Funding for Graduate Student Study Abroad

OSU graduate students participate in international programs through many avenues and as such the funding available is varied. This information is designed to give graduate students a starting point for searching out funding.

OSU Study Abroad Scholarships

Note: In addition to these general campus scholarships, most academic colleges and many departments offer study abroad scholarships as well. Be sure and check with your program for additional funding opportunities!

Provost’s Study Abroad Office Scholarship
Open to full-time OSU students participating in credit-bearing programs and activities abroad. Scholarships are awarded based on need and amounts vary depending on program length.
Cycle I Deadline - winter intersession, spring semester and spring break application opens in September and closes in mid-October.
Cycle II Deadline - summer, fall semester and academic year programs opens in October and closes in January.
See website for specific dates.
Don and Cathey Humphreys’ Study Abroad Scholarship
Open to undergraduate or graduate students with demonstrated financial need. Applicants must provide proof of an application to a credit-bearing activity abroad (outside the U.S.) . Study period must be a minimum of eight (8) weeks.
Cycle I Deadline - spring semester application opens in September, 2015 and closes in mid-October.
Cycle II Deadline - summer, fall semester and academic year programs opens in October and closes in January.
See website for specific dates.
Don and Cathey Humphreys’ Long-Term Travel Grant
These travel grants require an international experience of eight (8) weeks or longer. The funds are associated with the five Don and Cathey Humphreys Chairs in International Studies, which are filled by selected faculty from various departments. There is no standard award amount; applications are merit-based and include a budget, which may receive full or partial funding from the chairs. Applications for support may be submitted at any time, but prospective applicants should be sure to apply well in advance of the start of their proposed program. Contact:
Gerry Auel Passport Grant
The passport grant is open to all OSU undergraduate and graduate students applying for their first US passport. The grant reimburses a few students per year, depending on funding available, the total cost of obtaining their first passport.
Deadline: February 15 (or the Friday before the 15th when it falls on a weekend)
Wes and Lou Watkins Matthew 25:40 Service Scholarship
This scholarship, supported by a generous donation from Congressman Wes & Regent Lou Watkins, is a service scholarship for students who are active participants in non-traditional international experiences in underdeveloped countries that address the issues of hunger, health, education, and poverty. The standard award amount is $1000.
Deadline: November 18

National Study Abroad Scholarships

Boren Scholarships (National Security Education Program [NSEP])
This program awards scholarships to American undergraduate and graduate students to study in foreign countries and world regions critical to U.S. national security. NSEP awards are available for a maximum of $10,000 per semester or $20,000 per academic year. The competition is merit-based. Students may apply for study in summer, fall, and spring.
Deadline: mid-January
Contact: Dr. Steve Hallgren, 405.744.7204 or
Rotary Scholarships
Scholarship provides funding for various types of study in another country. This award is intended to help cover round-trip transportation, tuition, fees, room and board expenses, and some educational supplies up to US$23,000 or its equivalent. Apply one year in advance.
Deadline: See website for details
Contact: Dan Tilley, 422 Ag Hall, 744-6180
Fulbright US Student Program
Over 1500 grants for individual research and English teaching abroad area awarded each year. For more information on this competitive application process, contact: Dr. Steve Hallgren, 405.744.7204 or
OAS Fellowships
The fundamental objective of the Organization of American States (OAS) is to promote the economic, social, scientific and cultural development of the Member States in order to achieve a stronger bond and better understanding among the peoples of the Americas. The OAS provides several hundred fellowships for graduate studies and research throughout the Americas.
Deadline: Jan. 15
Mitchell Scholarship (Ireland)
Post undergraduate study, in Ireland, to recognize Senator George Mitchell’s contributions to Irish peace process. All costs plus travel. Application early-October of senior year.
Contact: Office of Scholar Development, 334 Student Union, 744-7313,
Gates Cambridge Scholarship (UK)
Graduate study at the University of Cambridge, sponsored by the Gates Foundation. Apply to Cambridge by early October.
Contact: Office of Scholar Development, 334 Student Union, 744-7313,
Marshall Scholarships (UK)
For 2-3- years study at any school in the UK. Nearly 40 awards given every year to students with highest scholarship/leadership credentials. Intense application process, including interview requirement. All costs. Apply early fall of senior year.
Contact: Office of Scholar Development, 334 Student Union, 744-7313,
Rhodes Scholarships (UK)
The Rhodes Scholarship is available to graduating seniors and graduate students for 2 years of study at Oxford University. Application is highly selective and competitive, and students must be endorsed by their schools. Several interviews required. All costs. Application early -October of senior year.
Contact: Office of Scholar Development, 334Student Union, 744-7313,
The American Scandinavian Foundation Awards (Scandinavia)
Grants and fellowships for post-undergraduate study in Scandinavian countries. Awards range from grants (normally $4,000) to fellowships (up to $20,000).
Deadline: November
Huntington Public Service Award
For any graduating senior who wishes to pursue public service anywhere in the world.
Amount of Award: $10,000 for one year.
Deadline: mid-February

Additional Sources of Aid

Study Abroad Scholarship Listings

  • General Scholarship Listings

  • Country Specific Scholarships

  • - Info on funding for study in the United Kingdom.
  • - Info on funding for study in France.
  • – German Academic Exchange Service provides info on funding and study in Germany.
  • Create a Campaign

  • – Create a “campaign,” set a goal of funds you need to raise, and allow family members, friends, or anyone, to contribute money into an account for your specific study abroad experience.