Study Abroad

Other Study Abroad Scholarships

The Office of National Scholarships does assist students with a small number of study abroad scholarships beyond the Gilman Scholarship that can be applied to traditional study abroad programs. You can read descriptions of each scholarship below.

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/

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 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

Boren Awards

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are unique funding opportunities for students (undergraduate and graduate) to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. national security interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships are for undergraduate students and Fellowships are for graduate students. Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government in the field of national security for at least one year after graduation.

Eligibility: US Citizen; undergraduate or graduate student; semester or academic year-long language program (or 8+ weeks for STEM majors). You must remain matriculated at USF during the duration of your program.

When is the national deadline? Late January – for study programs the following summer, fall, and spring semesters

When should you come see us? Early October

What is the application timeline? Students will begin working on first drafts of application essays three to five 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 mid-December to allow time for the required campus evaluation process. Applicants submit the names of two to three 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 December.

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

https://www.borenawards.org/


Our office also advises on some non-traditional study abroad opportunities that students may consider. Most are fully-funded academic programs sponsored by US and foreign governments that focus on a variety of experiences from intensive language-learning to lab research. Check them out below!

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a 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 at time of application (additionally, 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. CLS programs take place in summer, so the application process begins almost a year in advance. Students will also need to be in communication with recommendation letter writers early in the fall semester, if not during the summer.

What is the application timeline? The essay-drafting schedule varies depending on the student, but a student will typically write two to three drafts of the application 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 Roberts, robertsl1@usf.edu

http://www.clscholarship.org/

Fulbright UK 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.

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

DAAD Rise

DAAD RISE Germany offers undergraduates the opportunity to complete a funded summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. Students must be studying biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field.

Eligibility: Applicants are required to have completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree program by the time of the internship. At least one past, or ongoing research experience is needed. Students select top 3 choices of sites to pursue the internship, and their skillsets must match the position requirement which is quite clearly stated in the position descriptions published on the DAAD RISE internship list. These skills are to be itemized in an applicant’s CV/Resume, which is part of the application process. A high GPA is preferred, although not binding.

When is the national deadline? December 15th

When should you come see us? Latest by October 15th

What is the application timeline? Developing a plan and assessing an applicant’s skill set, career goals and experience requires significant effort and thought. Hence, at least 4-6 weeks preparation time for background research and writing is needed.

ONS Contact: Dr. Sayandeb Basu

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