Scholarships

Below is a list of scholarships that are applicable to many or all UW-Madison study abroad programs. This is not a comprehensive list. Some students find scholarships through other avenues, such as their parents' places of work or community organizations in their hometowns. The more creatively you think about potential funding sources, the more likely you will be to find support.

Note that you are more likely to get funded if you intend to go to a more unusual destination, so people going to Asia may be more likely to be awarded scholarships compared to those who go to Western Europe. Also, as an engineer, you belong to a group under-represented in study abroad, so you may have an improved chance of receiving scholarship support.

International scholarships

The Alvarado Global Experience Scholarship, the Huibregtse Award and the Robert B. Olson International Experience Fund are scholarship opportunities available to IESP students. Students can access information on these scholarships through Scholarships@UW. Alvarado and Huibregtse scholarships are $1,000 each and the Olson is approximately $3,500.

Carole Foster Scholarship (PDF). For summer, fall and/or spring international internships and co-ops. Applications are due the first Monday in May each year (summer and fall) and the first Monday in December (spring). Awards vary from $500-$1200.

National Security Education Program Boren Awards. NSEP scholarships can be applied to study abroad in all countries, except Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Gilman scholarships are available to U.S. students receiving Federal Title IV funding to provide partial support ($3,000-$5,000) to study abroad. Please discuss your project plans with IESP before submitting your application!

Diversity Abroad offers a variety of scholarships.

The Fund for Education Abroad offers general scholarships and a scholarship for LGBT students.

Region- and country-specific scholarships

  • Denmark: Scan Design Foundation; apply via Scholarships@UW.
    • The fall/year deadline is March 6 and the spring deadline is October 15.
  • France:
    • Campus France has a list of key scholarships for students studying in France.
    • Campus Bourses is a database consisting of many different scholarships and grants.
  • UK
    • The University of Sheffield offers study abroad scholarships for students from the United States in the amount of approximately $800 for one semester. Any U.S. national accepting a place at Sheffield is eligible to apply.
    • BUTEX scholarship. Design a poster or answer a fun question for a chance to win 500£!
  • Germany: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship
  • Asia
  • New Zealand:
    • Go Overseas offers a $15,000 scholarships to US student to study abroad in New Zealand. The scholarship also includes a round-trip flight. Additionally, five students attending the University of Auckland are eligible for scholarships of NZ$1,000.
    • Education New Zealand offers $2,000 travel awards for use in covering the flight to New Zealand. The University of Auckland also offers $500 awards for study. The deadline for these awards is December 1.
  • Japan:
  • China:
    • The Chou Kuo Ping awards are offered in recognition of Professor Chou Kuo Ping, Professor Emeritus, and former chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature. The awards are reserved for programs in China, including Hong Kong, or Taiwan. Students must be degree-seeking undergraduate candidates at the UW-Madison, be registered at the UW-Madison as a study abroad student for the time spent abroad, and be in a program that guarantees the student will receive UW-Madison credit for the academic work completed abroad. Apply through Scholarships@UW.
    • Students who participate in IESP's summer study abroad in China program are eligible to receive funding from UW's engineering departments. If you are interested in applying, please submit this form with your application when you apply to particiate in IESP's summer study abroad in China program.

By field

Additional offices also provide resources for information about other scholarships.

  • International Academic Programs maintains a study abroad scholarship chart that includes scholarships open to all students. However, several are open only to students going abroad through IAP, so please read carefully.
  • The Grants Information Collection, Reference Department, 2nd floor Memorial Library, has materials about all types of funding, and reference librarians are available for assistance. Start by reviewing the resources listed in the Funding for Study and Research Abroad guide.
  • Consult civic and social institutions for possible scholarships, loans and grants.