How to find international or study abroad scholarships for 2021

August 27th, 2020 by Al C

Who Provides Study Abroad Scholarships?

Scholarships can come from many different sources and you’re typically eligible to receive more than one form of financial support. Review the guidelines for each scholarship or award to see what opportunities you qualify for.

How to find international or study abroad scholarships for 2021

There are various sources of funding for the financial aid, such as:

  • Schools and Universities
  • Governments
  • Organizations
  • Businesses and Foundations
  • Private donors

Sponsoring institutions may be run or influenced by people who have studied abroad themselves and because of that they truly understand the value of experiencing an international education.

The availability of scholarships for international students will vary from country to country. Whichever scholarships you apply for, remember to be patient and persistent – as the application process and decision-making can take time. That being said, scholarships are an excellent way to help you finance your study abroad dreams.

What Can a Study Abroad Scholarship Cover?

Depending on which of the many scholarships you decide to apply for and who is sponsoring it, the terms of the scholarship, and what it can be used to pay for (and what it can’t be used for) can vary greatly.

Most scholarships are supposed to cover your basic cost of studying. This might include the cost of tuition, registration fees, books, and other school-related costs. With some scholarships, a portion of living costs may also be covered, such as the cost of food and accommodation (sometimes referred to as “room and board”.

Some international scholarships are much less strict. They will award you a sum of money which you can put towards your studies however you feel is appropriate depending on your circumstances. Of course that doesn’t mean you can just spend the money on whatever you like, it should all be used to fund your education – not for social activities or any other purpose. The difference is that you’re more in control of your own budget and can use the financial aid as you see fit.

It’s important to think about when the study abroad scholarship money will be released to you. Funds are most commonly paid out in a lump sum before the start of the fall semester, but in some cases, may be paid out in instalments over the course of the year. In the case of a study abroad scholarship that is paid out in instalments, in order to keep receiving the payments you may be required to maintain a certain level of academic merit.

Scholarships can be either paid to finance office of the school or to the student directly. Your school or the sponsoring organization will have their own procedures for when scholarship funds will be awarded. You should ask in advance so that you’re able to work out your budget effectively.

Scholarships for Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students

Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, there may be different funding options for you, so remember to explore all the options.

How to Find Scholarships to Study Abroad in 2021

For huge numbers of students, the idea of studying abroad is incredibly exciting and interesting. They want to experience a different culture first-hand, work on their communication skills in a foreign language, or just explore the world as an international student.

Depending on the destination you choose and the type of program you enrol in, it can either be really expensive or could even save you money. But finding a study abroad scholarship to study abroad can reduce the overall cost, otherwise for some, the dream of studying at a school overseas may be out of reach.

To find scholarships to study abroad, first think about the destinations and courses that you are interested in. Contact the schools that you would like to attend to see what aid is available for international students, and use the IEFA.org scholarship search for the latest list of available scholarships.

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Reeves Law Group Scholarship

April 24th, 2015 by Jonathan Frankel

lawIf you’re a US citizen studying abroad through an accredited US law school check out The Reeves Law Group Scholarship. The Reeves Law Group is awarding $2,500 to one winner who applies by the December 15, 2015 deadline. To apply for this scholarship you must submit a brief narrative that includes who you are and what you’re interested in. You must also submit a 750-1000 word essay (or PowerPoint presentation) on the following topic:

“My dream contribution to society as a lawyer.”

Along with an essay the following must also be submitted:

  • Unofficial transcript (Applicant must submit by mail an un-opened copy of official transcripts if elected as a finalist)
  • Letter from admissions confirming deposit on school letterhead
  • Official enrollment verification form
  • Acceptance letter on school letterhead

The winner be based upon “who best conveys a strong desire and goal of using the legal system to fix or improve a problem in society.”

Last year’s winner, Heather Marzenski, received this award because, “Heather’s application was sincere, heartfelt and very deserving,” said firm founder Robert Reeves. “Not only does she run multiple fundraisers throughout the year to make up for the budget shortfalls that directly impact students in her classroom, but she collects used clothing and shoes outside of school to assist these same families. She also does all of this while working multiple jobs, finishing her Master’s degree, and caring for her own family, which includes a two-month newborn.”

This year’s winner will be notified by phone, email or mail prior to January 15, 2016 and must show proof of enrollment before disbursement of the award.

If interested, find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for the Reeves Law Group Scholarship.


Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

August 14th, 2014 by Jonathan Frankel

Portrait of a boy with the map of the world painted on his face.Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship
Deadline: December 19

Trying to get ready for your study abroad journey and find more financial aid? If so, apply for the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship. Tortuga Backpacks specializes in carry-on sized bags for travelers who are preparing for city adventures and wants to give back to one lucky traveler. This biannual award is once again open for you to apply if you meet the necessary criteria!

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you do not need to be attending a specific school or studying a certain field- however, you must be a US citizen or US permanent resident studying abroad- or be a student visa holder. You must also be a full time undergraduate student in good standing with your college or university, be attending a degree granting college or university in the US, and have applied for a study abroad program that will help you receive credit toward your degree.

Before applying, students should read all instructions and eligibility requirements on the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship to ensure they are eligible to apply.

If you meet the criteria of eligibility and want to apply, complete the application form found at the link in the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship listing before the deadline of December 19th at 11:59pm PST.

The Scholarship winner will be announced January 5th through the Tortuga Backpacks blog and social media accounts. One winner will receive $1,000 for their study abroad journey.

Tortuga Backpacks was founded in 2010 by childhood best friends Fred Perrotta and Jeremy Michael Cohen after a backpacking trip to Eastern Europe. Their mission is to “to help people take amazing trips.” Read more so you can enter to win before December 19th for a chance to win!


Bridging Scholarship

October 4th, 2012 by Jonathan Frankel

Bridging Scholarship
Deadline: October 10

US citizens who are currently enrolled in a college or university in the United States and that plan on studying abroad in the Spring are still able to submit their application for the bridging scholarship. This award grants at least 20 students a stipend of either $2,500 (for the semester program) or $4,000 (for the academic year program) to be used towards travel and living expenses associated with their study abroad trip.

Applicants can be working towards a degree in any field; however, they must be studying abroad in Japan. To apply for this award students will need to complete the application, write a short essay of 500 words or less pertaining to why they want to study in Japan and submit an official college or university transcript and letter of recommendation.

This award is sponsored through the US-Japan Bridging Foundation. The foundation has provided awards since 1999 to assist students with their studies in Japan. Funding for this award comes from a number of private foundations and individual donors.

Students who would like more information on the bridging scholarship can visit here. Applicants please keep in mind that October 10 is not the postmark date; applications must be received by this date.

 

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