Study Abroad

Below is a list of internal and external scholarships University of Memphis students may apply for. Students are encouraged to do research on scholarships to study abroad as this is not a complete list of study abroad scholarships.

Financial aid (student loans, U of M scholarships, Hope Lottery, etc.) may also be used toward covering costs for studying abroad. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information about using your U of M loans and grants to study abroad.

University Of Memphis Scholarships

University of Memphis Study Abroad Scholarship

The Study Abroad Scholarship is designed to encourage students to study abroad. The University awards scholarships to academically talented students who plan to enroll in an exchange or other approved program in a foreign country. Priority will be given to students in programs which promote the development of international competency, which is defined as the acquisition of a foreign language or extended experience in a foreign culture. The amount awarded depends on the length and duration of a program.

The Study Abroad Scholarship is available for full-time graduate and undergraduate students at The University of Memphis. Undergraduate students must have completed one semester the term prior to the time of application and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. Graduate students must have completed 6 semester hours and be in good academic standing.

The scholarship competition has strict deadlines and applications submitted after the published deadline will not be considered. Please look at the deadlines section to see when your scholarship application is due. Click on this link for instructions on how to apply for a Study Abroad Scholarship with your program application.

Cecil C. Humphreys Merit, Presidential and Herff Scholarship

The University of Memphis awards a study abroad stipend to recipients of the Cecil C. Humphreys Merit, Presidential and Herff Scholarship. For more information on how to apply this scholarship to your study abroad trip, please contact the Scholarship Office at 107 Wilder Tower.

Mary Pettus Thomas Memorial Scholarship

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers scholarships through the Mary Pettus Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund to students pursuing a University of Memphis study abroad program in the Summer or during academic year. The amount awarded will depend on the individual student's financial need. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must have a declared major in Foreign Languages, have achieved Junior standing (60 hours) at the end of the Spring semester, have a 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and have a letter of support from a faculty member in the department. To complete the application please go here. For more information please contact Dr. Will Thompson, Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at

Morgan Morton Student Travel Enrichment Fund

Morgan Morton, a Fogelman College alumnus and supporter, will donate $150,000 over the course of five years to support the newly-formed Morgan Morton FCBE Student Travel Enrichment Fund. This fund is designed to stimulate international and domestic travel for undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. business students. Priority will be given for international travel and to undergraduate students in their final year of study. The travel fund is intended to enhance students' learning about businesses and to further their professional development. A selection committee appointed by the Dean's office will select from the applicants based on merit, and also determine the amount of monetary support the student will receive. Students who are selected to receive travel funds will be required to submit a written report or make a presentation detailing the learning experiences of the trip upon return. Students may travel individually or as a group, but must be in good academic standing with the University. Complete an application on the webpage, or email Shelley Bennett at

National and International Scholarships

American Scandinavian Foundation

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $20,000) and grants (normally $4,000) to individuals to pursue research or advanced study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Awards are made in all fields.

Bridging Scholarships

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. The ATJ awards 100 scholarships annually to undergraduate students majoring in any field of study. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university in the United States. The Bridging Scholarship is a stipend of $2,500 for students on semester-long programs or $4,000 for students on academic year programs.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

DAAD Awards

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD awards scholarships and grants to students who are interested in studying at one of Germany's higher education and research institutions. The deadline for fall and spring applications is January 2012.

The Fulbright Student Program

The Fulbright Student program is the U.S. governments' most prestigious scholarship program. It provides opportunities for U.S. students to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Fulbright applications are highly competitive and students are encouraged to start preparing at least a year before the application deadline. To find out more information on the scholarship, click on "U.S. Student Program" at the Fulbright site. Please go here for the U.S. Fulbright student program website.

Fulbright Summer Institute in the United Kingdom

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK. These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates, with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program.  Participants will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is pleased to announce that the application for the 2012-2013 academic year and 2013 summer scholarships is now open! 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 will award funds for students planning to study abroad on academically rigorous programs with a preference for underrepresented students.  A list of frequently asked questions can be found here.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is an international scholarship program designed to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom study at the University of Cambridge . Gates Cambridge Scholarships seek scholars of outstanding academic merit and leadership potential who are committed to serving their communities, and who gain admission to the University of Cambridge to pursue courses of study. The Gates Cambridge Trust will cover tuition and living expenses of studying at Cambridge.

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

The Gilman Scholarship provides awards for US undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5,000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad.

Go! Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship

The Go! Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship supports students participating in study abroad programs. The award for each scholarship is $1,000 and they are awarded each year. The scholarship is awarded to students who display creativity, analytical thinking, and passion through their written or video submissions. Applicants must be accepted into a study abroad program.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

The Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship is designed to recognize and assist undergraduates as they seek knowledge abroad. 38 grants of $1,000 each are awarded annually. Applicants do not have to be members of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET)

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program promotes mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The JET program offers the opportunity to spend a year or two in Japan teaching in a high school or middle school or other post serving Japanese youth. Participants are not necessarily required to speak Japanese to qualify. JET exchange teachers receive generous compensation.

The Killam Fellowships Program

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from American universities to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. Fellowship recipients receive $5,000 for one semester at a Canadian institution, health insurance,up to $800 for in-country travel and attend the Killam Orientation in Ottawa, ON and a spring Seminar in Washington, DC.

British Marshall Fellowships

British Marshall Scholarships are awarded to Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Forty Scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.

Mitchell Scholarships

The Mitchell Scholarship supports one year of graduate study by American citizens in any discipline offered by an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Scholars must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and be enrolled in a degree or certificate program offered at the institution. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and international travel. Normally, 12 Scholarships are awarded each year. Mitchell Scholars must exhibit superior records of academic excellence, leadership and public service. Strong, demonstrated achievements in all three areas are required.

National Security Education Program (NSEP): David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships for Undergraduates and Graduates

NSEP Scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country must be part of the proposal. Awards are for a minimum of one academic term, including a summer term of six (6) weeks or longer. Preference will be given to applicants pursuing study abroad for a full academic year. Contact the Study Abroad Office for the on-campus application deadline.

Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and now bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford . American Rhodes Scholars are selected through a decentralized process by which regional selection committees choose 32 Scholars each year from among those nominated by selection committees in each of the 50 states.

RISE (Research Internship in Science and Engineering)

RISE is a summer internship program in Germany for undergraduate students from the United States in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities & research institutes provide housing assistance.

Rotary Scholarships

The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country and provide funds to cover round-trip transportation, language training expenses, and home stay living arrangements.

Whitaker International Program Scholarship

The Whitaker International Undergraduate Program Scholarship is for students enrolled in an undergraduate biomedical engineering or bioengineering degree program.  With support from the former Whitaker Foundation, IIE will provide undergraduate biomedical engineers and bioengineers funding for a semester or one academic year to pursue, in an international setting, coursework in biomedical engineering (BME). There will be two competitions each year, one for the Fall/Academic Year term, and one for the Spring term.  Award amounts range from $7,500 for a semester program to $10,000 for an academic year program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., or be at a sophomore or above level, in an undergraduate BME degree program with good academic standing, and demonstrate a need for financial support. Priority will be given to students going to non-traditional destinations. Visit the website for application and deadline details.

Scholarships Awarded by Program Providers

API Study Abroad Scholarships

API awards approximately $400,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student. Students may apply for multiple API scholarships (though may only be awarded one).

CAPA International Education Diversity Abroad Scholarship

Diversity Abroad will award twenty-five diversity scholarships for students participating on a CAPA study or intern abroad program for a semester or summer program. Economically disadvantaged, first-generation, community college, and ethnic/racial diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.

CEA Global Education Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is available to all CEA program student participants. The Diversity Scholarship originated from a desire to further promote diversity in CEA programs, and increase access to students who are historically underrepresented in study abroad. Applicants may qualify to receive $1,000 to $3,000 awards. CEA will also award Scholarships with Distinction to recognize exemplary applicants. Requirements for the Diversity Scholarship include a GPA of 2.5 or higher, a letter of recommendation from an academic reference, scholarship application and recommendation form, and a 400- to 500-word essay. Scholarship applicants must have applied for a qualifying CEA study abroad program.

College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS)

CCIS offers scholarships each term to students at the U of M. Students studying on CCIS sponsored programs are eligible for a CCIS scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded only to students with no previous collegiate-level study abroad experience.  There is no application form and students should be nominated by the study abroad director. Students will complete a statement of purpose if nominated and, if awarded, an essay upon returning from their study abroad experience. 

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

ISEP provides scholarships for programs to Africa, South America, France, Germany and Australia. Students should access the ISEP website for information on award location and deadlines. The ISEP scholarship is open to students participating in an ISEP program.

ISA Scholarships

ISA provides scholarships and grants to students participating in one or more ISA program.

IFSA-Butler Scholarship

IFSA-Butler offers scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need. Any student who applies for an IFSA-Butler program may apply for a scholarship. Scholarship awards range from $500 for summer programs, $1,500 for semester programs, and $2,500 for full year programs.


The Study Abroad Office helps students coordinate applications for international scholarships. If you have questions, stop by the office at 102 Brister Hall or contact us at 901-678-2814 or at Honors Program students should also contact the Honors Program Office at 204 Scates Hall for additional assistance.

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