National Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Deadline for students studying or interning abroad during the following ranges

  • January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021: October 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm PST
  • May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022: March 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST

Amount: $5,000

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

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Benjamin A. Gilman-McCain Scholarship

Deadline for students studying or interning abroad during the following ranges:

  • May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022: May 1, 2021 at 11:59 PST

Amount: $5,000

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 to children of active duty service members to study or intern abroad.

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Boren Scholarship


  • campus deadline: January 6, 2021
  • fellowship: January 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST 
  • scholarship: February 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST

Fellowship amount:

  • 27-52 weeks abroad: up to $24,000
  • 25-36 weeks abroad: up to $20,000
  • 12-24 weeks: up to $12,000
  • Up to $12,000 for domestic language study

Scholarship amount:

  • 25-52 weeks: up to $20,000
  • 12-24 weeks: up to $10,000
  • 8-11 weeks: up to $8,000 (STEM majors only)

The Boren Awards provide up to $30,000 in funding for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. students to study languages, geographic areas, and disciplines critical to U.S. national security and underrepresented in study abroad (the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded). 

Undergraduate scholarships are for 6 to 12 months abroad, and graduate fellowships are for 3 to 24 months in the U.S. and abroad. There is a minimum one-year government service requirement for Boren recipients after graduation. This award is an excellent “in” for careers in the federal government that require skills in critical languages

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Fulbright Scholarships

Campus deadline: September 7, 2021

Competition deadline: October 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST

Amount: varies

The U.S. Fulbright Student Program awards around 2,000 grants annually and operates in over 140 countries, with the purpose of facilitating cultural exchange and fostering mutual understanding. Grants provide funding for one academic year. Length and start time varies by country, ranging from 8-12 months during the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Note to undergraduate juniors—if you want to go abroad on a Fulbright the year after graduation, this is the time to apply. Seniors and graduate students are also very welcome to apply. The competition is open to U.S. citizens who will have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree completed by spring 2022.

  • Research/Study/Arts Fulbright Grants (also called "Open" Grants) provide funding for individually designed academic, research, or artistic projects. Projects may include independent library or field research, university course work, classes in an art school or music conservatory, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination of these. Guidelines for projects vary by country. Applicants are expected to develop their projects independently and establish in-country contacts, usually with advisers at foreign universities (called affiliations) prior to the application deadline.
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) place Fulbrights in classrooms in about 65 countries to provide assistance to local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. ETAs may also propose research projects of community engagement activities which complement teaching duties. Some regions have less stringent language requirements for ETAs than for other Fulbrights.


  • Grant benefits for all Fulbright U.S. Student grants include: round-trip transportation to the host country; funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country; and accident and sickness health benefits.
  • In some countries, grants may also include: book and research allowances; mid-term enrichment activities; full or partial tuition; language study programs; pre-departure and in-country orientations.


  • Start early! Candidates should try to meet at least once individually with Maria de Rocher by early summer 2021 to review plans. Allow plenty of time for getting feedback on your essays and numerous revisions. Applications for research/creative grants are particularly time-consuming and should be started as soon as possible. Remember to reach out to your host affiliation and three recommenders early.
  • Applications must be submitted in full online by the campus deadline of September 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET. Campus interviews will be conducted by the campus committee mid to late September.
  • Final applications are due to the national Fulbright committee by October 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET.

Questions? Email UGA's Fulbright Program Adviser, Maria de Rocher, at

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Fund for Education Abroad


  • Spring 2021: September 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST
  • Fall, Summer, Academic Year 2021-22: January 20, 2021

Note: the Fall, Summer, Academic Year 2021-22 application cycle is November 16, 2020 – January 20, 2021


  • Academic year: Up to $10,000
  • Fall/spring semester: $5,000
  • Summer: minimum $1,250 (prorated by number of weeks)

Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. The financial support for these scholarships is provided by generous donors, who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks between this upcoming May and May of next year.

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Sarah's Wish Foundation

Application cycle: October 2020- March 2021

Amount: $1,000 - $10,000

The Mission of the Scholarship Fund is to perpetuate Sara’s ideals by providing financial support for humanitarian work around the world for young women who share Sara’s zest for life, love of adventure, and zeal to excel. As of 2014, only former recipients of Sarah’s Wish Foundation scholarships are eligible to apply for funding from the Sarah’s Wish Foundation.

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SEC Academic Consortium

The SEC Academic Consortium offers in-state tuition for students from SEC institutions participating in SEC study abroad programs.

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Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarships


  • suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic

Amount: $1,000 + 1 travel backpack

The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. Tortuga’s mission is to help students live on their terms, including students studying abroad. When customers purchase luggage from Tortuga for their trips, they are “paying it forward” by funding scholarships for students like you.

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Zeta Phi Beta Deborah Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship

Deadline: no current application cycle- check back soon!

Amount: $500-$1,000

The purpose of this fellowship is to provide financial assistance for African American women graduate students studying abroad, and/or graduate foreign students studying within the U.S.

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