Scholarship Opportunities for US students

While EMU Cross-cultural Programs does not offer designated scholarships, there are opportunities available to qualified students who are serious about putting significant time and effort into completing a competitive application.


The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international exchange program for students planning on overseas study and research after graduation. If you are a U.S. citizen who will have a bachelor’s degree by the beginning date of the grant and you are thinking of studying, assistant-teaching English, or conducting research abroad, you could be one of more than 1,500 students who receive a Fulbright U.S. Student grant each year to go overseas. Application deadline is the end of September/October and should be started at least two months in advance. Visit the Fulbright website for detailed information on eligibility, awards available, and application components.

Gilman Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding and participating in a cross-cultural program for at least four weeks in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list. October 5 and March 1 are deadlines for spring and fall semesters. Most awards are around $4,000 for the semester.

Boren Scholarships

David L. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants identify how their study abroad programs or overseas projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. Awards are for up to one academic year. Boren Scholars demonstrate their merit for an award of up to $20,000 in part by committing to work for the U.S. Government for at least 1 year.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad offers general scholarships for U.S.undergraduates who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks during the academic year or a summer term. Up to $5,000 may be awarded for a semester program and a summer award is calculated at a proportionate amount. Applications, which include essays, are due November.

International students, graduate students, scholars, and faculty may find resources on study abroad funding through the Institute for International Education.