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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 and graduate students applying to any credit-bearing education abroad program are eligible for Office for Education Abroad (EA) Scholarships.  Additionally, a special award is reserved for MSU medical students participating in education abroad experiences sponsored by the colleges of Human Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine.

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 EA 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
  • First-Year Seminars Abroad (need-based awards only): June 8
  • Winter Break and Spring Semester: October 1

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

Claffey Meyer International Travel Grant

The Claffey Meyer International Travel Grant is an award that provides financial assistance to domestic students who intend to travel to developing countries for the purpose of providing technical assistance, participate in research, or engage in service. The intent is for students to work towards discovering and implementing solutions in response to urgent human needs (for example: food security, environmental quality, health and nutrition, education, and other areas) and, thereby, to encourage careers in international development teaching, research and practice. Grants are intended to support travel, related living expenses, and projects costs, not to be used as a tuition scholarship

EMC Education Abroad Endowed Scholarship

The EMC Education Abroad Endowed Scholarship provides financial support for education abroad participation for undergraduate and graduate MSU students who are members of organizations belonging to the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), a collaborative organization of nine, historically African-American international Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities. Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students in good academic standing at the time of the education abroad program.

Education abroad programs can include internships, research and service-learning abroad opportunities. There may be additional eligibility criteria that students need to meet in order to be accepted in their chosen education abroad program.

EMC Education Abroad Endowed Scholarship Application 

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.

Walker Hill International Award

The Walker Hill International Award is an award for doctoral students that can be used for pre-dissertation visits to a doctoral research site in a country outside the United States. International students who undertake research in the country of their origin are not eligible.

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.

External Scholarships for Education Abroad

Abroad with Disabilities - Dr. Natalia Gómez Passport Scholarship

This scholarship was established to empower persons with disabilities to go abroad and offset the cost of essential items.

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

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

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.

Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan

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

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.

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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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.

INSIGHT Into Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship

$2,000 scholarship for students from an underrepresented group based on race, ethnicity, LGBTQ or veteran status, or have a physical disability

Institute of International Education

IIE administers several scholarship programs, including:

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.

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.

Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program

This scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance at a program of the applicant’s choice in Japan. Priority is given to undergraduates who are studying abroad for a year or less and demonstrate financial need for international study.

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.



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.