Grants and scholarships

The following organizations and endowments provide financial support in the form of travel grants, scholarships and research stipends to students participating in study abroad programs. These scholarships are highly competitive, as they are open to students nationwide.

You’re encouraged to apply for any opportunities for which you are eligible. Should you be interested in applying, the Global Education Center staff can assist you in preparing the necessary application materials and writing a proposal. Please contact us at global@nwciowa.edu to schedule an appointment.

Boren Scholarship

The Boren Scholarship provides up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. (Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded.)

Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is designed to defray the costs of study abroad (minimum of 4 weeks; maximum of 1 year), such as for program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare. It is intended for U.S. citizen undergraduate students in good standing and of limited financial means, and it aims to prepare U.S. students to be better leaders in an increasingly global economy. You must be receiving a Pell Grant as part of your financial aid package to be eligible for this scholarship.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

FEA is designed for students applying to a study abroad program that is known for its academic rigor and immersion elements; includes studying the language of the host country (if not English); has a sustainable service-learning or volunteering component; and is in a non-traditional destination.

Go Overseas Scholarship

The Go Overseas Scholarship is open to any university students enrolled in the U.S. and planning to study abroad.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

DAAD provides funding to U.S. undergraduate students pursuing research, an internship or studies (of different durations) at German academic institutions.