Other Scholarship Opportunities

The following study abroad scholarship opportunities are offered by foundations and organizations outside PSU.  Unlike the Program Provider Scholarships, these can be applied to most programs or terms abroad. Click on the links for scholarship information and application details.

TheBackPackerCo Scholarship

The scholarship program held by TheBackPackerCo is open for all the students who are passionate about traveling. For this scholarship, applicants need to make a personalized video of any destination where he/she has traveled, and the best one will be the awarded with 500$.  If you don’t know what to submit, there’s plenty of time to make some new memories before you apply! Take out your camera and start shooting; let the whole world know your story.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships (also known as NSEP scholarships) are available for undergraduate and graduate study in countries of priority to U.S. national security, largely focusing on the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Note that Boren awards include a service obligation. Information sessions will be held on the PSU campus during Fall Term. For a schedule of information sessions or further information, contact Debra Clemans at clemansd@pdx.edu or check the events page of the OIA and Education Abroad websites.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.

Chinese Government Scholarship - Bilateral Program

The Bilateral Program includes a full or partial scholarship established by MOE in accordance with educational exchange agreements or consensus between Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities or international organizations.  The call for applications is generally announced each January.

Critical Language Scholarships (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

Explore the World Scholarship

The Explore the World Scholarship Program is open to residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, ages 18 - 30, who lack the financial resources to go abroad.  This $2000 award is to be used for an overseas trip and must involve an educational or service-learning component.  The application deadline is typically in mid-March every year.

FACS Study in France Fellowship

FACS is launching a Study in France fellowship in 2017, in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, a financial need-based grant benefitting graduate and undergraduate students eager to benefit from a study abroad experience. 

Foundation for Global Scholars

The Foundation for Global Scholars sponsors a GRIT (Globally Remarkable Intentional Talent) Scholarship program. More details, including the application form, can be found on their website. Applications are accepted yearly, in early February.  Awards can be up to $3,000.


Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.  Awards can vary between $3,000 - $7,000, depending on length of time abroad.

Fulbright scholarships

There are actually several different Fulbright scholarship programs, all of which are described on IIE’s site. Fulbright Student programs are for graduating seniors, graduate students, and alumni; Fulbright Scholar programs are for university faculty and international education administrators; the Fulbright Teacher Exchange is for currently-employed K-12 and community college teachers. For a schedule of information sessions or further information, contact Debra Clemans at clemansd@pdx.edu or check the events page of the OIA and Education Abroad websites. Click here for information sessions scheduled for Spring 2018, or go to pdx.edu/fellowships

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

FEA scholarships were designed by professionals in the field of Education Abroad to meet the growing need for financial resources to enable more students to go abroad. Scholarships will be up to $5,000 per semester and are not limited to specific programs, destinations, or fields of study. FEA awards funds for students planning to study abroad on academically rigorous programs with a preference for underrepresented students. The deadline for FEA scholarship applications is generally in early January of each year.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The extensive DAAD scholarship database for foreign students, graduates, and academics offers a wide range of scholarships and additional information to help them with their application. 

Gilman Scholarships

Provides assistance for undergraduates with financial need to use for study abroad. Apply online or contact: Gilman Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship Program, Institute of International Education, 515 Post Oak Blvd. Suite 150, Houston, TX 77027. Telephone: (888) 887-5939, fax: (713) 621-7958, email: gilman@iie.org. View this video for insights into the Gilman scholarship: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qw12-vcrBU. Also, check out this informational presentation by PSU student and Gilman recipient, Matthew Lents.

Go! Study Abroad Scholarships!

GO! Overseas is proud to support international education through scholarships available to students participating in study abroad programs. $500 scholarships are awarded each academic year. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions.

GoEuro European Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship is for students completing a study abroad program in Europe (Schengen Area countries only). 

GTOS Study Abroad Scholarships

The Guide to Online Schools scholarship is unlike most conventional scholarships because applicants are judged based on their innovation and reasoning. They wanted to take a new/fresh approach to financial aid and allow students to be creative while expressing a compelling and well-substantiated argument. This is a general study abroad scholarship, not program specific, and there is not a minimum time frame for the student’s length of travel. The scholarship award is for $2000.

HIF Scholarship in Hungary

The Hungary Initiatives Foundation is committed to strengthening the exchange of knowledge and skills between the United States and Hungary. Therefore we would like to provide an opportunity for talented, ambitious young Hungarian-Americans to pursue studies in Hungary. The HIF Scholarship will provide support for Hungarian-American individuals who have been accepted into academic programs (undergraduate or graduate) in Hungary in the 2014/15 academic year.  Awards of up to $5,000.

International Research and Exchanges Board

Non-profit organization generally offering grants for study abroad in Eastern Europe.

Jay Z's Shawn Carter Foundation

Jay Z’s foundation, the Shawn Carter Foundation, has teamed up with the Institute for International Education (IIE)/Gilman International Scholarship Program to expand the global experiences and leadership opportunities for underserved students through establishment of full study-abroad scholarships. The scholarships are a part of the broader Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (SCSF). According to the website, the fund “was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to, surviving in, and graduating from college, the SCSF plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved youth and young adults.”

The National Italian American Foundation Scholarship Program

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) annually awards scholarships to outstanding students in the summer for use during the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit.  Applications are generally due in March and winners are announced in May.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

Offers $1000 grants for undergraduates with high academic achievement (GPA’s of above 3.75). Click PDF iconhere for more details (PDF)

Rainbow SIG

One of the missions of the Rainbow SIG is to provide resources for students studying abroad who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+). Contact the Website Co-Content Managers if you wish to have additional resources added to the Resource Center.

Scholarships for Asian/Pacific Islander Students

This site features 25 scholarships specifically for API students and offers tips on how to improve your chances of receiving a grant. Find out if you qualify for any of the awards below or learn what you can do to land other scholarship awards.

Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program

Funding is available to any Japanese or U.S. citizen (including permanent residents) who is enrolled in a credit-bearing, academic content course at a college, university of approved study center in Japan.  Students must be studying in Japan for at least one semester in order to qualify for funding.  Applications are generally due in mid-February of each year.   

Trainline Student Travel Fund

The Student Travel Fund offers U.S. students studying abroad in Europe the opportunity to win a free rail pass and €1,500 spending money. The Fund gives students the chance to explore Europe by rail, broadening their cultural and academic horizons. Applicants must be currently enrolled on a year abroad program in Europe for the 2019/20 year. To win, applicants will have to answer a few questions on what they hope to achieve through travel and how they feel their year abroad will benefit their future education or career. The deadline for applications is January 31st, 2020.

Turkish Coalition of American (TCA) Study Abroad Scholarships for Minority Students

TCA awards up to 100 scholarships per year for African American, Hispanic American and Native American students studying in Turkey. These scholarships are awarded to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a university in Turkey.  Awards range between $500 and $2,000. 

Woodrow Wilson International Fellowship Foundation

Information on several multi-year scholarship programs for students, especially minorities, interested in international careers.