Education Abroad Scholarships and Grants

The Study Abroad Scholarship Table below provides links to available study abroad scholarships. Each scholarship deadline and application process are unique. Click on the name of the scholarship for details and to apply.

  • First table includes: CSU scholarships for study abroad, open to CSU students only
  • Second grid has state-wide competitions for study abroad scholarships
  • Final table provides nationally available scholarships for education abroad

Grant and scholarship opportunities at specific affiliate organizations can be found by scrolling completely down the page, below the tables. Additionally, you will find links to outside financial resources where you can continue your search for additional study abroad funding at the very bottom of this page. See All-In-1 Enrollment Services for general student scholarship opportunities.

Cleveland State-Sponsored Typical Award Eligibility
CISP Education Away Scholarship ~$500 - $1,200 Term CSU Undergraduates w/ GPA of 2.5+
CSU Graduate-level students w/ GPA of 3.2+

The Darwin and Myra Smith Gift Fund

1 x $5,000 For Fall
1 x $5,000 for Spring
3 x $5,000 for Summer

Undergraduate in good standing planning to study,  intern, or engage in service learning abroad

Special Opportunities funding   Open to students in the College of Arts & Sciences
Mandel Honors College Scholarship  up to $750  Open to Honors/Scholars students, due no later than the 7th Friday of the Fall or Spring semester by 4:00 pm
TRiO Study Abroad Scholarship ~$1000 Term Active member of TRiO for at least 1 year (contact your TRiO advisor to apply)
John A. Chao Memorial ~$300-$700 Term  Study, research or intern in P.R. China or Taiwan (ROC)
state-wide and local community Typical Award GENERAL Eligibility
Ohio International Consortium-Nelson $1,500 Fall or Spring OH Resident, Fall or Spring abroad, rising sophomore w/ GPA of 3.0+, foreign language immersion
Ohio International Consortium-BURKE $1,000 Summer OH Resident, Summer abroad (4 week minimum), rising Sophomore w/ GPA of 3.0+
Short-Term Program Scholarship OIC $500  OH Resident, sophomore with +2.5 GPA due Jan 3
Nationally-Sponsored Typical Award Eligibility
Freeman-ASIA $3,000 Summer
$5,000 Fall or Spring
Study abroad in East or Southeast Asia for 8 weeks or longer; qualify for financial aid; GPA of 2.8+
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship $2,500- $5,000 Federal Pell grant recipient
Gilman- McCain $5,000  Dependents of active or activated US military personnel receiving Title IV funding Study Abroad Scholarship $1,000

African American female student that is a US citizen accepted into a study abroad program of sophomore standing or above with a preference for applicants who have not traveled out of the country

Killam Open Competition $5,000 For expenses related to study in Canada, typically through NSE- National Student Exchange Program
Huayu Enrichment Scholarship varies Study abroad at an approved Mandarin language center in Taiwan
Critical Language Scholarship Fully-funded fellowship Summer only fellowship in Critical Language area; must study abroad where assigned
Fund for Education Abroad Up to $5,000 Undergraduates; students from groups historically underrepresented in education abroad are strongly encouraged to apply; named scholarships for particular groups like Athletes, LGBTQI+, and African-Americans are also awarded e.g. Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship 
Boren Undergraduate Scholarship up to $10,000 Semester  Immersion experience in foreign language deemed important to U.S. national security
Golden Key International Honour Society ~$1,000 Term  Chapter members only
Marandon Scholarship ~$4,000 Summer  Study in the summer at Laval University in Quebec City, QC, Canada 
National Italian American Foundation $2,000-$12,000 Semester Student of Italian heritage or Italian major/minor w/ GPA of 3.5+
Bridging Scholarship $2,500 Semester Study in Japan 
British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) £500 Term  Study in United Kingdom at a BUTEX member campus
RISE Germany Stipends to help pay for living expenses Undergraduate students studying biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or computer science are eligible for a summer internship. Must stay a minimum of ten weeks during the summer.
Diversity Abroad- Overseas Ambassador $500 Term  Economically disadvantaged students and/or minorities are strongly encouraged to apply
Year Abroad Scholarship to Poland
Acceptance to the program, a tuition waiver and a Ministry stipend in the amount of 1,350 zloty per month for housing and living expenses. Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who are US citizens
ROTC Project Go  fully funded  critical language interest; undergrad or grad student on track to commission through ROTC; Marine Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) students are also eligible.
Tortuga Backpacks $1,000 + backpack U.S. citizen enrolled full-time, accepted for study abroad
Study in China Scholarship  AASCU-designated Chinese Government Scholarship Tuition, room and board  3.0 GPA, semester or year abroad at one of over 250 eligible Chinese univerisites; due Jan 31

term: any designated period of study
semester: traditional period of study usually 12 weeks or longer
summer: typically 4-8 weeks between May-August

Matching Scholarships:

Some program providers will match a Gilman grant or award a significant scholarship to students who are awarded a Gilman or a Boren Scholarship and are planning to study abroad through their organization. Please check the website of the program provider to verify the availability.

SIT Pell Grant Matching Scholarship
Students going abroad on selected School for International Training programs receive an additional scholarship.

CIEE Gilman Go Global
CIEE Study Center applicants who receive a Gilman Scholarship may receive an additional $2,500 award. 

AIFS Gilman Scholarship Bonus
AIFS will award an additional $500 to each student who receives a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and uses it toward an AIFS semester or academic year catalog program.

API First Generation College Student Award
Students participating on an API program who are the first in their family to attend college are eligible to apply. 

Provider Scholarships:

You must be planning to enroll in one of their programs to apply for the scholarship. Typically a minimum 3.0 gpa, essay, and letter of recommendation are required; see website for details.

Affiliated Grants:

These grants are automatically applied to your program invoice because you are a student from Cleveland State University.

Grant Names Typical Award Eligibility
API $200 Semester Grant
$150 Summer Grant
AIFS $400 Semester Grant
$200 Summer Grant
ISA $200 Anytime Grant Automatic
KEI $1,000 Semester grant Automatic
Searchable databases and other funding resources
College Now- Greater Cleveland
GoAbroad Scholarships Directory
Free Scholarships for African American and Hispanic Students
Funding for Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Travel Scholarships Guide for Latinas and Women of Color
Scholarships for Single Moms