Outside Scholarships

We strongly encourage all students to apply for scholarships from other sources. In particular, all 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 helps Mount Holyoke stretch its Laurel Fellowship dollars to fund more students.

Program Scholarships/Financial Aid

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 reduce the program budget and therefore reduce her Laurel grant 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.

Outside/National Scholarships

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, 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 student's 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Turkish Coalition of America.  Open to US citizens or permanent residents of African, Armenian, Bosnian, Filipino, Hispanic/Latino, Madedonian, 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.

Other Resources

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.