Grants for Student Travel

Study abroad programs and options proliferate, and spending time overseas during college is no longer an unusual choice. Colleges and universities increasingly realize that studying abroad adds an invaluable dimension to their students’ post-secondary experience. As a result, students who want to travel to study will find a surprising array of funding opportunities to help their dreams of foreign travel become a reality. The first step is for the student to decide where they would like to go and to think about potential projects or fields of study could be pursued in that destination. Then a student should see what their college has to offer. In addition, students should visit the website of the Institute of International Education at to help them narrow their interests and pinpoint opportunities.

College and University Funding for Student Travel

Virtually every college and university has an office that administers study abroad. This is the obvious first step for any search for funding. These offices have programs with corresponding universities abroad, and they also have relationships with national and international organizations that administer and fund student travel. Many colleges and universities have fund designated to assist students studying abroad. Students should not overlook their individual departments, either, particularly if they are majoring in a subject for which study abroad is obviously important.

General Grants for Student Travel

  • The Fulbright Scholars Program is the flagship international education program of the U.S. Department of State. The website for complete information on the Fulbright program is
  • CIEE  ( administers study and teach abroad programs, and it maintains travel grants.  
  • Phi Kappa Phi ( awards study abroad grants to students of universities with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter.


Program Grants for Student Travel

These grants are tied to participation in particular programs.


  • Fellowships through the Institute for International Public Policy are ( is a five year programs with study abroad component to prepare underrepresented minority undergrads for careers in international affairs. Open to US citizens or permanent residents who apply sophomore year.
  • The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a State Department program supporting study abroad. More information can be found at
  • Rotary Ambassadorial and World Peace Scholarships ( fund study and language training abroad for undergraduates and masters degrees for graduate students in international studies, peace studies, and conflict resolution to be completed at one of seven Rotary Centers. Ambassadorial grants from $11000 to $24000 depending on duration of study.
  • American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) offers a variety of grants covering up to full tuition and airfare for individuals in AIFS programs. The website is

Regional Grants for Student Travel

These are examples of grants that are tied to study or travel in specific regions or countries.


  • The Critical Language Scholarship Program ( funds study of a list of lesser-studied languages.
  • The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia ( supports study in Asia for students demonstrating financial need. $3000-$7000 based on the duration of study. Open to undergraduates with little to no experience in country of travel.
  • Kress Travel Fellowships in the History of Art ( funds dissertation research in Europe.
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a range of study and research grants to undergraduates and graduate students for summer or year-long study in Germany. The website is
  • The American-Scandanavian Foundation ( offers grants and fellowships for study or research in Scandinavia.
  • The Huayu Enrichment Scholarship for Mandarin Language Study in Taiwan is awarded by the Taiwanese government. Information can be found at




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