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Fresno State Grants and Scholarships

Fresno State's International Travel Grant

This grant, funded jointly by the instructional related activities student fee and the Fresno State Passport Place, is used to help offset the travel cost of studying abroad. Participating students that qualify will be awarded automatically and no application is needed. 

  • For 2022-2023, CSUIP, USAC, ISEP, CIEE, SiPN, and Exchange Program matriculated student participants will receive $1,500 via a direct award placed on your student account via the Financial Aid Office. No application is required. Please make sure you set your BankMobile preference for delivery of the funds or else they will post as a credit on your student account and you will have to manually request a refund of that credit. You will be notified of details on the distribution of funds via an email from the Study Abroad Portal before the start of your program.
  • For 2022-2023, Faculty-Led matriculated student participants will receive $1,000 and the award will be used to reduce the final price of your program. No direct award of funds will be made to students. No application is required as your faculty leader has already secured funding for your trip as a group. 

Fresno State's Diversity in Study Abroad Grant

The Fresno State Diversity in Study Abroad Grant offers funds to Fresno State undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Qualified students may receive up to $2,000 from the Division of Continuing and Global Education towards the cost of an eligible study abroad program. 

Fresno State’s Mark A. Mitchell Memorial Grant 

The Mark A. Mitchell Memorial Grant helps fund Fresno State undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Qualified students may receive up to $2,000 towards the cost of an eligible study abroad program. 

Fresno State's Shields Family Grant

The Shields Family Grant offers funds to Fresno State undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad that have a strong language component. Qualified students receive full USAC program fees and up to $1,500 to reimburse their travel expenses in the form of a CGE travel Grant.

Fresno State's Kashian Family Scholarship

The Kashian Family Foundation will be sponsoring three Fresno State students the opportunity to spend the fall 2020 semester in Yerevan, Armenia.

Fresno State's USAC Partnership - Discounts and Awards

The USAC California Discount, funded by USAC, provides a $385 credit for each participating USAC student. As currently negotiated, all Fresno State students participating would get the $385 credit placed on your USAC account. This agreement with USAC is in place for students participating in USAC programs through Spring 2024 and no application is required. 

Additional discounts for USAC participants may be made by Fresno State via our partnership agreement. Again, no application is required and participants will be notified if they will be receiving additional discounts or awards.

Additional scholarships and awards are available if you apply through USAC as well. Explore here:

Fresno State's Smittcamp Family Honors College - Awards

SFHC Scholars are highly encouraged to expand their knowledge horizon by participating in a variety of study abroad experiences provided by Fresno State's Study Abroad Office. The "Risa Rodemeyer Global Culture Scholarship" was established in 2017 for this purpose and is awarded on an annual basis to a selected SFHC Scholar. 


National Grants and Scholarships

Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship

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 US 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.

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia)

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

National Security Education Program Boren Awards

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for US undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad. You must be a US citizen and planning to attend a semester or yearlong program to apply.

Fund for Education Abroad

FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks. USAC students may qualify for both the General and Rainbow awards.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships.  Applicants must be a senior graduating from college with a Bachelor’s degree, a recent Bachelor’s degree-recipient, or a Master's or doctoral candidate. Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

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. Forty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Applicants are evaluated based on numerous factors, including academic recognition and awards, campus and community involvement, leadership experiences, and the quality and scope of the proposed program. Students do not have to be a member to apply.

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
This scholarship program criteria will vary based on the requirements of the funding organization, e.g., specific major, level of study, college/university, region of the country, etc. Scholarship amounts also vary depending on the program, usually ranging from $500 - $2,000 per year.


Region-Specific Grants and Scholarships

Chinese Government Scholarship Program

The Chinese government has been offering scholarships to students in conjunction with the American government’s 100,000 Strong Initiative, which aims to increase the number of American students studying abroad in China to 100,000 in four years. Award amounts vary but may cover part of your overall program costs, and students are granted a monthly allowance of 1400 Yuan. USAC students attending the Chengdu or Shanghai programs are eligible for this award.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major US corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 60-100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited 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.

BUTEX Scholarship for North American Students

Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. USAC students attending the Brighton, Bristol, London, Reading, or Stirling programs are eligible for this award.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)

ASF is the leading cultural and educational link between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. An American non-profit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding with an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing, and membership offerings.


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