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External Scholarships

University of Houston students are eligible to apply for the external scholarships listed below. Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list of scholarships. You may be eligible for other scholarships you find outside of this list.

National Competitive Scholarships

The scholarship opportunities below are competitive scholarships designed to offer financial assistance to students participating in learning abroad programs.

Major National Competitive Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program:

  • Students receiving federal Pell Grant funding during the academic term of his/her application are eligible
  • National Deadlines: Summer, Fall, and Academic Year: Early March. Spring: Early October
  • UH Campus Deadlines: Two weeks prior to national deadline
  • Contact: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program Contact Page.
  • Amount: Up to $5,000 for semester or academic-year programs
    • Can be combined with the Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement for up to $8,000
      • Arabic (all dialects); Chinese (all dialects); Bahasa Indonesia; Japanese; Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Uzbek); Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajik); Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi); Korean; Russian; Swahili

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships (NSEP)

  • Available to U.S. citizens at the time of application.
  • Enrolled as an Undergraduate student.
  • Applying to engage in a learning abroad experience that meets home institution standards.
  • Planning to use the scholarship for learning abroad and the learning abroad program ends before you graduate.
  • Minimum one year federal service required. For more information about this requirement, click here.
  • National Deadline: Early February
  • UH Campus Deadline: Two weeks prior to national deadline
  • Contact: David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships Contact Page.
  • Amount:  Maximum of $12,000 for one semester programs

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

  • Offered by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Must be enrolled in an Undergraduate or Graduate/Doctoral program at an accredited US university and must have completed at least one year (two semesters) of an undergraduate program.
  • Available languages:
    • Azerbaijani, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish & Urdu
      • Beginning to advanced levels
    • Arabic & Persian
      • Advanced beginning to advanced levels
    • Chinese, Japanese, & Russian
      • Intermediate & Advanced levels
  • Contact: CLS Program Contact Page

Other National Competitive Scholarships

  • Please visit the Honors College website for information regarding other national competitive scholarships for programs abroad.

National Scholarship Portals

The following links are to portals listing scholarships offered by many organizations.

Institute of International Education

  • Gateway to various scholarships based on merit, need, and major.

MoneyGeek.com

  • Various scholarships based on merit, applicant demographic information, destination, affiliated program, and/or subject of study.

StudyAbroad.com

  • Various scholarships based on merit, applicant demographic information, destination, affiliated program, and/or subject of study.

Travel Scholarships

FormSwift Scholarship Program

  • Create a Business Plan Infographic for a chance at a $1000 scholarship award.

Fund for Education Abroad

  • Awards between $1,250 - $10,000
  • Undergraduate students only
  • Must be U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or DACA student
  • Program must be at least 30 days long and student must earn UH credit

HI USA Explore the World Travel Scholarships

  • Applicants must be 18-30 years of age at the time of application
  • Must show financial need

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

  • 50 $1000 grants awarded in Session A and 25 $1000 grants awarded in Session B
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher. This cannot be rounded up, so GPAs of 3.74 or below will not be considered.
    • Learning abroad program begins between May 1, 2017 - November 30 (Session A), 2017 OR December 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 (Session B).
    • Must have applied to or have been accepted into an accredited study abroad program before the session deadline.

STA Travel Start the Adventure Scholarship

  • Two awards of $2,500
  • Undergraduate students only
  • Must be U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or DACA student
  • Program must be at least 30 days long and student must earn UH credit

Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships

All students are encouraged to review the opportunities and resources below. Included are merit- and need-based scholarship opportunities.

Affordable Colleges Online - Going Global - Scholarships and resources for students participating in learning abroad programs.

All Abroad- The Center for Global Education

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants- Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students

Diversity Abroad

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering


Program-Specific Scholarships

Each of the following organizations offers scholarships only to students participating in programs hosted by the organization. You must be accepted into the program in order to be eligible for their scholarships.

Exchange Program Scholarships

Swansea University Erasmus+ Scholarship

  • Up to 8 students from UH may be eligible for up to $5400 in awards to study at Swansea University during 2017-2018 terms
  • See your Learning Abroad Advisor for details 

Affiliated Program Provider Scholarships

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

Center for International Studies Abroad (CISabroad)

Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)

Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA)

International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)

School for International Training (SIT)

Semester at Sea

Sol Education Abroad

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

Other Program-Specific Scholarships

Alfa Fellowship Program

  • Work in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, and others. 

Scholarships by Program Location

Please note that several of the scholarships listed below are for specific programs.

Asia

Academy of International Business Southeast/Asia Institute Scholarship -  $1000 scholarship opportunity for students studying Business in Asia. 

Freeman-Asia Scholarship - *Please speak with your Learning Abroad Advisor before applying. For undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and wish to study in East or Southeast Asia.

China

Chinese Government Scholarship- For any student who does not have citizenship in The People's Republic of China and wishes to study Mandarin Chinese. 

France

The American Society of the French Academic Palms (ASFAP)- Offers 2 summer scholarships annually to be used in a French-speaking country to students whose interest in the French language and Francophone cultures has been identified by their French instructors. Their primary purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to become more proficient in the language and to understand and appreciate cultures found in the French-speaking world.

Germany

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program- Work in the fields of business administration, cultural management (museum, theater, orchestra, etc.) journalism, law, non-profit, public policy, and urban planning. 

  • Eligibility requirements include 5 years of full-time work experience in target field. 
  • Applicants with graduate degrees already completed are given preference.

Multiple scholarship links- Various scholarships based on merit, need, and major.

Japan

Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide- Not directly a scholarship, but helpful information for students looking to study in Japan.

Japan Student Services Organization (JSSO) - Various scholarships based on merit, need, and major.

Multiple scholarship links- Various scholarships based on merit, need, and major.

Norway

Norway-America Association (NORAM)- This scholarship is for American graduate exchange students studying in Norway.

United Kingdom

Multiple scholarship links- Various scholarships based on merit, need, and major.

British American Foundation of Texas (BAFTX)- Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students from Texas