There are many opportunities to find additional funding for study abroad, but it requires advance planning and some work.  Some general types:

  • In most cases, you do NOT need to have been accepted into your study abroad program at the time of scholarship application so do not wait!
  • Check the eligibility guidelines for each scholarship before you begin applying.
  • Check the on-line application deadline date. The deadlines vary widely.  And again, they usually do not align with NYU Study Away deadlines.
  • Some scholarships have only one application deadline for the entire academic year.
  • If your application requires a letter of recommendation or certification from your study away adviser, give him or her plenty of lead time.
  • Don't limit yourself to just study abroad scholarships. Reconsider some of the scholarships you may have overlooked or didn't get when first applying to NYU.

External Scholarships

Scholarships for study abroad are available through many organizations. The following are some suggested scholarship opportunities we encourage students attending NYU Study Away consider.

Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship (up to $8,000 per semester): The Gilman program offers study abroad scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students who are currently receiving a Pell Grant as part of their tuition package. This federally sponsored scholarship provides up to $8,000 for a semester or academic year and is available only to U.S. citizens and nationals. Scholarships are available for fall, spring and summer terms. The Office of Global Programs hosts info sessions and advising hours through out the semester. For more details, please email


  • early October for spring, summer and fall
  • early March for summer, fall, spring, and academic year

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (ASIA) (up to $7,000 per academic year)​: Freeman-ASIA is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas 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. Awards range from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad. Application opens February 1. For more details, please email


  • early April for summer, fall, spring and academic year

National Security Education Program Boren Undergraduate Scholarships (up to $20,000 per academic year): Funding from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) supports U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Up to $20,000 will be awarded to undergraduates and $30,000 to graduate students depending on cost and length of program. All Boren Scholarship applicants must be in contact with the Boren Scholarship NYU Campus Representative well in advance of February so that the Campus Representative, Richard Kalb, can both provide advice and have the time to produce a formal evaluation of all applications prior to the final deadline.


  • late January / early February for coming academic year (summer, fall, spring)

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship to Germany (monthly stipend): 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. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year. Candidates should demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs and who explain the significance of their project in Germany to their future studies, research or professional goals.


  • late January for coming academic year (summer, fall, spring)

Fund for Education Abroad General Scholarship ($5,000 per semester):  FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks (a minimum of 30 days). Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs.  


  • January for coming academic year (summer, fall, spring)

Fund for Education Abroad Rainbow Scholarship ($5,000 per semester): This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Applicants must meet general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements & preferences. Students interested in being considered for this annual scholarship should indicate this through their application forms.

  • January for coming academic year (summer, fall, spring) Blogging Scholarship ($500): Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 scholarships for fall, spring and summer study abroad. Five scholarships are available for the summer, and five are available for the fall and spring. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racially diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • November 1 for spring
  • April 1 for summer
  • July 1 for fall

Foundation for Global Scholars ($2,000): FGS offers several different scholarships and applicants may select one for consideration: travel scholarship; financial need scholarship; STEM scholarship; ethnically diverse scholarship; veteran’s scholarship. You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen and must be enrolled in a North American college or university.


  • mid-April for summer
  • late June for fall
  • late November for spring

Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship (£500 per semester): The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a deserving study abroad student with financial support to pursue academic study in the United Kingdom. By offering the scholarship, AASAP/UK is fulfilling one of its purposes – the promotion and support of academic standards. The merit-based scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share with AASAP/UK members the ways in which the scholarship has helped to fulfill their academic and personal ambitions.


  • May for coming academic year (fall, spring)

Global Studies Foundation Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad: GSF provides supplemental funds for U.S. citizens who are already studying abroad at an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. Among the most significant selection criteria are academic performance, program merit, and potential to share their foreign experience with others. Non-traditional destinations (as defined by the U.S. Dept. of State and Defense) are preferred.


  • July 1 

Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship ($1,000 per semester): Tortuga Backpacks believes young people deserve to experience the world beyond their college campuses, but realize not everyone can afford to travel, especially if you’re on a student budget. The Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world.


  • mid-December for spring
  • mid-May for fall

Explore the World Hostelling International USA New York City Travel Scholarship ($2,000 per semester): This scholarship, funded by Hostelling International (HI), provides students with $2,000 to help finance international travel as long as there is an educational or service component to students' itineraries. During their travels, students must tag social media posts and photos about their experience at least three times with #exploretheworld and @hiusa. To be eligible students must be recipients of a Federal Pell Grant and residents of New York City.

  • Deadline: March 4 for travel before August 31, 2017

GoEuro European Scholarships offers three individual awards for study in an EU and/or Schengen country. Award amounts are 2,000 Euros, 1,500 Euros, and 500 Euros.

  • Deadline: January 31st (for fall and spring)

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Study Abroad Scholarship Databases

In addition to the scholarships listed, we highly recommend you do additional research for additional opportunities. The following links are a good place to start, but there are many online resources available.

Crowd Funding

More students are looking into personal fundraising. Personal fundraising can take the form of: requesting people or organizations to sponsor you, organizing fundraising parties, or launching online fundraising campaigns. Fundraising helps cover the cost of study abroad and gets your friends and family involved in your study abroad plans. Some possible crowd funding online tools you might want to consider.