UT Tyler

Office of International Programs

Scholarship Information for Study Abroad

UT Tyler awards scholarships to qualified students based on the number of applicants and the availability of funds.  Students must be enrolled in a program with applicable or equivalent UT Tyler courses to be eligible.  Scholarships are merit based and are awarded approximately 2-4 weeks prior to the travel date of the international study program.


Scholarship Eligibility and Requirements

-Be in good academic, financial, and judicial standing
-Be a sophomore
-Enrolled at UT Tyler for one year
-Submit completed application
-Submit essay
-Two Letters of Recommendation with corresponding Rating sheets
-Submit a Letter of Appreciation upon awarding of scholarship


UT Tyler Scholarships

Students must be enrolled in appropriate UT Tyler travel/study course(s) to qualify for the scholarships offered through UT Tyler's Office of International Programs.  Scholarships are awarded approximately 4 weeks prior to the travel date for each travel study/study abroad program. 


Scholarships from Other Resources

USAC Scholarship

USAC is offering $1,000 in scholarships for UT Tyler students participating in USAC programs during the 2016-2017 academic year. Submit your application form, along with an official transcript, 250 word essay explaining why you want to study abroad, and at least two letters of recommendation from UT Tyler faculty members to the Office of International Programs or via email to studyabroad@uttyler.edu.

In addition, UT Tyler students participating in USAC programs are eligible to apply for the USAC and other scholarships listed here

Funding Sources for Study Abroad - U.S.A

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

For more information, visit the Gilman website.

Boren National Security Education Program (NSEP) Scholarship

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. For further information, visit the Boren website.

The Bridging Scholarship

The Bridging Scholarship program awards scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan. The scholarships are funded by donations from U.S. corporations and foundations to the US-Japan Bridging Foundation. Since 1999, the Bridging Scholarship program has awarded more than 1,643 scholarships to students studying abroad in Japan. 

Students planning to study abroad in Japan beginning in fall 2017 or for the 2017-2018 academic year should apply in April 2017 for the fall 2017 scholarships.

Spring study programs are those beginning between January and April and continuing for at least three months. (Summer program participants are not eligible for Bridging Scholarships.) The deadline for applications for spring scholarships is typically in early October. Selection will be based on academic potential and financial need. The scholarships are administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese.

Information on Bridging Scholarships and downloadable application forms are available at AATJ's website.

The CLS Scholarship

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The 13 CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the 13 languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad in Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites highly qualified undergraduate students to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.

For more information, visit the DAAD website.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad accepts applications from U.S. undergraduate students who plan to study in a host country for four or more weeks. Students underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population. Applications open in mid-November, with deadlines in early January for the upcoming academic year (summer, fall, and spring programs). More information is available at the Fund for Education Abroad website

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

Two Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants have been endowed by generous donors.

Phi Delta Kappa International Study Tour Scholarships

In 1980, Gerald and Vickie Read created an endowment with the PDK Educational Foundation that provides scholarships for Kappans to participate in the PDK travel program. PDK members may apply for one of these scholarships to help offset the cost of our international study tours.

Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarships

A Rhodes scholarship offers the opportunity to study at Oxford University for one or two years, with all tuition fees paid and a living allowance provided. Thirty-two American Rhodes Scholars are selected from all over the nation to pursue a course of study of their own choosing at Oxford; students may work toward a master's degree or other advanced degree. Intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but they will also be expected to demonstrate integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full. For further information, visit the Rhodes website.

Marshall Scholarships support young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 scholars are selected each year to study for two years either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. The award allows the scholars, who are the potential leaders, opinion-formers and decision-makers in their own country, to gain an understanding and appreciation of British values and the British way of life. It also establishes long-lasting ties between the peoples of Britain and the United States. In appointing scholars the selectors will look for distinction of intellect and character as evidenced both by their scholastic attainments and by their other activities and achievements. Selectors will also look for strong motivation and seriousness of purpose, and for candidates who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society. For further information, visit the Marshall website.

The George J. Mitchell Scholarships, named in honor of the former Senator's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, are intended to familiarize and engage the next generation of America's leaders with the island of Ireland. Mitchell Scholars may study any academic discipline offered in a degree or certificate program at an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. The Selection Committee's overriding interest is the applicant's record of academic excellence, leadership, and community service. These Scholarships allow Americans to pursue one year of post-graduate study in any discipline offered at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition and housing for one year along with international travel and a living expenses stipend. For further information, visit the Mitchell website.

Other Resources

The following links contain lists of scholarships that may be applicable to your study abroad experience. 

The first is a list of scholarship options compiled by the Maya Research Program offered in conjunction with UT Tyler. While some of these scholarships are specific to archaeology and geology, many would apply to a wide variety of travel study options.

The second is a list of scholarships that can be sorted by need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships, and scholarships to study languages abroad.

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