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Scholarships


UC International Scholarship

The University of Cincinnati has committed funds to support students going abroad on approved academic programs.  These funds are awarded via the UC International Scholarship.  Students who would like to apply for a scholarship and are participating in an individual study abroad program (one that is not lead by a UC professor/instructor), should now apply for scholarship as part of their UC International Application.  Individual students should look for the UC International Scholarship Questionnaire, within their application to go abroad.  By applying for scholarship, students are agreeing to complete an outreach project as a condition of their award, if they receive funding.  We will only consider students with completed applications, submitted by the program deadline, for funding.  We will consider the entire application as a whole in making our funding decision, not just the International Scholarship Questionnaire. 

                    

Scholarship Deadlines

Students should complete the UC International Scholarship Questionnaire by their program deadline or by the below deadline if a program deadline is not listed:

  • June 15th for fall travel
  • November 15th for spring travel
  • March 15th for summer travel

For all applications for international programs, with the UC International Scholarship application incorporated:


Eligibility FAQ

  • Full-time or part-time UC students matriculated in a degree program
  • In good standing at the University (overall GPA greater than 2.0)
  • Participating in a credit-bearing program: either a pre-approved UC     program or an external program for which you will receive transfer credit
  • Independent study, research, performance, and conference participation not eligible
  • Faculty apply on behalf of students participating on faculty-led programs, so students on faculty-led programs are not eligible to apply


Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

There are six top scholarship awards that require university endorsement. There is a campus deadline by which students must apply for these scholarship awards. Please work closely with the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards in order to build the best application possible prior to the campus deadline. For more information please contact Pam Person, Director of Nationally Competitive Awards.

College & Departmental Grants

In addition to the UC International Scholarship, a number of colleges, departments, and other units offer financial assistance for students to participate in an education abroad experience. For the three opportunities listed below, no additional application is required; if you have applied for a UC International grant and meet the qualifications listed below, you will also be considered for a college grant. Students who do not fit into any of the categories listed above should consult with their academic advisors and home colleges and departments.

College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

The College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) is proud to support undergraduate and graduate CECH students interested in pursuing study abroad opportunities.  As a result of more and more students interested in studying outside of the United States and the educational value that can be obtained, CECH is offering grants that are available to assist with the financial side of this experience.  Student grants are awarded based on merit, financial need and length of study abroad experience.  No additional applications are necessary, however interested students must complete an application for a student grant with International Programs. Apply here or for more information, contact Ric Stackpole.

UC Blue Ash

UCBA students participating in UCBA study abroad programs are eligible for additional grant funding thanks to the support of Dean Cady Short-Thompson.  UCBA students with questions about these grants should consult with the program director of their study abroad program.  Information is available on the Blue Ash College Study Abroad website.

William and Shirley Merke Study Abroad Fund

Awarded to McMicken College of Arts & Sciences students participating on a semester long study abroad program.  Funds are awarded by UC International Programs, regardless of a student’s major in the college.  Consideration is based on the merit of the content within the UC International Scholarship and no further scholarship application needs to be completed.  In 2016-17 year, 4 scholarships of $500 each will be awarded to semester long study abroad students. 


External Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman – Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Eligibility – US citizen, Pell Grant Recipient at time of application
  • Scholarship – up to $5000 ($8,000 for critical language study)
  • Period of Study – Summer (at least 4 weeks), Semester, and Academic Year
  • Location – Encourages students to go to non-traditional study abroad destinations, but all locations are possible
  • Application Deadline – Early March for summer and fall; Mid-September for spring

Boren Awards – National Security Education Program – Undergraduate Scholarship (graduate programs available)

  • Eligibility – Merit-based scholarship, US citizen pursuing fields related to US national security.
  • Scholarship – up to $20,000 for an academic year, up to $10,000 for a semester
  • Period of Study – six weeks
  • Location – a non-traditional, non-English speaking location (outside of Western Europe)r longer, preference given to academic year
  • Application Deadline – Campus deadline early January

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan – Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Eligibility – US citizen planning to study abroad in Japan    
  • Scholarship – $2,500 for a semester, $4000 for a year abroad
  • Period of Study – semester or academic year                        
  • Application Deadline – Early October for spring, Early April for fall

English Speaking Union (ESU)

  • Eligibility – Undergraduate and graduate students with the goal of promoting education and understanding among the English speaking peoples of the world.
  • Scholarship – up to $2,000       
  • Period of Study – any         
  • Location – English Speaking country       
  • Application Deadline – Jan 31

Freeman Asia Scholarship - Undergraduate Scholarship for study in Asia

  • Eligibility – US citizen with 2.8 GPA pursuing bachelor's or associate's degree with no experience in host country, need based scholarship
  • Scholarship – Up to $3,000 for summer, $5,000 for semester or $7,000 for academic year          
  • Period of Study – summer, semester or academic year  
  • Location - Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Application Deadline –See website


Fund for Education Abroad

  • Eligibility – There are several different scholarships through this fund, some general, some specific. All require applicants to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  The Rainbow Scholarship is specifically for LGBT students.
  • Scholarship – up to $10,000                      
  • Period of Study – minimum of 4 weeks abroad                             
  • Location – any                     
  • Application Deadline – see website for deadlines, typically mid Jan for the following year (summer, fall and spring)

OIC - Ohio International Consortium Donald N. Nelson Scholarship for Study Abroad

  • Eligibility – US citizen attending a public university in Ohio with a 3.0 GPA studying abroad for a semester.
  • Scholarship – $1,500                                   
  • Period of Study – at least one semester                               
  • Location – any
  • Application Deadline – Oct 15th for spring semester and Feb 15th for fall semester programs.
  • Eligibility - US citizen attending a public university in Ohio with a 3.0 GPA studying abroad for a summer.  
  • Scholarship - $1,000
  • Period of study - at least 4 weeks
  • Location - any
  • Application Deadline - March 1st 

Taft Undergraduate Enrichment Award (graduate also available)

  • Eligibility – students must be majoring in one of the Taft departments within McMicken College of A&S
  • Scholarship –$2,000 maximum                
  • Period of Study – any         
  • Location – any      
  • Application Deadline – see website

William Jefferson Clinton Scholars – Undergraduate Scholarship for study at the American University of Dubai

  • Eligibility – preference for those majoring in international relations and Middle Eastern or Islamic Studies
  • Scholarship – tuition and housing             
  • Period of Study – fall, spring or summer         
  • Location - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Application Deadline – May 15 for fall; November 15 for spring, March 15 for summer


  • Eligibility – US citizen attending a public university in Ohio with a 3.0 GPA studying abroad for a semester.
  • Scholarship – $1,500                                   
  • Period of Study – at least one semester                                  
  • Location – any
  • Application Deadline – Oct 15th for spring semester and April 1st for fall semester programs.
  • Eligibility – US citizen attending a public university in Ohio with a 3.0 GPA studying abroad for a semester.
  • Scholarship – $1,500                                   
  • Period of Study – at least one semester                                  
  • Location – any
  • Application Deadline – Oct 15th for spring semester and April 1st for fall semester programs.