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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 Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program

Applications will open in mid-August 2024. 

  • Students receiving federal Pell Grant funding during the academic term are eligible
  • Prorgram must be for Winter/Janurary 2025 term, Spring 2025, Summer 2025, Fall 2025 or Academic Year 2025-2026 term.
  • Must be applying to or accepted into a program in a U.S. Department of State Level 1 or 2 location. Click here for more information about Gilman’s Travel Advisory Policy
  • Deadlines:
    • October 10, 2024 for the fall cycle
  • 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
  • More Information can be found on our Gilman Scholarship page.  

Fund for Education Abroad

  • Applications for Spring 2025 programs will open during the Summer 2024.
  • Awards up to $5,000
  • Undergraduate students only
  • Must be U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient
  • Program must be eligible for credit at the student’s home institution
  • Deadline: early to mid-September 

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

  • Applications will open during the summer or early Fall
  • 125- $1000 grants awarded each year
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Undergraduate student with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher. This cannot be rounded up, so GPAs of 3.74 or below will not be considered
    • Must have applied to or have been accepted into an accredited study abroad program before the session deadline
    • You are not a sitting Phi Kappa Phi board member, divisional vice president, member of the Study Abroad Award committee or Society employee
  • Deadline: TBD

The Going Abroad Scholarship

  • Currently open for Spring 2025 programs
  • $1,500 Scholarship
  • Eligibility Requirements:
    • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Be a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student who will be studying abroad
  • Deadlines:
    • October 15, 2024 for Spring 2025 programs

Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Currently open for Spring 2025 programs
  • $1000 & a travel backpack awarded   
  • Eligibility requirements: 
    • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or currently studying in the US on a student visa
    • Full-time undergraduate student in good standing
    • Must be applying or accepted into a program eligible for credit 
  • Deadline: November 15, 2024

Other Nationally Competitive Scholarships

For information on the Fulbright and other scholarships and fellowships for programs abroad, please visit the Nationally Competitive Opportunities website with the Office of Undergraduate Research. 

First Generation Scholarships

USAC Global Opportunities for First Generation UH Students

USAC will be awarding four $2,000 scholarships to UH students that identify as first generation college students and who participate in a USAC Summer 2024 program

  • Eligibility requirements: 
    • Undergraduate student with a minimum 2.5 GPA, and be in good academic standing
    • Must identify as a first generation college student (neither parent has a 4-year college degree)
    • Be applying to or accepted into a Summer 2024 affiliated program with USAC
  • Application: Apply Here 
    • Students must submit their application along with two short essays (500 word max each) through the CoogsAbroad portal by the deadline. 
    • Essay prompts:
      • a.) Tell us about your academic, career, or personal goals while you're in college. What impact do you think a study abroad program will have on those goals?
      • b.) Why do you think it is important to learn abroad as a First-Generation College Student? What do you hope to gain from your learning abroad experience?
  • Deadline: March 1, 2024 at 11:59pm CST

CEA/CAPA Global Opportunities for First Generation UH Students

CEA/CAPA will be awarding seven scholarships to UH first-generation students who study for a semester with CEA/CAPA in Barcelona, London, or Prague for Spring and Fall 2024 admission.

  • UH Students who are selected for this scholarship will have the option to choose between a $750 additional discount to their program price or a flight voucher worth up to $1,000.
  • Application: email our CEA/CAPA partner Derek Shepard for application information.
  • Deadline: Rolling Admission

Affiliated Program Provider Scholarships

All of our Affiliated Program Providers administer and award their own scholarships to students participating on their programs. If you are a student participating on an Affilitated Provider's program, we suggest applying to their scholarships as well. 

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)

Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA)

International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)

School for Field Studies (SFS)

School for International Training (SIT)

Semester at Sea

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) 

Diversity Scholarships

Diverse International Women of Color (DIWC) Scholarship

Applications for Fall 2024 programs will open June 4, 2024.   

  • Available to women of color who are currently enrolled as undergraduates in the United States
  • Must have GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Must be accepted to an In-Person Summer or Fall 2024 study abroad program (international internship is included)
  • Deadline: 
    • July 15, 2024 at 11:59pm EST for Fall 2024 programs
  • Amount: $500 scholarships

Rainbow Scholarship

  • Available to undergratuate students who self-identify as LGBTQIA+
  • Must be a U.S. citizens or permanent residents 
  • Program must be at least 4 weeks long and student must earn UH credit
  • Deadline: Mid-September 2024 for Winter 2024-2025 and Spring 2025 programs
  • Amount: up to $5,000 for semester programs

Country Specific Scholarships

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


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.


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


The Alliance Francaise de Houston Léonardon Magne Scholarship For more information about this scholarship for students of French language, please contact the Alliance Francaise of Houston or the UH French Department. 

The American Society of the French Academic Palms (ASFAP) - Offers two 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.


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


Italian Cultural & Community Center (ICCC) Study Abroad Scholarship - for Houston area college students participating in study abroad programs in Italy. Program should be greater than 4 weeks and up to a full semester. Recipients chosen based on academic performance. Click here for instructions on how to apply.


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

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


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


Additional Scholarships

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, Persian, Punjabi, Turkish, Portuguese, & Urdu
      • Beginning to advanced levels
    • Arabic, Korean, & Russian
      • Advanced beginning to advanced levels
    • Chinese & Japanese
      • Intermediate & Advanced levels
  • Contact: CLS Program Contact Page

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships (NSEP)

  • U.S. citizens at the time of the national application deadline
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • At least 18 years of age or older at the time of the national application deadline
  • Program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
  • Planning to study in a country of which they are not a citizen
  • Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in an undergraduate program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Minimum one year federal service required. For more information about this requirement, click here.
  • National Deadline: 2024 Boren Scholarships application is open now and due on Wednesday, Janurary 31, 2024 
  • UH Campus Deadline: Two weeks prior to national deadline
  • Contact: David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships Contact Page.
  • Amount:
    • 8-11 weeks: $8,000 for a summer program (STEM majors only)
    • 12-24 weeks: $12,500
    • 25-52 weeks: $25,000

Korean Intensive Summer Language Program

  • Open to all U.S. undergraduate and graduate students
  • Participants must have taken at least two semesters of university-level Korean or the equivalent before the program begins in June.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the application deadline
  • KISLP applicants are encouraged to apply for the Judith Ehm Foundation Fellowship, which provides recipients with a minimum award of $5,000.
  • Deadline: February 15, 2024

Institute of International Education

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

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

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