Scholarship Resources


In addition to being able to apply PSU financial aid to approved study abroad programs, PSU students are excellent candidates for study abroad related scholarships. Did you know that PSU awarded over $200,000 in scholarship funds to PSU students over the last 5 years? In addition, since 2009, PSU students received more than $165,000 from the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program!

The earlier you get started, the better your chances are of receiving an award. Many scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, so pay close attention to the deadlines!  You may be the next PSU student to secure scholarship funding for your upcoming international experience!

Just as many students find myriad sources to fund their PSU education, so are there many ways to fund your education abroad experience (in addition to scholarships and financial aid). 

Schedule an appointment with your advisor to review your specific situation and discuss all of your options - including programs that are less expensive. Your Education Abroad Advisor will talk you through all of the different program options to help you make the best choice for you academically, personally, and financially. 

PSU Scholarship Opportunities

PSU Education Abroad Scholarships

The following scholarship opportunities are offered by PSU for fully-admitted PSU study abroad students. To apply for the scholarships below, you must first have a study abroad program application started in the VikingsAbroad system. The PSU Education Abroad scholarship application(s) is/are embedded within your specific program application. 

For general inquiries, please email Please note other Program Provider and National & International Scholarships have separate and/or additional application requirements and deadlines. 

Faculty-Led Program Travel Award

Minimum GPA is 2.75
Award amount varies ($500 - $1000)

Lawrence Levy Travel Scholarship Fund

Minimum GPA is 3.0
Award amount varies (approx. $1,000) - Summer Term
Award amount varies (approx. $1,000 - $2,000) - Fall, Winter, Spring Terms

Winterrowd Endowed Scholarship for Overseas Studies

The Winterrowd Scholarship for Overseas Travel and Study is designed to provide financial assistance to full-time PSU undergraduate students who wish to intern and/or study abroad. Funds may be used to offset travel expenses or tuition. Scholarships will be awarded to students who wish to study abroad/intern in non-English speaking countries for at least 90 days. This scholarship award is $2,000.

Peter & Christine Nickerson Scholarship for Asian Studies (for summer study in China)

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide funding for 1-2 PSU students to participate in a summer study abroad or internship program in China. Scholarship Award is up to $5,000.

1) Students should be in a field of study related to China.
2) Demonstrated financial need is preferred.
3) Students should be in good academic standing at PSU.
4) Students who have been to China are not eligible to apply.
5) U.S. Citizens only.

ScanDesign Foundation Scholarship

The ScanDesign by Inger & Jens Bruun Foundation was established by the Bruuns to promote and strengthen the relationship between their native Denmark and their adopted home, the United States.
As part of their mission, they have funded two generous scholarships to Portland State University students in recognition of PSU’s ongoing commitment to teaching Danish language and culture
and cultivating educational ties with DIS (Danish Institute for Study Abroad).
More information on the ScanDesign Foundation can be found here.

1) Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate students fully admitted at PSU.
2) Students must be admitted to DIS (Danish Institute for Study Abroad program).
3) Overall grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
4) Demonstrate financial need.
5) Must be applied to the term it's awarded.

USAC Affiliate Scholarship

To apply for a USAC Affiliate scholarship you must first have a VikingsAbroad study abroad
application for a USAC program started. The USAC scholarship application is
embedded within the USAC program application.

1) Undergraduate students fully admitted at PSU.
2) Overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
3) Demonstrate financial need.

Scholarship awards are made by a committee a few weeks after the application deadline.
Award Amounts range from $500 - $2000 each and multiple scholarships will be awarded each term.

 PSU Departmental Scholarships

The following scholarships are offered through various PSU departments. Please access these scholarship applications by clicking on the scholarship name below.

PSU Middle East Studies Center (MESC)

Elizabeth Ducey Scholarship Application 
Gary & Patricia Leiser Scholarship

Institute for Asian Studies Scholarship

The Institute for Asian Studies Student Scholarship is a competitive award of up to $1000 for one or two qualified, full-time, degree-seeking, PSU students, who are pursuing an academic program at
Portland State, or abroad, with a focus on Asia and/or Asian language studies.

Lorry I. Lokey Endowed Fund for Israel Scholarship

When you choose Judaic Studies as your major or minor, you are eligible for
an array of scholarships at Portland State University.  This scholarship funds travel to Israel!

Waseda Oregon Scholarship

This scholarship will be provided to a PSU student who will study at Waseda University.  Please direct questions to Sally Strand Mudiamu (, Director of the Portland Center.

World Languages and Literature [WLL] Scholarships

The purpose of the scholarship is to support study in a term, semester
or yearlong study abroad program with an explicit language component.

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Program Provider Scholarships

The following study abroad scholarship opportunities are offered by program providers or universities outside PSU. These scholarships are specific to the term and in most cases, apply for specific programs only.  Click on the links below for more information and application details.

American University in Cairo Scholarships

American University in Cairo (AUC) offers two scholarships (the Hermann F. Eilts International Scholarship and the Simpson Scholarship in Egyptology) to PSU students studying abroad in Cairo, Egypt.

CIEE Programs Scholarships

Council on International Exchange (CIEE) offers an automatic $2,000 scholarship to any PSU student applying for a CIEE semester-based program. For quarter (2-block) programs, CIEE offers automatic $1,332 scholarship awards.  In addition, CIEE awards an automatic $500 scholarship for summer programs.

CIEE also offers additional need-based, merit, and program-based scholarships for students who are admitted into a CIEE-sponsored study abroad program. Students may apply for several scholarships at once, using CIEE’s online scholarship application. Award amounts range between $1,000 – $8,000.

GEO International Scholarships

Scholarship awards are available for students studying at all Global Education Oregon (GEO) program sites. Awards range between $500 – $5,000.

IE3 Global Scholarship

The IE3 Global Programs office offers scholarship awards to highly qualified candidates with financial need. The award is in the form of a $500 - $1500 program fee reduction of an IE3 Global study abroad program fee.  Applications are accepted four times each year.

IFSA-Butler Study Abroad Scholarships

The Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA-Butler) offers scholarships for students who are admitted into an IFSA-Butler-sponsored study abroad program. Students may apply for several scholarships at once, using IFSA-Butler’s scholarship application. Award amounts range between $500 – $5,000.

Semester at Sea Scholarships

Semester at Sea offers need-based grants and merit scholarships to admitted students ranging from $250-$10,000.

SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

The School for International Training (SIT) offers scholarships for students who are admitted into a SIT-sponsored study abroad program. Students may apply for several scholarships at once, using SIT’s scholarship application. Award amounts range between $500 – $5,000.

USAC Scholarships

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) has a variety of scholarships available for students participating in USAC study abroad programs.  Check the link above to see what they may be able to offer - some scholarships are program specific, others are more general in nature. USAC also offers the USAC Affiliate Scholarship for PSU students.

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Other Scholarship Opportunities

The following study abroad scholarship opportunities are offered by foundations and organizations outside PSU. Unlike the Program Provider Scholarships, these can be applied to a variety of programs abroad, regardless of provider. Click on the links for scholarship information and application details.

TheBackPackerCo Scholarship

The scholarship program sponsored by TheBackPackerCo is open for all students who are passionate about traveling. For this scholarship, applicants need to make a personalized video of any destination where he/she has traveled, and the best one will be the awarded with $500.  If you don’t know what to submit, there’s plenty of time to make some new memories before you apply! Take out your camera and start shooting; let the whole world know your story.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships (also known as NSEP scholarships) are available for undergraduate and graduate study in countries of priority to U.S. national security, largely focusing on the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Note that Boren awards include a service obligation. Information sessions are held on the PSU campus throughout the academic year. For a schedule of information sessions or further information, contact Debra Clemans at or check the events page of the Office of International Affairs (OIA) and Education Abroad websites.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate 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 must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.

Chinese Government Scholarship - Bilateral Program

The Bilateral Program includes a full or partial scholarship established by MOE in accordance with educational exchange agreements or consensus between Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities or international organizations. The call for applications is generally announced each January.

Critical Language Scholarships (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken.

Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) provide group-based summer intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for eight to ten weeks. CLS institute dates will be posted once finalized, but the institutes generally begin within the first three weeks in June, and end within the first three weeks in August. All expenses are covered by the scholarship.

The application deadline is in early-to-mid November for the following summer.

Campus information sessions occur each Fall term. For more information, contact Debra Clemans,

Explore the World Scholarship

The Explore the World Scholarship Program is open to residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, ages 18 - 30, who lack the financial resources to go abroad.  This $2000 award is to be used for an overseas trip and must involve an educational or service-learning component.  The application deadline is typically in mid-March every year

FACS Study in France Fellowship

FACS launched a Study in France fellowship in 2017, in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, a financial need-based grant benefiting graduate and undergraduate students eager to benefit from a study abroad experience. 

Foundation for Global Scholars

The Foundation for Global Scholars sponsors a GRIT (Globally Remarkable Intentional Talent) Scholarship program. More details, including the application form, can be found on their website. Applications are accepted yearly, in early February. Awards can be up to $3,000.


Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.  Awards can vary between $3,000 - $7,000, depending on length of time abroad.

Fulbright Scholarships

Fulbright Student programs are for graduating seniors, graduate students, and alumni.  For a schedule of information sessions or further information, contact Debra Clemans at For more information, go to

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

FEA scholarships were designed by professionals in the field of Education Abroad to meet the growing need for financial resources to enable more students to go abroad. Scholarships will be up to $5,000 per semester and are not limited to specific programs, destinations, or fields of study. FEA awards funds for students planning to study abroad on academically rigorous programs with a preference for underrepresented students. The deadline for FEA scholarship applications is generally in early January of each year.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The extensive DAAD scholarship database for foreign students, graduates, and academics offers a wide range of scholarships and additional information to help them with their application. 

Gilman Scholarships

Provides assistance for undergraduates with Pell Grant eligibility for study abroad. Apply online.  There are typically two application cycles each year (deadlines in March and October, respectively). View this video for insights into the Gilman scholarship. Also, check out this informational presentation by PSU student and Gilman recipient, Matthew Lents.

Go! Study Abroad Scholarships

GO! Overseas is proud to support international education through scholarships available to students participating in study abroad programs. $500 scholarships are awarded each academic year. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions.

Optimal Study Abroad Scholarships

The Optimal scholarship is unlike most conventional scholarships because applicants are judged based on their innovation and reasoning. They wanted to take a new/fresh approach to financial aid and allow students to be creative while expressing a compelling and well-substantiated argument. This is a general study abroad scholarship, not program specific, and there is not a minimum time frame for the student’s length of travel. The scholarship award is for $2000.

Jay Z's Shawn Carter Foundation

Jay Z’s foundation, the Shawn Carter Foundation, has teamed up with the Institute for International Education (IIE)/Gilman International Scholarship Program to expand the global experiences and leadership opportunities for underserved students through establishment of full study-abroad scholarships. The scholarships are a part of the broader Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (SCSF). According to the website, the fund “was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to, surviving in, and graduating from college, the SCSF plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved youth and young adults.”

The National Italian American Foundation
Scholarship Program

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) annually awards scholarships to outstanding students in the summer for use during
the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis
of academic merit.  Applications are generally due in March
and winners are announced in May.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

Offers $1000 grants for undergraduates with high academic achievement (GPA’s of above 3.75). Applications are generally due in March.

Rainbow SIG 

One of the missions of the Rainbow SIG is to provide resources for students studying abroad who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+).  For more details on the Rainbow Scholarship, click here.

Scholarships for Asian/Pacific Islander Students

This site features 25 scholarships specifically for API students and offers tips on how to improve your chances of receiving a grant. Find out if you qualify for any of the awards below or learn what you can do to land other scholarship awards.

Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program

Funding is available to any Japanese or U.S. citizen (including permanent residents) who is enrolled in a credit-bearing, academic content course at a college, university of approved study center in Japan.  Students must be studying in Japan for at least one semester in order to qualify for funding.  Applications are generally due in mid-February of each year. 

Trainline Student Travel Fund

The Student Travel Fund offers U.S. students studying abroad in Europe the opportunity to win a free rail pass and €1,500 spending money. The Fund gives students the chance to explore Europe by rail, broadening their cultural and academic horizons. Applicants must be currently enrolled on a year abroad program in Europe. The deadline for applications
is typically in late January of each year.

Turkish Coalition of American (TCA) Study Abroad Scholarships for Minority Students

TCA awards up to 100 scholarships per year for African American, Hispanic American and Native American students studying in Turkey. These scholarships are awarded to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a university in Turkey.  Awards range between $500 and $2,000. 

Woodrow Wilson International Fellowship Foundation

Information on several multi-year scholarship programs for students, especially minorities, interested in international careers.

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Scholarship Resources