Global Initiatives: Study Abroad


There are many scholarships to support students in studying abroad. Securing external funding for a study abroad experience requires good planning. It is recommended that you think at least two quarters in advance. For example, if you want to study abroad in the fall, you must apply for study abroad scholarships during Winter and Spring Quarters.

To increase your chances of qualifying for a scholarship, consider study abroad programs that are at least a month long and in non-traditional locations, i.e. outside of Western Europe and Australia.

UW Bothell Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Funding - $500 to $2,000 - to offset travel expenses required to participate in a study abroad program.
  • Applicants must be current UW Bothell students enrolled full-time, residents of Washington State, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and commit to promoting study abroad opportunities among UW Bothell students upon their return as a Study Abroad Ambassador.
  • Deadlines: November, February, April, June

Husky Pride Fund Scholarship

  • Scholarships will be awarded to assist students in covering the cost of travel & tuition to participate in a UW Early Fall Exploration Seminar Program 2015.
  • Students at the University of Washington (Includes Tacoma and Bothell Campuses)
  • Must be receiving Financial Aid
  • Priority will be given to those with financial need and who have never participated in a Study Abroad Program.
  • Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by the first week of April.
  • Deadline: March

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • Funded by US Congress, the Gilman program aims to bring diversity to study abroad.
  • Non-traditional destinations are preferred and programs must be at least four weeks.
  • Applicants must be US citizens, undergraduates, and be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.
  • Deadlines: October, March

GO! Scholarship

  • The GO! Scholarship is funded by the WA Legislature to support undergraduates with financial need.
  • Applicants must be WA state residents eligible for Husky Promise or a Federal Pell Grant.
  • Deadlines: November, April

Fritz Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Multiple awards are funded each year by the Chester Fritz Endowment.
  • Applicants must full-time UW students, majoring in the Humanities or Social Sciences, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Deadlines: November, April

Plan2Go Scholarship

  • Students awarded Plan2Go will have 3 years to use their scholarship towards any qualified exchange study abroad program. 
  • Applicants must be a resident of Washington State, eligiable to take part in a UW study abroad univeristy of departmental exchange, have financial need based on completion of FAFSA/WAFSA and participate in advising and scholarship activities if selected. 
  • Deadlines: May

Critical Language Scholarship

  • The US Department of State funds 7-10 week intensive summer study of a critical language: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu
  • Must be US citizen
  • Deadline: November

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

  • Intended to support students from underrepresented backgrounds in study abroad, the fund offers a total of 18 awards of up to $10,000 each.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Study abroad programs must be a minimum of four weeks long and be academically rigorous.
  • Students may apply prior to committing to a study abroad program.
  • Deadline: January

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

  • Supports undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in aquiring modern foreign language area or internatonal studies competencies.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Awards for UW students studying foreign languages locally or abroad.
  • Deadline: January

Boren Awards

  • Funded by the National Security Education Program, Boren Awards encourage undergraduates and graduates to study less commonly taught languages and cultures in regions critical to US national security interests.
  • The scholarship offers up to $20,000 for year-long programs.
  • Applicants must be US citizens.
  • Recipients commit to work for the federal government for one year post-graduation.
  • Deadline: Early January

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships

  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a variety of opportunities for Americans to study, conduct research, or work in Germany, including study abroad scholarships, summer study programs, and research internships in science and engineering.
  • Proficiency in German may be required.
  • Deadline: End of January

Fulbright Summer Institutes in the UK

  • The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers fully funded, 4-6 week study abroad programs at prestigious British institutions to promote Americans’ understanding of the UK.
  • Freshmen and sophomores who are US citizens, have a 3.5+ GPA, and have limited international experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Deadline: March

GO! Overseas Teach Abroad Scholarship

  • $1,000 award for current or aspiring teachers to supplement the cost of classroom materials or to assist in the participation of a teaching program abroad.
  • Applicants will be judged according to creativity of writing sample, displayed analytical thinking, and passion for teaching abroad and/or teaching a foreign language.
  • Deadline: Mid-June

Glimpse Correspondents Program

  • $600 award for talented writers and photographers with a passion for storytelling and a knack for finding truly unique stories.
  • The program is open to anyone who will be working, volunteering, or studying outside of his or her home country for at least 10 weeks.
  • Deadline: End of July

GO! Overseas Volunteer Abroad Scholarship

  • $1,000 for students who have been accepted to a study abroad program that includes volunteerism.
  • The scholarship is awarded based on creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions.
  • Deadline: Mid-September

Affiliated Program Scholarships

  • CIEE Council on International Education Exchange
  • SIT Study Abroad
  • IE3 Global Internships

Post-Graduate Opportunities

Fulbright Fellowship

  • The Fulbright Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects and English Teaching Assistantship placements. 
  • Applicants must be US citizens, have their bachelors degree at the time of the start of grant, sufficient language proficiency in host country and limited travel experience preffered. 
  • UW Internal Deadline: September
  • National Deadline: October 

Bonderman Honors Travel Fellowship

  • $20,000 for UW graduate students and undergraduate seniors to undertake an independent international travel.
  • Students would travel on their own for eight months, to six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world. 
  • Applicants must be in good standing with the university, have a 3.7+ cumulative UW GPA, US Citizens and permanent resident.
  • Deadline: January


Study Abroad Scholarship Resources

IIE Passport

Transitions Abroad

UW Scholarships Database


Global Initiatives

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