Education Abroad Scholarships and Grants

The Study Abroad Scholarship Table below provides links to opportunities. Each scholarship deadline and application process is unique. Click on the name of the scholarship for details and to apply.

  • CSU scholarships for study abroad, open to CSU students only
  • State-wide competitions for study abroad scholarships
  • Nationally available scholarships

 Grant and scholarship opportunities at specific affiliate organizations can be found below the table. And finally,  at the bottom of this page, please find links to outside financial resources where you can continue your search for study abroad funding.

Cleveland State-Sponsored Typical Award Eligibility
CISP Education Abroad 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

John D. Holm Opportunity Scholarship ~$2,000 Fall or Spring Pursuing a major within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, 2.25 GPA+, demonstrated financial need, interest in international issues; post study abroad essay required

The William H. Roberts Study Abroad Scholarship Fund

$5,000 x 2 annually
Study abroad in the United Kingdom; semester or longer; 3.0 GPA+
TRiO Study Abroad Scholarship ~$700 Term Active member of TRiO for at least 1 year (application available through TRiO advisor)
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 Junior 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+
Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards $2,000 credit for flight Study in New Zealand; 3.0 + GPA and at least sophomore standing
Generation Study Abroad Excellence $500 Study in New Zealand; 3.0+ GPA and at least sophomore standing 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 Study in Canada typically through NSE- National Student Exchange Program
Huayu Enrichment Scholarship varies Study abroad at an approved Mandarin language center in Taiwan

INSIGHT Into Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship
for Underrepresented Students


Be a U.S. citizen; Be from an underrepresented group based on race, ethnicity, LGBTQ or Veteran status, or have a physical disability

Critical Language Scholarship Fully-funded  Summer only fellowship in Critical Language area; must study abroad where assigned
Fund for Education Abroad Up to $5,000 Undergraduates; students from groups traditionally underrepresented in education abroad are strongly encouraged to apply; particular Athletes Abroad and Rainbow Scholarships are also awarded
Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship  varies Funded by an endowment that was established by Tamara H. Bryant, this scholarship will create opportunities for African American undergraduate students to study abroad and gain valuable experiences that will prepare them for the increasingly global environment into which they will graduate.
Gilman International Scholarship $2,500- $5,000 Term Federal Pell Grant Recipients 
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 ~$1,500 Study in France
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 Udergraduate students studying biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or computer science are eligable for a summer internship. Must stay a minnimum of ten weeks during the summer.
Diversity Abroad $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

GoOverseas Scholarships

multiple awards Studying, interning or volunteering abroad
ESTA Student Scholarship $500  

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 specific 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 are awarded a Gilman or a Boren may qualify for an additional $1,000- $4,000 grant.

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
University of Minnesota: Scholarships Database
Funding for Undergraduate & Graduate Students