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All students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships and learn how other forms of aid may be utilized to pay for study abroad expenses.  Most scholarship deadlines are well in advance of your study abroad program application deadline and students are advised to apply one year in advance of their study abroad term.  If you have any questions about study abroad scholarships and the application process, please contact CIE.

CIE works closely with the Office of Financial Aid and hosts financial aid sessions each semester for students interested in financing their study abroad program with student loans.  The following financial aid programs are available for study abroad: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Parent Loans (PLUS), and alternative loans. To learn more about financial aid for study abroad, click here.

UMW Study Abroad Scholarships

Only UMW undergraduate students are eligible to apply for UMW study abroad scholarships. Students must be registered for a study abroad program in EagleNet prior to submitting a scholarship application. Unless otherwise noted, students will use the online application form to apply to all UMW study abroad scholarships.

Please read the eligibility requirements for each scholarship carefully and apply only to scholarships for which you are eligible. Many of the scholarships require at least one recommendation from a UMW faculty member.  The recommendations will be completed by the faculty member electronically.  Click here for the recommendation link. NOTE: Many faculty require at least two weeks lead time.

The scholarship application must correspond to the study abroad program for which you are registered.  Students who plan on applying to the UMW Faculty-led Program scholarship AND a scholarship for a semester or year-long program should submit separate applications.  The application form cannot be edited once you submit it, so we suggest that you formulate the answers to the essay question, edit and proof it carefully, and then copy and paste your answer into the online form.  Scholarship deadlines are posted below.  APPLY NOW!

Scholarship Amount Description
Grellet C. Simpson and Barbara Alden Scholarships
One $7,990 scholarship and one $8,230 scholarship Awarded each year to outstanding undergraduate students to study abroad. Application deadline is March 13, 2015 for fall 2015 and spring 2016 programs.
Abbott International Study Scholarship  $2,680 Awarded each year to eligible students participating on a semester or year-long program. Application deadline is March 13, 2015 for fall 2015 and spring 2016 programs.
CIE Study Abroad Scholarships $2,000 scholarships (3 awards per semester) Awarded each year to selected students participating in UMW direct enroll or exchange program. Apply by October 17, 2014 for spring 2015 programs.
CIE Diversity Scholarship $1,500 Available to students who identify as being from an underrepresented ethnic group, first generation college students, students with a documented disability, or LGBT students. Apply by March 13, 2015.
Richard P. Palmieri Memorial Scholarship $3,290 Available to eligible students planning to study abroad in Italy. Application deadline is March 13, 2015 for fall 2015 and spring 2016 programs.
Carlos and Carol Muldoon Martel Scholarship for International Studies $1,550 Awarded each year to a student participating in a semester or year-long program. Application deadline is March 13, 2015 for fall 2015 and spring 2016 programs.
Pauline Grace King Study Abroad Scholarship in Art History $2,050 Awarded each year to a junior or senior intending to take Art History courses as part of a semester or year-long study abroad program. Contact the Art Department for application details.
CIE Study Abroad Incentive Scholarship $1,500 Available to students who participate in BOTH a UMW faculty-led program AND a UMW approved direct enroll program for a semester. Apply by November 21, 2014 for Faculty-Led Programs or March 13, 2015 for fall 2015 programs.
UMW Faculty-Led Program Study Abroad Scholarship $400 toward Faculty-Led programs up to 15 days OR $800 toward programs
over 15 days
Available to students participating on a UMW faculty-led program.  Apply by November 21, 2014 for winter and spring break Faculty-Led Programs.
Donna Cannon Julian Scholarship for International Study $1,440 Awarded to a student participating in a UMW approved study abroad program with preference given to students studying in France. Application deadline is March 13, 2015 for fall 2015, summer 2015, or spring 2016 programs.
Rosalie Chauncey Memorial Scholarship Please visit the Art Department for detailed information. Awarded for the study of painting in Paris, France.
Contact the Art Department for application details.
Thyra Vedel Valade Conservation Leadership Scholarship $1,500 Available to outstanding junior and senior students majoring in Biology or Environmental Science.  All program types are eligible, but preference will be given to students applying to semester or year-long programs. Contact the Biology Department for application details.
CIE Undergraduate Research Supplemental Grant $200 Available to students who are awarded the UMW College of Arts and Science Undergraduate Research Grant to conduct research abroad. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Academic & Career Services Summer Internship Grant $2,000 Available to students participating in unpaid summer internships, including international internships and faculty-led internship programs. See website for application and deadlines.
John C. and Jerri Barden Perkins Study Abroad Scholarship $1,000 Available to semester abroad students with demonstrated financial need, with special consideration to students whose plans include language study.

External Study Abroad Scholarships

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers nearly 600 awards in teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries – See more at:

Scholarship Amount Description
Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program Up to $5,000 Offers awards to students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding.
Boren Awards for International Study $10,000 (semester) $20,000 (one year) All Boren scholars must agree to a service requirement upon graduation.
Bridging Scholarships for Studies in Japan Variable, usually between $2,500 – $4,000 Offers 100 scholarships annually to students studying abroad in Japan.
China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) Scholarships Covers all in-country costs, including tuition, housing, and stipend Students must apply for the scholarship through the appropriate Chinese partner university. UMW’s approved program Beijing Language & Culture University qualifies for this award.
Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) Varies Offers scholarships and grants to students participating on CIEE programs.
Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Instituties Covers all program costs Offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in eleven critical need foreign languages.
Diversity Abroad Scholarships $500 Economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial/ethnic or Native-American undergraduate students as well as student who study in non traditional locations (outside western Europe & Australia ) are strongly encouraged to apply.
Foundation for Global Scholars Varies The Foundation for Global Scholars mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences abroad. Several scholarships are available. Students from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority.
Fulbright Scholarships Varies The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers nearly 600 awards in teaching, research, and graduate studies in over 125 countries globally.
Institute of International Education Varies IIE is an independent non-profit organization that administers many scholarships and provides a study abroad scholarship search engine.
Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship $2,500 (average grant) US students 18-25 years of age may apply for this fellowship in support of 4-6 of scholarly research in a foreign country supporting the mandate of UNESCO: using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.
$500 Offers scholarships to students interested in learning, interning or volunteering in Latin America.
Marshall Scholarship Tuition, housing, book grant, thesis grant, research grant, and RT travel Full scholarship for one year of graduate level study in the United Kingdom for US college graduates (12 month masters degree program available).
Mitchell Scholarship Tuition, housing, and stipend Graduate/post-graduate study in Ireland for US college graduates. Includes one year of tuition, housing, living stipend and travel stipend. (12 month masters degree program available).
Rhodes Scholarship Full Financial Support Full financial support for US citizens to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Varies Provides an extensive list of scholarships available from various sources.
Truman Scholarship $30,000 Undergraduates with junior standing can apply for a grant toward up to three years of graduate education leading to a career in the public service.
Udall Scholarship $5,000 Sophomore and junior level undergraduate scholarships of up to $5000 to students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.