The University of San Francisco: Center for Global Education

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Funding Opportunities

There are many funding opportunities through various programs and organizations. Some of them are country and/or program specific while others are based on financial need and merit. There are a few based on cultural and ethnic heritage as well. The following guide may assist in your funding research.

Scholarship Recipient Interviews: 

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Scholarships, Financial Aid, & Loan Directories:


Comprehensive directories of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants to find funding for study outside the US at an undergraduate, graduate, or professional level of study.

Merit & Need Based:

  • Gilman Scholarship  - For recipients of Federal Pell Grant
  • Freeman-Asia  - For students who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia
  • Fulbright Scholarship  - Grants are made to citizens of participating countries, primarily for: university teaching, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
  • Foundation for Global Scholars - For students studying abroad for the short term, a summer, or a semester

Country & Program Based Financial Aid & Scholarships:

Cultural, Minority, Non-Traditional Scholarships:

  • American Association of University Women  - the largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
  • Hispanic Study Abroad Scholars  - Over $8 Million in scholarships for Hispanic study abroad. The HSAS Scholarship offers $1,000 per semester to students of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) attending Global Learning Semesters programs.
  • National Security Education Program (NSEP) David Boren Scholarships  - Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships  - The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies.

Tips for writing scholarship essays

If a scholarship application requires an essay, answer all questions completely and thoughtfully. It is important to consider the mission and goals of the awarding body when framing your essays. Ask yourself why this organization is giving money away? What are they trying to accomplish? Then, use your essay to explain how your experience abroad will help them accomplish their goals! 

Proofread your essay carefully (i.e. review spelling, grammar, structure, content), then revise your essay. You are encouraged to obtain feedback on your essay. Use campus resources such as the Learning and Writing Center or the Center for Global Education or an Academic Advisor. Save a copy of your essay to use as a template for future essays. Chances are, other scholarships will require a similar essay, and you would only need to make minor revisions to your existing one.