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You want to invest in your future by studying abroad, and UCEAP wants to help make that happen. By defraying costs and reducing loan debt, UCEAP scholarships make study abroad accessible to students of all backgrounds and majors.

You could be eligible for thousands in scholarships.

Whether you're studying in a country in Asia, working at an internship, or going for just a summer, there could be a scholarship tailored for the program of your choice. And it's easy—a single application covers most UCEAP scholarships. But, why stop there? Apply for multiple scholarships and make your dream happen.

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Core Eligibility Requirements

All UC students going on an outbound UCEAP program, including international students, are eligible for UCEAP scholarships. To be considered for a UCEAP scholarship or award, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled and pursuing a degree at UC.
  • Plan to attend an outbound UCEAP study abroad program and ultimately be selected for it.
  • Maintain good standing, which includes completing all predeparture requirements and meeting all deadlines set by UCEAP and your UC campus study abroad office.
  • Certain awards may have specific eligibility requirements, please see below for further details. 

For scholarship deadlines, please consult the application portal. Check scholarship descriptions for restrictions on combining specific UCEAP scholarships. 

Questions

Contact scholarships@uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu.

UCEAP Scholarships

UCEAP aims to make study abroad accessible to all UC students. The UCEAP Global Scholarship ranges from $1,000 for summer to $2,000 for fall, spring, or academic year programs.

Award

Up to $2,000

Global Scholarships can't be combined with scholarships named for an individual. However, it may be combined with a Duttenhaver, Paul Duttenhaver Extension Award, or Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship.

Eligibility

To be considered for a Global Scholarship, you must:

  • Meet the core eligibility requirements

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • a Global Scholarship application
  • a statement of purpose: 750 words or less

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

Planning to study abroad in Africa, Asia, Spain, or the Americas? A UCEAP Memorial Scholarship can help you reach your goal. The fund provides four scholarships annually, honoring students who study abroad in these four regions.

Award

$2,500

Eligibility

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

  • Meet the core eligibility requirements
  • Plan to study in a UCEAP program in Africa, Asia, Spain, or the Americas, and ultimately be selected

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • a Global Scholarship application (*Candidates will be selected internally from top-ranking Global Scholarship applications).

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

Skilled in filmmaking and social media? UCEAP offers awards to content creators to create a three-minute highlight reel of their study abroad program.

Four students will receive this award.

Award

$500

Eligibility

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

  • Meet the core eligibility requirements
  • Plan to study abroad in any UCEAP program and ultimately be selected

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • an application to the UCEAP Social Media Scholarship
  • a 30-second trailer demonstrating your best filmmaking skills
  • a 300-word essay explaining your experience with cameras

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

The Founders Prize in Community Engagement and Leadership aims to support and motivate future changemakers whose academic and professional interests will contribute innovative and sustainable solutions to complex global problems through community engagement and leadership. The prize will be awarded annually to a student participating in the Social Justice and Activism program in Paris.

Award

$5,000

Eligibility

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

How to Apply

To apply:

  • Indicate your intention to attend the Social Justice and Activism program on your conditional study abroad application
  • Submit an application to the Founder's Prize opportunity

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

The Founders Prize in Entrepreneurship aims to support and motivate future changemakers whose academic and professional interests will contribute innovative and sustainable solutions to complex global problems through entrepreneurship. The prize will be awarded annually to a student participating in the Business and Entrepreneurship program in London.

Award

$5,000

Eligibility

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

How to Apply

To apply:

  • Indicate your intention to attend the Business and Entrepreneurship program on your conditional study abroad application
  • Submit an application to the Founder's Prize opportunity

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

 

If you are a former or current foster youth, the UCEAP Guardian Scholars program can support your dream of going on a UCEAP study abroad program.

Award

Up to $2,500

Eligibility

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

  • Meet the core eligibility requirements
  • Plan to study in a UCEAP program and ultimately be selected
  • Be a current or former participant in the foster care system

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • a Global Scholarship application (your statement of purpose should describe how your experiences in foster care influenced your decision to study abroad).

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

The Bill and Olivia Allaway Scholarship supports outstanding students studying at one of two universities in UK-England:

  • University of Sussex
  • University of East Anglia

Two students attending each university will receive scholarships of $2,500.

Award

$2,500

This award can’t be combined with a Global Scholarship or some scholarships named for an individual. It may be combined with a yearlong award or a Paul Duttenhaver Extension Award.

Eligibility

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Meet the core eligibility requirements
  • Plan to study in a UCEAP program at the University of Sussex or University of East Anglia in UK-England

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • a Global Scholarships application (*Candidates will be selected internally from top-ranking Global Scholarship applications).

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

The Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship provides eight $8,000 awards yearly to students studying abroad for a full academic year. 

Award

$8,000

This award can be combined with a Global Scholarship or scholarship named for an individual. It may not be combined with a Duttenhaver or a Paul Duttenhaver Extension Award.

Eligibility

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

  • Meet the core eligibility requirements
  • Plan to study abroad with UCEAP for a full academic year and ultimately be selected

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • an application to the Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship
  • statement of purpose: 750 words or less
  • an optional letter of recommendation

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

The Duttenhaver Scholars Program provides over 25 awards of $5,000 each to students who participate in year-long UCEAP programs.

Award

$5,000

This award can be combined with a Global Scholarship or scholarship named for an individual. It may not be combined with a Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship.

Eligibility

To be considered for a Duttenhaver scholarship, you must:

  • Meet the core eligibility requirements
  • Plan to study abroad with UCEAP in the same country for a full academic year

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • a Duttenhaver Scholarship application
  • a statement of purpose: 750 words or less
  • a statement of academic preparation: 250 words or less
  • a statement of financial need: 250 words or less
  • an optional letter of recommendation

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

About the Donor

A true supporter of international education and UCEAP, Linda Duttenhaver provides a generous donation annually to make the Duttenhaver scholarships possible. 

Thinking about extending your study abroad experience? The Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholars Program provides up to 16 scholarships of $2,500 for UCEAP students like you.

Award

$2,500

This award can be combined with a Global Scholarship or scholarship named for an individual. It may not be combined with a Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship or Duttenhaver Scholarship.

Eligibility

To be considered for a Paul Duttenhaver Extension scholarship, you must:

  • Meet the core eligibility requirements
  • File paperwork with UCEAP to extend from a quarter or semester term to full year abroad in the same country 

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • a Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholarship application
  • an extension statement of purpose: 750 words or less
  • a statement of academic preparation: 250 words or less
  • a statement of financial need: 250 words or less
  • an optional letter of recommendation

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

About the Donor

A true supporter of international education and UCEAP, Linda Duttenhaver provides a generous donation annually to make the Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholarships possible.

The Jasmine Jahanshahi Scholarship supports students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a strong commitment to global issues. Two scholarships of $2,500 each will be offered yearly to students participating in semester or yearlong UCEAP programs.

Award

$2,500

This award can’t be combined with a Global Scholarship or scholarship named for an individual. It may be combined with a Duttenhaver, Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship, or a Paul Duttenhaver Extension Award.

Eligibility

To be considered for a Jasmine Jahanshahi Scholarship, you must:

  • Meet the core eligibility requirements

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • a Global Scholarship application (*Candidates will be selected internally from top-ranking Global Scholarship applications).

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

The Theda Shapiro Scholarship program provides two $1,000 summer and three $2,000 fall or spring scholarships to students studying a foreign language.

Award

Up to $2,000

This award can’t be combined with a Global Scholarship or scholarship named for an individual. It may be combined with a Duttenhaver, Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship, or a Paul Duttenhaver Extension Award.

Eligibility

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

  • Meet the core eligibility requirements
  • Plan to study in a UCEAP foreign language program

How to Apply

To apply:

  • submit a Global Scholarship application (*Candidates will be selected internally from top-ranking Global Scholarship applications).
  • tailor your statement of purpose to reflect your passion for language study

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

The Olivia Chan Shipp Scholarship provides up to four $2,500 awards yearly to students studying in Italy. 

Award

$2,500

This award can’t be combined with a Global Scholarship or scholarship named for an individual. It may be combined with a Duttenhaver, Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship, or a Paul Duttenhaver Extension Award.

Eligibility

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

  • Meet the core eligibility requirements
  • Plan to study in a UCEAP program in Italy

Note: preference is given to students majoring in Global Studies

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • a Global Scholarship application (*Candidates will be selected internally from top-ranking Global Scholarship applications).

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

The UCEAP Videography Scholarship in Memory of Albert G. Minassians will support creative students with a passion for photography and videography. The $2,000 prize will be awarded annually to a student participating in the University of California Education Abroad Program.

AWARD

$2,000 

This award can be combined with a Global Scholarship or scholarship named for an individual.

ELIGIBILITY

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be willing to submit a final project highlighting their UCEAP study abroad experience in a well-produced 3- to 5-minute video as well as 10 photographs across varying subjects taken while abroad.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, submit: 

  • an application to the UCEAP Videography Scholarship in Memory of Albert G. Minassians 

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines. 

About Albert G. Minassians: 
Albert Minassians was an outdoors man. He loved the art of nature, how something so wondrous could come about spontaneously. Any and all opportunity he could find Albert would spend away from the clamor of the city. He preferred the serenity of mountains, rivers, forests, and meadows. As a young man Albert took interest in technology, computer programming, and film. In the 1970s, he worked at radio stations behind the scenes in the control room, and as a camera-man for news broadcasts. He loved the medium of film, and that was reflected in his love for Star Trek; a show that touched his yearning for exploration, discovery, and technology. He was mesmerized by Captain Kirk and his crew visiting other worlds, exploring new natures, and discovering new cultures. He was a man that truly had the itch of wanderlust. Due to circumstances beyond his control,

Albert was unable to travel himself throughout his life. However, he did all he could to send his niece abroad, to give her the opportunities to experience what he was not able: to experience, discover, and appreciate more than just a pocket of reality.

It is with great honor his family offers the Albert G. Minassians Memorial Scholarship which showcases his generosity by sending people abroad, to boldly go where they have not gone before. For all the creatives out there, go, experience, explore, and discover

The Gallen Family Scholarship is an annual award given to students studying abroad in Italy in the summer.

Award

$1,200

This award can’t be combined with a Global Scholarship or scholarship named for an individual.

Eligibility

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

Note: Preference will be given to students focusing on language acquisition.

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • a Global Scholarship application (*Candidates will be selected internally from top-ranking Global Scholarship applications).

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

The Mara Melandry Scholarship provides one award yearly to a student studying in Italy during the summer. 

Award

$1,200

This award can’t be combined with a Global Scholarship or scholarship named for an individual.

Eligibility

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • a Global Scholarship application (*Candidates will be selected internally from top-ranking Global Scholarship applications).

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

About the Donor

Mara Melandry, an alumna of UC Berkeley, was in the second cohort of students (1964-65) to spend the year at the University of Padova in Italy. The experience is one that she has cherished her entire life because it opened so many doors for her.

The Potter-Engelskirger México Lindo y Querido Scholarship provides one $1,000 award yearly to a student studying abroad in Mexico over the summer. 

Award

$1,000

This award can’t be combined with a Global Scholarship or scholarship named for an individual.

Eligibility

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • a Global Scholarship application (*Candidates will be selected internally from top-ranking Global Scholarship applications).

Learn more about the scholarship and its deadlines.

About the Donor

Daniel Potter-Engelskirger, an alum of UC San Diego, studied abroad at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2012.

Dr. Zachary Potter-Engelskirger, an alum of UC San Diego, studied abroad at the University of Cambridge in 2012. 

Awards available once you return

Get rewarded for your career training while abroad on a UCEAP program. Internship Awards of $500 recognize students who have distinguished themselves through internships conducted while studying abroad with UCEAP.

Award

$500

Eligibility

To be considered for an award, you must:

  • Have participated in a professional internship—for credit or not for credit—in any academic discipline while abroad on a UCEAP program.
  • Apply by the application deadline directly following the term in which you completed your internship abroad.

How to Apply, submit:

Deadlines

Term Application cycle opens Deadline Awards Issued
Spring Mid-July End of August October
Summer Mid-December End of January March
Fall Mid-December End of January March

 

Questions?

Contact internshipawards@uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu

Learn more.

These awards recognize undergraduate students who have conducted exceptional research while studying abroad on UCEAP. Awards are offered annually for research projects in all disciplines.

Award

$1,000 to $1,500

Eligibility

To be considered for an award, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate
  • Be a former or current UCEAP student
  • Have conducted research in any academic discipline as an undergraduate student in a UCEAP program
  • Have completed a final paper or project based on that research by the end of spring term
  • Have been enrolled at a UC campus within six months of the application deadline

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

Deadlines

Applications open Deadline
May 1 August 1

 

Questions?

Contact rawards@uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu

Take your education further with a $5,000 scholarship toward a master's degree program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Award

Up to $5,000

Eligibility

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

  • Be a UCEAP alumnus/a
  • Plan to attend a master's degree program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Application and Deadlines

Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the Middlebury Institute of International Studies website for application instructions and deadlines.

Learn more

More scholarship resources

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Provides more than 2,300 scholarships of up to $8,000 each for US undergraduate students, who receive federal Pell Grant funding and plan to study abroad.

Boren Awards for International Study: Provide up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad in geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security, broadly defined.

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE): Offers scholarships for students attending CIEE-affiliated UCEAP programs in Botswana, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Germany, Jordan, Morocco, Russia, Singapore, and South Africa as well as academic merit and need-based scholarships.

Diversity Abroad.com Overseas Ambassador Scholarship: Offers $500 scholarships for fall and spring semester study abroad students.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia: Provide $3,000 to $7,000 scholarships to students studying abroad during the summer, semester, or academic year in one of 15 countries/regions in East and Southeast Asia.

Fund for Education Abroad: Provides general scholarships of up to $10,000 each.

Gillman-McCain Scholarship: Awards of $5,000 for undergraduate child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad. 

Go Overseas Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship: Offers two $500 scholarships on a biannual basis.

Hostelling International: Awards an annual travel grant of $1,000 to residents of the greater San Francisco, San Diego or Los Angeles areas, including Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Rotary Foundation: Supports students studying in any country where there are Rotary Clubs.

Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship: Awards $1,000 and a Tortuga or Tortuga Air backpack.

WSA Cultural Bridge Scholarship: Awards up to $500 in scholarships to students going on programs in Europe.

Study abroad scholarships for Australia

The University of Sydney offers a housing waiver scholarship through the Fund for Education Abroad (apply through the UCEAP Global Scholarship).

Study abroad scholarships for China

Chinese Ministry of Education Scholarships: Provide awards covering all in-country costs, including tuition, housing, and an appropriate stipend for students studying in China.

Study abroad scholarships for Denmark

The Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship: Offers scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 for U.S. students studying in Denmark.

Study abroad scholarships for Egypt

The American University in Cairo: Awards U.S. study abroad students in any discipline or to support study in the Arabic language intensive programs (semester or summer). These scholarships can be used towards tuition, AUC housing costs, or received as a stipend.

The American University in Cairo: Awards U.S. study abroad students who enroll in political science, history, or Middle East studies-related courses at AUC. Applicants are not required to be a Middle East studies major. It is awarded initially for one semester and may be renewable for a second semester based on academic progress. It can be used to cover tuition and/or AUC housing costs.

Study abroad scholarships for Germany

Delta Phi Alpha Scholarship: Offers a prize of $1,500 to a Delta Phi Alpha member studying abroad in a German-speaking country.

Study abroad scholarships for Japan

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan: Awards 100 scholarships of $2,500-$4,000 annually to undergraduate students for study in Japan.

The U.S.-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship: Awards financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program.

Japan Student Services Organization Scholarships: Offer scholarships for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, junior college, or college of technology.

Waseda University offers ten scholarships to UCEAP students for the 2024-25 academic year program. Each scholarship is 880,000 JPY and will be distributed over the span of 12 months. To inquire about these opportunities, contact Andrea Asai.

Study abroad scholarships for Israel

Study in Israel.org: Identifies airfare and tuition scholarships from $400 to $21,000 for study in Israel.

Study abroad scholarships for New Zealand

Education New Zealand: Provides $2,000 scholarships to help students pay for their flight to New Zealand.

Study abroad scholarships for Sweden

American Women’s Club in Sweden: Awards a travel grant to an American woman studying in Sweden.

Study abroad scholarships for UK - England and UK - Scotland

AASAP Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship: Offers merit-based scholarships of £500 and £1000 for study abroad in the United Kingdom.

The British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association's (BUTEX) North American Scholarship Program: Awards £500 scholarships to undergraduates from the US or Canada to study at a BUTEX-affiliated UK university.

Snowdon Awards Scheme for Students with Disabilities: Provides grants of up £2,500 to help cover disability-related costs for students with a physical or sensory disability who are studying at a college or university in the UK.