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National and External Scholarships


National Scholarships:

There are a large number of funding opportunities provided by institutions and endowments outside of Binghamton University, and we encourage students to apply for any opportunities for which they qualify. The ones listed below are programs for which Binghamton students have typically been very successful with obtaining funding, and advising is provided within our office. 

These scholarships require verification from our office and/or other campus offices; please review the scholarship deadlines and contact the scholarship advisor for the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives at to schedule an advising appointment before the posted deadlines.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 

The Gilman Scholarship supports U.S. citizens enrolled as an undergraduate and receiving a Pell Grant. The award guidelines are intended to assist students with high financial need who traditionally have been underrepresented in education abroad (for example: underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering; students with diverse ethnic backgrounds: and students of nontraditional age). Semester and summer awards may be up to $5,000. An additional $3,000 may be granted for applicants pursuing studies in critical need languages, and an additional $1,000 may granted for students pursuing STEM-related research as part of their abroad program. There are two application cycles per year, and the application deadline depends on when one plans to study abroad. Certification is required from the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives and the Financial Aid office. For application information and tips, please click HERE.
Upcoming application cycle:
  • Open now
  • Program start date between May 1, 2024, to April 30, 2025​
  • Application deadline – March 7, 2024

Boren Awards
The Boren Awards is a very competitive national program available to undergraduate (Boren Scholarships) and Graduate (Boren Fellowships) U.S. citizens. Applicants should plan to participate in a language-intensive program in a location that is considered relevant to current U.S. national security interests; programs in Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand are ineligible. A full list of eligible countries and languages are on the Boren Awards website. Recipients are expected to begin a minimum of one year in a government position relevant to National Security within 2 years of graduation. Semester awards may be up to $12,500. Academic year awards may be up to $25,000. Summer STEM program recipients may receive up to $8000 and summer domestic fellowship language study awards up to $12,000. There is one application deadline per year, early in the spring semester. Due to the intensity of the application process, it is recommended that applicants meet with the IEGI scholarship advisor no later than December. The Binghamton University internal deadline for the scholarship is typically two weeks prior to the Boren deadline to ensure appropriate processing time. For more information on the Boren Awards, please click HERE.

Upcoming application cycle:
  • Opens in Fall 2024
  • Program start date between June 2025 or as late as March 1, 2026
  • Application Deadline – late January 2025

Diversity Abroad Global Ambassador

The Global Ambassadors Program is an initiative created for current students who are planning to study, intern, volunteer or teach abroad. The Global Ambassadors will serve as global correspondents while participating in their abroad program, sharing their experiences via social media, BeGlobalii and post-return articles or video reflections in order to inspire other diverse students to go abroad. Ambassadors will earn a $1,000 stipend as part of their fall, spring or summer ambassadorship. Students who are economically disadvantaged, from ethnic & racially diverse backgrounds, first-generation, part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and/or students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information, see here.

Upcoming application cycle:
  • Open now
  • Eligible program cycles – Fall 2024
  • Application deadline – April 15, 2024
Freeman-ASIA Scholarship
Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support 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. Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage education abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States. Summer recipients are awarded up to $3,000, while semester or Academic Year recipients can be awarded up to $5,000. For more information, please visit the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship website.

Upcoming application cycle:
  • Open now
  • Eligible program cycles – Summer, Fall 2024; Academic Year 2024-2025, Spring, Calendar Year 2025
  • Application deadline – To be confirmed (likely late March 2024)

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) aims to provide scholarships to American college students planning to study abroad, with particular emphasis on students who demonstrate financial need as well as those who are underrepresented in education abroad, including students from a minority background, first-generation college students and community college students. Scholarships can be up to $10,000 for academic year programs and $5,000 for semester programs. Scholarship categories range from Named & Dedicated Scholarships that are funded by specific donors, Designated Scholarships that are destination- or demographic-specific; and Access Partner Scholarships that are offered by institutions partnered with FEA. See HERE for more information.

Upcoming application cycle:
  • Opens Fall 2024
  • Eligible program cycles – Summer/Fall 2025, Academic Year 2025-2026
  • Application deadline – early February 2025

Gilman-McCain Scholarship​

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child and spousal dependents of active duty military service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. The scholarship supports U.S. citizens enrolled as an undergraduate and receiving ANY TYPE of Title IV federal financial aid. For application information and tips, please click HERE.

Upcoming application cycle:
  • Opens in May 2024
  • Program start date between September 1, 2024 to April 30, 2025
  • Application deadline – August 1, 2024

Other External Scholarships:

We encourage you to make use of the database created by the Binghamton University External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center to search specifically for education abroad scholarships.

Below you will find a list of websites/web pages where you can research additional scholarship opportunities. Please note: These scholarships are not administered by or associated with Binghamton University.