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Outside Scholarships

We strongly encourage all students to apply for scholarships from other sources. Students applying for Laurel Fellowships are expected to apply for aid from their program (if available) and for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships for Undergraduate Study Abroad (if eligible).  If a student is awarded a Laurel Fellowship, an outside award does not reduce her family contribution, but it may reduce her loan; it also helps Mount Holyoke stretch its Laurel Fellowship dollars to fund more students.

Many Mount Holyoke students have received merit- and need-based scholarships from their study abroad programs, including several of the ones listed below. Awards typically range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.  For a student who has been awarded a Laurel Fellowship, a program scholarship will first replace the student employment component of her financial aid package for study abroad, and then will reduce Laurel eligibility dollar for dollar.

Note that this list includes some organizations and universities that sponsor programs in multiple locations; check the list of approved programs to see which of those locations Mount Holyoke approves for credit.

  • ACC Intensive Language Program in Beijing
  • Alliance for Global Education (MHC- approved programs include MHC/Alliance in Shanghai and Alliance in Pune)
  • AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs (MHC-approved programs include Jordan and Morocco)
  • Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad (MHC-approved programs include locations in Australia, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK)
  • Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel.
  • Boston University (MHC approves the BU program in Padua, Italy)
  • CET (MHC-approved programs include locations in China, Jordan, and Italy) 
  • CIEE (MHC-approved programs include locations around the world).  Awards include
    • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants (travel grants of $2,000, guaranteed for Pell-eligible students and available to others as well)
    • Gilman Go Global Grants ($2,500 for semester programs and $1,000 for summer programs, guaranteed to all qualified Benjamin Gilman Scholarship applicants regardless of whether they are awarded a Gilman)
    • CIEE Merit Scholarships ($2,500 for semester programs and $750 for summer programs)
  • DIS, Copenhagen
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  New for Summer and Fall 2017, Diversity Abroad and Hebrew University will offer five $7,500 scholarships to be applied toward tuition.  
  • IES (MHC students are eligible to apply for Donor Funded Scholarships only; MHC-approved programs include locations in Austria, China, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, and Spain)
  • IFSA-Butler (MHC-approved programs include locations in Argentina, Australia, Chile, Cuba, England, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, and Scotland) 
  • Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS), Rome
  • London School of Economics General Course Scholarships
  • School for Field Studies (SFS) (Australia, British West Indies, and Tanzania)
  • School for International Training (SIT) (MHC-approved programs include locations throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.  In addition to scholarships, SIT offers automatic matching of Pell Grants.)
  • Spanish Studies Abroad (Cuba, Spain)
  • Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

Many of the most well-known national awards for study abroad (Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes, etc.) are restricted to graduate study, but the following awards are open to undergraduates. Mount Holyoke's National Fellowships Advisor coordinates applications for most awards requiring nomination by the College, and can offer assistance with many other applications as well.

For a student who has been awarded a Laurel Fellowship, outside scholarships will be treated according to the College's usual policies for Outside Scholarships, and will first be used to reduce the student's need-based loans.  If the outside scholarship exceeds the amount of the need-based loans, the remainder reduces the Laurel grant dollar for dollar.  Students should not underestimate the value of an outside award even though it will not necessarily increase their resources toward the program abroad: an outside award will reduce the loan, and will also enhance her resume.

  • Association of Teachers of Japanese Awards for study in Japan. Bridging Scholarships are open to US citizens or permanent residents. Stipends are $2,500 for a semester program, $4,000 for a year-long program in Japan.
  • David L. Boren NSEP (National Security Education Program) Scholarships. Open to US citizens for study in geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. (Eligible countries are located primarily in Africa, Asia, Central/Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.) Awards are given for summer, semester, or academic year study (up to $10,000 per semester). Nomination is required; see MHC's National Fellowships office for details.
  • Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship.  Open to US citizens between 18 and 25 currently enrolled in a US college or university.  Awards average $2,500, for 4 to 6 weeks of work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO ("using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.")
  • BUTEX Scholarships for North American Students. Open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at an institution in the US or Canada, for study for a semester or academic year at a BUTEX-affiliated institution in the UK. Each scholarship is for 500 pounds, payable after awardees have arrived and registered at the host university.
  • Critical Language Scholarships provide full funding for summer intensive language programs in less-commonly taught languages (including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu).  Open to U.S. citizens.  Students enroll in language programs administered specifically for the CLS Program. 
  • DAAD German Academic Exchange Service offers awards for semester, year, or summer study, senior thesis research, and/or internships in Germany, with preference for projects or programs based at or organized by a German university. Open to students with sophomore or junior standing at the time of application; students generally must be US or Canadian citizens, though foreign nationals may be eligible to apply if they have been full-time students at an accredited US or Canadian institution for more than one year and will return to the US or Canada to complete their Bachelor’s degree after the scholarship period.
  • Diversity Abroad offers $500 awards for semester or summer study or an internship at a member program or university. Open to US citizens and permanent residents who have a GPA of 2.75 or better; economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial/ethnic or Native-American students, as well as students who will study outside of western Europe and Australia, are encouraged to apply. (Not all Diversity Abroad members are approved by MHC for study abroad, so be sure to check our list of approved programs.)
  • Education New Zealand offers Generation Study Abroad Travel Awards of $2,000 toward the cost of airfare, and Excellence Awards of $500 for study at any university in New Zealand (see Programs for the list of universities approved by MHC).  Open to US citizens or permanent residents who have at least sophomore standing, have a GPA of at least 3.0, and are at least 18 years old.
  • Freeman-ASIA Scholarships.  Open to US citizens or permanent residents for summer or semester study in East or Southeast Asia (Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam).  Applicants must have demonstrated financial need and little or no previous experience in the host country.  Awards are up to $3,000 for summer, $5,000 for a semester.  
  • Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships.  Open to US citizens or permanent residents for a minimum of four weeks of study abroad.  Awards include general scholarships and dedicated scholarships for students who meet specific criteria (including the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBTQI students).  Awards are up to $10,000.
  • The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts offers up to $800 in scholarships students whose permanent home is in Massachusetts who will study abroad during the summer, fall, spring, or academic year. Applications are generally due March 1; contact Marta DiBenedetto, Scholarship Chairman.
  • The Benjamin A. Gilman Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship. Open to US citizens or nationals who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding. Deadlines are typically in October for spring, in March for summer and fall programs.  Awards cover up to $5,000 for a semester abroad. Students studying "critical need" languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Russian) are eligible for an additional award of $3,000. Read the MHC Gilman Scholarship application instructions before applying.
  • GO! Overseas Scholarship.  Open to current students who will be enrolled in a study abroad program of any duration during the coming academic year.  Awards are $1,000.  Selection is based on creativity and analytical thinking as demonstrated through writing samples and/or video submissions.
  • GO! Overseas/Education New Zealand.  Open to US citizens; full-tuition scholarship (up to NZD$15,000) for study in New Zealand for a semester, summer, or J-term program.  Round-trip airfare and travel insurance are also provided. 
  • Turkish Coalition of America.  Open to US citizens or permanent residents of African, Armenian, Bosnian, Filipino, Hispanic/Latino, Macedonian, or Native American descent.  Awards range from $500 to $2,000 toward study abroad for a semester, year, or summer, in Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, or Bosnia and Herzegovina.  
  • US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes.  Open to US citizens with a GPA of at least 3.5, with at least two years left of their undergraduate studies after completion of the program.  Awards cover the majority of costs (including round-trip airfare, tuition and fees, and room and board) to participate in a summer institute program at a UK university.
  • The US-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship.  Open to US citizens for a semester or year of study in Japan.  Applicants must have demonstrated financial need; preference is given to students who have been raised by a single parent or who have lost both parents.  Awards cover up to the full cost of the program.

To search for other national funding opportunities on-line, try Fastweb and the resources below. Many of the standard reference books, which are not available on-line, are available in the Fellowships Office in Dwight Hall. Note that some of the awards listed are given for study on programs not approved by Mount Holyoke; check our list of approved program before you apply.

  • IIEPassport allows you to search by country or subject for funding for study and research abroad.
  • Diversity Abroad maintains links to study abroad scholarship listings.