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Outside Funding Sources

The scholarships listed below are administered by a variety of outside entities. Please contact the relevant organization for more information or speak with Mary Benner, Director of Global Engagement, at Oklahoma City University ( or 405-208-5270.

Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Preference is given to geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. The deadline to submit a first draft of the application for the 2018-2019 Boren Scholarship is December 15, 2017. The final on-campus deadline is January 15, 2018.

Boren ROTC Initiative

Boren-ROTC Initiative: There is a special initiative for ROTC applicants for the Boren Scholarship. ROTC applicants must fulfill the same general eligibility requirements as all Boren applicants. In addition, ROTC students must be in an inactive, non-drilling status during their Boren-funded overseas study. ROTC students who receive this scholarship usually find that their Commanders are fully supportive and willing to assist with provisions for completing ROTC class and lab requirements before or after the Boren experience.

​Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
Undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens studying any major are eligible to apply. Knowledge of Japanese language is not a prerequisite. The awards are typically $2,500 for semester-long programs or $4,000 for academic-year programs. The deadline for Fall 2018 is April 11, 2018. The spring 2019 scholarship will be early October 2018.

​The BUTEX Scholarships

The BUTEX Scholarships
Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to U.S. and Canadian students studying abroad for either a semester or an academic year at member institutions in the United Kingdom (see list of members). The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. The 2018-2019 scholarship application deadline is June 15, 2018.

Diversity Abroad & CISI Planning Scholarship

Diversity Abroad & CISI Planning Scholarship
Diversity Abroad and CISI award $1,500 planning scholarships to students of diverse backgrounds at Diversity Network Member institutions (OCU is a member institution). Planning scholarships are an opportunity to provide students with scholarship funds that will help them make the decision to study abroad. The awards, for $1,500 each, will be awarded to students to study abroad in Summer or Fall and may be used to cover expenses for which financial aid is not readily available such as passports and visas, flights, program deposits, etc. The application deadline is in November.


Searchable Database of scholarships for non-German students interested in studying in Germany. See also the RISE research internships for science students. Grants available for a variety of research programs and language training.

Freeman-ASIA Awards

The Freeman-ASIA Awards for Undergraduate Study in East and Southeast Asia for Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Academic Year 2018-19 is now open. Freeman-ASIA offers scholarships of up to $7,000 for U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who plan to study abroad in one of 15 countries. Apply Now.

Summer 2018 Deadlines
Student Deadline: March 14, 2018
Study Abroad Adviser Deadline: March 21, 2018

Fall/Academic Year 2018-19 Deadlines
Student Deadline: April 11, 2018
Study Abroad Adviser Deadline: April 18, 2018

Applications and Study Abroad Adviser certifications must be submitted by 5:00 pm EST on the day of the deadline.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
The FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Applicants must be committed to supporting education abroad in his/her campus community through work with the FEA and his/her campus education abroad staff upon return. FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad -- including those studying in a non-traditional destination and those demonstrating financial need. The application for summer, fall, and the following spring is available in mid-November. The deadline to apply is January of each year.

FEA includes several named scholarships targeted to particular groups of students. See the website for details and eligibility

The Garden Club of America Scholarships

The Garden Club of America Scholarships

Garden Club of America: Scholarships for Botany students
Purpose: To encourage young men and women who are interested in furthering their studies in field botany and offer an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience beyond the regular course of study.

Provisions: Provides $3000 annually to one student for summer study in the field.

The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
For graduate and undergraduate students with preference given to undergraduate students.

Purpose: To promote the importance of botany to horticulture by encouraging young men and women to study field botany and to offer an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the field beyond the regular course of study.

Provisions: Provides $3500 annually to one or more students for summer study in the field.

The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Purpose: To encourage US undergraduate students to expand their knowledge of medicinal botany by pursuing summer study in various projects, courses, and/or internship with supervision and structure.

Provisions: Provides $3000 to one student annually for summer study. Eligibility: Open to undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited US college or university for study or work during the summer following the freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year.

​Gilman Scholarships

Gilman Scholarships
Awards of up to $5,000 are made for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding are eligible to apply. This program is funded by Congress and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Students who receive the Gilman Scholarship are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Languages include Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Russian. A full list of Critical Need Languages is posted on the Gilman Scholarship Web site. The application for Summer and Fall 2018 opens in January 2018 and closes March 6, 2018. Spring 2019 will open in July and close in early October 2018. There is also an early-decision option for summer scholarships. It closes in October on the same date as the spring scholarship.

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship
(Ministry of Education in Taiwan)

To encourage students to study Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan) established the Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) Program in 2005. This scholarship provides a monthly stipend for students interested in learning about Taiwan’s culture at university- or college-affiliated Mandarin training centers.

​Japan Student Services Organization

Japan Student Services Organization
Available for qualified international students already accepted by Japanese universities or graduate schools for a semester or year.

​Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is awarded annually to women pursuing undergraduate or master's degrees in business management.

John C. Phelan General Course Scholarships

John C. Phelan General Course Scholarships
This scholarship is for students applying to London School of Economics only. It provides between £12,000-15,000 per student for four students accepted to the one-year General Course. It is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Applicants must be American nationals and currently living in the U.S. Applications are due in late May for the following academic year.

​Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships

Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships
Awards two $7,500 scholarships to US students who will be studying in Japan for the academic year to augment its contribution to the Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan. Eligible students include juniors and seniors at US universities with an interest in economics and international finance who have been accepted for study in Japan. Winners may also be considered for internships at Morgan Stanley Japan's Tokyo headquarters.

National Italian American Foundation

National Italian American Foundation
The NIAF awards scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $12,000 on the basis of academic merit to students in two categories:

General Category I: Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Area of study: open.

General Category II: Students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements.

Applications for 2016/17 will be available on January 1, 2016 and close on March 1, 2016.

​Phi Kappa Phi - Study Abroad Grants Competition

Phi Kappa Phi - Study Abroad Grants Competition
OCU students are eligible for the Phi Kappa Phi scholarships due to the university's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Seventy-five awards at $1,000 each will be awarded in two different sessions. Session A opens December 15 and closes February 15. Session B will open July 1 and closes September 15. Eligibility includes a minimum 3.75 GPA.

STA Start the Adventure Scholarship

STA Start the Adventure ScholarshipSTA Travel has created a $2500 scholarship for a student's study abroad program. Applicants must show how they can advocate for international education in a creative way.

University of Canterbury (New Zealand) International Mobility Inbound Study Abroad Award

University of Canterbury (New Zealand) International Mobility Inbound Study Abroad Award
These scholarships offer up to $5000 to support students who want experience one semester or one year at the University of Canterbury as a study abroad student. Application is via the Canterbury Study Abroad Program. A separate application is not required.