Study Abroad


UW Study Abroad Scholarships


  • For students pursuing programs run through UW Study Abroad
  • No additional application required
  • No separate deadline – fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered for scholarships. You must apply by the priority deadline listed in the program brochure.
  • Any student selected to participate in a UW Study Abroad program is eligible to be considered.
  • Washington state residents with the greatest financial need are given priority for most scholarships. You must have a FAFSA or WASFA on file with the UW Office of Financial Aid to demonstrate financial need.
  • Several scholarships are also available for undergraduates participating in UW exchange programs. These do not require financial need, and are open to resident and non-resident students.
  • Standard awards based on length of program:
    • Up to $2,500 for programs lasting 1 quarter or less
    • Up to $4,000 for programs lasting longer than 1 quarter
    • Awards may be less than the amounts above if the program is highly subsidized OR if financial need is otherwise met

Important eligibility considerations

  • You may only receive one study abroad scholarship during your time at the UW.
  • You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Visit the program brochure to learn more about program application deadlines.
  • You must be accepted to a program in order to receive a scholarship. Scholarship award notifications go out after program acceptances and before the deadline to submit a payment contract.
  • You may only receive an award for a program you applied and were accepted to by the priority deadline for that term. If awarded a scholarship, you cannot transfer the award to another program or term.
  • If you are a financial aid recipient, you will receive one of the award amounts stated above based on the duration of your program unless your unmet financial need is less than the scholarship amount. In that case, the amount of the scholarship will be equal to your unmet need. You can login to the Finances page through MyUW to review your financial aid package.
  • Example – Scholarship award amount: $2,500 – Unmet need: $1,000 – Final award amount possible: $1,000

Awarding timeline

You will find out whether or not you have been awarded a scholarship by the dates outlined in the table below. For most study abroad programs, a payment contract will not be due after this notification to allow you to plan your finances accordingly.

Priority application deadline  Scholarship notification date
May 16 – November 15 December 5
November 16 – January 31 February 20
February 1 – February 15 March 12
February 16 – May 15 June 5

Looking  for other funding options? Get started early

The key to funding your study abroad is to identify multiple scholarships to support your goals. The UW Study Abroad scholarships are a great starting point, but it shouldn’t  be your only funding source. It is important to give yourself multiple scholarship options. Here is a list of scholarships all students should look through carefully early on in the planning process. Pay close attention to deadlines. For those scholarships connected to a study abroad, the application deadline may vary depending on when your program starts.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Things to keep in mind about the scholarships on this list:

  • The scholarships on this list are not managed by UW Study Abroad
  • Many of the scholarships listed are NOT study abroad scholarships but still can be used to support a study abroad
  • Many of these scholarships are linked either to financial need or academic/professional interest.
  • Want help applying? Make an appointment with the Office of Merit Scholarships in 171 Mary Gates Hall. You can make appointments online or email

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More study abroad scholarships

All regions

Foundation for Global Scholars

Applicants must be U.S. or Canadian citizens and receive academic credit for study abroad. Priority given to students from underrepresented populations in study abroad.

Gilman Scholarship

For U.S. citizen undergraduates eligible for Pell Grants. Students studying critical need languages can qualify for additional funds.

Scott’s Cheap Flights Scholarship

Open to all U.S. citizen or permanent resident undergraduates.

For graduate students

Chester A. Fritz Fellowships

Competitive funding for international study or research for one quarter.

Gerberding-Rome Studies Fellowship

Competitive funding for graduate study at the UW Rome Center.


“Critical need” regions

Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Boren Scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Boren Graduate Fellowships

Awards up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students for area or language studies and research in countries critical to U.S. interests. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

For U.S. citizen or permanent resident undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to pursuing area or language studies in critical need locations.

Africa and the Middle East

Center for Arabic Study Abroad

Round trip airfare, tuition, and a monthly living stipend for advanced Arabic language studies in Egypt. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a minimum of three years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to application.

Ottenberg-Winans Fund

For UW undergraduate and graduate student research in Africa. Fellowships range from $400 to $1000.

Turkish Coalition of America

Scholarships for American students of Turkish heritage and U.S. minority students who wish to study in Turkey.

Stroum Center Opportunity Grants

Grants of up to $1500 are available to UW undergraduate students in UW-approved study abroad experiences related to Jewish studies. The grants are also open to graduate students for research, conference attendance, or further study in topics related to Jewish studies.


Gary & Consuelo Corbett Canada-U.S. Fellowships Program

Fellowships of $5000 for one semester or $10,000 for two semesters of undergraduate study at the University of British Columbia or the University of Victoria.

Killam Fellowships

Two annual $10,000 awards to UW students attending a Canadian University per the UW Canadian Studies-Killam Exchange. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Organization of American States

Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study or research in an OAS Member State.


Bridging Japan Scholarship

$2500 scholarships for semester-long programs, $4000 for academic year programs to U.S. citizen undergraduate students for study in Japan.

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship

The Freeman-Asia Scholarship is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. Awards of up to $3000 are available for summer, $5000 for semester-long programs and $7000 for year-long programs.

Japanese Government Scholarships

Undergraduate study or graduate research in Japan. Students should contact the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle to learn more.

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

For undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Japanese universities as participants of a UW Exchange. Students are nominated and selected for the scholarship by the partner institution in Japan.

Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation

Scholarship for Ph.D. candidates for study or research in universities in Japan’s Kanto area.


Scan | Design Fellowship Program (Denmark)

Funding for undergraduate and graduate students accepted to a UW study abroad program or exchange in Denmark for a semester, academic year or summer.

Denmark’s International Study Program (Denmark)

Up to $5,000 for semester programs and $1,000 for summer programs to DIS program participants.

Northwest Danish Association (Denmark)

Scholarships for OR or WA resident students. Preference is given to students with Danish heritage.

Gudrun Gytel Foundation (Denmark)

For semester or year-long study at Danish universities in the fields of humanities, social sciences, architecture, engineering, technology, and related fields.

Finlandia Foundation National Scholarships (Finland)

For undergraduate and graduate students in all academic disciplines.

Baden-Wuerttemberg Scholarships (Germany)

Provided in the form of a monthly stipend to undergraduate and graduate students studying at a university in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, for one or two semesters as a participant of a UW exchange.

DAAD (Germany)

Many scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. and Canadian institutions for study and research in Germany.

UW Scandinavian Studies (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Finland)

Offers a variety of scholarships to UW undergraduate and graduate students for study and research.

UW Ellison Center (Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia)

Offers a variety of scholarships and fellowships to UW undergraduate and graduate students for study and research.

Valle Scholarship and Scandinavian Exchange Program  (Scandinavia and the Baltics)

Promotes and funds the exchange of graduate students in Civil and Environmental Engineering or Built Environments with programs in Scandinavia and the Baltics.

UW Partner Programs Scholarships

CET awards over $100,000 in scholarships every year. UW students receive an automatic scholarship of $1000 for all semester-long programs.

CIEE awards up to $5 million in scholarships and grants for study abroad every year. All UW students receive an automatic scholarship of $350 for summer programs, $1500 for semester-long programs, and $3000 for academic year-long programs.

IE3 Global Internship Scholarships ranging between $500 – $1,500 are available to highly qualified applicants with financial need.

IES offers a variety of scholarships in addition to an automatic $2000 scholarship for semester-long programs for all UW students. Additionally, UW students are eligible and highly encouraged to apply for additional funding from IES Abroad: including over 3 million dollars in need-based, diversity, and donor-funded scholarships awarded each year. Students can complete the application online at:

The School for Field Studies awards over $400,000 in need-based financial aid annually!  Focusing on each student’s need, SFS is able to provide support through SFS scholarships, grants and low/zero-interest loans.  Click here for an extensive list of SFS financial aid opportunities!

School for International Training (SIT) Scholarships are available to students with financial need participating in SIT programs. SIT offers scholarships for both summer ($500 to $3,000) and semester ($500 to $5,000) programs. Included in the offering of scholarships, is the Pell Grant Match for semester programs. Additionally, SIT offers special scholarships for UW students only. For more information please click here.

SEA Semester Scholarships are awarded based on either need or merit, disbursing over $1 million annually. This includes an automatic $2500 scholarship available to students enrolling in fall, winter or spring semester programs from colleges operating on a trimester or quarter calendar, such as UW.

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