Study Abroad Scholarships and Fellowships


Summer Program Scholarship Deadline is December 1.

Students applying for need-based scholarships for any summer program must submit their complete application by DECEMBER 1.  (Non-scholarship summer applicants′ deadline is Feb. 15).

Awards will be made by December 15.  Any scholarship offered is contingent upon acceptance to and participation in a program from the Recognized Program/Providers List.  Students choosing to withdraw their application for Off-Campus Study should do so by January 15.  Following January 15, Rhodes′ "Program Fees and Billing" Policy and Rhodes′ "Cancellation and Refund" Policy will apply.  Follow this link to review our Policies.

All other deadlines are as follows:

Academic Year and Fall Programs-

  • Exchange Program Applications are due on January 15.
  • Scholarship Applications are due on February 1. Late applications may not be considered.
  • Non Scholarship Applications are due on February 15.

Spring Semester Programs-

  • Exchange Program Applications are due on August 15.
  • Scholarship Applications are due on October 1. Late applications may not be considered.
  • Non Scholarship Applications are due on October 15.

No matter which program you′re applying to, please note that late or incomplete applications may not be considered, and may jeopardize your participation in an off-campus study program.

Scholarship Information

In order to make study abroad more affordable for Rhodes students, Rhodes College offers several scholarships, both Need-Based and Merit-Based, specifically for study abroad. Additionally, students are encouraged to explore external funding. 

Review the details for both Need-Based and Merit-Based awards to the right.

International Students and Study Abroad Scholarships

International students are able to compete for the merit-based Buckman Fellowship, provided they meet the same eligibility requirements as US students. You may read more about this fellowship on the page to the right.

Need-based scholarships are limited for international students. Aid is awarded in the form of grants or “gift" aid, which varies in dollar amounts according to each student’s demonstrated financial need. Only international students who are unable to meet programmatic costs should apply for need-based study abroad scholarships.

Additional Resources

Most Study Abroad Providers/Programs also offer scholarships or discounts.  These vary in amounts and in their eligibility requirements.  Please explore the scholarship options for each provider that you are considering. 

Some, like IFSA-Butler, provide both a SAVINGS plan, as well as a scholarship incentive for saving.  Read more about their "Fill the GAP" strategy: "IFSA-Butler′s Fill the GAP (Global Account Program), allows students to begin saving for study abroad as early as their first semester in college.  Fill the GAP participants will receive a student account and an online account page to which they may deposit money. Friends and family can also contribute to the account. Best of all, IFSA-Butler will match a student′s contributions with a scholarship of up to $1,000 for semester and year programs."

Also, there are many non-Rhodes funded awards for study abroad. Click on the following links to search for funding:

Resource Library (Michigan State University)

Funding Directory (IIE Passport)

Scholarship Listings (StudyAbroad.Com)

Scholarship Database (

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

International Education Financial Aid


Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

The Bridging Project offers 100 scholarships annually to American undergraduate students participating in semester- or year-long study abroad programs in Japan.  Undergraduate students majoring in any field are eligible; Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs).  

Gilman International Scholarship Program

850 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded for study abroad for up to one academic year.  The program aims to diversify the kinds of student who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program serves students who have been under-represented in study abroad which includes but is not limited to: students with high financial need, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

NSEP Boren Scholarships

Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to add important international and language components to their educations.  Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for language study and international research. Applications and detailed information on the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available online.

Foundation for Global Scholars

The Foundation for Global Scholars serves U.S. undergraduate students pursuing accredited study abroad programs. Through scholarships for international study, they hope to empower future leaders to become better prepared for the fast-changing global marketplace and interdependent world.  Their vision is to support a global workforce that positively influences the future success of our country.  Their mission is to enable students to make the journey from national citizen to global citizen to global leader.  Their purpose is to make it possible for college students to study abroad and gain international understanding and perspective, without regard to financial ability.

British Council

Studying in the UK might cost less than you think, especially when you think of the real value a UK experience provides. The value is in what you can also get from living and studying in the UK: work experience, developing problem solving skills, and taking courses from world-class lecturers.  There are numerous scholarships available and lots of information to help you take the first steps.

Critical Language Scholarships

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers(CAORC), the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in critical need foreign languages. 

DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.  Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.

Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

This program provides funding to participants as they prepare academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service.  Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.  They recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.  The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

The FEA was created to open doors for deserving education abroad students.  FEA awards funds for students planning to study abroad on any academically rigorous program.  FEA scholarships are intended to meet the financial needs of students who might not be eligible for government grants or existing funds limited to specific programs or groups of students.