Scholarships for Study Abroad
Below is a list of internal and external scholarships available to University of Memphis students. Students are encouraged to research scholarships to study abroad, as this is not a complete list of study abroad scholarships.
Financial aid (student loans, UofM 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 UofM loans and grants to study abroad.
University of Memphis Scholarships
UofM Study Abroad Scholarship
The UofM 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 that 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 before the time of application and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. However, if your GPA is below the minimum requirement, you may write a supplemental statement explaining your circumstances, and the committee will take that under consideration. Graduate students must have completed 6 semester hours and be in good academic standing.
Please note that UM Global Students are not eligible to apply for the UofM Study Abroad Scholarship because they do not contribute to the International Experience Scholarship fund.
The scholarship competition has strict deadlines, and applications submitted after the published deadline will not be considered. Please look at the Application Deadlines section to see when your scholarship application is due.
Cecil C. Humphreys Merit, Presidential and Herff Scholarship
The University of Memphis awards study abroad stipends 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.678.3213 or stop by 107 Wilder Tower.
Morgan Morton Study Abroad Fund
Morgan Morton, a Fogelman College alumnus, and supporter will donate $150,000 over five years to support the newly-formed Morgan Morton FCBE Study Abroad 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. If you are planning to study abroad during Winter Break or the Spring Semester, applications must be submitted by October 15. If you are planning to study abroad during the Fall Semester, Summer Semester or Academic Year, applications must be submitted by March 15. For more information and to apply, please contact email Felicia Roddy-Jackson at email@example.com.
National and International Scholarships
American Scandinavian Foundation
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $20,000) and grants (typically $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.
Ashley Soulé Conroy Foundation
Ashley’s Foundation first began in 2006 as a way of honoring the life of Ashley Soulé Conroy. The organization awards a $4000 scholarship to U.S. undergraduate students every semester. To qualify, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above and be enrolled in a study abroad program longer than 14 weeks.
Association for Women in Science
Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a global network that provides a unique national platform where essential research meets advocacy, innovation, and practice in supporting the advancement of women in STEM. The organization offers a range of scholarships and grants to fund undergraduate and graduate STEM-related courses and research.
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 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences through 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 use their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
Confucius Institute Scholarship
The Confucius Institute Scholarship program sponsors foreign students, scholars, and Chinese language teachers to study Chinese in relevant universities in China. This scholarship is available for programs that are four weeks to one academic year.
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 in January and December for Summer.
Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Click here for Freeman-ASIA workshop information.
Foundation for Global Scholars
The Foundation for Global Scholars (FGS) was established in 2006 with the vision to open doors for as many college students as possible to have international study opportunities and become globally-minded citizens. The purpose of FGS is to mitigate the incremental costs of study abroad programs through scholarship support. Since 2006, FGS has awarded over $1.75 million in financial assistance and supported over 1700 outstanding students from more than 300 colleges and universities. Also, FGS has raised awareness of international education and gathered a community who are creating solutions to global challenges.
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 website. Please go here for the U.S. Fulbright student program website.
Fulbright Summer Institute in the United Kingdom
The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers specialized 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 go 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) scholarships are 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.
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 exceptional 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. Click here for Gilman Workshop information.
Global Studies Awards
The Global Study Awards is designed to support highly motivated and talented individuals who: 1. Can actively demonstrate their potential to contribute to society through their studies. 2. Have a strong commitment to developing their career. 3. Have a sincere interest in increasing intercultural understanding and exchange. Successful candidates will be willing to engage with the British Council IELTS, ISIC, and Studyportals communities, and publicly share their experiences with other students. The Global Study Awards will be available to prospective students in all countries worldwide. The Global Study Awards will enable the successful candidate(s) to study abroad, on any chosen undergraduate or postgraduate program at a higher education institution.
Go! Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship
The Go! Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship supports students participating in study abroad programs. The award for each scholarship is $500 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. Seventy-five awards of $1,000 each are awarded annually. Applicants do not have to be members of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society but must have a 3.75 GPA to qualify.
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 the graduate or occasionally at the undergraduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.
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. Typically, 12 scholarships are awarded each year. Mitchell Scholars must exhibit superior records of academic excellence, leadership, and public service. Substantial, demonstrated achievements in all three areas are required.
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research. The foundation funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.
National Security Education Program (NSEP): David L. Boren Scholarships & 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. The 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.
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.
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 homestay living arrangements.
Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship
The Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to undergraduates and graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program in Japan.
Third-Party Provider Scholarships
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).
CEA offers merit-based scholarships that award exceptional academic achievement, need-based scholarships that mitigate financial and economic barriers, and diversity scholarships for students from diverse backgrounds and students with disabilities.
College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS)
CCIS offers scholarships each term to students at the UofM. 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 provides scholarships and grants to students participating in one or more ISA programs.
Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University (IFSA-Butler)
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.
Scholarship Search Engines
The Study Abroad Office helps students coordinate applications for international scholarships. If you have questions, stop by the office at the International Center or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.678-2814. Honors Program students should also contact the Honors College for additional assistance.