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Scholarships and Fundraising

Financing your education abroad may mean multiple sources of funds including scholarships and fundraising. The Office for Education Abroad has its own scholarships, but be sure to look at other opportunities, especially in your MSU college(s) and also sources outside MSU.

Office for Education Abroad Scholarships

MSU undergraduate students applying to any credit-bearing study abroad program are eligible for Office for Education Abroad Scholarships. MSU graduate students applying to join a credit-bearing group program abroad are also eligible; however, graduate students pursuing individual or independent research abroad are not. A special award is reserved for MSU medical students participating in a College of Human Medicine or College of Osteopathic Medicine study abroad experience. About 30 percent of students who apply for EA scholarships will receive an award.

You need only submit one application in order to be considered for all the Office for Education Abroad scholarships for which you are eligible.

EA Scholarship Deadlines

Spring Break (need-based awards only): January 15

Summer, Fall Semester or Academic-Year: March 1

Freshman Seminars Abroad (need-based awards only): June 8

Winter Break and Spring Semester: October 1

Scholarships for Research Abroad, Internships Abroad, and Independent Study Abroad

Undergraduate Research Scholarship

The Education Abroad Undergraduate Research Scholarship, sponsored by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Office for Education Abroad, provides financial support for undergraduate MSU students to participate in approved accredited education abroad programs that have an undergraduate research component.

To apply, complete the EA Undergraduate Research Program Scholarship Form.

Learn more about research abroad.

Gliozzo Dissertation Research Scholarship

The Dr. Charles and Marjorie Gliozzo Dissertation Research Scholarship is available to MSU doctoral students with dissertation research objectives who have defended, or are in the process of defending, a dissertation proposal. The scholarship supports field research abroad in support of the student's dissertation.

To apply, complete the Gliozzo Dissertation Research Scholarship Application.

Gliozzo Scholarship for International Internships

The Dr. Charles A. and Marjorie A. Gliozzo Endowed Scholarship for Domestic and International Internships provides financial support for undergraduate MSU students to participate in approved accredited internship programs. Financial need is not a factor in awarding this scholarship. Scholarships for variable amounts ranging from $500 to $1500 will be awarded to recipients. 

NOTE: The March 1 deadline includes students planning to intern abroad in the summer, fall and spring of the following year.  Check the application form for specific dates.

Kapur Endowed Scholarship for Independent Study in India

The Drs. Yash P. and Saroj Kapur Endowed Scholarship for Independent Study in India provides financial support for MSU students to participate in independent study in India for which they are receiving academic credit at MSU. Applicants must be MSU students with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher at the time of application, plan to participate in an independent internship in India, arrange for credit with their MSU college, and cannot have traveled to India before the independent study or have family living in India. There may be additional eligibility criteria that students need to meet in order to receive credit.

To apply, complete the Kapur Endowed Scholarship Form.

External Scholarships for Education Abroad

AYF (Academic Year in Freiburg, Germany) Alumni Club Scholarships

The AYF Alumni Club offers multiple scholarships through its U.S. and German chapters. 

Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Aimed at increasing education opportunities for non-traditional student populations. The Diversity Abroad Network also has an opportunity for a summer scholarship.

Fund for Education Abroad

FEA scholarships are intended to meet the financial needs of students who might not be eligible for government grants or existing funds limited to specific programs or groups of students. Scholarships

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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Awards grants designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.

BUTEX North American Scholarships

BUTEX awards sixteen scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year.  Eight scholarships are available to North American students studying in the UK.

Institute of International Education

IIE administers several scholarship programs, including the Freeman-Asia programBenjamin A. Gilman International ScholarshipFullbright, and David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants are available for U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to make it possible for them to participate in academic, internship or service-learning experiences abroad.

Rotary International Global Grants

Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus.

Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded twice a year to passionate students who want to explore the world.

365 Pet Insurance Minority Students in Veterinary Medicine Scholarship

$500 scholarship for full-time CVM students who are of Hispanic, African-American, Native American, Pacific Islander or other minority designation.

ItaliaRail's Italy Study Abroad Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships, plus a 3-day Italy Rail Pass for each winner.  The scholarship is open students studying abroad in Italy.

Asher and Lyric Study Abroad Scholarship

$1,800 scholarship awarded to conscientious students who want to learn from other cultures. Awarded each semester (fall and spring) and requires a 500-word essay to apply.


Fundraising will help to make your program more affordable, and it also educates the public about education abroad. Local, regional and national groups, as well as individuals, are all possible contributors.