Finding Additional Sources of Funding
There are lots of places to find funding, but as with any scholarship quest it will require patience and perseverance. It may seem daunting, however the results may be rewarding.
Here are some ideas for you:
- Check with departments and institutes on-campus for additional financial support. These departments may have funding for components of your study abroad such as research and internships.
- Check with the ministry or department of education in your host country. They may have scholarships available to recruit international students to come study there. The British Council, Education Ireland, and Australian Education International are a few organizations.
- Check with your program sponsor for scholarship opportunities.
- Check with professional associations related to your career or field of study. Often they have scholarships available for students in the discipline and may even have specific study abroad scholarships.
- There may be scholarships available for members of your ethnic group, gender, or ability. These scholarships may be for regular college attendance, but some of them can be used for study abroad.
- Check with clubs, associations, and civic organizations in your hometown. Your family may also have connections to specific organizations, including your place of worship.
- Try social media sites such as gofundme.com, depositagift.com, fundly.com, or other fundraising sites.
- Ask your friends and family to donate to your study abroad fund in lieu of gifts.
- Ask family members to donate frequent flyer miles.
- Alert local newspapers, radio and television stations about your plans for studying abroad, and see if they are interested in partnering with you for your efforts. Pitch ideas that are mutually beneficial such as writing regular letters to be published in the local paper or offering to do an interview upon returning.
- Use search engines to search for scholarships. This is time-intensive, but may pay off. Many of these scholarships have specific criteria for eligibility. Some places to start your research: