Financing Your Study Abroad Program
Although ECU does its best to make studying abroad as affordable as possible, we understand that there are additional inherent costs associated with participating on a study abroad program; i.e. passport, visa, airfare, personal travel and fluctuating exchange rates. In addition to utilizing your regular ECU financial aid package, you can apply for additional scholarships. Below is a list of scholarship opportunities at both the ECU and national levels that we hope you will take advantage of in preparation for your study abroad program. Please keep in mind the individual deadlines and contact the Education Abroad Office if you have questions or would like a staff member to review your materials before the submission date.
We try our best to keep this page updated but you may find additional financial resources by conducting your own internet search. If any links are broken, please notify the Education Abroad Office.
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Scholarships by ECU College
You can find a list of scholarships by ECU College and/or department by going to the Office of Financial Aid website.
ECU scholarships for service
These scholarships are available for students pursuing specific careers. To see a list of these opportunities, please go to the Scholarship for service website.
Thomas W. Rivers Foreign Exchange Endowment Fund
The Thomas W. Rivers Study Abroad Award provides support for ECU students who wish to advance their knowledge in their individual fields through participation in research and/or coursework abroad.
Eligibility Requirements: To be considered for an award, applicants must be an ECU student, enrolled in a full-time degree or certificate program at ECU with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must have completed a minimum or 24 credits at ECU (12 credit hours if transfer students) and have a good record of academic achievement.
A committee of University faculty and administrators meets during the semester to review applications, using the following factors to determine the amount of the award:
- Program: participation in ECU bi-lateral exchanges and study abroad programs, the UNC Exchange Program, or the International Student Exchange Program;
- Language of study: instruction in a language other than English;
- Duration of program: participation in semester or academic year exchange programs;
- Country of study: program will take place in a non-traditional and/or non English-speaking country.
September 15 for Spring study
March 1 for Summer study
May 1 for Fall study
Applications should be submitted to:
The Rivers Committee
The Office of International Affairs
East Carolina University
306 East Ninth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
Please refer to the Rivers Application for additional information. Applications are also available from the Office of International Affairs.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Over $300,000 is available for the 2012-13 competition. Awards are made in all fields.
Application Deadline: November 1
Applications and additional information is available at the http://www.amscan.org/study_scandinavia_details.html
Baden-Württemberg German Language Grant
All ECU students participating in the UNC Exchange Program to Baden-Württemberg, Germany receive a free pre-session language and orientation program. During the month long orientation, students also receive a stipend to help cover living expenses. Students must be studying for a semester or academic year at one of the nine universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg to qualify for the language and orientation program.
Other scholarships may be available from individual universities within Baden-Wurttemberg to help support UNC-EP students. The availability of additional support will be determined once a student has been placed to study at the German university.
Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. The program enables students who have limited financial means to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S citizen undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue semester or academic-year long study abroad opportunities in other countries. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba.
Applications and additional information are available at the Institute of International Education web site: http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program
For fall semester and academic year programs, the application deadline is in April. For spring semester programs, the application deadline is in October.
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan. Contributors to the scholarship fund include Boeing Japan, Citigroup, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, The Freeman Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, PricewaterhouseCoopers and ChuoAoyama Audit Corp., Shinsei Bank, The Starr Foundation, TCS Japan, Teradyne, and Weyerhaeuser. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be enrolled in a college or university in the United States.
Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Applications for Bridging Scholarships are accepted twice a year.
For more information and an application, please visit the Bridging Scholarships website.
Chinese Government Scholarship
The Chinese Government Scholarship Program was established by the Ministry of Education of China (MoE) to provide scholarships to international students and scholars. MoE entrusts the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to manage the recruitment and carry out the routine managements of the Chinese Government Scholarship Program.
Scholarships for this program fall into two categories: full scholarships and partial scholarships. Scholarships are available to students enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the undergraduate and graduate level in all programs. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens in good health who are enrolled full-time as undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited U.S. college or university.
CSC scholarships cover different durations of study at a hosting institution in the PRC according to one's application. Applicants for the CSC choose their host institutions from the Chinese Higher Education Institutions listed in the Directory of Chinese Institutions. For further information about host institutions, applicants should visit the Study in China website.
The CSC Online Application System for Study in China is available on the Study in China website.
Students who submit applications using the online system also need to provide supporting documents, including notarized photocopies of diplomas, transcripts, a study plan, a health certificate, and letters of recommendation. If available at the time of submission, a photocopy of the passport also is requested. U.S. students are encouraged to work closely with the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC, and/or the offices of the Chinese Consulate-General in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston when applying for a CSC scholarship.
For questions, please contact the Chinese Embassy, Education Office, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, please refer to http://www.sino-education.org/english/studychinese.htm
Critical Language Scholarship
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master ’s and Ph.D. students.
- Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
- Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
- Duration of program: participation in semester or academic year exchange programs;
- Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.
The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.
Countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken.
David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships
The National Security Education Program was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, which created the National Security Education Board, the National Security Education Program, and resources to provide undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and institutional grants. It is guided by a mission that seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate U.S. citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and enhance international cooperation and security. NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. NSEP does have a service requirement, which stipulates that an award recipient work in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community. If, after making a full and good faith effort (according to conditions and rules established by NSEP), an award recipient demonstrates to NSEP that no appropriate position is available in one of these agencies, he or she may work in any U.S. federal department or agency. There is also an expectation that NSEP Scholars will use the language or regional expertise acquired as a result of the award in their work for the U.S. government.
For more information, contact the ECU campus representative, Dr. Holly Hapke, Department of Geography (e-mail: email@example.com or phone: 252-328-1041) or visit the website: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/how_apply.html
Boren Scholarship campus
deadline: January 15, 2013
deadline: January 31, 2013
Freeman Asia Scholarship
Freeman-ASIA provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Applicants should have a minimum 2.8 GPA. The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.
For more information about this scholarship opportunity, please visit the Freeman-Asia website.
The Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is the largest U.S. international exchange program. It was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to “enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." In 2004, it awarded approximately six thousand grants at a cost of more than $250 million to U.S. students, teachers, professionals and scholars to study, teach, lecture and conduct research in more than 150 countries. Awards are granted to U.S. citizens in all fields of study for a duration of one academic year. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, or professional training in the arts. The U.S. student program is designed for BA/BS graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates.
Information about the application process and deadlines can be found on the Fulbright website.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
For more than 75 years now, the German Academic Exchange Service has been committed to advancing academic relations between Germany and other countries as well as, more generally, to promoting the fields of education, science, culture and research. The German Academic Exchange Service is one of the world's largest and most respected intermediary organizations in its field. Scores of students, teachers, researchers and scientists supported by the DAAD have been able to gain valuable experience abroad.
If you are interested in scholarships to support language training or studies at a German university, applications can be found at the DAAD website.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants provide financial assistance to undergraduates who seek to gain knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards 38 grants valued at $1,000 each.
For more information you can view the Phi Kappa Phi website: http://www.phikappaphi.org/Web/Awards/Study_Abroad.html.
- The competition is open to qualified members and non-members in all fields of study who plan to study or conduct an internship overseas.
- The applicant must be enrolled at an institution that has an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. You may be nominated by a Phi Kappa Phi chapter or you may apply independently.
- All applicants must have earned between 30 and 90 semester hours of academic credit before the deadline.
- The applicant must be accepted into an accredited study abroad program or overseas internship at the time of application and provide a letter of acceptance as part of your application.
- Your study or internship abroad must be taken between May 1 and June 30. Announcement of award will be made by April 18.
- You will have at least two semesters remaining in residence at your home institution after completing the study/internship abroad experience.
Application Deadline: early February
Complete application forms must be submitted to:
Phi Kappa Phi National Headquarters
P.O. Box 16000
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70893-6000
For additional information, you may contact the Phi Kappa Phi National Headquarters at 1-800-804-9880, extension 13.
Application materials may be obtained in one of two ways:
1. Contact Dr. Holly Mathews, Phi Kappa Phi coordinator for ECU
2. Download the application packet from the Phi Kappa Phi Web site.
The International Student Exchange Program occasionally offers scholarships for its exchange participants. Scholarships are usually country or university specific and are not offered every semester. Typically, to apply for the scholarships, students should already be admitted to the program, and in some cases must demonstrate financial need.
For more information on ISEP Scholarships currently on offer, please visit the ISEP Scholarship Website:http://www.isep.org/students/Programs/financial_aid_scholarships.asp
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial scholarships and grants aim to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. Recipients are expected to be outstanding ambassadors of goodwill through appearances before Rotary clubs, schools, civic organizations and other forums in the host country, and are expected to share the experiences of understanding acquired during their period abroad with the people of their home countries. Scholarship candidates must be citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary club, and may apply through a Rotary club in their legal or permanent resident (or place of full-time study or employment). Scholarships are available to individuals of all ages, provided the candidate has completed at least two years of university coursework or equivalent professional experience prior to beginning scholarship studies. Rotarians, their spouses or descendants may not apply.
Application deadlines vary. Additional information is available at:
1560 Sherman Avenue
Turkish Coalition of American Scholarship for Native American, Hispanic and African American students who study abroad in Turkey.
Since 2008, the Turkish Coalition of American has awarded more than 175 scholarships. Award amounts range from $500-$2,000 and are based on duration of study and given out on a rolling basis. More information can be found on http://www.tc-america.org/scholarships
Diversity Abroad Scholarships
To ensure that students from diverse economic, educational, ethnic and social backgrounds are aware, have equal access and take advantage of the benefits and opportunities afforded through global education exchanges. More information can be found on http://www.diversityabroad.com/scholarships
Fastweb Scholarship search engine
Fastweb is a free website that allows registered users to search for scholarships. More information can be found on http://www.fastweb.com/
IIE Passport – Study Abroad Funding
The Institute for International Education Passport website contains a database to assist students with finding scholarship information to support their study abroad programs. For more information about other sources of funding, please visit http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/
International scholarships and financial aid news & updates for Higher Education. More information can be found on http://www.scholarshiptimes.com