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To use any scholarships, grants, or aid, you must participate in an approved UK EA program. Program prices and other estimated costs are detailed on the program brochure page - click here to learn how to find your program costs. If you want to learn more about program options and figure out which one is right for you, chat with your UK EA Advisor.

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If you have scholarships, grants, aid, etc. from the University of Kentucky, US Government, or other entities who give money through your myUK portal, chat with the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to learn how to use those awards abroad. Tuition-based scholarships are best used on semester-long exchange programs, but your Financial Aid Counselor can guide you on the best way to use your award package.

Explore funding opportunities from UK Education Abroad & Exchanges, the University of Kentucky, partners, and organizations outside of UK.

The scholarships listed below highlight opportunities from a variety of sources. All scholarships available from the UK Education Abroad & Exchanges Office are described here and it is your responsibility to do creative searches online, fundraise through your network of family and friends, and make a plan to pay for the cost of your program. If you need help finding a program in your budget, chat with a UK EA Advisor.

Remember...

  • Don't rely solely on scholarships to pay for your program.
  • Scholarships stack, so apply for as many as you're eligible for!
  • Don't overwhelm yourself with searching. Set time limits and take breaks.

UK Education Abroad & Exchanges Scholarships

These scholarships are managed by the UK EA Office. For details, contact the UK EA Scholarships Coordinator.

UK Education Abroad & Exchanges Scholarship

Deadlines to apply: April 1 for fall programs | October 1 for winter and spring programs | February 1 & March 1 for summer programs

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be:

  • A University of Kentucky degree-seeking student
  • Applying for an eligible education abroad program for academic credit
  • In good academic standing with the University of Kentucky
  • Additional eligibility requirements listed on scholarship information page

Applicants are ineligible to apply if the student is any of the following:

  • A non-UK student
  • A non-degree seeking student
  • Applying for a non-credit program, embedded program, and/or an international rotation
  • Not in good academic standing with the University of Kentucky
  • Additional eligibility requirements listed on scholarship information page

Click the scholarship title to be directed to the scholarship information page. Additional information on eligibility, award amounts, and distribution dates are included on the scholarship information page.

 

Eligible applicants to the UK Education Abroad & Exchanges Scholarship are automatically considered for these additional UK EA awards:

Henry and Josephine Dusyen Scholarship Fund for Education Abroad

Applicable to fall programs only.

This scholarship is available for full-time undergraduate first generation college students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky who maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher at the time of application, have completed 30 or more credit hours, and are participating in a fall term semester length program. Consideration for this specific scholarship will take place as part of the UK Education Abroad Scholarship process.

Kevin & Sheri Collins Endowment for Education Abroad

Applicable to spring programs only.

This scholarship is available for first generation full-time college students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky who maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher at the time of application and are participating in a spring semester program in any country. Consideration for this specific scholarship will take place as part of the UK Education Abroad Scholarship process.

Meredith Leigh Buscher Memorial Scholarship

Applicable to fall and spring programs.

This scholarship is available for full-time undergraduate students of any major or discipline currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky participating in credit bearing, semester-long Spanish language and culture Education Abroad program in South or Central America. Preference will be given to those students studying Spanish language. Consideration for this specific scholarship will take place as part of the UK Education Abroad Scholarship process.

UK EA Pell Grant Top Up

Applicable to fall, winter, spring, and summer programs.

The UK EA Pell Grant Scholarship is awarded to all UK students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant at the time of application for the UK EA Scholarship, regardless of application score, as long as funds allow. If funds become limited, awards will be disbursed to Pell Grant recipients based on UK EA Scholarship scores, from highest to lowest. This scholarship award amount is $500. Students must complete the UK EA Scholarship and meet UK EA Scholarship eligibility to be considered for this award. This scholarship is not available for embedded programs.

New Horizons Scholarship

Deadlines to apply: April 1 for fall-embedded programs | December 1 for spring-embedded programs

The UK Education Abroad & Exchanges Office offers competitive need and merit-based scholarships to students (undergraduate and graduate) currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky and participating in UK Faculty-Directed programs. Embedded Education Abroad programs are international programs that include an experience abroad as a component of a course for which most of the content is provided in the United States during a typical academic semester.

Click the scholarship title to be directed to the scholarship information page. Additional information on eligibility, award amounts, and distribution dates are included on the scholarship information page.

UK Education Abroad & ISA Diversity Scholarship

Note: This scholarship is currently unavailable.

The UK EA & ISA Diversity Scholarship is targeted at incoming first-year students at the University of Kentucky to help them plan an international experience into their degree plan.

UK Education Abroad International Rotations Scholarship

Click to view deadlines posted in the scholarship information page.

UK Education Abroad & Exchanges offers a competitive scholarship for professional medical rotation students participating on for-credit education abroad programs throughout the academic year. The UK Education Abroad Rotation Scholarship is awarded one time per year for each college based on college-specific deadlines.

Click the scholarship title to be directed to the scholarship information page. Additional information on eligibility, award amounts, and distribution dates are included on the scholarship information page.

University of Caen Scholarship

This scholarship is available for students proficient in French language, who have demonstrated academic achievement, and plan to continue French study. UK Education Abroad, in partnership with the Lexington-Deauville Sister City commission, offers two semesters (one fall and one spring) tuition and housing paid scholarships to attend the University of Caen in France. Contact Exchanges Coordinator Laurence Tuccori – Laurence.tuccori@uky.edu – for a copy of the scholarship application form.

Heidelberg Scholarship

Click the scholarship title for deadline information.

UK Education Abroad & Exchanges offers two scholarships per year for students studying at the Heidelberg University in Germany. The recipients of this scholarship will exhibit academic excellence, maturity, adaptability, a readiness to learn and the ability to communicate in German.

University of Kentucky, College, and Departmental Awards

These awards are from various colleges and departments at the University of Kentucky. UK EA does not manage these awards. Contact the college or department listed for more information.

UK Confucius Institute Scholarships

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The Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky (UKCI) is pleased to announce both short- and long-term Confucius Institute (CI) Scholarships for non-Chinese citizens. The CI Headquarters, also called Hanban and located in Beijing, founded this scholarship to provide funding for students, scholars, and non-native Chinese language teachers worldwide to help them further their studies of Chinese. This scholarship also encourages the building of knowledge and understanding of the Chinese language and culture through support of research related to these topics, and to Chinese history, literature and philosophy.

UK LGBTQ* Resources Scholarships

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The University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources, a unit of the Office of Institutional Diversity, has scholarships available to currently enrolled full-time students. Award requirements, deadlines, and details vary, but more information is available by clicking the scholarship title.

College of Health Sciences Travel Grant

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All College of Health Sciences students who complete a study abroad academic and/or clinical experience approved by the student’s professional program and by UK Education Abroad and for which they receive academic credit will be eligible for a College of Health Sciences Student International Study Grant. Students seeking a grant must follow established timelines and procedures for approval by their professional program and complete the application process required by both the CHS Office of Student Affairs and UK Education Abroad. To receive the grant, students must complete the attached CHS Student International Study Grant Reimbursement Request and provide it to the Business Office along with original receipts up to the amount for which they qualify within 30 days of their return from the study abroad experience. Students receiving grants remain eligible for additional scholarships and awards through UK Education Abroad and other agencies.

Undergraduate Research Abroad Scholarships

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The Office of Undergraduate Research and Education Abroad are proud to co-sponsor undergraduate research abroad. Undergraduates must be conducting research for a minimum of 8 weeks and be nominated by a faculty member to be eligible. This scholarship pays up to $5,000 to a University of Kentucky full-time undergraduate student to cover the costs of a well-defined research project abroad during the summer term for approximately 8 weeks. The student applying for the scholarship must be highly recommended by a UK faculty mentor with whom they have already done research. It is assumed the UK faculty mentor will recommend the abroad faculty mentor to the student and help broker the arrangement. Please send questions to ugresearch@uky.edu.

The Office of Undergraduate Research also recommends additional awards, information on which can be found by clicking the scholarship title.

Partner Scholarships

These awards are offered by our partner providers and partner universities abroad. To learn more about these scholarships, contact the partner or host university listed with the award.

University of Ludwigsburg Grant

This scholarship is available for graduate students studying German Language, Literature or Studies currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky participating in a spring semester program at the University of Ludwigsburg. Please contact Dr. Linda Worley (lworley@uky.edu) for more details.

External Scholarships and Grants

These awards are managed by parties apart from UK and UK EA. For more details, contact the entity sponsoring the award - listed in the scholarship description.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Deadlines are typically March 1 and October 1.

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. To be eligible for the Gilman Program, applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship.

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Gilman-McCain Scholarship

Deadline to apply is typically March 1.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Applicants must be recipients of any type of Title IV federal financial aid during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving Title IV federal financial aid during their study abroad program or internship.

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Gilman Partners Scholarships

The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman International Scholarship Program partners with governments, organizations, corporations, institutions as well as donors to offer scholarships and experiences to future and current Gilman Scholars in addition to alumni of the Gilman Program.

For details on which countries, schools, and businesses have partnered with Gilman for these awards, click the scholarship title.

Critical Language Scholarship

NOTE: This scholarship requires students to complete a program that is not currently approved in UK EA's program list. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship/program, please contact your UK EA Advisor before applying. There is no guarantee that UK EA will approve your participation in a non-preapproved UK EA program.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. 

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DAAD Scholarships

NOTE: This scholarship requires students complete a program that is not currently approved in UK EA's program list. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship/program, please contact your UK EA Advisor before applying. There is no guarantee that UK EA will approve your participation in a non-preapproved UK EA program.

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or an independent study abroad semester or year.

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The David Hershberg Scholarship

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The David Hershberg Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad was established in memory of David Hershberg, a Louisville educator, mentor, and guiding force in the creation and development of the Louisville International Cultural Center (now the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana).This annual scholarship awards recipients funds of at least $1,500 to be used to help defray the costs of international travel, lodging, and maintenance for a period of at least 21 days of study or research outside the United States. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of academic merit and by the importance of their proposed study/research abroad experience for their personal, intellectual, and professional career goals.

Additional Databases and Lists

These external databases and lists are additional resources to expand your scholarship search. These lists and scholarships within are not managed by UK EA.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

This scholarship database features a variety of scholarships, fellowships, and other funding opportunities available to students participating on a variety of international experiences.

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NAFSA Study Abroad Scholarships

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest and most diverse nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange, working to advance policies and practices that ensure a more interconnected, peaceful world today and for generations to come. NAFSA has compiled a scholarships and grants list.

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Go Overseas Scholarships

Go Overseas is a community reviews site that encourages international travel and academic success. Their website is regularly updated with scholarships and funding opportunities for a variety of program and experience types.

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StudyAbroad.com Scholarships

StudyAbroad.com has compiled a large list of study abroad scholarships that are a variety of merit-based, student-specific, destination-specific, program-specific, and subject-specific awards.

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