Office of International Education

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  Featured Scholarships of the Month:


Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Every year, U.S. scholars in a wide variety of academic disciplines teach and conduct research at educational institutions and non-profit organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa.  U.S. Embassies in the region contribute to the program through their direction of an extensive network of scholars and share their expertise with colleagues and students. In addition to accomplishing their grant-specific goals, Fulbright Scholars often build lasting relationships that serve as the foundation for on-going projects and other interactions on the personal and the institution level. Highlighted awards in Sub-Saharan Africa for the 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program include:

 Burkina Faso: Engineering and Environmental Science


Application Deadline: August 1, 2016 

 For more information about awards to Sub-Saharan Africa, visit the 2017-2018 Catalog of Awards or view our recorded webinarThe Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit

$1,000 You Deserve It Scholarship from ScholarshipOwl

In order to apply for this sweepstakes, you must first make a free ScholarshipOwl account. 

Check our Facebook page for #MoneyMonday for weekly scholarship/fundraising ideas and follow our Pinterest Board for more.  Also review our How to Afford Study Abroad Powerpoint

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, or Parent PLUS Loans. 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 3 main categories for study abroad: IPFW programs, IU, PU State University programs, and approved 3rd party provider programs (see for all options)   Note that if a student is not charged IPFW rates for any aspect of their trip, they will need to fill out a consortium agreement  by 4/15 or 11/1  


Type of Aid

IPFW & Exchange Programs

IU/Purdue/Other state programs

3rd Party programs including Direct

Federal Aid




State Aid

Yes , including Child of a veteran or Public Service Officer

Yes - Child of a veteran Aid would need to be set up at Host School


IPFW based scholarships

Yes – including 21st century



Institutional Scholarships

Yes – including Chapman, Doermer’s & Chancellor’s

only Chapman, Doermer, and Chancellor’s


Outside scholarships


Per donor

Per donor


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 - Use these search engines and guides to find scholarships that may apply towards you or your program of choice.  


Don't stop with just international scholarships! It's never too late to keep applying for all scholarships for college


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