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Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants & Awards

The The Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1992 mandated that a student can receive financial aid for the costs of studying abroad if the student is enrolled in a program approved by the home institution. Moreover, the student would be eligible to receive "grants, loans, or work assistance without regard to whether the study abroad program is required as a part of the student's degree."

You likely have many questions about the cost of studying abroad and about how you can fund your abroad experience. Be sure to speak with your campus financial aid officer to learn more about specific funding options available at—and required procedures for you to receive funding.

Listed below are resources and specific scholarships to apply for! Pay attention to deadlines and start early!

Hunter's Office of Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships (Scholarship Essay Writing Assistance and Workshops)

The Office of Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships serves as a resource for students seeking information and guidance on funding outside the College for study abroad, both before and after graduation. A great resource for Gilman, Boren, CLA applicants. Visit their website for scholarship application essay writing assistance and workshops!

CUNY-Wide Scholarships

Chancellor’s Global Scholarship (CGS) |
Provides partial funding to CUNY students planning a study abroad experience [*] Offered twice annually   
Application due March 3rd, 2020

Hunter Scholarships

Bloch Family Travel Abroad Award
Must demonstrate financial need     [*] 3.2 GPA or Higher    [*] Available for full semester spring/fall programs
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[*] Application Deadline for Spring: November 1st and Fall: May 1st

Federal Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program |
Must be a Pell Grant Recipient     [*] Application Deadline for Winter, Spring, and Fall 2021: October 6th, 2020. 

Country or Language Based Scholarships

Boren Awards for International Study |
Open to students of all language level committed to enhancing critical language skills


Critical Language Scholarship |
Summer Study Abroad Scholarships     [*] Available to students learning languages


Toshizo Wantanabe Scholarship |
For American Students Studying Abroad in Japan     [*] Semester or year-long


Bridging Scholarship |
Must study abroad in Japan for at least 3 months     [*] Must earn transferrable credits

Freeman Awards |
[*] Needs based scholarship     [*] Must be studying in Asia     [*] 2.8 GPA or Higher

German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships |
[*] Lists Scholarships, Grants, and Internships for studying abroad in Germany


Max Kade Foundation |
[*] Sponsors exchange programs between Germany, Austria, and the United States

NOIAW Scholarship Program for Italy |
[*] Open to female students     [*] Needs based scholarship     [*] 3.5 GPA or Higher


Kosciuszko Foundation Year Abroad in Poland Scholarship |
[*] Open to undergraduate and graduate students     [*] Covers tuition and living expenses     [*] 3.0 GPA or Higher

Partner Program Scholarships and Aid

[*] Hunter Affiliation Scholarships     [*] STEM Scholarships     [*] Regional Scholarships    
[*] Program Specific Scholarships     [*] First Generation Scholarships   


[*] More than 1,000 Fellowships & Scholarships     [*] Program Discounts & Flight Vouchers    

 Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship -Award will cover the full cost of travel to and from participation in a four-week, 3-credit study abroad program sponsored by CIEE. 

[*] Hunter Students receive $2,000 credit for IES programs     [*] Needs Based Scholarships    
[*] Regional Scholarships     [*] Subject-Specific Scholarships     [*] Diversity Scholarships & Grants

CIS Abroad|
[*] Hunter Students receive $250 credit     [*] 70% of CIS students receive funding
Summer Application Deadline: March 1st
    [*] Fall Application Deadline: April 7th

Other Scholarship Opportunities & Searchable Databases

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) |
Diversity Scholarships     [*] Needs based scholarships


Christianson Grant |  

[*] Up to $10,000 for students who create and carry out meaningful service trips abroad

Diversity Abroad |

[*] Scholarship database for minority, low-income, and first-generation students


FastWeb |

[*] Scholarship database


IIE Passport |

[*] Database of Study Abroad Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants |

[*] Full year, semester, and short-term scholarships     [*] Financial need preference


Explore the World Travel Scholarships |
Full year, semester, and short-term scholarships     [*] Financial need preference


Kahal |
[*] Aspires to give Jewish students studying abroad the resources, tools, and connections they need to meaningfully engage with the Jewish community     [*] Grants to subsidize participation in High Holidays experiences abroad

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