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Types of Scholarships

Cornell Abroad has many resources available to find scholarships and financial assistance of non-Cornell sources and encourages you to research opportunities. If you do plan to apply for outside financial assistance, plan ahead and apply early! The financial aid policy at Cornell allows you to apply 100% of scholarships awarded from outside/non-Cornell sources to student loans, thereby reducing your indebtedness when you graduate.
There are three types of program scholarships that are generally available.


Cornell University Scholarships 

OCOF: The Off-Campus Opportunity Fund is a common application for students seeking financial support for off-campus experiences. The fund consolidates the application and awarding process of four previously distinct grants offered through the following central units: Cornell Abroad, OADI, Engaged Cornell, VPIA & Einaudi.  This funding is primarily for short-term programs when financial aid is less available.

University Scholarships that do not require an application:

Frank W. and Emily Wood Scholarship Fund Undergraduate Cornell Students in engineering or the sciences planning to study at Imperial College in London, or other British universities.

Lauren Pickard Scholarship Fund is a scholarship for students currently receiving grant aid on the Cornell in Paris: EDUCO program.

Percy Scholarship Fund: Women receiving grant aid and planning to study in Paris are eligible. Preference given to full year students at Cornell in Paris/ EDUCO.

Rudolph Carl Norberg Fund is for undergraduate Cornell University students studying at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden

Anna Schmidt Scholarship Fund: Undergraduate students planning to study in Germany for a semester or year who currently receive grant aid are eligible.  

David M. Rosenberg PrizeProvides funding to cover international airfare for undergraduates participating in Cornell approved programs in Beijing and Hong Kong. If interested in applying, please contact Kathy Lynch at KL16.

Program Specific Scholarships

Some scholarships may be available through your program sponsor. Talk to your study abroad adviser to find out whether these opportunities may be available, and contact your program directly for information, applications, and deadlines.









National Scholarships

There are hundreds if not thousands of scholarships available to students for international experience. Below are some of the most prestigous that many Cornell students have a history of attaining.

The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship provides awards for study abroad, for US citizens who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application.  More information:  Ms. Kathy Lynch is the advisor for Gilman awards.

Boren Scholarships are available for students studying less commonly taught languages and area/international studies.   See for more information on these competitive awards.  Dr. Kristen Grace is the Boren Scholarships Advisor for Cornell University.  The Cornell University deadline is typically 10-days before the national deadline to give time for internal review and endorsement of all Cornell applications.

The Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships are offered up to $5,000 per semester and are not limited to specific programs, destinations, or fields of study.  FEA awards funds to students planning to study abroad on academically rigorous programs with a strong preference for underrepresented students.  More information:  
The Fund for Education Abroad BASAA Scholarship is dedicated to increasing access for underrepresented students in study abroad. This scholarship (up to $5,000) will be awarded to a deserving student who attends a US university/college located in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Connecticut. More information:
The Fund for Education Abroad Rainbow Scholarship is awarded to a deserving LGBTQ student who aims to participate in an education abroad program. More information:  

BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association) often offers one or two scholarships (£500 each) for Study Abroad and Exchange students from Canada and the United States who are attending BUTEX member institutions.  
More information:  

Association of Teachers of Japanese: Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan:  a professional association which offers resources for studying Japan, including undergraduate scholarships.  More information:  

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has a number of options available to final year undergraduate students as well as graduate students.  More information: DAAD/Cornell Exchange Fellowships

New Zealand Full-Tuition Scholarship: Education New Zealand and Go Overseas have partnered to offer a US study abroad student a full-tuition scholarship (up to $15,000NZD) for study in New Zealand for a semester: More information:

U.S. Department of State: Critical Language Scholarship Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.  More information:

Funding Search Engines

Continue to search for more opportunities. 
University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center Scholarship Database
IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding
Diversity Abroad
Infoed International
International Education Financial Aid





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