You may be eligible to apply for a variety of funding opportunities available from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and external sources.
Scholarship application deadlines often fall before or on the same day as the program application deadline. Be sure to research and apply for scholarships as early in the process as possible.
Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship
The I4I Scholarship is available to all undergraduates studying abroad on an approved program. The funding for this scholarship is provided by a student-initiated fee.Learn more about I4I
College, Area & Discipline-Specific Scholarships
Many colleges and departments at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign offer scholarships and funding opportunities to students.Learn more
Illinois International offers the Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations. Students can also contact the Graduate College Fellowship Office for additional resources.
Search for External Scholarships
The Gilman Scholarship is a grant program sponsored by the Institute for International Education that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad with awards of up to $5,000. The Gilman Scholarship is open to U.S. Citizens who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship (see eligibility for more information). Important note: To receive Gilman funding, students must be participating on an approved program.
- Boren Scholarship/Fellowship (for programs in Non-Western countries)
- Bridging Scholarships for study abroad in Japan
- Critical Language Scholarship
- Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS)
- Freeman Asia Program
- Germanic Academic Exchange Service
- Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
- Masa Israel Financial Assistance
- MEXT Scholarship in Japanese Studies
- Turkish Coalition of America
- UK - Butex Scholarships Programme for Study Abroad Students
If you are considering a provider program, many provider organizations sponsor their own study abroad scholarships for students intending to participate in their programs. The scholarship opportunities available may range from need-based grants to merit scholarships, with varying eligibility requirements. Some scholarships may only be applicable to certain identities, programs, or locations. We strongly encourage every student applying to a provider program to apply for the provider scholarships. You can find more information about the scholarship opportunities available on that program's brochure page in My Study Abroad.
Drafting Your Application
The National and International Scholarships Program is available to assist you in revising applications for regionally or nationally competitive study abroad scholarships.
If you are applying for a scholarship consult the Writers Workshop and/or asking a peer to review your work. For those unavailable to meet face-to-face with the Writers Workshop, consider participating in their online synchronous tutoring service.
If you are considering graduate studies either in the U.S. or abroad, or if you would like to go overseas again after graduation, scholarships such as the Fulbright or Rhodes provide full funding. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time abroad to become more competitive and prepare for these future opportunities.