Funding, Scholarships and Research Grants

PLU Financial Aid, Gift Aid and Scholarships apply toward your Semester Study Away program fees. We recommend you also apply for study abroad scholarships.

Start researching possible scholarships early-at least one term to two years prior to when you plan to go abroad. Most scholarship deadlines are well before the actual program application deadline, sometimes a year or more prior to the actual award year. Click here to view an overview of PLU and external funding opportunities.

PLU Study Away Funding

In addition to these PLU awards, check with your academic department to see if there are other sources of funding within your major. Use the links below to check specific deadlines for each scholarship or award.

  • PLU Global Scholar Award Scholarship for study away students participating in PLU Gateway, Faculty-Led Short-Term, or Featured programs. Application is due at the time of your study away application.
  • Map Your Future Scholarship Currently unavailable. This scholarship was awarded to first-year students in the 18-19 and 19-20 academic years with 30 or fewer credits participating in PLU Short-Term, Gateway, or Featured programs.
  • Wang Center Research Grant The Wang Center gives yearly grants to students and faculty who are interested in completing an international research project.
  • Loren and MaryAnn Anderson Wang Center Student-Faculty Research Award Supports full-time PLU students who are working with their faculty to conduct advanced research in a global context. Grants in the range of $5,000-$8,000 may be used to support travel and living expenses, as well as research project costs. To apply use the Wang Student-Faculty Team Research Grant application available at the above link.
  • Scandinavian Cultural Center Endowed Awards The PLU SCC offers scholarships for study in Scandinavia or faculty-student research on a Scandinavian-related topic.

In addition to PLU and Wang Center scholarships, there are many other scholarship opportunities facilitated by scholarship organizations and other providers outside of PLU. Eligibility and application requirements will vary. These scholarships are not awarded by the Wang Center or PLU. Explore the list of scholarships below and use the links to be directed to the organization’s website.

External Funding Resources

The links below may be useful in your search for funding.

Scholarships offered by partner program providers


Above are links to the organization’s scholarships information as well as a the link to which Featured semester program(s) at PLU are offered by the provider. Students studying on Approved Programs (summer or semester) with the above organizations are also able to apply for these scholarships if eligible.

Need-based Scholarships

  • Benjamin A. Gilman Award: For students who receive Pell Grants. Semester, academic year, J-Term, or summer.
  • Gilman-McCain Scholarship:  The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.
  • Fund for Education Abroad: Preference to students with demonstrated financial need, and strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Semester, academic year, J-Term, and summer (program must be at least 4 weeks long).

Identity-based Scholarships

  • Diversity Abroad: For diverse and underrepresented students on study away programs. Semester, academic year, J-Term, and summer.
  • Fund for Education Abroad: Preference to students with demonstrated financial need, and strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Semester, academic year, J-Term, and summer (program must be at least 4 weeks long).

General Scholarships

  • Go Overseas: For any study away program. Semester.
  • Wander PigFor any study away program. Semester, academic year, J-Term, summer.

Location-specific Scholarships


  • Bridging Scholarships: For study in Japan. Semester or academic year.
  • Freeman-Asia: For study in East or Southeast Asia. Semester, academic year, or summer (8-week or longer programs).



  • Go Abroad: For study in New Zealand.  Semester, J-Term, or Summer.


Scholarships for Language Study

Merit-based Scholarships

Other Resources

  • Fund and Seek: A platform for students to raise money for their study away program.
  • Go Overseas: Additional scholarships and information.
  • IIE Passport: Search for scholarships for specific programs and locations.
  • International Scholarships: Additional scholarships and information.
  • Money Geek: Additional scholarships and information.
  • NAFSA: Funding resources to work, intern, research, or volunteer abroad.

Have you found a scholarship that’s not on our list? To share additional scholarship resources or suggest updates to this page please email with the subject line “External Scholarship Resource.”

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Ayana Freeman (’21) was awarded a $3,500 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for her semester in Trinidad and Tobago this spring. The Gilman Scholarship provides funding for students who receive a Pell Grant to study away, especially to those studying a critical language such as Korean, Turkish, Hindi, or Russian while abroad. For more information, click here. Congratulations, Ayana!

“I am very honored and blessed to have received this scholarship. As I prepare to embark on my Study Away journey, my aspiration is to: develop a greater appreciation for the diversity of the Earth’s ecosystems, discover more about myself as an individual, and expand my knowledge of life in Trinidad and Tobago both in the classroom and beyond.” – Ayana Freeman

Congratulations to Amber Richards for winning a $1,000 Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant for her J-Term 2019 program in Windhoek, Namibia! These grants are awarded to students with a GPA of 3.75 and above who wish to seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying away. For more information on these grants, click here.

“I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant. Thanks to the society’s generous support, I will be able to completely immerse myself in the Namibian culture while I am student teaching in the local classrooms. I am beyond excited for this once in a lifetime opportunity!” – Amber Richards

Congratulations to our Fall 2018 External Scholarship Winners!

Paige Balut – IES Vienna ($1,000)

Marisa Etzell – James Cook University ($2,000)

Sharlaine Hesira – SIT-IHP Climate Change ($2,960)

Tran Hoang – CIEE London ($1,500)

Moses Mbugua – CIEE Paris ($750)

Marisa Etzell at James Cook University, Australia, an Approved Program hosted by Arcadia.