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National and External Scholarships


Note for 2021-2022
It is strongly recommended that you review the IEGI COVID-19 FAQ page for information related to COVID-19 and its impact on education abroad programs. Contact IEGI with any questions.

If you are still considering participating in a non-SUNY program for summer/fall 2021, you will want to be in close contact with your academic advisor about earning transfer credit and with the administering campus about any updates to whether the program will indeed run. It is highly important that students planning to participate in a non-Binghamton program complete Binghamton’s online application related to their program.

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. *Boren applicants should schedule a December appointment.

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; and additional $3000 may be granted for applicants pursuing studies in critical need languages. Programs must be at least 21 days not including travel dates. 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.

Deadline: (Please read the bolded text above!!!)
Program start date between December 1, 2021 and October 31, 2022 - October 5, 2021 (1st Tuesday of October)

Gilman-McCain Scholarship​

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty 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.

Cycles open throughout the year. Most recent cycle deadline - July 1, 2021

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 $10,000. Academic year awards may be up to $20,000. Summer STEM program recipients may receive up to $8000. 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

Boren Fellowships Deadline: Late January - early February (1 week before Boren Scholarships deadline)
Boren Scholarships Deadline: Late January - early February (1 week after Boren Fellowships deadline)

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. For more information, please visit the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship website.

Applications for 2021-2022 are now closed. Most recent cycle deadline in March.

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. Scholarship (Most recent cycle deadline in April)
Bridging Scholarship (Spring 2022 application in October 2021)
Featured Scholarship: Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship (summer 2022 application will open in November)
Critical Languages Scholarship (Summer 2022 application cycle: September - November 2021)
Diversity Abroad 
Fund for Education Abroad 
One application to be considered for multiple scholarships
Spring 2022: July 1, 2021 – September 15, 2021
Fall 2022, Summer 2022, and Academic Year 2022-2023: November 15, 2021 – January 20, 2022
International Student 
travel video contest (Most recent cycle: September - October 2020)
National Association of Italian American Women (Next application will open in January 2022)
Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship (Suspended for Academic Year 2021 - 2022; 2022 - 2023 application to open January 2022)