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Scholarship Opportunities

Off-Campus Study & Exchanges encourages students to pursue external scholarship opportunities to help fund their off-campus study. If you currently receive financial aid, you should make an appointment with the Office of Financial Aid to review the use of your financial aid package. You should do this as soon as possible after acceptance to your chosen study abroad program.

Although scholarships for off-campus study are limited, there are a number of scholarships available for students through national scholarship funds, approved program providers, and local and community organizations. The following information highlights national scholarships, scholarships provided by our approved program providers, and additional resources to search for scholarships. Any students awarded an external scholarship must report the scholarship to Skidmore's Office of Financial Aid.

The following list of scholarships is not an exhaustive list. Most of the scholarships are not are not affiliated with Skidmore College except for the scholarships listed under OCSE affiliate scholarships

OCSE Affiliate Scholarships

Off-Campus Study & Exchanges is excited to announce affiliate scholarships available to students studying off-campus on an API or CIEE program. The awards will range from $250 - $1,000 and will be credited directly to a student’s account at Skidmore College. 

Applying to the affiliate scholarships does not preclude students from applying directly to API or CIEE for scholarships. To be eligible to apply for the API or CIEE affiliate scholarship, you must:

  • be a student at Skidmore College
  • be approved by Off-Campus Study & Exchanges to study off campus
  • be accepted to an API or CIEE program
  • have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA

To apply for the API or CIEE affiliate scholarship, please submit the OCSE affiliate scholarships questionnaire in your Skidmore approved program application. This questionnaire can only be accessed after you have been approved by OCSE to study off campus. Students are asked to share why they choose to apply to their program location and how they will benefit from receiving a scholarship. 

The deadlines to submit your OCSE affiliate scholarships questionnaire are:

  • API spring semester programs - Friday, November 2, 2018
  • CIEE and API fall semester programs - Friday, April 12, 2019

National Scholarships - General

  • Boren Scholarships for Undergraduates (NSEP)
    Boren Scholarships are awarded to students with in an interest in national security studying abroad non-traditional locations that are "critical" to U.S. interests. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. All programs must include a language study. Award amounts up to $20,000. Awardees are required to fulfill a one-year service requirement after graduation working for the federal government in an area of national security. For application details, please contact the Office of Academic Advising.
  • Gilman International Scholarship Program
    Gilman scholarships provide support for traditionally under-represented students studying abroad with demonstrated financial need. Students must receive a Pell grant to apply for the scholarship. Preference is given for students studying in non-traditional locations outside of Western Europe and Australia. Awards of up to $5000. Deadlines in mid-September and early April. Awardees will be required to fulfill a service requirement to help promote study abroad on their home campuses during the semester after returning from studying abroad. Gilman scholarship applicants who are studying abroad on a CIEE program are also eligible to apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant.
  • IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants
    IIE will make funds 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. IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants are made possible by the generous support of private donors.
  • The National Italian American Foundation
    Two scholarships for (1) Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements in all areas of study and/or (2) students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Scholarship awards range from $2,000-$12,000.

National Scholarships - Specific to Region or Country

  • The Brazil Initiation Scholarship (BIS)
    Travel scholarships of $1,500 for exploratory research or language study in Brazil. The scholarship targets aspiring Brazilianists with relatively little or no experience in Brazil. It seeks to contribute to the student's initial trip (for a period from six weeks to three months), to heighten the student's interest in Brazil, and deepen his/her commitment to Brazilian studies in the United States.
  • BUTEX - British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association
    BUTEX offers a limited number of scholarships for students from the USA or Canada studying in the UK for the semester or academic year. To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a place as a study abroad student at a UK university which is a member of BUTEX. Awards are usually equivalent to £500. Deadline for the academic year is tentatively August 1st.
  • DAAD
    German Academic Exchange Service
    The DAAD provides a number of undergraduate scholarships for study, research or internships in Germany. DAAD also has post-graduate opportunities for graduating seniors. Most scholarships encourage some previous study in German language, but some do not require any previous German language study.
  • Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship in New Zealand
    The New Zealand government has partnered with Go Overseas to offer a full-tuition scholarship (up to $15,000 NZD) for a well-deserving US student to study in New Zealand. The scholarship will cover the cost of the flight as well (through STA Travel). The deadline to apply is October 15th and the winner can choose whether they'd like to use the award for Spring, Summer or Fall 2015.
  • Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards
    US citizens and residents studying abroad in New Zealand are invited to apply for Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards. Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards (ENZTA) offer US$2,000 to help students fund their flight to New Zealand. Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards (NZUEA) offer US$500 for study at one of the eight New Zealand universities. The deadline to apply is April 30th for the semester beginning in July.

Approved Program Provider Scholarships

Many of the Skidmore approved program providers offer merit or need-based scholarships for the participants of the particular programs they sponsor. Please be sure to contact the program provider about scholarship eligibility and application process.

  • API
    API awards approximately $400,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student. Students may apply for multiple API scholarships (though may only be awarded one).
  • Arcadia CEA
    Scholarships ranging from $500-$2000 for students with financial need. Limited scholarships available for certain programs (up to $5000).
  • Advanced Studies in England (ASE) 
    ASE in Bath, England awards three named scholarships for: (1) under-represented students, (2) English majors, and (3) students with a significant interest in Shakespeare. Two additional scholarships for students with financial need. Two assistantships are also available during the program which are similar to an RA position.
  • Carleton Global Engagement
    Carleton offers need-based scholarships to support broader access to study abroad opportunities. Scholarships range from $1000-$2000. 
  • CELL
    Students can apply for a CELL scholarship by completing an online form. Scholarship applications are reviewed three months before each program, so be sure to apply early.
  • CET Academic Programs
    CET offers its students over $100,000 in scholarship awards each year. Each student automatically receives a scholarship application when applying for admission to a program. 
  • CIEE
    Scholarships for non-traditional locations, underrepresented/minority students, merit, financial need, and programs in China. Students studying abroad on a CIEE program that are Gilman scholarship applicants are also eligible to apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant.
  • College Year in Athens
    Scholarships available for academically qualified students who would otherwise not be able to attend. Scholarships for students applying for a semester or academic year are customarily awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to approximately half the amount of tuition.
  • Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
    DIS offers need-based scholarship funds up to $5,000 per semester and work study opportunities up to $500 per semester. Students can also apply for the Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship with awards up to $10,000 for a semester student.
  • ICCS (Duke University)
    The Benedetta and Giancarlo Galassi-Beria Scholarship Fund provides for students in need of financial support to study at ICCS. Scholarships have ranged from $500 to $10,000. To apply, students must submit the Financial Need Assessment with their program application, by the application deadline.
  • Hamilton College - Associated Colleges in China
    ACC has Fulbright scholarships ($1,000-$6,000) available, as well as international travel funds ($600-$1,400).
  • IES Abroad
    Need and merit-based scholarships available. Merit based scholarships are available by major, discipline, or interest or by program location. There are also legacy scholarships for students whose parent, legal guardian, grandparent, or sibling attended a past IES Abroad program.
  • IFSA-Butler
    IFSA-Butler offers general scholarships of $1,500 for semester programs and $2,500 for year programs. Students can apply to country or program-specific scholarships ranging from $1000-$10,000.
  • Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)
    If accepted into an OTS program, you will receive a scholarship application along with instructions on how to apply in your email. Scholarships are limited, awarded on a rolling-basis and OTS gives preference to students with financial need.
  • SACI
    All SACI scholarships are based on both demonstrated financial need and outstanding artistic and academic ability. SACI scholarships average between $500 and $2,500 per term. One full scholarship and a large number of partial scholarships are also offered annually.
  • School for Field Studies (SFS)
    Need-based scholarships and grants. SFS also provides loan options at zero-interest or low-interest rates.
  • SIT
    Financial need is a primary consideration for scholarship decisions. SIT has a general scholarship fund and additional scholarships for diversity, certain program theme areas, and programs in particular regions.
  • Syracuse University Abroad
    Syracuse offers a merit-based scholarships of $600 for students with a GPA of 3.0–3.69 and $1,000 for students with a GPA of 3.7 or above. Need-based, location, and consecutive term grants may also available.
  • Washington Semester Program (American University)
    Scholarship awards are given to students based on myriad factors including: academic achievement, financial need, student engagement and commitment to the values of American University. Accepted students can apply for a Washington Semester scholarship by completing the online application through the online application portal. Scholarships will be reviewed on a rolling basis and recipients are notified via email of their award decision.

Additional Resources - General

Additional Resources - Specific to Diversity