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External Scholarships

University of Houston students are eligible to apply for the external scholarships listed below. Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list of scholarships. You may be eligible for other scholarships you find outside of this list.

Nationally Competitive Scholarships for Learning Abroad

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program

  • Students receiving federal Pell Grant funding during the academic term of his/her application are eligible
  • Must be applying to or accepted into a program 21+ days in length in a U.S. Department of State Level 1 or 2 location
  • Contact: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program Contact Page.
  • Deadline: March 2, 2021 for the spring cycle
  • Amount: Up to $5,000 for semester or academic-year programs
    • Can be combined with the Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement for up to $8,000
      • Arabic (all dialects); Chinese (all dialects); Bahasa Indonesia; Japanese; Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Uzbek); Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajik); Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi); Korean; Russian; Swahili
  • Note: Students must meet with their Learning Abroad advisor to review their essays before submitting to the online portal for certification. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the Gilman Writing Workshop before meeting with their advisor. 

Fund for Education Abroad

  • Awards between $1,250 - $10,000
  • Undergraduate students only
  • Must be U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or DACA student
  • Program must be at least 28 days long and student must earn UH credit
  • Application opens November 16, 2020 
  • Deadline: January 20, 2021 for the Fall/Summer 2021-2022 cycle

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

  • Applications are currently closed until further notice. 
  • 75 $1000 grants awarded 
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher. This cannot be rounded up, so GPAs of 3.74 or below will not be considered.
    • Learning abroad program begins between May 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.
    • Must have applied to or have been accepted into an accredited study abroad program before the session deadline.
  • Deadline: TBD

Other Nationally Competitive Scholarships

For information on the Fulbright and other scholarships and fellowships for programs abroad, please visit the Nationally Competitive Opportunities website with the Office of Undergraduate Research. 

Scholarship Portals

The following links are to portals listing scholarships offered by many organizations.

Institute of International Education

  • Gateway to various scholarships based on merit, need, and major.

  • Various scholarships based on merit, applicant demographic information, destination, affiliated program, and/or subject of study.

  • Various scholarships based on merit, applicant demographic information, destination, affiliated program, and/or subject of study.

Additional Scholarships

FormSwift Scholarship Program

  • Create a Business Plan Infographic for a chance at a $1000 scholarship award.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

  • Offered by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Must be enrolled in an Undergraduate or Graduate/Doctoral program at an accredited US university and must have completed at least one year (two semesters) of an undergraduate program.
  • Available languages:
    • Azerbaijani, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish & Urdu
      • Beginning to advanced levels
    • Arabic & Persian
      • Advanced beginning to advanced levels
    • Chinese, Japanese, & Russian
      • Intermediate & Advanced levels
  • Contact: CLS Program Contact Page

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships (NSEP)

  • Available to U.S. citizens at the time of application.
  • Enrolled as an Undergraduate student.
  • Applying to engage in a learning abroad experience that meets home institution standards.
  • Planning to use the scholarship for learning abroad and the learning abroad program ends before you graduate.
  • Minimum one year federal service required. For more information about this requirement, click here.
  • National Deadline: Early February
  • UH Campus Deadline: Two weeks prior to national deadline
  • Contact: David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships Contact Page.
  • Amount:  Maximum of $12,000 for one semester programs, or $20,000 for 6-12 months abroad

Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships

All students are encouraged to review the opportunities and resources below. Included are merit- and need-based scholarship opportunities.

Affordable Colleges Online - Going Global - Scholarships and resources for students participating in learning abroad programs.

All Abroad- The Center for Global Education

Diversity Abroad

Insight Into Diversity - Study Abroad Scholarship for Underrepresented Students

  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, Be from an underrepreented group based on race, ethnicity, LGBTQ or Veteran status, or have a physical disability
  • Must be applying to or accepted into a program 21+ days in length in a U.S. Department of State Level 1 or 2 location
  • Application: Online application, transcript, faculty recommendation letter, program acceptance
  • National Deadline: November 30, 2020
  • Amount: $2,000

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

Affiliated Program Provider Scholarships

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)

Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA)

International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)

School for International Training (SIT)

Semester at Sea

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) 

Scholarships by Program Location

Please note that several of the scholarships listed below are for specific programs.


Freeman-Asia Scholarship - *Please speak with your Learning Abroad Advisor before applying. For undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and wish to study in East or Southeast Asia.


Chinese Government Scholarship- For any student who does not have citizenship in The People's Republic of China and wishes to study Mandarin Chinese. 


The American Society of the French Academic Palms (ASFAP)- Offers 2 summer scholarships annually to be used in a French-speaking country to students whose interest in the French language and Francophone cultures has been identified by their French instructors. Their primary purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to become more proficient in the language and to understand and appreciate cultures found in the French-speaking world.


Multiple scholarship links- Various scholarships based on merit, need, and major.


Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide- Not directly a scholarship, but helpful information for students looking to study in Japan.

Japan Student Services Organization (JSSO) - Various scholarships based on merit, need, and major.

Multiple scholarship links- Various scholarships based on merit, need, and major.


Norway-America Association (NORAM)- This scholarship is for American graduate exchange students studying in Norway.

United Kingdom

Multiple scholarship links- Various scholarships based on merit, need, and major.

British American Foundation of Texas (BAFTX)- Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students from Texas