Select Page articulates five common types of scholarships to look out for

Merit-based Scholarships

are awarded to students who exhibit strong “academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities” as well as to students who have engaged in extensive community service or extracurricular involvement.  (These are commonly competitive awards.)

Student-specific Scholarships

are geared towards supporting applicants of certain demographics and other factors such as “gender, race, religion, family and medical history.

Destination-specific Scholarships

awarded by a country to students planning to pursue a study abroad program in that particular country.  You’ll be able to find destination-specific scholarships on government-sponsored travel websites of the country you want to visit.

Program-specific Scholarships 

“offered by individual study abroad programs and/or the colleges and universities where they may be associated to qualified applicants.” Similar to merit-based scholarships, these are granted based on student achievement (personal and academic).

Subject-specific scholarships 

awarded “by study abroad programs or institutions to students based on their particular major or field of study.” ( The one catch involved with subject-specific scholarships is that they often “require recipients to enroll in subject-specific courses while abroad or conduct subject-specific research while abroad.” )


You may find funding opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.

45 Scholarships for Study Abroad Around the World (in 2016): they list a number of scholarships with specific criteria such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program and the Generation Google scholarship.

The options are nearly endless — spend an hour or two making notes about which scholarships match your talents, identities, and goals in studying abroad!

3. Your University’s Financial Aid Office

Many students don’t know that they can apply their campus financial aid package to a study abroad trip!  Additionally, paying a visit to the office might lead you to chat with a financial aid adviser who may know of insider opportunities for scholarships that aren’t well-known.

Oftentimes, certain scholarships go unclaimed because students either don’t know that the scholarship exists or don’t think they perfectly qualify to apply. Never hesitate to apply to as many as you can! Otherwise, scholarships sit around like pots of money waiting for students to snatch them up.

About the Author:

This post is an excerpt from a Uloop’s article entitled “3 Ways to Find Study Abroad Scholarship Funding.”  It was written by Ms. Julia Dunn, who is a third-year Literature (Creative Writing: Poetry) and Biology double major at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She is an editor for Chinquapin Literary Magazine (the longest student-run literary magazine at UC Santa Cruz) and 1 of Uloop’s 10 National Columnists as well as the Campus Editor for Uloop at UCSC.

Please click HERE if you would like to read more of her publications.   We are authorized by Ms. Julia Dunn to post this article.

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