External Scholarships

Receiving an external scholarship can not only help to fund your international experience, it can open doors for you in the future as well. These scholarships can be competitive, but it is worth your time to apply for them! Below you can find information about prestigious government-funded scholarships and other organizational scholarships.

Government-Funded Scholarships

Scholarships & Eligibility  Deadlines Amount

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Eligibility: U.S. citizen, undergraduate, receiving a Federal Pell Grant

Advisors: Erin Kelly-Weber, Julie Lucas

Applications for programs that start between December 1, 2022-October 31, 2023 will open in mid-August 2022. See more details below.

March 2023 (Summer/Fall/AY  2023 and Spring 2024 programs)

October 6, 2022 (Spring/Summer/Fall 2023 and AY 2023-2024 programs) 


up to $5,000

Gilman-McCain Scholarship

Eligibility: U.S. citizen, undergraduate, recipient of any Title IV federal financial aid, dependent (child or spouse) of active or activated U.S. military personnel during time of application

Advisors: Erin Kelly-Weber, Julie Lucas

Applications for programs that start between September 1, 2022-April 30, 2023 are open!See more details below.

August 1, 2022 (Fall 2022/AY 2022-2023/Spring 2023 programs)


Boren Scholarship

Eligibility: Undergraduate; focuses on locations, languages, & fields of study critical to U.S. national security; Federal Service requirement after graduation

Advisors: Julie Lucas, Vid Raatior

Applications for 2023 will open in mid-August 2022. See more details below.

SJSU Campus Deadline: January 18, 2023

up to $20,000

Boren Fellowship

Eligibility: Graduate; focuses on locations, languages, & fields of study critical to U.S. national security; Federal Service requirement after graduation

Advisors: Julie Lucas,Vid Raatior

Applications for 2023 will open in mid-August 2022. See more details below.

SJSU Campus Deadline: January 11, 2023 up to $30,000

Fulbright U.S. Student Programs

Eligibility: Graduate; other requirements vary by program

Advisors: Vid Raatior, Julie Lucas

See more details below.

SJSU Campus Deadline: September 27, 2022 Fully funded  

Fund for Education Abroad 

Eligibility: Undergraduate; U.S. citizen, permanent resident or DACA recipient; programs must be at least 28 days; preference given to students of color, first-generation college students and students with high financial need 

Applications are open now for spring 2023 programs! See more details below.

January 2023 (Summer/Fall 2023 and AY 2023-2024 programs)

September 15, 2022 (Spring 2023 programs)

up to $10,000

DAAD Scholarships

Eligibility: Studying in Germany; Other requirements vary by scholarship

See more details below.

Varies Varies


Organizational Scholarships

Scholarships & Eligibility  Deadlines Amount

Strauss Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate students at SJSU who have completed at least one year of college, GPA in upper 1/3 of your class, have the desire to make a difference in local, regional, national or international communities.

January 24, 2023 $15,000

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Eligibility: Undergraduate; 2.8 GPA; receive need-based financial aid; Studying in East or Southeast Asia w/ intensive language program 

February (Fall,
AY, Sum.)
October (Spring)
 up to $7,000

County of Santa Clara / Florence, Italy Sister County Commission Scholarship

Eligibility: Studying abroad in Florence, Italy; upper division undergraduate standing; 3.0 GPA; Resident of Santa Clara County for at least 6 months

April  Varies

Go Overseas Scholarships

Eligibility: Varies greatly by Scholarship 

Varies Varies

Japan Student Services Org. (JASSO) Scholarship

Eligibility: Students accepted by a Japanese University. Application process will vary by university. Contact SJSU's study abroad office for more details. 

Varies a monthly stipend of up to ¥80,000

Bridging Scholarships

Eligibility: Undergraduate, studying in Japan, program must be at least 3 months, other requirements apply

April (Fall/AY) 
Oct. (Spring) 
 up to $4,000

PHI KAPPA PHI Study Abroad Grant

Eligibility: You do NOT need to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply, undergraduate, GPA of at least 3.75

Feb. (Fall/AY) 
Sept. (Spring)

Diverse Women of Color Scholarship

Eligibility: Identify as woman of color (including but not limited to Black or African-American, Native American, Hispanic/Latina and Asian); GPA of 2.7 or higher; accepted to a summer study abroad program

May (for Summer programs) $500 (traveling programs) or $250 (virtual programs)

Scott's Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship

Eligibility: open to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents

Oct. (Fall)
TBA (Spring)


ItaliaRail's Italy Study Abroad Scholarship

Eligibility: Accepted or applying to a semester / academic year program in Italy



GO Abroad Scholarships

Eligibility: An online portal for study abroad scholarships with varying eligibility requirements.

Varies Varies

Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program

Eligibility: American or Japanese citizen accepted into a study abroad program in Japan, semester or year-long programs only 

Spring All program expenses

We Make Scholars

Eligibility: An online portal for study abroad opportunities with varying eligibility requirements.

Varies Varies

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Eligibility: An online portal for study abroad scholarships with varying eligiblity requirements; generally promotes scholarships that support students who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad 

Varies Varies

International Student: Travel Video Contest

Eligibility: Currently studying abroad or if not currently abroad describe your proposed study abroad

October  $4000

 Gilman Scholarship

The Gilman and Gilman-McCain Scholarships are congressionally funded initiatives of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State to support U.S. students on study and internship programs abroad.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions. The program also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (those deemed important to national security). Veterans of military service are encouraged to apply, and preference is given to veterans when other factors are equivalent. By supporting undergraduate students who have high financial need, the program has been successful in supporting students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including but not limited to first-generation college students, students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, students attending HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) or other minority-serving institutions, students attending community colleges, and students coming from U.S. states with less study abroad participation.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona. The scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. The purpose and selection criteria for the scholarship is the same as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

 Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Fulbright Scholarships

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. 

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate on any international education program that meets their academic objectives. Scholarships range from $1,250 – $10,000 and can be applied for programs that run for at least 28 days.

DAAD ScholarshipSince it was founded in 1925, more than 1.9 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. DAAD supports the internationalization of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.