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External Scholarships

Note: scholarship deadlines are often earlier than study abroad application deadlines, so students should plan accordingly. In addition to those listed below, there are many scholarships offered by independent sources, organizations, community groups, the government, etc. Students are encouraged to exhaust all possible resources in searching for study abroad scholarships.

General Scholarships

Gilman Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship offers awards up to $5,000 for study abroad, for U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding. This is a national scholarship that encourages students to study in non-traditional study abroad locations outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Other considerations include ethnicity, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) majors as well as non-traditional students. More information can be found on the Drexel Fellowships Office website.

Students applying to Gilman should contact the Drexel Fellowships Office for assistance and support.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State is proud to announce the John McCain International Scholarship for the Children of Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship). A congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona. With the support of the U.S. Congress, this scholarship honors the Senator’s legacy of public service by enabling children of active duty military to develop the leadership and career readiness skills and global perspective to pursue careers of service and contribute to preserving the principles and alliances that are critical to an international order based on the rule of law, human rights, and democracy. More information may be found here.

Students applying should contact the Drexel Fellowships Office for assistance and support.

NSEP (National Security Education Program) Boren Scholarship

The NSEP (National Security Education Program) Boren Scholarship was designed to provide Americans with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. More information can be found on the Drexel Fellowships Office website.

Students applying to the NSEP Boren Scholarship should contact the Drexel Fellowships Office for assistance and support.

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships provides the largest single U.S. scholarship program for study abroad. Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are available and application is possible only through local Rotary Clubs.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad offers need based scholarships for American students studying abroad in non-traditional destinations.

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

The Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship is intended for American college students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy. Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

The Diversity Abroad Scholarships offer several study abroad scholarships specifically aimed at students from underrepresented backgrounds.  Economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native-American students are strongly encouraged to apply.  Students must study abroad on a program offered by a Diversity Abroad member organization.  Check their website for the most up-to-date list.

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program

The Overseas Ambassador Program is a brand new initiative created for currently enrolled college and university students going abroad to study, intern or volunteer, as well as recent grads working or teaching abroad. For the duration of their time abroad, Overseas Ambassadors will serve as a voice for their peers to the Diversity Abroad audience. By writing insightful articles about their new surroundings, cross-cultural observations and personal growth, their words will inspire other diverse students to go abroad and challenge them to rethink how global experiences can be for everyone. More information about qualifications, responsibilities, and application is found at the Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador page.

GO! Study Abroad Scholarships

The GO! Study Abroad Scholarships supports international education through scholarships up to $1,000 available to students participating in study abroad programs.  The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions.

Foundation for Global Scholars

The Foundation for Global Scholars is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences through the world.

Country/Region Specific Scholarships

British Council (UK)

The British Council (UK) provides searchable websites for scholarships, some of which cover program fees for specific subjects; while some are only available for specific institutions.

BUTEX North American Scholarship

The BUTEX North American Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the US.  To be eligible to apply, you must have been accepted into a study abroad or exchange program for at least one semester at a UK university which is BUTEX affiliated.  The value of each scholarship is 500 pounds and will be distributed to winners upon arrival and registration at their host university.

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Undergraduate Scholarship (Germany)

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Undergraduate Scholarship (Germany) supports study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Highly qualified undergraduate students from the US and Canada who pursue study abroad in Germany are encouraged to apply. More information can be found on the Drexel Fellowships Office website.

Students applying to DAAD should contact the Drexel Fellowships Office for assistance and support.

Bridging Scholarship (Japan): The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project

The Bridging Scholarship (Japan): The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be enrolled in a college or university in the United States.

Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan awards two $7,500 scholarships to undergraduate students studying abroad in Japan who have an interest in economics and international finance. Applicants must submit an essay on one of several designated public-policy topics together with an application for the Bridging Scholarship program.

Japan Student Services Organization

The Japan Student Services Organization offers information for scholarships to study in Japan.

Turkish Coalition of America (Turkey)

The Turkish Coalition of America (Turkey) in cooperation with Diversity Abroad, the Turkish Coalition of American (TSA) awards several grants per year in the amount of $2,000 & $1,000 for full-time undergraduates who have been accepted to a study abroad program in Turkey for a semester and summer respectively. Applicants must be undergraduate African-American, Hispanic/Latino or Native-American students who have already applied and been accepted to participate in a study abroad program at a Turkish university through an American educational institution or study abroad provider.

Louis and Bessie Stein Family Fellowship (Israel)

The Louis and Bessie Stein Family Fellowship (Israel) provides scholarships, fellowships, stipends, subsidies, support and other career development assistance to deserving undergraduate and graduate students of Drexel to attend the Technion or Hebrew University in Israel, or their respective successor institutions. It also provides funds for traveling and incidental expenses which students are required to incur in connection with their experience in Israel. In order to apply, you must submit a proposal consisting of a title, summary, proposal (no more than 1000 words) and an estimated project budget as a single PDF document to Dr. N. John DiNardo at by the appropriate deadline.

LIVFund Scholarship

The LIVFund Scholarship is designed for anyone who wants to learn, intern or volunteer [LIV] abroad in Latin America and is seeking financial assistance to offset program or living abroad expenses. Two scholarships per month in the amount of $500 each are awarded to people studying, interning or volunteering abroad in the following 21 Latin American countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela. Candidates may apply for the LIVFund Scholarship up to six 6 months in advance of their program start date. Applications are accepted year-round.

China Scholarship Council for American Students

The China Scholarship Council for American Students is granting 10,000 scholarships for U.S. students interested in studying at specific China partner universities.  The scholarships cover all in-country costs including tuition, housing and an appropriate stipend.  Students who are looking to participate in a semester-long or year-long program at one of Drexel's partner institutions should request more information from the study abroad office.

PaCIE-Asia Institute Scholarship

The Asia Institute has recently launched a scholarship of $1000 in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PaCIE) to support learning experiences for students traveling to Asia. This scholarship is open to any student from a university and/or college in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who is enrolled in an Asia based study abroad experience.

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship

The awards offered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) are designed for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study in East or Southeast Asia for academic credit. More information can be found on the Drexel Fellowships Office website.

Students applying to the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship should contact the Drexel Fellowships Office for assistance and support.

Degree Specific Scholarships

The Avangrid Scholarship For post-graduate Engineers

The Avangrid Scholarship is open to U.S. Nationality students wishing to pursue master’s level work with an emphasis on sustainable energy, energy efficiency and climate-related areas of study, in addition to more specific business areas. The grants cover full tuition, fees and health insurance, and provide a $25,200 annual stipend for other expenses.

The Scholarships for the fall semester of the 2017-2018 academic year are for postgraduate studies at the named universities in the following areas of study:

  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Environment and biodiversity
  • Clean combustion technologies and emissions managment
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy storage
  • Electric vehicles
  • Information and communications technology (ICT)
  • Data science
  • Wind power technology
  • Meterorology

For more information or to apply, visit

The Scholarship application deadline is 8 a.m. (EST) February 17, 2017.

Whitaker International Program

The Whitaker International Program awards Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering students $7,500 for a semester and up to $10,000 for year-long studies overseas. The objective of this funding is to mobilize undergraduate biomedical engineering students to participate in study abroad. Students must demonstrate a need for financial support to participate in this program.  Priority will be given to students studying in non-traditional locations.

Program Specific Scholarships

Drexel in London Scholarship

The Drexel in London Scholarship awards two $500 need-based scholarships to Drexel students for WINTER term and two $500 need-based scholarships for SPRING term. If you would like to apply, please provide the following with your application: Financial Aid Award summary for current academic year; and explanation of any special circumstances that may not be reflected on your Financial Aid summary. Scholarship recipients are required to write 2 articles for "Letters from Abroad" in the Triangle about your study abroad experiences in London and are required to attend 1 study abroad info session upon return to campus.

Drexel in London - Sharif Rahman Memorial Scholarship

The Drexel in London - Sharif Rahman Memorial Scholarship was established in 2003, in memory of their late Chairman. The $1,000 scholarship is open to Drexel students during the FALL term. Application is by competition. Students can choose from three application routes: an "Importance of Study Abroad" route, an environmental initiative route and a charity initiative route. These various pathways provide students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful cultural immersion and social responsibility projects and activities.

Drexel in Scotland: University of Aberdeen - St. Andrew Society of Philadelphia McNeil Scholarship

"The Scholarship program of the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia is designed to foster better understanding and relations between the United States and Scotland through the exchange of the best and brightest university students from our respective countries. Each year, the Society provides funds to send a small group of American students to attend a full year at one of the “Four Ancients,” or the Scottish equivalent of the Ivy League: the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St. Andrew’s. These U.S. scholars are chosen from a pool of applicants nominated by 30 participating colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. In return, the University of St. Andrew’s selects a Scottish student to spend a year at the University of Pennsylvania.

The current amount of each scholarship is $25,000."

The UAS7/SIP (Study and Internship Program) Scholarship

The UAS7/SIP (Study and Internship Program) Scholarship which is sponsored by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is a 6- month scholarship that awards approximately €675 Euro/mo. for living expenses, including a monthly contribution to cover health and accident insurance. In addition, students receive €850 Euro as a contribution to travel expenses. Lastly, students are compensated by their employer a minimum of €500 Euro/month during their internship.


Fellowships are prestigious funding awards that enable students to get the education and experience to pursue their dreams. Some fellowships provide funding for graduate school, some provide mentorship and work experience, some offer opportunities for overseas study or research. Many are a year in length, while some cover longer periods of two, three, or even four years. A few are shorter, a semester only, or even a summer. Almost all provide funding and/or stipends to cover your expenses for these opportunities.

Fellowships typically require a well-defined research project, a strong personal statement, and strong faculty recommendations. Many require on-campus screening, institutional nomination, and adherence to campus deadlines. It is not enough to have a strong GPA — students must have a clear plan and be sure that they fill the requirements of the fellowship.

Visit Drexel’s Fellowship Office website for more details and a searchable database of fellowships.