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Study Abroad Scholarships

The search for scholarships to help support your experience abroad will require some time, effort and attention. If you are going to apply for scholarships, plan ahead and apply early, giving careful consideration to the quality of your application.

Listed below are the Rice scholarships and eligibility requirements as well as a sampling of outside resources to begin your scholarship research.

Rice Study Abroad Office Awards

The Study Abroad Office offers a limited number of internal scholarships ranging from $500-$1500. All approved study abroad students are considered for this award via their Rice Study Abroad application, under the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must have full-time status while abroad, enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours for fall and spring semesters and 6 hours for summer.
  • Must return for undergraduate study at Rice following term(s) abroad. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • Meet the specific scholarship criteria for desired scholarship.

In addition, the Center for Civic Leadership coordinates the  Abraham Broad award which supports a one-year exchange between students at Rice University and Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Please contact the CCL for more information.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) Awards

IIE manages undergraduate and graduate level scholarships at accredited academic institutions throughout the world. IIE implements many of the world’s most prestigious scholarship programs (i.e. Fulbright) and manages global scholarships through a network of domestic and international offices. 

  • Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education. Boren awards focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and are typically under-represented in study abroad. Geographical regions include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East; the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded. 
  • Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) provides scholarships and is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are studying overseas in East or Southeast Asia. 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.
  • The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. 

For more information about these awards as well as additional scholarship programs administrated by IIE, visit the IEE website.

Provider and Direct Enrollment Scholarships

Students accepted or pending acceptance to many Rice approved direct enrollment or affiliate third-party provider programs can apply directly to the institution or organization for additional funding. Providers that may offer aid include:

Additional Study Abroad Scholarships

  • The following databases and links may also be helpful in your search for additional funding for your study abroad experience. Keep in mind these are not Rice University sponsored awards. Many of these scholarships require your time for outreach or marketing of a company or organization (i.e. blogging while abroad, giving presentations on return, etc.).
  • BUTEX Scholarship awards a number of scholarships each year to students studying abroad at a university in the UK for either a semester or full academic year.
  • Cultural Vistas is a non-profit organization that offers funding for internship and study opportunities in Germany and select other countries.
  • DAAD- German Academic Exchange Service invites highly qualified undergraduate students to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in German.
  • Diversity Abroad Scholarships encourage study abroad for economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial/ethnic or Native-American undergraduate students, as well as students who study in non-traditional locations (outside western Europe & Australia). Students must participate in a study abroad program offered by a Diversity Abroad.com partner organization (i.e. CIEE, DIS, IES, NYU & SIT programs).
  • The Foundation for Global Scholars provides scholarships three times per year to  U.S. citizens studying abroad.
  • Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) awards $5,000 scholarships for study abroad. Applicants plan to study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks in a foreign country. Applicants should be committed to supporting education abroad in their campus communities upon return through work with the FEA and the campus education abroad staff.
  • Go Overseas Scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to, study abroad programs. The largest scholarship is $1,000.
  • The Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. 
  • The British American Foundation of Texas offers aid to study abroad for economically disadvantaged students in the UK for the fall semester. Students must be residents of Texas to be eligible.
  • Tortuga Backpacks awards $1,000 scholarships for study abroad. Applicants must have applied to or been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit.
  • The Turkish Coalition of America awards up to 100 scholarships per year for African American, Hispanic American and Native American students who have been accepted to a university in Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) or Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Students should never have to pay a fee to apply for a scholarship. If it sounds “too good to be true", it probably is. Your Study Abroad Advisors are always happy to assist you in researching the validity of outside awards.