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INSIGHT Into Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship for Underrepresented Students

Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. We know that institutions of higher education and corporate recruiters see the value in how these opportunities enhance teamwork and cultural competency skills. A study abroad experience is one of the most dynamic ways to make a student’s résumé stand out as they look to gain experience in their field of study and as they enter the workforce.

INSIGHT Into Diversity is committed to improving educational equity for all students, but especially those from underrepresented backgrounds who may not traditionally be afforded the ability or opportunity to participate in a study abroad program. Underrepresented students include racial/ethnic minorities, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and non-traditional students.

To assist in this effort, we are awarding a $2,000 scholarship to five individual students currently enrolled in a baccalaureate-granting institution, graduate school, or health profession school. 

Application materials:

  • Required Materials*
  • Completed online application
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Current college transcript
  • Proof of acceptance into study abroad program
  • Faculty recommendation letter

All applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be from an underrepresented group based on race, ethnicity, LGBTQ or Veteran status, or have a physical disability
  • Be a current full-time student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education including 4-year baccalaureate-granting institutions, law school, graduate school, or health professions school
  • Be in the process of applying to, or accepted into, a study abroad program of at least four weeks in a single country (U.S. State Department Level 1 or 2 location) outside of the United States. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to scholarship disbursement.
  • Not be a previous recipient of an INSIGHT Into Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship
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Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship

The ICWA fellowship covers expenses for fellows under the age of 36 to spend two years of independent study abroad working on a project proposed by the fellow. The ICWA fellowship program aims to nurture deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures. Fellows are required to write monthly newsletters, which are distributed to Institute members and other interested parties, including family, friends and professional associates of the fellows.

U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but candidates must show strong and credible ties to U.S. society.


Aged 36 and under, language skills

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Funds two years of living expenses

Deadline: March
Inter American Press Association (IAPA) Scholarship

In 1954 the IAPA established its Scholarship Fund for young American or Canadian journalists for an academic year’s study in some Latin American or Caribbean country, and for young Latin American and Caribbean journalists to take courses in journalism at some recognized university in the United States or Canada during one academic year. Those from the United States and Canada will be able to study in any Latin American or Caribbean country with the approval of the Scholarship Fund. They will have to take a minimum of three university courses and present a thesis-reportage on some aspect of the country they are visiting.


Journalists or students in the final year of their journalism course / Between 21-35 years old / Fluent in the language of the country studying in (documentation from a recognized authority confirming fluency in Spanish or Portuguese)

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Deadline: January
Intern and Volunteer Abroad Scholarship Essay Contest

Submit an essay of 250 words or less in response to one of the following prompt questions. We’ll then select the best essay and award the winning applicants $500 scholarships, which is paid directly toward your selected program. The prompt questions are as follows: What is the unique factor about your volunteer abroad program that sold you over any other program you could have chosen. If you have not finalized your program yet, what is that factor you are looking for.


Must be 18 or older, currently enrolled in an accredited university. Must demonstrate volunteer, teach, or intern abroad program enrollment, employment offer, teaching contract or similar documentation.

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Deadline: March
Japan Foundation Grants
The Japan Foundation conducts programs in the three major areas of Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education Overseas, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange, as well as Strengthening Cultural Exchange in Asia. There are applicable programs in each of these areas, and support is provided for activities conducted by individuals and organizations that are involved in international exchange.
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
JASSO Scholarship for Short Term Study
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) offers scholarships for qualified students who are accepted by a Japanese university, graduate school, junior college, college of technology (3rd grade or upper) or professional training college under a student exchange agreement or other student exchange arrangement on a short-term basis from 8 days to one year between Japanese school and their home higher educational institution outside Japan.
Accepted by a Japanese school and demonstrated financial need.
Award Amount: JPY 80,000 per month
Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program
USIP’s Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards non-residential Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities and who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding.
Award Amount: $20,000
Deadline: December
Jesse Lokrantz scholarship from the AWC

American Women's Club of Stockholm has a scholarship for U.S. citizens studying in Sweden.

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Covers cost of flight

Deadline: April
Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics Fellowship

Fellowships for masters degree study at Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics


HSK 6 level language requirements (mandarin)

Award Amount:

tuition, accommodation, comprehensive medical care and living allowance.

Deadline: May
JLSF Scholarships

JLSF was established in 1998 (and its guidelines revised in 2013) to encourage teachers of the Japanese language and students in Japanese language studies in their educational and/or professional development as well as to promote cultural exchanges.


Cannot be a native-Japanese speaker.

Award Amount:

$3,000 and airfare

Deadline: February


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