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Top 15+ Scholarships for US Citizens to Study Abroad


 Contrary to what many think, there are a lot of available scholarships abroad for USA citizens. There are government scholarships offered by the US government and foreign governments as well as international scholarships for Americans offered by prestigious universities. Various organizations also offer scholarship opportunities to students from USA to puruse their studies and internships abroad.

Scholarships offered by US Government & Foreign Governments »

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (Multiple Countries)

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables U.S. undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to U.S. national security and economic prosperity. The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions.  The scholarship amounts range from US$100 to US$5000 (with the opportunity to receive a Critical Need Language Award of up to US$8000).

Global Wales Postgraduate Scholarships for International Students (UK)

The Global Wales Postgraduate Scholarship programme offers scholarships worth up to £10,000 to international students from Vietnam, India, the USA and countries of the European Union to study a full-time masters programme in Wales.

Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme (France)

The Eiffel scholarship program was developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a tool to allow French higher education institutions to attract the best foreign students for master’s and PhD degree programs.  Eiffel scholarship-holders receive a monthly allowance and other expenses such as return trip, health insurance and cultural activities. It does not cover tuition fees.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Canada)

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning.  The scholarships are towards a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) at participating Canadian Universities.  The scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years.

Scholarships offered by Organizations »

Fulbright US Student Program (Multiple Countries)

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program expands perspectives through academic and professional advancement and cross-cultural dialogue. Fulbright creates connections in a complex and changing world. In partnership with more than 140 countries worldwide, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers unparalleled opportunities in all academic disciplines to passionate and accomplished graduating college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals from all backgrounds. Program participants pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teach English abroad.

Fund for Education Abroad (Multiple Countries)

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting students of color, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.

Belgian American Educational Fund Fellowships (Belgium)

The Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) encourages applications for fellowships for advanced study or research during the academic year 2024-2025, at a Belgian university or institution of higher learning.

Freeman Asia (Asia)

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. A Freeman-ASIA award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

The George J. Mitchell Scholarships (Ireland)     

The Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program is an initiative of the US-Ireland Alliance. The Scholarship is a nationally competitive post-graduate award for twelve Mitchell Scholars to pursue one year of study in Ireland and Northern Ireland in any discipline. The program provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel. The scholarship covers September through May of an academic year.

The Marshall Scholarship (UK)

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 50 young Americans are selected each year to study a graduate degree at a UK university, in any field of study. The scholarship covers university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States.

Boren Awards (Selected countries)

Boren Awards provindes funding to US undergraduate and graduate students to pursue studies, research, and language study proposals in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Maximum awards are determined by the duration abroad (up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only); up to $12,000 for domestic language study; up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks; and up to to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks.

Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants (Multiple Countries)

The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships. The scholarship funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years.  The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000 which can fund the following: passport/visa, inoculations, travel expenses, school supplies, tuition, room and board, etc.

Scholarships offered by Foreign Universities »

Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford University (UK)

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting exceptional all-round students, including US citizens at the University of Oxford. A Rhodes Scholarship covers all University and College fees, a living stipend of £18,180 per annum (AY 2022/23); settling in allowance, health insurance, visa, two economy class flights – to and from the UK – for the beginning and end of studies in Oxford.

Also see Clarendon Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK)

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships which are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.  A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge namely: university fees, maintenance allowances, airfare, and some dependent’s allowance.

Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University (China)

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century.  The program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University.  The scholarship covers tuition and fees, room and board, travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year, an in-country study tour, required course books and supplies, lenovo laptop and smartphone, health insurance, and a modest personal stipend.