KU Departmental Scholarship Opportunities

Check with your academic department about departmental scholarships and grants that may be available to you for studying abroad. Known awards have been given through Architecture, Art History, Biology, Business, Center for East Asian Studies, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, French & Italian, German, Honors, Humanities and Western Civilization, and Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.   Links to some of these opportunities are available in the Study Abroad & Global Engagement Scholarship Handbook (pdf).

National and Regional Scholarships

Ashley Soule Conroy Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship awards of $3,000 for undergraduate degree seeking students on semester or year study abroad programs with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Students must have demonstrated financial needs as determined by the FAFSA.  For more information visit: www.ashleysfoundation.org.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to pursue winter break, spring break, summer, semester or academic year long study abroad opportunities. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application. Schedule a virtual appointment to discuss the application and eligibility requirements.  Visit Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for more information. Study Abroad & Global Engagement will hold Gilman Application Workshops 3 weeks before application due dates. See Study Abroad Calendar of Events for upcoming sessions and KU Gilman Essay Tips and Guidelines for more information regarding the scholarship.

Boren Awards for Undergraduate International Study

Boren Scholarships provide U.S. undergraduate students funding up to $8,000 for Summer (STEM students only), $10,000 for a semester, or $20,000 for a year to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad (the location must be outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand). In exchange for Boren Award funding, scholarship recipients commit to seek work in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities within three years after graduation. The KU campus application deadline is in early December for the following academic year. KU students interested in applying should contact Jenna Hunter-Skidmore, jmhunter@ku.edu at Study Abroad & Global Engagement for more detailed information and to begin the campus application process. Visit www.borenawards.org for scholarship program information and requirements.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) is a fully funded summer intensive language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. CLS Institutes offer language study in Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.  KU students interested in applying should contact Michele Arellano in Study Abroad & Global Engagement for more detailed information or visit the CLS Program website.  Visit www.clscholarship.org for scholarship program information and requirements.

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The US Department of Education awards Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) funding to Area Studies Centers at the University of Kansas.  FLAS funds are awarded in a competitive process open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students to pursue foreign language and area studies for professional purposes.  Visit KU FLAS for more information.

Freeman Asia Scholarship

The Freeman-ASIA Foundation will award Undergraduate U.S. citizens or permanent residents with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia for summer, semester or academic year.  Award amounts range from $3,000 for summer study, $5,000 for semester study, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad. KU students interested in applying should contact Renee Frias, rfrias@ku.edu, in Study Abroad & Global Engagement for more detailed information.  Visit Freeman-Asia for application and more information.

Fulbright Scholarships 

Fulbright Scholarships are available to students who hold a bachelor's degree in hand by the beginning of the grant program, have a good to excellent GPA, and reasonable proficiency in the language of the host country. For information about Fulbright Scholarships  contact Rachel Sherman-Johnson in KU International Affairs, 300 Strong Hall, 785-864-6161.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad provides U.S. undergraduates funding up to $10,000 for study abroad programs for at least four weeks in length.  Visit Fund for Education Abroad for more information.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards grants in the amount of $1,000 to undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 3.75 to study abroad.  Visit Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society of more Information and applications.

James B. Pearson Fellowships

The James B. Pearson Fellowships for Graduate Studies Abroad provide stipends to Kansas graduate students to help underwrite academic efforts that require study abroad. The average stipend provided is $2,400. Applicants must have been residents of Kansas for a minimum of five years, must be accepted to a graduate program at an accredited Kansas college or university, and must be pursuing, or planning to pursue, a program of study preferably related to foreign affairs. For more information visit Kansas Board of Regents or call 785-296-3517.

Kansas-Paraguay Partners Scholarship Program

$1,500 merit scholarship for study abroad at a Paraguayan University.  For more information visit https://kansasparaguaypartners.wordpress.com/scholarships/​ 

Rotary Scholarships

The Rotary Global Grant Scholarship Program is available for graduate students who are Kansas residents.  For more information and applications contact Tom Mulinazzi, tomm@ku.edu or Carl E. Locke, lok@ku.edu.


Other Options

Study Abroad & Global Engagement Scholarship Handbook (pdf) is a useful tool for finding additional scholarships for study abroad.


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