The following scholarships are specifically for UMKC students who are planning to study abroad. Many of them are local awards and only UMKC students are eligible to apply for them. The scholarships and deadlines listed below are subject to change. Contact IAP at 816-235-5759 for further updates. These scholarships are awarded to students going on approved Study Abroad programs. If you are going on a non-UMKC program, or on a program not listed on our website, please come by our office or call ASAP so we can walk you through the approval process!

First, make sure you are you eligible for study abroad with UMKC. Read eligibility requirements!

This page is dedicated to study abroad-specific scholarships. Our office also handles prestigious fellowships that may or may not involve study abroad. For more information see below. If you are looking for information on major fellowships and scholarships like Fulbright, Marshall, etc., visit the Fellowships page.


If you are currently receiving financial aid or a scholarships click here to see what scholarships may also be used for study abroad


UMKC scholarship information is also available from the UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships Office

The Scholarship Guide

The Scholarship guide is designed to help you search and choose the scholarship may be most suitable for you to apply. It also helps you leverage yourself when applying by pointing out some of your strengths.

 We highly recommend you apply to ALL scholarships for which you are eligible:

Name of Scholarship Competition Eligible Candidates Distributed Application Due Date
Bloch Study Abroad Scholarships (Ernest A. Dick, Azima and Bloch Study Abroad) UMKC  Bloch School Students  Summer
March 1, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Henry Mitchell Scholarship UM System Students going to University of Western Cape, South Africa  NO Summer
March 1, 2014
HyVile/Eddie Jacobson/ Sherman and Irene Dreiseszsun UMKC  F/T students, often preference is given to those who demonstrate a commitment to international relations or who travel to non-traditional locations (i.e. not Western Europe or Australia / New Zealand).  NO summer
Feb 15, 2014 by 5 p.m.
Professor Harris Mirkin and Kathleen Finegan Study Abroad Scholarship UMKC A&S Students may apply.  Fall
Spring Deadline: Oct 8. 2013
Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics UMKC Medical students participating in the Summer program to Graz, Austria. $1,000 award Summer Feb 1, 2014 (the application, along with a $100 deposit)
Wu Scholarship  UMKC  American students may apply for funding for study in China (odd Years). Chinese students may apply for funding to study in America (even years). NO Summer
4/12 (application due)
4/23, 1-5pm (finalist interviews)

Below are national and regional scholarships we recommend you seriously consider applying for

Scholarship Competition Eligible Candidates Distributed Application Due Date
GlobaLinks Scholarship National  For use on specific GlobaLinks programs; certain sites offer financial support. See website for details January intake
February intake
May intake
July intake
Sept intake
Oct 30
Nov 30
Feb 28
Apr 30
Jun 30
Benjamin Gilman National  Undergraduate F/T students; receiving Pell Grant; summer (4 weeks or more) or semester scholarships available.  Summer
Oct 2 for Spring 2013, Mar 1 for fall and summer 2013
Bridging Scholarships National Undergraduate U.S. citizens studying abroad in Japan. Winter
October 8, 2013 for Spring 2014
April 8, 2014 for Fall 2014
Critical Languages Scholarship National Contact Dr. Linna Place US citizens currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate degree program. Must have completed one year of study by summer 2013 Summer Nov 15, 2013
DAAD National Contact Dr. Linna Place German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) awards to highly qualified students for 4-10 month study abroad in Germany AY Campus Deadline: Dec 13, 2013 National Deadline: postmarked by
Jan 31, 2014
Diversity Abroad Scholarship National Economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native-American students. Students have to be going on a program offered by a Diversity Abroad member organization Fall 2014
Spring 2014

May 2, 2014
Oct 16, 2013
Foundation for Global Scholars National U.S. and Canadian undergraduate and graduate level programs abroad AY
Freeman-Asia Program National Undergraduates studying in East or Southeast Asia Winter
Oct 10
Mid Feb
Early Apr
Fulbright National Contact Dr. Linna Place Available to students who (will) hold a bachelor's degree in hand by beginning of grant program, have an excellent GPA, and reasonable proficiency in the language of the host country AY Campus deadline:
National deadline:
Fund for Education Abroad National Contact Dr. Linna Place Available to undergraduate students who are currently enrolled, must be U.S citizens or permanent residents, and going on a program that is a minimum of 4 weeks. AY
 Fall Winter

Jan 18, 2014
Glimpse Correspondents Program National Available to undergraduate students willing to write about and photograph their experience abroad. Fall
Currently Closed
deadline in July
Global Studies Grant National Available to undergraduate students who are currently enrolled, must be U.S. citizens planning to study abroad, especially in strategically significant countries AY
Jul 1, 2013
Golden Key International Honour Society Worldwide Available to study members study abroad.  To request a membership click here. Semester
July 1, 2013
ITC Scholarship Fund Local Available to Kansas City Area Students (Junior Senior)  $1000 Semester
March 30, 2014 
IFSA-Butler Scholarship Competition  National   Must be participating in an IFSA-Butler study abroad program  Summer

Varies, check IFSA-Butler website
ISA Scholarship National  Must have GPA 3.25+, one year of college level foreign language on transcript, be going on ISA Direct programs and be on financial aid  Winter
Fall and AY  
Apr 30
Winter/Spring: Oct 30
LIVFund Scholarship for Study Abroad in Latin America National LIVFund will award 24 scholarships annually, in the amount of $500 USD, to selected recipients who are over the age of 18 and have plans to study, intern or volunteer abroad in Latin America Fall
6 months prior to program start date
National Italian American Foundation National Available to Italian American students or students studying Italian language, culture, etc. with a GPA of 3.5 or above Fall
Mar 1,2014
NSEP Boren National Contact Dr. Linna Place Open to U.S. undergraduates with awards of up to $10,000 for a semester or summer session or $20,00 for a full year. Scholarship recipients must agree to work for an agency of the federal government with national security responsibilities for a year or a period of time equal in length to their time abroad  AY Campus deadline: Jan 11, 2014
National deadline: Feb 13, 2014
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant National Contact Dr. Linna Place Membership not required. Must have GPA 3.75+ a Winter
April 1, 2014
Rotary National Open to undergraduate or graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. N/A N/A
Laura W Bush Travelling Fellowship National Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for foreign travel. Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application. Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the United States Summer/Fall 2013
Winter/Spring 2014
Summer/Fall 2014
Feb 25, 2013

Sep 23, 2013

Feb 24, 2014
Rainbow Scholarship National Eligible Candidates: LGBT students studying abroad for more than 4 weeks. Spring Application Due Date: Jan 18, 2014
Scholarships for Japan National Various Various Various

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