In addition to the your financial aid package, there are funding sources both within and outside the university. Below you will find a sampling of available funding resources. For further information please speak with your study abroad advisor in the Office of International Programs.
For Brown Students
Michael Bhatia Fund for Peace-keeping and Conflict Studies Established in memory of Michael Vinay Bhatia '99, who died in May 2008 in Afghanistan, the Fund underwrites field work, study abroad, or thesis research by IR concentrators working on peace-keeping and conflict studies. It is awarded to a student who, like Michael Bhatia '99, hopes to deepen their understanding of a region or culture by traveling and studying there, with the ultimate goal of helping to promote cross-cultural understanding that might end or avert violence or military conflict. To apply: Log into UFunds and submit application.
UFunds coordinates applications for funding from offices at Brown, including Emergency Funds, Curricular, and Co-curricular Gap (E-Gap) Funds.
Fund for Education Abroad — The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may participate on any international education program that meets their academic objectives. Scholarships range from $1,250 – $10,000 and can be applied for programs that run for at least 28 days.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships — The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.
The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. It is open to eligible students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid.
Boren Scholarship — An initiative of the National Security Education Program that provides unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
Critical Language Scholarships — The Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion summer program for American college students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instructives and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.
IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants — For U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds who would like to participate in academic, internship or service-learning experiences abroad. The scholarship program is intended to diversify study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education, especially in support of high-achieving, low-income students.
Phi Kappa Phil Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Applicants do not have to be Society members but must attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter.
Diversity Abroad offers several scholarship opportunities for students from underrepresented groups studying abroad for a semester or summer.
Insight into Diversity offers study abroad scholarships (five awards of $2000 each) to students from underrepresented backgrounds who may not traditionally be afforded the ability or opportunity to participate in a study abroad program.
Region- or Country-Specific Scholarships
East or Southeast Asia
- Freeman ASIA Award (Freeman Award for Study in Asia) — Provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study in East or Southeast Asia.
- DAAD Internship & Master's Scholarships —Funding available for internships and to graduating seniors for master’s in Germany
- Delta Phi Alpha German Studies Scholarships — (Offered Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer semesters) This one-time award is intended for Sophomore & Junior Delta Phi Alpha Members who are planning to study abroad on an accredited program in a German-speaking country. The recipient must provide evidence that they will be participating in a study abroad program that will begin either in the fall/winter or spring /summer semester. Preference will be given to support students who are attending programs that promote advanced use of the German language.
- ItaliaRail's Italy Study Abroad Scholarship — ItaliaRail is committed to helping students study abroad in Italy and immerse themselves in the country’s rich and dynamic culture. The ItaliaRail Scholarship is open to those who have enrolled in their college or university's study abroad program in Italy.
- Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan — The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.
- Morgan Stanley Bridging Scholarship in Japan — Co-sponsored by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. Morgan Stanley offers scholarships to two US undergraduates. Eligible students include students at US universities (citizens or permanent residents) who have an interest in economics and international finance and who have been accepted for study in Japan for the academic year. Winners of the Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships are awarded scholarships of $7,500 to help finance their studies.
- The U.S.- Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship — For U.S. or Japanese students who are currently in good academic standing at an accredited college or university in either the United States or Japan. Applicants must have applied, been accepted, or plan to apply to a college/university or approved academic center outside of their home country as part of a credit-bearing course of study.
- Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards — Education New Zealand and New Zealand institutions of higher education are supporting Generation Study Abroad students with excellence and travel awards. There are three different scholarships available for semester study in New Zealand.
- Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA) Boston Scholarship — SWEA Boston offers an annual scholarship that is awarded to one or more well-merited female undergraduate or graduate students at a New England university who wish to pursue studies or a work/study program in Sweden for at least one semester.
- AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship — Merit-based scholarship available to students studying abroad through a program offered by an Association of American Study Abroad Programs/UK member.
- BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association) Scholarship for Studying in the UK — Awarded to students studying abroad in the UK for either the year or a semester.
Program-Provider Specific Scholarships (Approved Programs)
Some study abroad institutions and organizations offer grants and scholarships for students studying abroad on their program. Listed below are several funding opportunities available through some of the approved programs for Brown students. Check with your study abroad program provider to see if they offer merit and/or need-based scholarships.
Other Scholarship Resources
Financial Aid for Study Abroad (NAFSA) (Comprehensive resource list)
GoAbroad.com (Travel scholarships & financial resources)
GoOverseas.com (Travel scholarships & financial resources)
FundMyTravel.com (Crowdfunding platform)
Study Abroad After Graduation
Students interested in learning more about nationally competitive fellowships for study abroad after graduation, (i.e. Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall) should check with the Brown Fellowship Office in University Hall.
- Gates-Cambridge Scholarship - Postgraduate scholarships at the University of Cambridge
- Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals - The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18½–24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.