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Funding Opportunities

Education abroad can be very affordable, but it’s important to do your research to make sure the program you choose fits you—both academically and financially. We encourage you to start planning early.

Plan ahead

  • Start your search early! You can often apply for education abroad scholarships, grants, etc., before you have applied or are accepted into your program.
  • Your existing financial aid package and scholarships may be applied to approved education abroad programs.
  • Talk to One Stop Student Services to understand the cost of your UT education as well as how you currently finance it. For some scholarships you will need to demonstrate financial need through the submission of a FAFSA.


  • Schedule an appointment with a Programs Abroad coordinator to discuss which type of program best suits your budget. To schedule an appointment, call 865-974-3177.
  • Check out our Funding & Scholarships page for more about budgeting, financial aid FAQ, and other helpful information.

UT Knoxville Awarded Funding

CGE Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship 
Financial need and academic merit-based funding ($750 for short-term programs or $1,250 for semester or academic year) for UT undergraduates participating in a CGE-approved education abroad program.

Diversity & Engagement Study Abroad Scholarship

Awards are $1,000 each and for summer 2020 programs only (includes mini-term, summer 1, summer 2, and full summer). Students with high financial need and of underrepresented populations in education abroad are given priority.

CGE Asia Exchange Program Scholarship

Financial need and academic merit-based funding ($2,000 for semester or year) for UT undergraduate students participating on a UT Exchange program in Asia. For a list of eligible programs, click here.

UT Open Campus Semester Program Grant

Must have an application for the UT Open Campus Semester Program. Grants are awarded based on academic merit and financial aid and are for $3,000.

*Read application page carefully

UT in Florence Scholarship

Academic merit and financial need based, Lorenzo di’Medici is offering scholarships ($700) for summer and fall 2020 students who will be participating on the UT in Florence program.

International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) Scholarships
Funding available to students participating on one of the following programs: ISA EuroScholars, UT Summer International Research Opportunities Program or Research in Arts (UT Art History in Paris).

SIT–ONSF Partner Award
Financial need and academic merit-based competitive funding available to undergraduate students participating on a SIT program (affiliate).

Chancellor’s Honors Program Ready for the World Grant
Competitive Honors Research grants available to honors students to finance an international or intercultural experience.

1794 Scholars Program’s Cultural Experience Grant

Funding (up to $750) available to active students in the 1794 Scholars Program who are in good academic standing.

UTIA Undergraduate Study Abroad Grants Program
Only students in the Herbert College of Agriculture or the International Agriculture & Natural Resources minor are eligible to apply. Funding supports international study (short term or semester long), internships, and research experiences.

Haslam College of Business Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship
Funding available to undergraduate business students enrolled in an approved education abroad program.

MFLL Chad Goldman and Brian Pendleton Undergraduate Travel Abroad Scholarship

Scholarships available to MFLL majors studying abroad. Students participating in semester programs are given priority over summer.

MFLL Clayton McDonald Scholarship

Competitive funding ($1,200) for students in the UT Language & World Business program. Semester or year-long study abroad will be given priority over summer study while reviewing applications.

MFLL Mossman Scholars Endowment Awards
Funding for students majoring or minoring in modern foreign languages and literatures with a concentration in a Romance language participating in a UT-approved program abroad for a semester, year, or summer.

Kirkland Family Spanish Award
Competitive funding available to Spanish majors enrolled in a UT-approved program abroad for at least one semester, taking a minimum of 12 hours of Spanish classes.

German Program Scholarships
A number of scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate German major/minor students studying abroad in Germany.

W.K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs
Funding to support UT undergraduate and graduate research and creative projects abroad aimed at enhancing and promoting education for world responsibility.

Externally Awarded Funding

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Funding available (up to $5,000) to undergraduate students who receive a Federal Pell Grant to participate in study and intern abroad programs. Students studying critical-need languages can qualify for additional funds (up to an additional $3,000). Applicants must be US citizens.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship

Funding available ($5,000) for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. This scholarship is open to eligible students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships
Funding available to undergraduate students enrolled in a credit-earning study abroad program of at least four weeks. Priority is given to students from underrepresented populations in study abroad. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. EARLY DEADLINES!

Diversity Abroad Scholarships
Funding available to economically disadvantaged students, first-generation students, ethnically and racially diverse students, students with disabilities, and students who identify as LGBTQ+. As a member of the Diversity Abroad Network, UT students are eligible to apply for additional scholarships.

Rainbow Scholarship
Funding through FEA available to LGBT+ students participating in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
Funding available ($1,000) to any undergraduate student (you do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi) enrolled in an education abroad program.

Boren Awards (National Security Education Program)
Funding for undergraduate and graduate students to study less-commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests as well as those underrepresented in study abroad. Applicants must be US citizens.

College Language Association Study Abroad Scholarship
Funding available to students participating in a study abroad program to enhance his or her proficiency in a target language and/or his or her understanding of other cultures. Each applicant must have a CLA faculty sponsor who currently works at their home institution.

Financial need-based funding available to undergraduate students studying abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

DAAD German Academic Exchange Service
Funding available to North American college or university undergraduate and graduate students to study, intern, and research abroad in Germany.

Bridging Scholarship for Study in Japan
Funding available to undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Applicants must be US citizens and enrolled in an American college or university.

Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards
Funding available to students (at least a sophomore) who are enrolled at a New Zealand university or ITP through a study abroad program. Applicants must be US citizens or hold US resident status.

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange (BUTEX)
Funding available to undergraduate students who are enrolled in a study abroad program at a BUTEX member institution.

Go Oversees Scholarships
Funding available to students planning on studying, interning, or volunteering aboard. Country-specific scholarships available.

You must be a legal US resident and student over the age of 14 from an accredited high school, trade school, university, or college. Create a video or written essay that answers “What inspires you to travel abroad?”


Databases for Additional Funding

IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding
Study Abroad 101 Scholarships
BigFuture Scholarship Search

NOTE: UT students interested in the Boren, Fulbright, Truman, Marshall, Rhodes, Rotary, and other scholarships should visit the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF).

Don’t forget about crowdfunding options. There are many out there including our own VOLstarter. Also, check out GoFundMe, GoEnnounce and Fund My Travel.