Scholarships & Grants

There are a number of resources beyond financial aid to help study abroad related costs.

  • Every year the College awards approximately 100 Summer International Travel Grants to support outstanding undergraduates for intensive language study or research abroad.
  • The College Center for Research and Fellowships website provides a database of various forms of funding specific to study abroad, such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, the Critical Languages Scholarships, the Boren Scholarship, and many more.
  • The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant is open to sophomore, junior, and senior students who are enrolled in a double major including one major in French and one major in another discipline. Consideration will also be given to students enrolled in a minor/certificate in French and majoring in another subject.

Study Abroad Scholarships for Odyssey Scholars

A limited number of awards of up to $5,000 are available for Odyssey Scholars who will participate in a University of Chicago Study Abroad program and who can demonstrate additional financial need. These awards are competitive. The funds are designed to assist with out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. the Study Abroad administrative fee, airfare to study abroad location, meals, local transportation, living expenses) that might otherwise prohibit participation in Study Abroad. These scholarships are primarily supported by the Strongin Family Fund for Students with Financial Need: Goldman Sachs Gives, a generous gift from a College alumni couple. Additional awards include the Francis and Rose Yuen Hong Kong Study Abroad Scholarships, the Bernard J. DelGiorno Study Abroad Scholarships, the Ferdinand Stern Study Abroad Scholarships, and the Lewis Fortner Study Abroad Scholarship Award.


Applicants must be University of Chicago Odyssey Scholars who will participate in a University of Chicago Study Abroad program in the 2019-20 academic year, which is to say any or all of the following quarters: Summer 2019 (Civ in Paris only), Autumn 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020. Non-Civ summer programs and 2018-19 programs are not eligible for this award.  (Progams must be quarter-long or academic year.)  For other summer funding, please see the Summer International Travel Grant page.

Application Procedures

All applications for 2019-20 should be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019. As these awards are competitive, late applications will not be accepted. Therefore, even if you are applying for a Study Abroad program with a much later deadline, you must still apply for this funding by the above deadline. Please note that in order for your scholarship application to be considered, we must also receive your program application. Therefore, you should apply for your study abroad program before applying for the scholarship, even if the program deadline is much later.

Award Disbursement

Awards will be issued in the form of a check no later than the quarter prior to the recipient’s Study Abroad program. Applicants should be aware that these funds will need to be reported as taxable income.


Regarding Study Abroad Funding: please contact Dana Currier at

Regarding National Scholarships and Fellowships (e.g. Gilman, Boren, Fulbright): please contact Nichole Fazio at

Regarding Summer Internship Funding: please contact Chiara Montanari at

Other resources for study abroad funding: