Financial Aid FAQ's

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Financial Aid 2017-10-03T13:54:52+00:00
At this time we are able to offer small scholarships that can help you save a few hundred dollars. In addition to this month’s promotion (worth $150 off) we also have our Bring a Friend Grant where you and a friend will each receive $100 off of your program cost if you both participate on a program. We also have our “second timers” grant, where interns going on a second trip get an automatic $200 off.
The first thing to do is check with your college/university’s financial aid office to learn about some of the different scholarships and grants they offer. Oftentimes, your own study abroad office will have grants that you can apply for as well. Different departments within each school also have their own grants and scholarships. Therefore, you may be eligible for a study abroad-specific scholarship, and also a scholarship that is specific to your area of study such as business, journalism, or engineering. These are worth applying to since only students in your school are eligible, as opposed to a nationwide scholarship or grant.
Maybe! It depends on your school’s policies. The best way to find out for sure is to contact your financial aid office or financial guarantor to see if the funds may be applied to a third party program that will further your education.
A lot of students today have taken a grassroots approach to funding their projects and time abroad. Fundraising amongst your friends and family is a good way to spread the word about what you’re doing, and why they should help. Sites like fundmytravel.com host fundraisers for you and it is very easy to set up. Be sure to read the fine print as some sites have strict technicalities about timeline, or have a minimum amount you must raise in order to get the money.

Below is a list of some of the grants/scholarships available to interns. Previous interns have applied and been successful with some of these organizations. Please be aware that several have programs well over a year in advance of when you would be going abroad, so starting early is important. These organizations and programs are not affiliated with World Internships in any way; they are simply suggestions of reputable sources for your fundraising efforts:

FundMyTravel: Allows participants can make their very own fundraising pages online. This way, you have a creative platform to communicate personal messages, keep your audience engaged with your travel plans, and collect the funding to help make this experience a possibility.

Gilman Scholarship: Specifically for US citizens who are undergraduates, awards range from $500-$10,000.

Grants.org: Great online resource to find grants based on specific criteria. On a site like this, it’s good to look up grants not only for your country of interest and internship field, but also for specific applicant requirements (ex/ some grants will specifically look for bilingual applicants, or applicants with special circumstances such as being adopted, coming from a single parent home, etc).

Boren Scholarship: This is a great option for those looking to go to non-western countries (Thailand, Nepal, India, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Mexico qualify). Be aware that those who accept this scholarship must agree to work in the public sector for one year. More details about this requirement can be found here.

Christianson Grant: Specifically for US citizens who are 18-28 and doing programs of at least 6 months.

Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Program: A good option for those looking to intern in the arts/photography. Grants are awarded once a year, so planning ahead with this is crucial. However, once awarded the grant, you have 2.5 years during which you can use it to go abroad. Work samples are very important, so some previous experience in the artistic field of choice is required.

CLS (Critical Language Scholarship): Fantastic for China and India interns. Their scholarships go to students looking to learn/work using foreign languages considered “critical” by the US government. There are some language prerequisites for applying.

Education UK: They provide scholarships granted by the British Council for students coming to study in the UK. It is unclear based on their website if doing an internship would qualify, but students interested in interning in London should try anyways. They are very reliable and almost all applicants get some amount of assistance.

Institute of International Education: Huge resource for a variety of scholarships. A quick search through their website yields tons of results based on the destination, field, and personal applicant details.

US Department of Education: Provide several grants which can be found using the link. There are different qualifications for each one, but several can be applied for educational experiences abroad.

Fund for Education Abroad: Up to $10,000 dollars in scholarship money to each selected recipient. Their deadlines are very early so planning ahead is crucial. Dates will be up soon for those looking to apply for the 2014-2015 academic year. If you are looking to go Fall 2014 or later, this is a good one to apply to and can help make sure you have the funds to go for as long as you’d like!

Barry Goldwater Scholarship: For interns looking to work in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering. They have anywhere between 50-75 recipients a year.

Future Unlimited, Australia: Provide a list of scholarships and their requirements here. There are several within that list that interns from both Canada and the US can apply for.

Rotary Grants: For interns looking to do work that will help grow communities in developing countries (ex/ NGOs, public women’s health clinics, local agriculture, sustainable development, etc.) You do have to make an account to see the details of each grant, but accounts are free and very easy to make.

LivFund.org: Not currently accepting new applicants, but are a great resource for those looking to intern abroad in Latin America. If you submit your email to their listserv, they send out notifications about when they have grants/scholarships ready for applicants, as well as deadlines and other financial aid resources.