The following is a resource list of scholarships to support your study abroad experience. We encourage you to check with your host program for additional suggestions, do online research, and review the River Hawk Scholarship Portal (key word search "study abroad"). Note, most scholarship programs will require you to select a study abroad program prior to submitting the application.

  • Internal Scholarships (managed by UMass Lowell)
  • External Scholarships (managed by an external source, not UMass Lowell)
  • Financial Aid: For information regarding use of your aid or applying for aid, please visit the financial aid/study abroad website where you may also schedule a meeting with a financial aid counselor. It is required that you identify a program of interest when meeting with the counselor.

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Study Abroad and International Experience Departmental Scholarship(also known as the Dean's Office Scholarships for study abroad)

UMass Lowell (UML) API and ISA study abroad program grants(sometimes referred to as the API or ISA affiliate grant or scholarship)

  • Amount: Varies, need-based
  • Who's Eligible? All UML students participating in API or ISA programs
  • Application: River Hawk Scholarship Portal (key word search "study abroad") - Note, this application is the same as the Study Abroad Departmental Scholarship noted above and therefore you will use the same application to apply for this API or ISA grant.
  • Visit the Merit Scholarships page for more information.

The Academic Engineer Endowed Scholarship

  • Amount: $100-2500 based on the number of applicants.
  • Who’s Eligible? Full-time Engineering undergraduate or graduate student, currently pursuing or planning to pursue a minor or second major in humanities, social science, and fine arts, demonstrate financial need based on federal formulas (complete FAFSA).
  • Application: River Hawk Scholarship Portal (key word search "study abroad")
  • Visit the Merit Scholarships page for more information.

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Partner-led Scholarships

Students who participate in partner-led programs are eligible for additional scholarships and/or discounts offered directly from their program provider. Students should review the offerings directly on the website of their program.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program was developed to reduce barriers to study abroad by providing assistance to those undergraduate students in two- or four-year institutions who demonstrate financial need. This program provides awards for study abroad for US citizen or US national students who are receiving federal need-based financial aid. Please note that CIS will grant an additional $500 to the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship recipients! For additional information please visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website.

Critical Language Scholarship:

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion Summer 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 study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. Full program costs (including housing and airfare) are covered by the scholarship.

Boren Scholarships & Fellowships:

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for US undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in the world regions critical to US interests: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. For additional information please visit the Boren Awards For International Study website.


The German Academic Exchange Service offers various scholarship opportunities to study in Germany. More information can be found on their scholarship search website.

The website offers a list of a variety of scholarships for minority/low income students as well as a general list for anyone.

Institute for International Education (IIE)

An online directory of scholarships, fellowships, and grants designed to help students study outside the United States.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks (a minimum of 30 days). Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs in the academic year or summer . The financial support for these scholarships up to $10,000, is provided by generous donors, who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students.

Office of National Scholarships:

The Office of National Scholarships offers advice and support before, during, and after the application process, which can often be time-consuming and complex. The Office of National Scholarships helps students find and apply for nationally competitive scholarships including the Boren, Fulbright, Gates-Cambridge, Gilman, Goldwater, Marshall, Mitchell, NSF GRFP, Soros, Truman, and Udall Scholarships.