Study Abroad Scholarships

Below you will find a few examples of Brandeis scholarships and outside funding sources which may be helpful as you plan for study abroad.

Scholarships for Brandeis Students

Brandeis Scholarships for Study Abroad

Brandeis Scholarships for Study Abroad are available for students receiving need-based financial aid. There is also one scholarship for study in China available to any student regardless of their financial aid status. Application materials are available online through your Online Study Abroad account. 

The deadline for Fall, Academic Year, and Spring is in late February/early March.

Frances Taylor Eizenstat '65 Undergraduate Israel Travel Grant Program

The Eizenstat Travel Grant offers competitive $2,500 grants for students pursuing academic or career interests in Israel: study, work, research or internship. Students from all departments and majors are invited to apply.

Deadline: March 30. Questions? Email

Crown Center for Middle East Studies

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies offers summer travel and study grants of up to $4,000 for undergraduate and graduate students. Any field of study may be considered but the research must be related to the Middle East. These grants may be used for summer travel/study or for senior thesis research during the academic year.

The application deadline is typically in March.

Ruth Gollan Prize in Hebrew

The Ruth Gollan Prize in Hebrew for $900 will be awarded to a student pursuing a program of study in Israel in Hebrew language and/or literature.

National Scholarships

Boren Scholarships, The National Security Education Program (NSEP)

Boren Scholarships, The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. They focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented areas in study abroad. 

The campus deadline is December and differs from the national deadline. Please visit the Boren Scholarship page for more details.

Benjamin A. Gilman Undergraduate Scholarships Program

Benjamin A. Gilman Undergraduate Scholarships Program provides undergraduate students with limited financial means with up to $5,000 to pursue overseas study. Students who plan to study Critical Need Languages and receive the Gilman Scholarship are also eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program. The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is open to students who are child dependents of active duty military members. If you're interested in applying for the Gilman, please contact your study abroad advisor.

Application deadlines are typically in March for fall/year/summer students studying abroad and October for Spring students.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Please review it's website for deadlines and eligibility criteria.

Applications will reopen in January for the following academic year.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad is committed to increasing opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.

Applications are due in January.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan provide assistance to students with travel and living expenses incurred during a semester or year in Japan. 

The deadline for students who will be studying in Japan in the Fall or Academic Year is typically April while the deadline for Spring students is typically October. 

British Transatlantic Exchange Association

British Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) offers a 500 Pound scholarship to students who have been offered a place as a study abroad student in a UK university which is a member of BUTEX. 

The scholarship deadline for any student abroad a semester or the academic year is generally May.

Department of State's Critical Language Scholarships

The Department of State's Critical Language Scholarships provide funding for intensive overseas summer study of "critical need" languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Indic (Bangla, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu), Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish. 

The deadline is typically in the Fall.

MASA Grants

The MASA Grants provide on-time $1,000 grants for Jewish undergraduates studying in Israel. 

Applications must be sent to MASA at least two months before the start of your program.

Other National Scholarship Resources

Please note that not all information applies to the Brandeis study abroad experience.

Program-Specific Scholarships

Many institutions will offer grants and scholarships for students studying abroad on their program. Listed below are just a few highlights of the types of funding available through some of the more popular programs for Brandeis students. Be sure to check with your individual program to see if they offer any merit and/or need-based scholarships.

Study Abroad After Graduation

Students interested in learning more about international scholarships for study abroad after graduation, (i.e. Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall), can check out the Scholarships and Fellowships website.