Work, Intern, Volunteer & Research Abroad: Funding Resources for Students

 

The Education Abroad Knowledge Community’s (EA KC) Subcommittee on Work, Internships, Volunteer and Research Abroad (WIVRA) compiled a list of scholarships and awards for students seeking experiential learning programs abroad. Advisors can share this resource as a whole, or by specific program type, with students as they navigate the aid available for these types of experiences.

Interning Abroad

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. To be eligible for this award, students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship.

Boren Awards, STEM Initiative
Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including countries in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. The Boren Scholarship offers a special initiative for undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors. Some students focus on language study, while also incorporating a STEM-related internship to their overseas plan. As a reminder, all internships should be academic in nature, unpaid, and with a non-governmental organization.

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service
Funding for participation in summer internships or senior thesis research at German universities.  Long term scholarship are available for semester or year study abroad.

Diversity Abroad: Network Summer Scholarship
The Diversity Abroad Network "Diversity Network" will offer summer scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for full-time undergraduate (both community college and university level) students attending a member institution.

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program
The Overseas Ambassador Program is an initiative created for current students or recent graduates who are planning to study, intern, volunteer or teach abroad. Overseas Ambassadors earn a stipend in return for representing Diversity Abroad, writing articles, and sharing experiences while abroad. Geared toward economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnically and racially diverse students.

FACC-Michigan French Business Scholarship: Le Detroit Award
The FACC Michigan Chapter believes that college and university students in business studies and French language studies provide the foundation for the future growth of French-American business relations.

The purpose of the FACC-Michigan French Business Scholarship: Le Detroit Award is to assist college and university students in Michigan who study business or business related courses and French language studies and who plan to combine French and business in their future career plans.

Scholarship Awards

Our scholarships range from $1,500 and up, based on merit, need, and the career goals of the student.

GoAbroad.com Internship Scholarships Directory
A director of many different scholarships for a variety of program types including international internships. 

Intern & Volunteer Abroad Scholarship Essay Contest
Recipients receive a $500 scholarship, which is paid directly toward the selected intern or volunteer abroad program.

Mente Argentina Scholarships
Various scholarships, including support for intern and volunteer programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program
This program sends young Biomedical Engineers, anywhere outside the U.S. or Canada for one or more of the following activities: Conducting academic or scientific research in a university or laboratory; pursuing coursework at an academic institution; or interning at a policy institute, or in an industrial or non-profit setting. Must be enrolled in a Master's or PhD program.

Working Abroad

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program
The Overseas Ambassador Program is an initiative created for current students ore recent graduates who are planning to study, intern, volunteer or teach abroad. Overseas Ambassadors earn a stipend in return for representing Diversity Abroad, writing articles, and sharing experiences while abroad. Geared toward economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnically and racially diverse students.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Offers fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad and engage in a research project for one academic year. The program also includes the English Teaching Assistant work abroad component.

Volunteering Abroad

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program
The Overseas Ambassador Program is an initiative created for current students or recent graduates who are planning to study, intern, volunteer or teach abroad. Overseas Ambassadors earn a stipend in return for representing Diversity Abroad, writing articles, and sharing experiences while abroad. Geared toward economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnically and racially diverse students.

Human Interaction Project
Recipients will receive a foreign immersion trip combined with volunteering and self-growth. Up to five college-age students a year will be given a travel experience in partnership with the international volunteering and learning organization UBELONG. Open to U.S. citizens between 18 and 30 years old.

Intern & Volunteer Abroad Scholarship Essay Contest
Recipients receive a $500 scholarship, which is paid directly toward the selected intern or volunteer abroad program.

Mente Argentina Scholarships
Various scholarships, including support for intern and volunteer programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

ScholarTrips
Six grand prize winners will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship to put towards their study abroad or volunteer program. 30 runners-up will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

uVolunteer Travel Scholarship
Volunteer abroad scholarship that covers the price of a 4-week volunteer trip to one of three program destinations: Costa Rica, Ghana, or Thailand (including accommodation and all meals).

Researching Abroad

Chateaubriand Fellowship Program
The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months.

Chinese Government Scholarships
Funding to support international students, teachers, and scholars to study and conduct research in China at various universities.

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service
Funding for participation in summer internships or senior thesis research at German universities. Long term scholarships are available for semester or year study abroad.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Offers fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad and engage in a research project for one academic year. The Program also includes the English Teaching Assistantwork abroad component.

Nakatani Research and International Experience for Students in Japan (Nakatani RIES) Fellowship
The Nakatani RIES Fellowship for U.S. students is a 13-week, summer research internship in science and engineering that is open to freshman and sophomore engineering students from universities nationwide. 

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships
ThinkSwiss Scholarships support highly motivated and qualified U.S. and Canadian undergraduate and graduate students to get a research experience at a public Swiss university or Swiss research institute for 2 to 3 months.

Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program
This program sends young Biomedical Engineers, anywhere outside the U.S. or Canada for one or more of the following activities: Conducting academic or scientific research in a university or laboratory; Pursuing coursework at an academic institution; or Interning at a policy institute, or in an industrial or non-profit setting. Must be enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program.

Service-Learning Abroad

Boren Awards, STEM Initiative
Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Boren Scholarships offer a special initiative for undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors.Some students focus on language study, while also incorporating a STEM-related internship to their overseas plan. As a reminder, all internships should be academic in nature, unpaid, and with a non-governmental organization.

Chinese Government Scholarships
Funding to support international students, teachers, and scholars to study and conduct research in China at various universities.

Critical Language Scholarship Program
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S.Department of State.

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program
The Overseas Ambassador Program is an initiative created for current students or recent graduates who are planning to study, intern, volunteer or teach abroad. Overseas Ambassadors earn a stipend in return for representing Diversity Abroad, writing articles, and sharing experiences while abroad. Geared toward economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racial diverse students.

The Fund for International Service Learning (FISL)
Scholarships in the amount of $500 to students enrolled in a semester-long international service-learning program.Recipients are selected based on their academic and professional goals and accomplishments, as well as financial need.

ScholarTrips
Six grand prize winners will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship to put towards their study abroad or volunteer program. 30 runners-up will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.