their intent to apply, and drafts of the letters will be due for feedback in early November. We try to have all application materials finalized before Thanksgiving break.

ONS Contact: Ms. Lauren Bartshe-Hanlen, bartshe@honors.usf.edu

http://www.clscholarship.org/