Undergraduates are eligible for the following funding opportunities for undergraduate study abroad (please contact the relevant offices for information about deadlines).  Seniors are eligible to apply for some of the funding sources listed plus many others to fund study abroad after graduation. Graduating seniors should also view the list of scholarship opportunities at CURF

General Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

This program offers a competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Award amounts are $3,000 for summer programs and $5,000 for a semester or academic year. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager or the Director of Penn Abroad. Deadlines are typically in very early March for summer and fall study abroad, and early October for spring study abroad (see Gilman web site for exact dates). To be competitive, applicants should have their essays reviewed by Penn Abroad in advance of the deadline.

 

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad

Under the auspices of the National Security Education Program, supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. (Excludes study in US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.) These US government grants entail a service obligation. To be competitive, applicants should meet with and submit drafts of their essays to the Director of Penn Abroad by early December. Penn's campus deadline is typically in mid-January for the following academic year.

DiversityAbroad.com Scholarships

Diversity Abroad offers ten $500 scholarships for full-time undergraduate students studying abroad every year.  Five scholarships are available for the fall and five for the spring.  Economically disadvantaged students, African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial/ethnic or Indigenous/Native-American, students with disabilities and first generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply. Application deadlines are typically in early May 2 for the fall semester, and mid-October for the spring.  See the scholarship web site for application information and exact dates.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or fields of study.

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Title VI National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies, including the international aspects of professional or other fields of study. FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding. Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.

To learn more about FLAS, visit the FLAS Frequently Asked Questions page . For instructions on how to apply, please see the Application & Instructions page.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs with a strong preference for underrepresented students. 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.

Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellowships

The IIPP Fellowship program seeks to provide underrepresented minority undergraduates with the skill, confidence, and support networks that contribute to success in the international arena and create a diverse talent pool of well-trained and language-proficient internationalists. Students are recruited from across the nation and apply as sophomores to participate in a five-year sequence of summer policy institutes, study abroad, intensive language training, internships, and graduate study. Contact http://www.uncfsp.org.

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.

The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.

National Security Education Program (NSEP)Undergraduate Scholarships

NSEP's initiatives provide professionals with language and cultural skills to prepare them for federal government service. Our nine initiatives connect the U.S. education community, government agencies with national security interests, and individuals impassioned to learn a less commonly taught language and culture.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships

Provides undergraduate and graduate funding to participants to prepare academically and professionally to enter the US Dept. of State Foreign Service. Targets particularly women and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the foreign service. Administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (http://www.woodrow.org/).

Go Overseas Scholarships

The Go Overseas scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to, study abroad programs for a semester or summer. Each scholarship is $500.

Regional Scholarships

Amici Prize

Offsets expenses for undergraduate research in Italian Studies conducted in conjunction with one of Penn's programs for studying in Italy during the summer or academic year. Contact the Center for Italian Studies, 549 Williams Hall.

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

The Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATJ) offers grants for undergraduates in any field to study abroad in Japan. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office. Deadlines are typically in early April for fall study abroad, and early October for spring study abroad (see Bridging web site for exact dates).

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) North American Scholarships

BUTEX offers eight scholarships to North American students studying at a university in the United Kingdom. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

DAAD/German Academic Exchange Service Prizes and Scholarships

Prizes for stays of two to three months in Germany in conjunction with independent senior thesis research, language or other summer course at a German university, internship/practicum at a German institution or company. Scholarships for undergraduate semester or academic year abroad (four to ten months at a German university). Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

Hilda Specter Morgenstern Merit Scholarship

The family of Hilda Specter Morgenstern created the scholarship to remember the ideals of a strong and vibrant American Jewish woman who valued Judaism, Israel, education and the administration of public policy for good.

Masa Scholarships

Provides partial funding to students studying at any university in Israel. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

Melvin M. Goldberg Fellowship

Provides partial funding to SEAS students for up to one year of research in Israel. May be used during summer between junior and senior year, as well as for seniors and graduate students. Contact Joseph Sun, SEAS, 111 Towne Building.

Monbukagakusho Scholarship

One-year scholarship offered the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture for advanced Japanese language and culture study at a Japanese university. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

Turkish Coalition of America Study Abroad in Turkey Scholarships

The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) awards up to 100 scholarships per year for African American, Hispanic American and Native American students who have been accepted to a university in Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)or Bosnia and Herzegovina. TCA will award grants in the amount of $2,000 & $1,000 per year for full-time undergraduates (graduate students on a case by case basis) who have been accepted to a study abroad program in Turkey for a semester or summer respectively.

Program Specific Scholarships

ACTR/ACCELS Grants

Partial funding provided to support language training in Russian and other East European and Central Asian languages on study abroad programs sponsored by ACTR/ACCELS. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

American University in Cairo: Simpson Scholarship in Egyptology & the Herman Eilts Scholarship

Partial funding for one or two semesters of study during the junior or senior year at AUC requiring three courses per semester in the field of Egyptology for the Simpson Scholarship or enrolled in a minimum of four courses at AUC with at least one in the field of political science or Middle Eastern studies for the Herman Eilts scholarship. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

Ben Gurion University: David Zeehandelaar Memorial Award

This memorial award provides support for independent travel or an independent project undertaken by an undergraduate student in the study abroad program between Ben Gurion University (BGU) and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). The annual award for up to $3,000 is to be used for the travel within Israel during the semester or year of the study abroad experience, or on some sort of independent project (service learning, volunteer, research, etc) immediately before, during, or right after the study abroad experience at BGU.  For more information on financial aid at BGU visit their website.

Benedetta and Giancarlo Galassi-Beria Scholarship

Partial tuition support for students with documented financial need to participate in the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies semester in Rome. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships

In an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to the widest possible audience, CIEE offers scholarships each year to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need. Award amounts are $2,000 for semester or yearlong programs, and $1,000 for summer programs. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Rothberg International School Scholarships

Partial funding for both merit-based and need-based applicants to the Rothberg International School.

IFSA-Butler Study Grants

Partial funding for applicants with strong academic qualifications and documented financial need to participate in Penn approved programs in Argentina, Chile, and Cuba sponsored by the Cooperating Programs in the Americas/Institute for Study Abroad. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

King's Excellence Awards

Partial funding to students studying at King's College. Each award is worth £2,500 for students studying one semester, or £3,500 for students studying at King's for the whole academic year. A maximum of five awards are given each semester. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

London School of Economics (LSE) General Course Scholarship

LSE gives three scholarships, each worth £7,000. This scholarship is available for all students studying on the General Course. It will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

Royal Holloway International Excellence Study Abroad Scholarships

Royal Holloway College in London has just launched a number of International Excellence Study Abroad Scholarships for students studying in September 2009/January 2010 and beyond. These scholarships are worth £500 awards for students studying for 1 term, £1000 for students studying for 2 terms, and £2,000 awards for students studying for 3 terms. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic excellence and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 is required for consideration.  Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

School for Field Studies Student Scholarship Fund

Partial tuition assistance for qualified students admitted to study on an SFS program. Semester programs must be approved for Penn academic credit by petition to the appropriate regional Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Committee. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

School for International Training, College Semester Abroad Scholarships

Partial tuition assistance for qualified students admitted to study on an SIT program. Semester programs must be approved for Penn academic credit by petition to the appropriate regional Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Committee. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

University of Sheffield in America Study Abroad Scholarships

The University of Sheffield in England offers a scholarship of £1,000 for one student coming for a full year of study, four scholarships of £500 each for students coming for the fall semester and four scholarships of £500 each for students coming for the spring semester. Any American national accepting a place at the University of Sheffield is eligible to apply. Interested students should contact the appropriate Program Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

Major Specific Scholarships

Whitaker International Undergraduate Grants

Grants are for currently enrolled Undergraduate Students with a study/internship abroad program approved by their home university related to Biomedical Engineering (BME).  Note, students do not need to have a BME major in order to apply, but must demonstrate an interest and knowledge of the field.

Attention: If you receive financial aid from Penn and you apply for and receive a scholarship or financial assistance from an external source, you must check with both your SFS counselor and your Penn Abroad program manager to learn how the external funding will be applied to your total program charges. Whether or not you are financially aided, if you win a full tuition scholarship to study for Penn credit at an approved university, you will be charged at minimum the standard study abroad fee for each semester you are away.