Office of International Education

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Featured Scholarships of the Month:


IIE Generation Study Abroad Study Abroad Schoalrship Program - Due 10/20/15 for SPRING 2016 only

Students who receive the Generation Study Abroad Scholarship are not eligible for the IPFW SA Scholarhip

Completed applications can be submitted in the IPFW Office of International Education in Walb 145 or via email at any time before October 16th, 2015. This is a one-time scholarship that applies to Spring 2016 approved credit-seeking programs only.

The Office of International Education is pleased to offer the opportunity for six students to receive $2,500 for a study abroad or internship abroad program in combination with a specialized project or independent study to make the most out of the experience. Funds were provided by the Institute of International Education and the IPFW Office of Academic Affairs.

Student Application (Cover sheet, application, faculty reference form, and budget worksheet)


  • Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in an IPFW undergraduate degree program
  • Scholarship recipients must contribute to diversifying the study abroad population at their institutions
  • Scholarship recipients must have never been out of the country before
  • Scholarship recipients must show a link between their study abroad program and career andacademic goals by participating in a research project, independent study or project with an IPFWfaculty mentor.
  • Scholarship recipients must complete at least three reflections before, during, and after the studyabroad program and volunteer with the Office of International Education upon return as a GlobalMastodon.
  • Recipients of the IIEGenerationStudyAbroad Scholarship will no longer be eligible for the IPFW Study Abroad Scholarship if previously awarded. 

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

 The applications for the 2016-2017 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.


Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.


The Boren Awards has several special initiatives to diversify the types of students study abroad and the languages they are studying. 

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•   The South Asian Flagship Language Initiative:

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 For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

 The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.  

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Funding your Study Abroad Program

The cost of studying abroad varies by program. Many IPFW students use some sort of financial aid to study abroad. Financial aid is defined as any source of funding for an academic program of study that comes from a source other than you or your parents. This could come in the form of Pell grants, Stafford Loans, Parent PLUS Loans or work study. It could also come in the form of scholarships from a private foundation or public institution. Most students will combine aid from a number of different sources to cover the costs of study abroad.

This website provides links to a number of scholarship, and fellowship resources. Please contact the Office of International Education first discuss financial resources while studying abroad and then with your financial aid advisor.

Financial Aid

Students who receive an aid package from federal and state sources may be eligible to apply this aid toward a study abroad program. Support from financial aid varies based on a number of factors such as remaining aid eligibility, program costs, length of stay and type of program. The Office of Financial Aid determines which study abroad programs are approved for financial aid. Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Financial Aid in Kettler 103 at (260)481-6243.


There are a number of scholarships available for study abroad programs. We provide a short list of links to different scholarship opportunities in the scholarship tab, but we also advise that you visit The Institute of International Education for more study abroad funding information.  Follow our Pintrest Scholarship board to find more than 40 different scholarships that are updated regularly.

Need help with your scholarship essay?

For further help with competitive scholarships and advise please visit The Office of Major Scholarship Advisement (OMSA)  which is the central coordinating IPFW office providing information, advice, and support to students who wish to apply for nationally competitive major scholarships.

General Reference Websites

NAFSA Financial Aid & Study Abroad: Basic Facts for Students

Study Visit for more information on scholarships to study overseas.

Institute of International Education (IIE) IIE has developed a website that allows students to search for study abroad funding opportunities by country or subject area.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars The National Society of Collegiate Scholars awards one $25,000 and one $5,000 award each semester for study abroad. Requires that applicants are undergraduates at an accredited college/university.

Michigan State University MSU has compiled a list of study abroad scholarships available to minority students and women.

Go Overseas published a list of 65 Study Abroad Grants and Scholarships.  They also have a great ebook a guide to how to budget Study Abroad - The Ultimate Guide to Financing Your Life Abroad.

Language Magazine Scholarship List - Guide to scholarships for language study for undergraduate and graduate students.


Get Creative

You could also raise money on your own by asking family and friends to contribute to fundraising goals.  Use an online crowd funding site like Fund My Travel

Check out more creative ideas from the University of Kentucky Study Abroad such as selling photos from abroad or writing articles for a local paper.

Find more scholarships and funding advice on our Pintrest Board