Scholarships

There are a variety of nationally competitive, regionally focused, UIC housed, and program sponsor scholarship opportunities for study abroad. In addition to the Study Abroad Office advising staff, the Office of Special Scholarships is a great resource for assistance with applications.

Study Abroad is accessible to every student

  • If you are eligible for federal financial aid, you may be able to apply that funding to your Study Abroad costs. Pell grant awards and UIC institutional grants e.g. Access to Excellence grant, Gateway grant, Student-to-Student grant, and the President’s Award Program grant, may also apply toward the cost of studying abroad. Visit the OSFA website for more information on Financial Aid for Study Abroad.

Scholarship portfolio

Accessible Frontiers
Accessible Frontiers is a portfolio of scholarships available to UIC students with the objective of helping those traditionally underrepresented in international education push the boundaries of a typical undergraduate experience to include the unfamiliar but exciting world of study abroad.

Applications are available in the Study Abroad Office

Scholarship Description & Eligibility Award Amount Deadlines
Nina Shepherd  This award honors the memory of the founding director of the UIC Study Abroad Office and is made possible by the generosity of her friends and family. Eligibility:

  • Participation on a Study Abroad Office affiliated program
  • 3.0 GPA
$250 – $500 March/October
UIC-CIEE Diversity Fund This award honors the memory of the founding director of the UIC Study Abroad Office and is made possible by the generosity of her friends and family. Eligibility:

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student
$500 – $2,500 March/October
UIC-SIT Diversity Fund Through generous support from World Learning and SIT Study Abroad, the UIC-SIT Fund is established to support of traditionally under-represented students studying abroad. Eligibility:

  • Participation on an affiliated SIT program
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student
$2,000-$4,000 March/October
Honors College Deans Study Abroad Scholarship The scholarship is awarded to Honors College students studying abroad during the Fall, Spring, or Summer term. The award was established to support traditionally under-represented students studying abroad. Complete online application to apply. Eligibility:

  • UIC campus endorsed program
  • Good Standing in the Honors College
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Minimum 3.4 GPA
$1,000-$2,500 March/October
Judy Curry Award This scholarship, named after retired Deputy Associate Chancellor and former Professor of Communication at UIC, is awarded to a UIC undergraduate or graduate student for a fall semester overseas academic project or study abroad (preference for project/study related to China / U.S.). Eligibility:

  • Participation on a Study Abroad Office affiliated program
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
$900 March
Ikenberry  This scholarship, named after the former president of the University of Illinois, is awarded annually to an undergraduate student pursuing a UIC Study Abroad Office fall semester program. Eligibility:

  • Participation on a Study Abroad Office affiliated program
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
$1000 March
Oaxaca Study Abroad Award Through generous support from UIC Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Kim Potowski, the Oaxaca Study Abroad Award Fund was established in Fall 2011 to support students who are accepted into the Oaxaca study abroad program. Five (5) awards of $200 are available for Summer. Eligibility:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Must be eligible for Spanish 114 and applying for admission into the UIC summer study abroad program: Spanish Language and Culture for Bilingual Speakers in Oaxaca, Mexico
up to $200 March
UIC-CIEE GAIN Summer Award Through generous support from the Council on International Educational Exchange this fund was established to support traditionally under-represented students studying abroad.Preference will be given to applicants who are able to demonstrate financial need and/or those who can best demonstrate how they have overcome barriers in order to participate in study abroad. Eligibility:

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student
$1000 March
Italy Study Abroad Award Fund The Italy Study Abroad Award Fund was established to support students who are accepted into the Study Abroad office approved program in Italy. Eligibility:

  • Be accepted into the Study Abroad office approved program in Italy
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Preference will be given to Italian minors
  • Some preference will be given to students who can demonstrate financial need
  • Must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing
up to $1000 March
Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Foundation Through generous support from a grant issued through Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Foundation, this scholarship offers awards of up to $1,000 for the Summer term. The award must be used towards the Central European Modernity study abroad program. Eligibility:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Preference will be given to students with Polish or History majors/minors.
  • Students must be accepted into the UIC program “Central European Modernity” in Krakow, Poland during the Summer.
up to $1,000 March
UIC-ACT    Award Through generous support from the American College Of Thessaloniki, the UIC-ACT Scholarship was established in Spring 2013 to support students at public institutions in studying abroad. The award offers five (5) scholarships of $1,000 for the Fall or Spring semester at ACT. Eligibility:

  • Acceptance into the American College Of Thessaloniki during the Fall or Spring semester
$1,000 March/October
Merit-Based
Scholarship Description & Eligibility Award Amount Deadlines
IES Merit based IES has several merit-based scholarships worth up to $3,000 for a semester. Students must be accepted into an IES program and have an GPA of at least 3.3. Students may apply for more than one scholarship.Eligibility:

  • Minimum 3.3 GPA
  • Acceptance into IES program
up to $3,000 October/May
CIEE ISP In an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to the widest possible audience, CIEE offers scholarships each year to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need.Eligibility:

  • Acceptance into CIEE program
$1,000- $2,000 April/November
CAPA/UMN Merit CAPA offers several scholarships of $500 to students who demonstrate high academic meritEligibility:

  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Acceptance into CAPA program
$500 October/February
LSE John C Phelan General Course The London School of Economics is pleased to announce four (4) scholarships with a value between £12,000-15,000 each for students accepted to the one year General Course study programme. This scholarship is available for study on the General Course. It is open to all nationalities and will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.Eligibility:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Acceptance into the LSE General Course
Up to £15,000 TBD
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.Eligibility:

  • Minimum 3.75 GPA
  • Attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter
$1,000 April
Diversity
Scholarship Description & Eligibility Award Amount Deadlines
Gilman International This scholarship aims to diversify and expand participation in international study by awarding grants to undergraduates who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.Eligibility:

  • Pell grant recipient
  • US citizen
up to $8,000 March/October
CAPA/UMN Access CAPA International Education is pleased to offer Access Scholarships to students who identify with one or more groups whose representation within the study abroad community has been unequal to its representation within the United States population. Underrepresentation in study abroad includes: racial, ethnic, students with disabilities, gender orientation, sexual orientation, age, field of study, veterans, and 1st generation college students.Eligibility:

  • Demonstrated high financial need with financial aid package at least 50% of the program fee
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
$1,500 - $3,000 October/February
IES Abroad Diversity IES’s Diversity Scholarships are one way to encourage and support students from a range of institutions and under-represented populations. Under-represented students include students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, first generation to college students, students from low income families and students with a history of overcoming adversityEligibility:

  • Underrepresented identity
  • Minimum 3.3 GPA
up to $5,000 May/November
SIT Diversity SIT Study Abroad uses scholarship funds to ensure that a diverse group of students can participate from all regions in the US–and abroad–and from a variety of colleges and universities. Targeted to students who will enhance the racial, national, and ethnic diversity of the student body. See: The Compton Fund, The Diversity Fund, Engineering Scholarship, The Lewy Family Global Health Scholars Fund and Pell Grant Matching.Eligibility:

  • Participation on an affiliated SIT program
  • Underrepresented Identity
up to $5,000 May/November
CIEE Robert Bailey The Robert B. Bailey Scholarship is intended to promote the participation in CIEE programs of individuals or members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority studentsEligibility:

  • Acceptance to a CIEE Program
  • Underrepresented Identity
up to $1,500 Apri/November
UIC-SIT Diversity Fund Through generous support from World Learning and SIT Study Abroad, the UIC-SIT Fund is established to support of traditionally under-represented students studying abroad. Applications for these scholarships are available in the Study Abroad Office.Eligibility:

  • Participation on an affiliated SIT program
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student
$2,000 - $4,000 March/October
UIC-CIEE Diversity Through generous support from the Council on International Educational Exchange this fund was established to support traditionally under-represented students studying abroad. Applications for these scholarships are available in the Study Abroad Office.Eligibility:

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student
$500 – $2,500 March/October
UIC-CIEE GAIN Summer Award Through generous support from the Council on International Educational Exchange this fund was established to support traditionally under-represented students studying abroad.Preference will be given to applicants who are able to demonstrate financial need and/or those who can best demonstrate how they have overcome barriers in order to participate in study abroad. Applications for these scholarships are available in the Study Abroad Office.Eligibility:

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student
$1000 March
CIEE GAIN The GAIN Scholarship was developed to aide in diversifying study abroad by providing opportunities for students who are economically challenged, from diverse backgrounds, students with documented disabilities, or underrepresented fields of study.Eligibility:

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student
$1,000 – $5,000 April/November
CIEE GAIN Reward The GAIN Rewards were developed to help provide grants to further assist students who are selected as awardees by the highly respected Benjamin A. Gilman and David L. Boren Scholarship programs.Eligibility:

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • The applicant must have been selected to receive the Boren Scholarship for International Study or the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and have greater than $1000 in outstanding, documented financial need.
$1,000 – $5,000 Apri/November
CIEE Michael Stohl The Michael Stohl Scholarship award was established in honor of Dr. Michael Stohl. These awards are intended to promote the participation in CIEE programs of students who are from nontraditional backgrounds, economically challenged, or first generation college students, or who are planning to conduct international research as part of the study abroad program.Eligibility:

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • Self-identify as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, be a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or be planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program.
  • Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions.
$500 – $2,500 April/November
CIEE Kathleen McDermott The scholarship is in honor of Kathleen McDermott who served on the Executive Committee of the CIEE Academic Consortium Board. Dr. McDermott was an anthropologist, trained nurse, and consummate administrator who cared deeply for students and the experiences that study abroad provided for their intellectual and emotional development.Eligibility:

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student
  • Student must be either a Public Health or Nursing major, and/or participating in a CIEE Community Public Health study abroad program.
$1,000 – $2,500 April/November
Need-Based
Scholarship Description & Eligibility Award Amount Deadlines
Gilman International This scholarship aims to diversify and expand participation in international study by awarding grants to undergraduates who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.Eligibility:

  • Pell grant recipient
  • US citizen
up to $8,000 March/October
SIT Study Abroad SIT Study Abroad uses scholarship funds to ensure that a diverse group of students can participate from all regions in the US–and abroad–and from a variety of colleges and universities. See: SIT Fund and Pell Grant Matching.Eligibility:

  • Participation on an affiliated SIT program
up to $5,000 May/November
School for Field Studies The School for Field Studies (SFS) awards over $280,000 in need-based scholarships each year with roughly one third of SFS students receiving some type of aid.Eligibility:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Acceptance into an SFS program
up to $5,000 10 days after acceptance into program
CAPA Need-Based CAPA offers several scholarships for students who demonstrate high financial need. Scholarships are reserved for students whose financial aid package is at least 50% of the program fee. See also: Affiliate Scholarships.Eligibility:

  • Demonstrated high financial need with financial aid package at least 50% of the program fee
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
up to $5,000 October/February
CIEE ISP In an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to the widest possible audience, CIEE offers scholarships each year to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need.Eligibility:

  • Acceptance into CIEE program
$1,000 -$2,000 April/November
Alliance These scholarships are need-based, with preference given to minorities and students from non-traditional majors for Alliance programs in India and China.Eligibility:

  • Participation in an affiliated Alliance program in India or China
  • Demonstrated financial need
up to $4,500 March/October
LSE John C Phelan General Course The London School of Economics is pleased to announce four (4) scholarships with a value between £12,000-15,000 each for students accepted to the one year General Course study programme for 2012/13. This scholarship is available for study on the General Course. It is open to all nationalities and will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.Eligibility:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Acceptance into the LSE General Course
up to £15,000 TBD
CAPA/UMN Affiliate Need-Based CAPA offers several scholarships for students who demonstrate high financial need. Scholarships are reserved for students whose financial aid package is at least 50% of the program fee. See also: Affiliate Scholarships.Eligibility:

  • Demonstrated high financial need with financial aid package at least 50% of the program fee
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
up to $5,000 October/May
Loyola JFRC Thanks to generous alumni-benefactors, the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) offers various awards exclusively for students currently enrolled in accredited, baccalaureate-granting U.S. institutions who will be studying abroad at the JFRC during a subsequent semester.Eligibility:

  • Acceptance into the Loyola University Chicago John Felice Rome Center during the fall semester
  • Demonstrated financial need
up to $7,500 May
UMN The Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota generously offers awards exclusively for non U of M students who will be studying abroad through their programs.Eligibility:

  • Open to Non University of Minnesota Students participating on Learning Abroad Center Programs
  • Must have already applied to a U of M study abroad program
  • Must have already been issued a U of M ID number
  • Demonstrated financial need
up to $2,000 March/October
CIEE GAIN The GAIN Scholarship was developed to aide in diversifying study abroad by providing opportunities for students who are economically challenged, from diverse backgrounds, students with documented disabilities, or underrepresented fields of study.Eligibility:

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student
up to $2,000 Apri/November
CIEE GAIN Reward The GAIN Scholarship was developed to aide in diversifying study abroad by providing opportunities for students who are economically challenged, from diverse backgrounds, students with documented disabilities, or underrepresented fields of study.Eligibility:

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student
$1,000-$5,000 April/November
CIEE GAIN Reward The GAIN Rewards were developed to help provide grants to further assist students who are selected as awardees by the highly respected Benjamin A. Gilman and David L. Boren Scholarship programs.Eligibility:

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • The applicant must have been selected to receive the Boren Scholarship for International Study or the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and have greater than $1000 in outstanding, documented financial need.
$1,000- $5,000 April/November
CIEE Michael Stohl The GAIN Rewards were developed to help provide grants to further assist students who are selected as awardees by the highly respected Benjamin A. Gilman and David L. Boren Scholarship programs.Eligibility:

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • Self-identify as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, be a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or be planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program.
  • Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions.
$500- $2,500 April/November

CIEE Kathleen McDermott
The scholarship is in honor of Kathleen McDermott who served on the Executive Committee of the CIEE Academic Consortium Board. Dr. McDermott was an anthropologist, trained nurse, and consummate administrator who cared deeply for students and the experiences that study abroad provided for their intellectual and emotional development.Eligibility:

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student.
  • Student must be either a Public Health or Nursing major, and/or participating in a CIEE Community Public Health study abroad program.
$1,000- $2,500 April/November
Location/Area
These scholarships are for students studying in specific locations or areas. For information about non-location specific scholarships please see our Accessible Frontiers, Merit-Based, Need-Based, and Diversity scholarship lists to the left.

Scholarship Description & Eligibility Award Amount Deadlines
Alliance These scholarships are need-based, with preference given to minorities and students from non-traditional majors for Alliance programs in India and China. Eligibility:

  • Participation in an affiliated Alliance program in India or China
  • Demonstrated financial need
up to $4,500 March/October
Bridging This scholarship is awarded to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Eligibility:

  • Study in Japan
$2,500- $4,000 April/October
CIEE Jennifer Ritzmann This scholarship is to be awarded each semester, in the amount of $1000, to a qualified participant on either the Monteverde, Costa Rica Tropical Ecology and Conservation semester-long program or the Sustainability and the Environment semester-long program. Eligibility:

  • Participation in the Monteverde semester program
$1000 Apri/November
DAAD Undergraduate This scholarship is to be awarded each semester, in the amount of $1000, to a qualified participant on either the Monteverde, Costa Rica Tropical Ecology and Conservation semester-long program or the Sustainability and the Environment semester-long program. Eligibility:

  • Participation in the Monteverde semester program
€650 April/November
DAAD University Summer Course Grant This program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material. Scholarships are available for courses lasting a minimum of three weeks. The scholarship covers tuition, room and board in whole or in part. Eligibility:

  • At least sophomore standing
  • Four semesters of college German
€880 December
NSEP (Boren) Boren Scholarships provide for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Eligibility:

  • US citizen
  • Study in non-traditional location
$8,000- $20,000 February
Loyola Rome Center Loyola offers an automatic scholarship to UIC students who attend the John Felice Rome Center. The scholarship is equal to a 25% reduction on tuition and room and board for the fall and Spring semesters. Eligibility:

  • Acceptance into the Loyola University Chicago John Felice Rome Center during the fall or Spring semester
  • UIC Student
up to $6,000 October/March
LSE John C Phelan General Course The London School of Economics is pleased to announce four (4) scholarships with a value between £12,000-15,000 each for students accepted to the one year General Course study programme. This scholarship is available for study on the General Course. It is open to all nationalities and will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Eligibility:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Acceptance into the LSE General Course
up to £15,000 TBD
Loyola JFRC Thanks to generous alumni-benefactors, the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) offers various awards exclusively for students currently enrolled in accredited, baccalaureate-granting U.S. institutions who will be studying abroad at the JFRC during a subsequent semester. Eligibility:

  • Acceptance into the Loyola University Chicago John Felice Rome Center during the fall or Spring semester
  • Demonstrated financial need
up to $7,500 May
UIC-ACT Through generous support from the American College Of Thessaloniki, the UIC-ACT Scholarship was established in Spring 2013 to support students at public institutions in studying abroad. The award offers five (5) scholarships of $1,000 for the Fall and Spring semester at ACT. Eligibility:

  • Acceptance into the American College Of Thessaloniki during the Fall semester
$1,000 March/October

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