Scholarships & Other Sources
There are several outside sources that students can find for study abroad. Scholarships are either available through a university, program sponsor or through other educational organizations. Below is a list of some of the most comprehensive sites for study abroad scholarships and optional funding resources.
Wheaton College Policy Regarding Scholarships
Outside sources of funding can significantly reduce a student's debt burden and work commitment over the years. For those reasons, we encourage students to investigate as many alternative funding sources as possible. If Wheaton has not been able to meet the full amount of a student's need-based financial aid eligibility, outside scholarships may be used first to replace any unmet eligibility. If the scholarship amount exceeds the amount of unmet eligibility, we will reduce the "self-help" portion of the package (work-study and/or student loan). Only when all self-help has been eliminated will we have to reduce the grant portion of the package.
Students and families should research private scholarships through as many means as possible. The best sources are within the student's local community and high school. Students may use the internet to research a myriad of scholarship possibilities.
Wheaton Programs with Scholarships: Start with your study abroad program. Various universities and study abroad programs offer scholarship opportunities, travel grants, and other funding opportunities. As you are exploring your study abroad options, investigate the various funding opportunities that are available. Below are some of the available scholarships available through Wheaton programs.
American Councils ACTR Scholarships
Students applying to the ACTR programs in Russia may apply for a number of grant competitions. Deadlines and further information may be found on the web site above.
The American University in Cairo
The American University in Cairo offers students a partial tuition waiver to those students currently enrolled full-time in their first undergraduate degree program at a four-year public university in the United States who wish to enroll in the Study Abroad Program. The Simpson Scholarships in Egyptology are available to Study Abroad Program students who wish to concentrate their studies at AUC on the history and culture of Ancient Egypt.
Denmark International Study Program Scholarships
DIS Scholarships consist of grants in the range of $500-1,000 per semester. In addition, a small number of $2,000 scholarships are allocated per semester. For summer programs the limit is normally $500. Deadlines: Fall Semester: June 1st, Spring Semester: November 1st, Summer Program: April 1st
Institute for Study Abroad-Butler University Scholarships
IFSA-Butler awards several scholarships, ranging in amount between $500 and $2,000. Deadlines: March 1 for semester 2 programs (July to November) and November 1 for semester 1 (February through July).
IES commits over $2 million each year to scholarships and financial aid programs. They offer need-based and merit-based scholarships to students. Scholarship Deadlines: Full Year & Fall: May 1st, Spring Semester: November 1st
School for International Training (SIT) Scholarships
About one-third of those who seek scholarships from SIT Study Abroad receive financial assistance to participate in their programs. Awards generally range from $500 to $4,000. Chceck website for dates and deadlines.
Wheaton Travel Grants
Students traveling to topical and professional meetings, singly or in groups, with or without faculty members, for educational purposes may apply for travel grants at any time during the academic year. Students should contact The Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services for more information.
The Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATJ) Bridging Scholarship
The program will award 70 scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Recipients receive stipends ranging from $2,500 to $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan.
This program provides awards up to $7,000 for eligible, undergraduates, U.S. citizen and permanent resident students to pursue study abroad opportunities in the East and Southeast Asia.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research, and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities.
Provides $5,000 scholarships to undergraduates studying abroad for an academic Year, semester, or on a short-term program (minimum 4 weeks in length). Deadlines: Academic Year & Fall: April 15th and Spring Semester: September 22nd
Minority International Research Training Grant (MIRT)
Program of the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, sends minority undergraduates and medical students abroad to do health-related research.
National Security Education Program (NSEP)
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) is a unique scholarship opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. Created in 1991, the NSEP awards Boren Scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the NIS, and the Middle East. Deadline: Students must work with the Center for Global Education in order to complete materials by February for the upcoming academic year or semester abroad.
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships
Scholarships are available for undergraduates. Check website for dates and deadlines.
Sara's Wish Foundation
This scholarship fund was established to perpetuate the memory of Sara Christie Schewe. Sara's Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Safe And Rewarding Adventures for students, emerged out of this Semester at Sea tragedy.
This scholarship fund was established in memory of Ashley Soule Conroy; its mission is to create a permanent endowment and award scholarships to qualified students for the travel and study abroad, based on merit, personal qualities and/or financial need.
Woodrow Wilson International Fellowship Foundation
Information on several multi-year scholarship programs for students, especially minorities, interested in international careers.
This new web site offers hundreds of scholarships, fellowships, and grants designed to help students study outside the United States.
International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)
Web site provides free searches for scholarships for study abroad.
A great resource for finanacial aid and funding options for study abroad
Provides free customized scholarship search for students