Study Abroad Funding Sources

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Alfred Russel Wallace Grants

  • Operation Wallacea (a network of academics from European and North American universities who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programs).
  • U.S. undergraduate students looking to join one of the Operation Wallacea biodiversity teams.
  • One grant of $1,500; one grant of $750; and three grants of $500.
  • Visit the Operation Wallacea website for more information and to apply.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.
  • Applicants must be Pell Grant recipients and are encouraged to select underrepresented destinations and study critical need languages.
  • Up to $5,000; Critical Need Language Awards up to $8,000.
  • Application deadline October 2, 11:59 p.m. CST.
  • For more information and to apply, visit the Gilman website.
  • WMU campus representative is Dr. Lee Penyak.

Boren Scholarship

  • Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interest, and underrepresented in study abroad including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.
  • Boren Award amounts are based on the length of time the Boren Scholar or Fellow spends overseas and the cost of the program. Boren Scholarships can provide undergraduate students with up to $20,000 and Boren Fellowships can provide graduate students with up to $30,000.
  • Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for scholarship and fellowship funding, Boren Award recipients commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
  • Deadline: Early February
  • WMU deadline: Early January

Bridging Scholarship

  • U.S. - Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese.
  • U.S. citizens.
  • $2,500 for one semester; $4,000 for academic year; summers not funded.
  • April 26, 2021 deadline for fall 2021 study abroad.
  • For more information and to apply, please visit the Bridging website.

Critical Language Scholarship

  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
  • Recipients must study a critical foreign language, continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
  • Covers all program related expenses, including domestic and international travel between the participant's U.S. home city, Washington, D.C., and the CLS program site; related costs for a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C.; applicable visa fees, language instruction, room, board, program sponsored travel within the host country; all entrance fees for CLS Program cultural enhancement activities.
  • Applications open in fall.
  • For more information please visit the website.


  • Deutscher Akademischer Austaushdienst (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • Research Internships in Science and Engineering.
  • Biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering undergraduates complete summer internships with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany. The working language is English.
  • Please visit the DAAD website for more information and to apply.
  • Check out the other DAAD scholarships available.

FEA General Scholarship

  • Fund for Education Abroad.
  • U.S. citizens.
  • Up to $10,000.
  • For more information and to apply, please visit the FEA website.

Humanity in Action Fellowship

  • HIA brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. Fellows of the Humanity in Action Fellowship are placed in one of five cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris or Warsaw. U.S. Fellows participate in a special orientation program at the Council on Foreign Relations and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
  • HIA covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the fellowship programs and the cost of airfare to Washington, D.C. and provides a modest stipend for meals. Fellows are responsible for financing the cost of round-trip airfare from the United States to their program city. HIA will cover this cost for Fellows with documented need. Fellows should also plan to bring spending money of approximately $750 for food and social activities.
  • For more information and to apply, please visit Humanity in Action's website.

 Summer Institutes for U.S. Undergraduates

  • U.S. - UK Fulbright Commission.
  • U.S. citizens with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and two years remaining of undergraduate study apply to one of several dedicated summer programs in the United Kingdom.
  • Covers the majority of participant costs, including round-trip airfare, tuition and fees, accommodation and meals and, in some cases, a small daily allowance.
  • Application is generally available at the end of November.
  • Please visit the Fulbright Commission's Summer Institute website for more information.

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

  • Swiss government (Also check out the ThinkSwiss Summer School Travel Grants).
  • Sophomore or above at start of scholarship with acceptance into a Swiss research group.
  • Monthly scholarship of CHF 1,050 (~$1,100) for two to three months (CHF 3,150 maximum).
  • Please visit the ThinkSwiss website for more information.

James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

  • 2021 application deadline TBD.
  • Please visit the PKP website for more information.

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