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Outside Funding Sources

The scholarships listed below are administered by a variety of outside entities. Please contact the relevant organization for more information or speak with Rachael Brown, Study Abroad Coordinator, at Oklahoma City University ( or 405-208-5270.

Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Preference is given to geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. The deadline to submit the application for the 2019-2020 Boren Scholarship is February 7, 2019.

Boren ROTC Initiative

Boren-ROTC Initiative
There is a special initiative for ROTC applicants for the Boren Scholarship. ROTC applicants must fulfill the same general eligibility requirements as all Boren applicants. In addition, ROTC students must be in an inactive, non-drilling status during their Boren-funded overseas study. ROTC students who receive this scholarship usually find that their Commanders are fully supportive and willing to assist with provisions for completing ROTC class and lab requirements before or after the Boren experience.

​Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
Undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens studying any major are eligible to apply. Knowledge of Japanese language is not a prerequisite. The awards are typically $2,500 for semester-long programs or $4,000 for academic-year programs. The deadline for Fall 2019 or Academic Year 2019-2020 is April 10, 2019.

​The BUTEX Scholarships

The BUTEX Scholarships
Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to U.S. and Canadian students studying abroad for either a semester or an academic year at member institutions in the United Kingdom (see list of members). The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. The 2019-2020 scholarship application deadline is June 15, 2019.

Diversity Abroad & CISI Planning Scholarship

Diversity Abroad & CISI Planning Scholarship
Diversity Abroad and CISI award $1,500 planning scholarships to students of diverse backgrounds at Diversity Network Member institutions (OCU is a member institution). Planning scholarships are an opportunity to provide students with scholarship funds that will help them make the decision to study abroad. The awards, for $1,500 each, will be awarded to students to study abroad in the Fall the following year, and may be used to cover expenses for which financial aid is not readily available such as passports and visas, flights, program deposits, etc. The students do not need to have selected a study abroad program at the time of receiving this scholarship. The application deadline is in November.


Searchable Database of scholarships for non-German students interested in studying in Germany. See also the RISE research internships for science students. Grants available for a variety of research programs and language training.

Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship

Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship
Administered by Washington Center, this U.S. Department of State fellowship program aims to diversify the ranks of Information Management Specialists serving in the U.S. Foreign Service with traditionally underrepresented minority groups. This includes but is not limited to racial, geographic, religious and gender minorities, as well as those with financial need.

During this two-year program, you'll complete two summer internships with the State Department: one in the U.S., between the first and second year of your undergraduate or Master's program, the other overseas, during the summer after you complete your degree. Throughout the program you’ll receive personalized mentoring and professional development opportunities. After successfully completing the program and meeting all the requirements of the State Department, you will serve as an Information Management Specialist with the Foreign Service for five years.

Learn more about eligibility requirements and the application timeline HERE.

Freeman-ASIA Awards

The Freeman-ASIA Awards for Undergraduate Study in East and Southeast Asia offers scholarships of up to $7,000 for U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who plan to study abroad in one of 15 countries. Apply Now.

Academic Year 2019-2020 Deadlines
Student Deadline: April 5, 2019
Study Abroad Adviser Deadline: April 12, 2019

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.

FEA awards scholarships of up to $10,000 for students who plan to study abroad for a full academic year; up to $5,000 for students who plan to study abroad during the fall or spring semester; and awards that are prorated by number of weeks in-country (with a minimum of $1,250) for students studying abroad during summer.

FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad -- including those studying in a non-traditional destination and those demonstrating financial need.

The Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Academic Year 2019-2020 application is now closed. For those interested in studying abroad in Spring 2020 the application will open in July 2019.

The Garden Club of America Scholarships

The Garden Club of America Scholarships

The Garden Club of America offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 areas related to conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research. In 2018, more than $308,400 were awarded to 65 scholars.

Garden Club of America: Scholarships for Botany students
Purpose: To encourage young men and women who are interested in furthering their studies in field botany and offer an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience beyond the regular course of study.

Provisions: Provides $3000 annually to one student for summer study in the field.

The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
For graduate and undergraduate students with preference given to undergraduate students.

Purpose: To promote the importance of botany to horticulture by encouraging young men and women to study field botany and to offer an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the field beyond the regular course of study.

Provisions: Provides $3500 annually to one or more students for summer study in the field.

The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Purpose: To encourage US undergraduate students to expand their knowledge of medicinal botany by pursuing summer study in various projects, courses, and/or internship with supervision and structure.

Provisions: Provides $3000 to one student annually for summer study.

​Gilman Scholarships

Gilman Scholarships
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Over 2,900 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000.

Review the application timeline here.

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship
(Ministry of Education in Taiwan)

To encourage students to study Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan) established the Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) Program in 2005. This scholarship provides a monthly stipend for students interested in learning about Taiwan’s culture at university- or college-affiliated Mandarin training centers.

​Japan Student Services Organization

Japan Student Services Organization
Available for qualified international students already accepted by Japanese universities or graduate schools for a semester or year.

​Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
To encourage more women to pursue education and careers in business, Zonta International established the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. Zonta International offers up to 32 scholarships of $2,000 each at the district/region level and six international scholarships in the amount of $8,000 each.

Women of any age, pursuing an accredited business or business-related program who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field, are eligible and encouraged to apply. For a full list of the eligibility and application requirements, please refer to the application.

John C. Phelan General Course Scholarships

John C. Phelan General Course Scholarships
This scholarship is for students applying to London School of Economics only.

LSE offers a number of scholarships for students accepted on to the General Course in 2019/20. These scholarships, worth up to the full General Course tuition fee, were created by a generous donation from the John and Amy Phelan Family Foundation.

The John C Phelan General Course Scholarships are available to any applicant, of any nationality, who secures a place on the General Course program and accepts their offer. The scholarships will be awarded primarily on the basis of financial need, but academic merit will also be taken into account.

Offer holders will be sent information on how to apply once they receive an offer. The deadline for scholarship applications is 1 June 2019.

​Melton Art Scholarships​

Melton Art Scholarships

The Melton Reference Library in Oklahoma City offers a $3000 scholarship each year to an Oklahoma visual arts student.

  • Eligible applicants must be a visual arts/art major or an educator pursuing art certification.
  • Applicants may apply as a college freshmen, sophomore or junior for an award in the following academic year.
  • Preference for financial need.
  • Preference for students needing funds to study art abroad.

​Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships

Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships
Morgan Stanley awards $7500 to two undergraduate students to help finance their studies. Eligible students include students at US universities (citizens or permanent residents) who have an interest in economics and international finance and who have been accepted for study in Japan for the academic year.

The deadline for Academic Year 2019-2020 is May 2, 2019.

National Italian American Foundation

National Italian American Foundation
The NIAF awards scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $12,000 on the basis of academic merit. Click here for a full list of scholarships and eligibility requirements.

Applications for 2019-2020 Academic Year are due by March 1, 2019. The application for 2020-2021 will open on December 1, 2019.

​Phi Kappa Phi - Study Abroad Grants Competition

Phi Kappa Phi - Study Abroad Grants Competition
OCU students are eligible for the Phi Kappa Phi scholarships due to the university's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

You are eligible to apply if you meet ALL of the following:

  • you have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • your study abroad program begins between May 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020;
  • you have applied to or been accepted into an accredited study abroad program before the session deadline and provide a letter of acceptance or a letter confirming your application, on official letterhead, as part of your application.

The application deadline is March 15, 2019.