Scholarship & Funding Opportunities for Study Abroad

Scholarship & Funding Opportunities for Study Abroad

• Please note that in most cases, you do NOT need to have been accepted into your study abroad program at the time of scholarship application.

• Check the eligibility guidelines for each scholarship before you begin applying.

• Check the on-line application deadline date. The deadlines vary widely.

• Some scholarships require that you apply several months before studying abroad; other scholarships require that you apply a year in advance.

• Start early.

• If your application requires a letter of recommendation, remember to give your professor several weeks lead time.

• NEVER pay to apply for a scholarship.

• Contact the Writing Center in 101 H. B. Crouse Hall or www.wc.syr.edu; or contact Jolynn Parker (jmparker02@syr.edu) from the Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising (CFSA).

Below are some of the larger and better known programs through which a student may seek funding for study abroad. It is also recommended that you seek out scholarship opportunities via google and/or on sites such as: http://www.studyabroad.com/scholarships.aspx or http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/

You should also check out general scholarship search engines such as Fastweb, Unigo, and Scholarship America. Awards can usually be used to pay for tuition, etc. (even if you studying overseas).
http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/the-scholarship-coach/2011/01/20/compare-5-top-scholarship-search-engines

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program (http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program)
The Gilman Program offers scholarships of up to $5,000 to students in good-standing who are U.S. citizens and Pell grant (federal financial aid) recipients. Gilman encourages applications from: Students from diverse ethnic backgrounds; students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations; students in fields underrepresented in study abroad; and students with high financial need. Students studying a Critical Need Language (such as Mandarin Chinese or Turkish) are automatically considered for an additional $3,000 supplement for a total possible award of $8,000. One in three Gilman applicants wins the award. Funding for study and/or internships during fall, spring, summer, and full academic year is available.
Gilman Application deadline is the first Tuesday of March for summer/ fall/academic year; first Tuesday of October for spring semester and early decision summer.
Gilman essay writing workshops will be held on September 28 at 3:30-5pm and October 1 at 3:30-4:30pm in 306 Bowne. Bring 5 copies of your essay. You can attend one or both of the writing workshops.

The NSEP Boren Award (http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html)
There will be an undergraduate information session on Friday, November 13 from 1:00 – 2:00pm; the graduate information session is Friday, November 6 from 12:30 – 1:30pm.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) (http://clscholarship.org/)

Phi Kappa Phi (all-discipline honor society) Study Abroad Grants (www.PhiKappaPhi.org/studyabroad)

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (http://hsf.net/en/)

The Scholarship America Dream Award (https://scholarshipamerica.org/dream_award.php)

The Fund for Education Abroad awards (http://www.fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants/scholarships/)

Rainbow Scholarship – (http://www.fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants/scholarships/)

Joan Nelson Study Abroad Scholarship – https://www.goldenkey.org/scholarships-awards/listing/

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation (http://www.cjsfoundation.org/html/travel_study.html)

Diversity Abroad (http://www.diversityabroad.com/scholarships/diversity-abroad)

Foundation for Global Scholars (http://www.fgscholars.org/scholarships-overview/)

STA Travel Start the Adventure Scholarships (https://fgscholars.org/sta-start-the-adventure-scholarship/)

Toruga Backpack Study Abroad Scholarship (http://www.tortugabackpacks.com/pages/study-abroad-scholarship)

University Language Services (http://www.universitylanguage.com/scholarships/competition/)

The Turkish Coalition of America (http://www.tc-america.org/scholarships/)

The Himan Brown Study Abroad Grants – Applicants should email a letter to Prof. Corinne Smith (crsmith@syr.edu) at the School of Education with their study abroad plans and the amount they are requesting. International, undergraduate, and graduate students are eligible; grants can be used for semester, summer, or short term programs.

Syracuse University students who participate on one of the World Partner programs run by CET, SIT, CEA, Sea Semester, and DIS may apply for funding through their organizations. Various types of grants and scholarships are offered including Pell Grant Match (SIT programs only), merit-based, needs-based, and diversity-based scholarships. Check out their websites for more info!

Overseas Press Club Foundation (http://www.overseaspressclubfoundation.org/apply.html).

The AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship (http://www.aasapuk.org/scholarships.php)

The JASSO Student Exchange Support Program (http://www.jasso.go.jp/study_j/index_e.html)

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan (http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/scholarships.html)

The Morgan Stanley Scholarship (http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/morgan-stanley)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) https://www.daad.org/scholarship

Max Kade Student Travel Grant for Study Abroad in Germany and Austria: Students planning to study abroad in a German-speaking country during spring 2016 or summer 2016 are invited to apply for a Max Kade Travel Grant through the German Program at Syracuse University. T

Intertek Scholarships – http://www.intertek.com/scholarships/

BG Scholarship (http://www.bgscholarship.com/scholarship.html)

The Got Chosen Social Network Scholarship (https://www.gotchosen.com/en/monthly-scholarship)

Goedeker’s Scholarship offers $100 – $500 for textbooks – (http://www.goedekers.com/college-scholarship)

The Unigo Scholarship (https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/free-scholarship)

DEGREED’S Student of the Month Contest (http://studentofthemonth.org/)

(updated August 2015)

Gilman Award – Writing Tips

Tips for applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Study Abroad

–Don’t wait until the last minute to apply.

–Spend some time reading the Gilman website to get a sense of the program & for inspiration, ideas! Listen to one of their webnairs.

–Read the essay questions carefully. Answer the questions that are being asked! Prioritize the most important things you want to say in each essay.

–Know the word limit for each essay. Don’t be scant in your answers. Write close to the word limit.

–Talk about the impact that studying abroad will have on your academics, your personal life, and possibly even your career. Impact is the key word!

–If you are a student who is traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, you must clearly state this in your essay. The readers will not know your ethnicity, etc. unless you tell them in your essay.

–Remember, the purpose is study abroad – so don’t write about all the travel and fun you will be having with your friends.

–The Gilman program wants to send Americans abroad who will engage with the local population. Will you be studying the language? If so, at what level and how many hours each week? How do you plan to immerse yourself in the culture?

–Be creative. Present yourself in an interesting and compelling manner. Share something personal that ties you to the country and the program.

–Be specific. Instead of writing “Study abroad will help me grow as a person,” think of specific ways in which you expect to grow.

— Have someone proofread your essays. Don’t depend on spell-check!

Additional tips for answering essay #2 (the Follow-on Project) of the Gilman application

— Your Follow-On Project shows how you will share your international experience with others and inspire them to possibly study abroad. One or two ideas are fine.

— Be as specific about your plans as possible. Show that you’ve tried to make some contacts regarding the implementation of your Follow-on Project. For example, don’t simply write “Upon return to the U.S., I will give a presentation on my campus about my study abroad experience.” Let them know the details. What kind of presentation? Who will be your audience? How will you publicize your event? What do you think the impact of your presentation will be?

Fulbright Hint #9

It’s getting down to the wire now! Remember the campus Fulbright Deadline is:
12 NOON on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th

#1
As I look over the list of applicants on Embark, I still see that some of you have NOT filled in the basic data about the country or program that you are applying to. DO THIS NOW!!! It is very important to complete this basic data – especially since there are different instructions for ETA vs. Full Fulbright recommenders. Your recommenders will not be happy if they complete the wrong form because you left a field blank. So avoid these embarrassing situations and fill in the country and program info on your application.
Also note that your letters of Recommendation are due by Tuesday 9/15 along with your applications. Make sure all your recommenders know about this deadline.

#2
Make every effort to attend the WRITING WORKSHOPS. We know that students who seek and receive feedback are more successful – plan to attend as many of these workshops as you can. They will be held on:

• Tuesday, September 1 4-5 pm 225-B Eggers
• Wednesday, September 2 10-11 am 225-B Eggers
• Friday, September 4 2-3 pm 209 Eggers (room change)
• Tuesday, September 8 3-4 pm 341 Eggers
• Wednesday, September 9 10-11 am 225-B Eggers
• Friday, September 11 3-4 pm 209 Eggers (room change)

Each time you attend a writing session, you need to bring 5 paper copies of both your essays.

And don’t forget the IIE webnairs for applicants found at: FPA Workshops & Webinars – there are 2 webnairs scheduled next week.

#3
To meet the SU Campus deadline you need to hit the SUBMIT button on the Fulbright (Embark) application website by 12 noon on Tuesday September 15.
If you do not submit an application on the Embark application website by Tuesday, September 15th, I will assume that you have withdrawn from the application process.

Here is a check list of what you must complete before noon deadline on Tuesday, 9/15:
• The application form – questions 1-49, “sign” and date question #49
• The Statement of Grant Purpose
• Your Personal Statement
• All Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for this on-campus use only)
• Your Language Self-Evaluation form (if required)
• The letter of affiliation (Full Fulbrights only)
• Creative Art Supplementary Materials (if required)
• I will print copies of your letters/forms of reference and the FLE from your on-line application for the campus committee. But I can only do so IF those materials are completed by your referees and evaluators. (see #1 above)

Once you hit that Submit button, if for any reason, your application is not complete, send me an email that includes details about what is missing – i.e.:
• If a letter of affiliation is not available – tell me what you have done to secure one, with which organization, and any other pertinent info.
• If a transcript is missing – tell me which one and when you expect to receive it (then send me a copy separately as soon as possible)
• If a reference letter missing, include the following info in your email to me: the full name of the recommender, his/her email and phone #, and when s/he has told you to expect the recommendation.

Here’s what will happen After September 15th
1. Your full application package will be sent to your SU interview committee
2. Within 5 business days you will be contacted by your interview committee who will let you know when and where you must present yourself for your interview.
3. Within 2-3 days, I will un-submit your application – i.e. it will be ‘returned’ to you. You will then be able to continue to edit your application on-line – based on input from your interviews, etc. – up until the Fulbright deadline.
4. You will need to do a final – a REAL – SUBMIT by the Fulbright Deadline (more on that in #5).

#4
Interviews
• Each applicant who completes and turns in a Fulbright application on September 15th will be interviewed by a 2 person team from SU’s Fulbright Campus Committee. The SU Campus evaluations become part of your official Fulbright application and are required for every applicant who is a currently enrolled student.
o Your interview team can only evaluate you on what is available to them. If information is missing from your application – i.e., if your recommendation materials are not complete – that may have a negative impact on your evaluation.
o The interviewers are expected to evaluate you on your professional and personal qualifications, the feasibility of your proposed project, your motivation and adaptability to a different cultural environment, your knowledge of the host country, their impression of how you will represent the USA, and, if appropriate, your language qualifications.
• All interviews will be held on the SU campus between September 21 and October 2. Your interview team will inform you of the date, time, and place for your interview. Each interview is approximately ½ hour long and you are expected to conform to the interview team’s schedule.
• The only applicant who has informed me that he not in CNY and needs to have a phone interview is Charles Tuthill. All other applicants will be interviewed in person on the SU campus.
If you have a special interview need – email me immediately with the following information:
o Your Name
o Your location between 9/21-10/2 including city, state and country
o Your phone #

#5
The final Fulbright deadline is Tuesday October 13th. HOWEVER, YOU will be required to submit your application (officially and finally) by MONDAY, OCTOBER 12th AT 5 P.M.
The reason for this earlier deadline is that every year the Fulbright website either slows down horribly or crashes on the day of the deadline (ok – so it only actually and totally crashed 1 year out of the last 6). But the bottom line is you can’t wait, because I have to submit your application after you do – and I will not be responsible for anything ‘bad’ that happens if you cannot submit your application due to “technical problems.” Fulbright doesn’t give any of us any leeway for technical issues!

Fulbright Hint #8

 

RecommendationsAll your recommendations and Language Evaluations (if needed) must be completed by September 15th!  Remind your recommenders that they need to enter their letters, forms, etc. by 9/15.

Question #48b on the application asks for the recommendation due date

And each time your register a referee or a language evaluator, they ask the deadline question again

Make sure that you enter 09-15-2015 in both places.

To submit your Fulbright to the SU committee you need to create a PDF of the entire application and email it to me no later than 12 noon on Tuesday, 9/15. Warning! Do not hit the “submit” button on the on-line application. You will only do that when you actually send your application to the IIE-Fulbright.

To create your application PDF

  • You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.  There are directions to download a free copy of this program on the Embark application. Remember to allow pop-ups from the Fulbright Website.
  • Next, click “preview” on each page and save the document(s) as a PDF.  Do NOT save the actual application with fields – it is 3-4 pages for each page of PDF and it difficult for the evaluators to read – unformatted applications will NOT be accepted.
  • You will be saving each page as a separate PDF document.  Use Adobe Acrobat Pro to combine all the pages into a single PDF document (use the “Create” drop down box in the upper left corner).
    • label your application as follows:  LAST NAME, First Name – FB 2015

 

Here is a check list of what you need include in your email to me (sent before noon on Tuesday, 9/15):

  • The application form – questions 1-49, “sign” and date question #49
  • The Statement of Grant Purpose
  • Your Personal Statement
  • All Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for this on-campus use only)
  • Your Language Self-Evaluation form (if required)
  • The letter of affiliation (Full Fulbrights only)
  • Creative Art Supplementary Materials (if required)
  • I will print copies of your letters/forms of reference and language evaluations from your on-line application for the campus committee.  But I can only do so IF those materials are completed by your referees and evaluators!.

All applications received by 9/15 will be assigned to a campus Fulbright team and all applicants will be interviewed by that team (see notes on “Campus Interviews” below).

IF you are not in Central NY between Sept. 18 and Oct. 2, then I NEED TO KNOW THAT IMMEDIATELY so I can make special interview arrangements for you.  Email me immediately and tell me what city/state/country you will be in if you aren’t going to be in Central NY between 9/18 and 10/2.

Make every effort to attend the WRITING WORKSHOPS.  We know that students who seek and receive feedback are more successful – plan to attend as many of these workshops as you can.  They will be held on:

  • Tuesday, September 1                  4-5 pm                 225-B Eggers
  • Wednesday, September 2           10-11 am              225-B Eggers
  • Friday, September 4                       2-3 pm                 225-B Eggers
  • Tuesday, September 8                  3-4 pm                 341 Eggers
  • Wednesday, September 9           10-11 am              225-B Eggers
  • Friday, September 11                     3-4 pm                 225-B Eggers

 

Each time you attend a writing session, you need to bring 5 paper copies of both your essays.

And don’t forget the IIE webnairs for applicants found at:  FPA Workshops & Webinars

 

Campus Interviews

  • Each SU Fulbright applicant will be interviewed by a team of 2 SU faculty members.  The applications will be assigned to the teams after we receive all applications on September 15th.
  • Your faculty team will contact you directly to tell you when and where your interview will be held.  You are expected to be there! If you have a conflict, adjust your own schedule, as you are required to attend your Fulbright campus interview.
    • Your interview team will contact you using the phone or email on your application – make sure that information is correct!
    • If you are NOT going to be in Central NY between September 19 and October 2 – we can make arrangements for a phone interview.  But this can only happen IF YOU TELL ME NOW!  Email me immediately if you need special arrangements for your interview.
    • Dress nicely for the interview.  Suits are not required, but jeans and a t-shirt with the logo of your favorite band/beverage blazoned across your chest are not appropriate.
    • No two interviews will be alike. Your interviewers may ask you questions on wide range of topics, including but not limited to:
    • Your qualifications for the program that you propose
    • The validity or feasibility of your proposed program
    • Knowledge of your proposed host country and why you chose to study / teach there
    • If appropriate, your language skills
    • How you will represent the USA and SU if you become a Fulbright Scholar

 

Do remember that Fulbright is looking for mature, motivated individuals who can function independently in environments or situations that are foreign to them, and who will be appropriate representatives of the USA during their time abroad.  Your interview team will be looking for you to demonstrate those qualities as well.

 

Fulbright Hint #7

By now you should have a completed a first draft of all parts of your application, and you should be working on edits and polishing.

AFFILIATION LETTERS
If you are applying for a full (research) Fulbright – you need an affiliation letter. Follow the directions for your specific country, but in general remember that…
Plain e-mails are not acceptable
PDFs of a letter attached to an email, or sent electronically are ok.
The point is that Fulbright wants to see you affiliation document on actual, official, letterhead.

There are no specific requirements for the letter of affiliation (except that it must be on official letterhead – see above), and it is up to the host institution as to the level/kind of support they are willing to offer you, but your your affiliation letter should state the following:
• Who the host affiliation organization is and what they do
• Knowledge of and enthusiasm for your project and your goals (can be broad strokes)
• Nature of connection, how the host institution will assist you, e.g., help you network, allow you to shadow or assist staff, etc.
The salutation of the affiliation should simply read: Dear Fulbright Selection Committee:

REVIEW & WRITING SESSIONS
We very strongly encourage every applicant to attend 1 — or 2 — or all (!) of the Writing and Workshop Sessions that the SU Fulbright Committee offers.

THE SCHOLARSHIP BOOT-CAMP AND FULBRIGHT WRITING SESSIONS!

Are you going to be in Syracuse before classes start? Then plan to attend the Scholarship Boot Camp! We’ll work intensively on all aspects of your application during this session.

• Tuesday, August 25 1:30 – 4:30 pm 225-b Eggers Hall

Please bring your laptop and 5 hard copies of your essays to this session.
Please RSVP by emailing jlorourk@syr.edu to let us know that you plan to attend the Scholarship Boot Camp.

Also be sure to attend 1 or more of the Fulbright Writing Sessions. Working in teams, we’ll help you polish and perfect your essays.

• Tuesday, September 1 4-5 pm 225-B Eggers
• Wednesday, September 2 10-11 am 225-B Eggers
• Friday, September 4 2-3 pm 225-B Eggers
• Tuesday, September 8 3-4 pm 341 Eggers
• Wednesday, September 9 10-11 am 225-B Eggers
• Friday, September 11 3-4 pm 225-B Eggers

Each time you attend a writing session, you need to bring 5 paper copies of both your essays.

Remember: Your Complete Fulbright Application is due on Monday, September 15th at 12 noon.