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External Scholarships and Funding

External Grants and Scholarships

Study Abroad at ONU encourages students to investigate all possible external funding for research and educational opportunities abroad. We believe that active pursuit of competitive grant funding and scholarships is an integral part of developing an entrepreneurial and motivational set of skills for students to achieve their fullest potential, both personally and professionally. Assistance is available throughout the application process.

The Study Abroad Office is dedicated to actively seeking out external sources of funding for our students who wish to study or conduct research overseas. To that end, the following list of resources, while not exhaustive, will assist students in finding funding opportunities, and is updated frequently.

The IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding Database is a user friendly tool which allows students to target their scholarship search to a desired location and program of study.

Mary Drzycimski-Finn, Assistant to the Dean for Student Success, is another good resource on ONU's campus. She has created more detailed summary of some of the major awards. It is not an exhaustive list or a complete summary of the information below.

The Benjamin A. Gilman Award is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The award provides scholarships of up to $5000 for undergraduate students currently receiving a federal Pell Grant. March 1 deadline for a summer and fall programs starting between May 1 and October 15. Deadline of mid October for programs starting between December 15 to April 15.

The Boren Scholarship provides $20,000 through the National Security Education Program (NSEP) for an undergraduate student to study abroad in underrepresented areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a desire to work in the federal government.

The Bridging Scholarship provides funding for undergraduate students interested in studying in Japan. Field of study is open and Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. The deadline for applications for scholarships for the Fall 2011 semester and the 2011-2012 academic year is April 8, 2011.

The National Security Education Program seeks to assist students who pursue international studies in underrepresented regions of the world.

The Asia-Pacific Foundation assists underrepresented students realize their international education goals through competitive scholarships.

Freeman-ASIA provides financial support to American undergraduates to study abroad for academic credit during the summer, a semester or a full academic year in countries in East and Southeast Asia. Award amounts range from $3,000 for a summer program to $5,000 for a semester/quarter program to $7,000 for an academic year program. The deadline is February 15.

The United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation's Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellowship Program seek to broaden access to international education and training opportunities for underrepresented minority college students. Requirements: full-time student, Sophomore standing, US citizen, 3.2 GPA, member of an underrepresented minority, and planning to seek admission to an internationally-focused graduate degree program. Applications due Feb. 1.

Diversity Abroad offers overseas scholarships to minority and economically disadvantaged students.

The DAAD offers a wide range of opportunities to students, scholars, and higher education institutions of the United States and Canada, from undergraduate students to faculty, for study and research in Germany.  

The National Science Foundation’s IRES grants fund offers opportunities worldwide for global-minded students of science.

The Association for International Educators, NAFSA, provides a list of university and other searchable databases. also lists many available funding opportunities.

Opportunities including grants, scholarships and fellowships are also available for students interested in graduate studies or post graduate research abroad. Please contact the Study Abroad Office for additional information. Students considering applying for graduate studies at a foreign institution are also encouraged to visit our office.