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Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

There are many funds available to students wanting to study abroad, with more being added all the time. This page is intended to give you some resources for finding them, but it is by no means exhaustive. You can learn more by getting in touch with our Business Office and by doing your own web searches.

Here are some helpful facts to get you started:

  • Go Big: To give yourself the best odds, you should complete as many applications for which you are eligible. Some receive so few applicants that they are awarded to almost everyone who applies.
  • Go Long: It is generally easier to find funding for semester or year-long programs, though some are available for the summer.
  • Go Wide: Funds can also be easier to find if you plan to study in a location other than Western Europe.
  • Many Shapes & Sizes: While many are based on GPA or financial need, not all fall into these categories. Certain benefactors give priority to applicants belonging to groups that have been underrepresented in study abroad programs.
  • Critically Speaking: Some U.S. government grants provide additional funds if you are studying a “critical language.”
  • Post-Study Service: Some have service requirements that must be completed after the recipient returns to the U.S.


  • The Study Abroad Travel Grant is available for NIU students accepted into a for-credit NIU program. 
  • The John and Lili LaTourette International Studies Scholarship is available to students participating in a fall or spring study abroad program.
  • The Clara Sperling Memorial Scholarship is designed for students participating in a summer study abroad program.
  • The International Programs Business Office has information on many different funding sources, including the helpful booklet "How to Find Money to Study Abroad."
  • Phi Kappa Phi offers grants to students who seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.
  • The Institute for International Education offers several large scholarships, including the Fulbright Grant, the Freeman-ASIA Award, the NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship, and the Gilman Scholarship.
  • NIU Scholarship Office
  • Rotary International
  • Local clubs in your hometown, such as Rotary, Moose, Elks, etc.
  • If you are studying abroad with a provider, they usually have scholarships available through their website.
  • Your major department may have a study abroad scholarship.

For Fulbright Grants and Rhodes Scholarships, you must work with NIU in order to apply. Please consult the links above or contact us if you are interested in learning more about these opportunities.