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Study Abroad Scholarships

Santander Scholarships

Santander Universities has partnered with the PC Center for Global Education to provide funding for students participating in international programs. Two distinct types of awards are available: The Diversity Scholarship and The Global Service-Learning Grant. Applications open one month before the deadline.

Santander Diversity Scholarship for Under-Represented Students in Study Abroad 
This scholarship targets under-represented study abroad students who are participating in credit-bearing programs for the semester, academic year, or summer.

The eligibility categories include:

  • Students from Under-Represented Racial and Ethnic Groups
  • First-Generation College Students
  • Students with Physical or Learning Disabilities
  • International Students (F-1 Visa status)
  • Non-Traditional Students (Click the link for a definition)
  • Students with High Financial Need


Santander Global Service-Learning Grant

This grant aids individuals who are engaging in a service project abroad during the summer. It is also available to groups who are part of a course-embedded international service trip during winter or spring break.

Read more about Santander Universities scholarships.

Providence College Scholarships

Providence College students are encouraged to review the following internal scholarships for study abroad. Funding for these scholarships has been made possible by Providence College alumni and their family and friends.

Program Provider Scholarships

Most program providers offer scholarship opportunities to students who are participating in their study abroad programs. Deadlines vary, but typically fall around your program’s application deadline. If your provider is not listed below, search for available scholarship opportunities on their website or contact Grace Cleary.

General Scholarship Programs

Ashley’s Foundation Scholarship

The Ashley Soulé Conroy Foundation was established by her family in loving memory. The mission is to create a permanent endowment and award scholarships to qualified students for the travel and study abroad. Scholarships are based on merit, personal qualities and/or financial need.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study/intern abroad and the regions where they go. They do this by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. This scholarship is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. It is open to students who are receiving this funding at a two-year or four-year college or university. Recipients must be looking to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

  • Application Deadline for Spring Study Abroad: Early October of the previous year
  • Application Deadline for Fall and Academic Year Study Abroad: Early March of the same year
  • Application Deadline for Summer : Early March 1 of the same year

Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Scholarships are an initiative of the National Security Education Program. They provide funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in unique world regions.  These regions would be places critical to U.S. interests and are underrepresented in study abroad. Regions include Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

PC Campus Boren Application Deadline for Full-Year Study Abroad: January prior to departure

Elisha Mowry-Bridgham Award

The Providence Branch of the English-Speaking Union gives out a $1,500 award to sophomores/juniors concentrating a humanities discipline. Students must attend a Rhode Island college and be studying in the UK/Ireland for part of their junior year. There are no application forms. For questions and advice concerning the award, applicants should contact Dr. Allen at

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia are designed for students who are planning to study in East or Southeast Asia. This program is designed for US-based undergraduates with a demonstrated financial need. Its goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens with first-hand experience of Asia and its cultures.

  • Application Deadline for Summer Study Abroad: March of the same year
  • Application Deadline for Fall and Academic Year Study Abroad: April prior to departure
  • Application Deadline for Spring Study Abroad: October of the previous year

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is a non-profit organization that awards a significant number of scholarships every year. Scholarships range from $5,000 to $10,000 and are offered to students underrepresented in international education programming. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents and be going abroad for at least four weeks. Although priority is given to students coming from underrepresented groups, all that are eligible are encouraged to apply.

South India Term Abroad from the Fund for Education Abroad

The South India Term Abroad program has bestowed a gift of $195,000 to the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA). This gift will be used to fund a legacy scholarship for study abroad in India. This scholarship offers recipients $5,000 for a full semester program and $2,500 for a summer term. Preference will be given to students studying abroad in southern India, however, scholarships are open to all who apply.

Providence College Fr. Smith Fellowship Program

The Fr. Philip A. Smith, O.P., Student Fellowships for Study and Service Abroad are awarded on a competitive basis. They are given to rising juniors and seniors. The Fellowships enable students to undertake summer study or service at Catholic and Dominican sites outside the continental United States. The Fellowships cover travel, living, and incidental expenses. They also provide Fellows with a modest stipend. Fellowships are funded through the generosity of current and former members of the Providence College Board of Trustees, among others.

Searchable Scholarship Databases

Diversity Abroad Study Abroad Scholarship & Grant Directory – Provides a list of scholarship and grant opportunities for specific programs and locations. Awards range from $500 – $9,000.

FinAid – FinAid is a comprehensive database of student financial aid information, with a large portion devoted to study abroad funding.

IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding –  This comprehensive database allows you to for funding resources. You are able to search by country or subject to find study abroad scholarships. It can also help locate fellowships and grants applicable to your study abroad experience.

International Education Financial Aid – IEFA is a resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information. It is for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find a comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings. You will also find international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.

Volunteer Forever – List of scholarship options for study or service abroad.

*Please note: Providence College does not endorse a specific scholarship database or program. It encourages each student to select the resource that best serves his/her financial needs.

Contact Denise Miller if you have questions about scholarships.