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College, Area & Discipline-Specific Scholarships

The following funding opportunities are available from the academic colleges and departments at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Scholarship application deadlines often fall before or on the same day as the program application deadline. Be sure to research and apply for scholarships as early in the process as possible.

College of ACES students participating in any University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign-approved study abroad program are eligible for the ACES Arlys Conrad Study Abroad Scholarship. The scholarship amount will depend on the duration of the program. Below are sample guidelines, but the final amounts vary based on the applicant pool and available funding each term. 

  • $250 for a study tour (one to two weeks)
  • $500 for a faculty led program (two weeks or longer)
  • $700 for a summer program or internship (four weeks or longer)
  • $1,000 for a semester abroad
  • $2,000 for an academic year abroad

The application deadline for winter break and spring semester programs is September 15. The application deadline for summer and fall semester programs is February 15. 

This scholarship also has specific requirements that must be fulfilled after it is rewarded. 

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The College of AHS offers several awards and scholarships that may apply to your study abroad experience.

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The School of Architecture in the College of FAA offers several study abroad and international travel awards.

Allerton American Traveling Scholarships

The endowed Allerton American Traveling Scholarship was established by the late Robert Allerton and continued by his son, the late John Gregg Allerton. The scholarships are awarded to architecture students  and used for summer travel and the study of architecture in the United States;  and who have demonstrated superior achievement and ability in architecture history.

David Ashby Memorial Scholarship Fund In Architecture

The David Ashby Memorial Scholarship Fund In Architecture was established and endowed by David’s sister, Ms. Dianne Ashby, in accordance with his wishes, and to create a perpetual tribute to David (B. ARCH 1981, M.ARCH Hist 1984). The income from this fund supports students of the School of Architecture who have been selected to participate in the Study Abroad Program in Architecture.

William B. Bauhs Memorial Fund In Architecture

The William B. Bauhs Memorial Fund In Architecture was established by Mrs. Mary Joanne Bauhs and her children, family, colleagues, and friends to honor her husband, William B. Bauhs (B.ARCH 1965). This fund provides support for students participating in study abroad programs, with preference to the China program.

Charles Clemens Councell Memorial Scholarships

The Charles Clemens Councell Memorial Fund In Architecture was established in memory of Mr. Councell (BSAE 1922). Mr. Councell was an architectural engineer with the US Government in Washington, DC, where he designed many Federal buildings and participated in the 1949-52 renovation of the White House. After retirement, Mr. Councell spent two years touring Europe and upon return, published a book of his architectural sketches. This fund helps to underwrite the cost of study for students accepted to the Study Abroad Program in Architecture.

Frank B. And Jennie M. Long Traveling Awards

The Frank B. And Jennie M. Long Traveling Award provides stipends and funds toward travel expenses to enable architecture students to undertake studies that require two to three months of summer travel.

Benno Philippson Aia Traveling Award In Architecture

The E. Benno Philippson Aia Traveling Award In Architecture was established by Mr. Philippson (BSAS 1961, M.ARCH 1962) in 1996 to provide supplemental funding for an architecture student participating in a study abroad program to make site visits to a key building or monument which he/she would not have otherwise been able to see first hand.

Raymond A. Pigozzi Memorial Award

The Raymond A. Pigozzi Memorial Award was established by his family and the OWP/P Foundation in memory of Mr. Pigozzi. Raymond Pigozzi (B.ARCH 1951) was a founding partner of O’Donnell, Wicklund, Pigozzi & Peterson (OWP/P) in Chicago, which is now CannonDesign. Mr. Pigozzi’s professional career was devoted to educational architecture. He was appointed a Fellow in the AIA  in 1982. This award is given to students who will be participating in international studies programs.

Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Award

The Edward L. Ryerson Traveling awards in Architecture and Landscape Architecture were established at the University of Illinois in 1950. The purpose of the Fellowship is to promote excellence in landscape architecture and architecture through travel and study. Such travel may be to anywhere outside of the United States.

Edward And Mary Jane Simmons Award

The family of Edward and Mary Jane Simmons continue the Edward And Mary Jane Simmons Award in memory of their father and mother. For many years, Mr. Simmons (BSAE 1934) was associated with the architectural and engineering firm Lennox, Matthews, Simmons and Ford, Inc. in Indianapolis. The award is given for demonstrated development and potential to aid costs of an architectural student during his/her junior year in the study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain.

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The Gies College of Business offers multiple study abroad scholarships.

Leiby S. Hall Scholarships

The Gies College of Business gives out 8 $2,500 Leiby S. Hall Scholarships each year for U.S. citizens going on semester study abroad programs in the College of Business their Junior or Senior year. Students do not have to apply for this scholarship. They will be selected from those who qualify.

Let the Student Choose Foreign Experience Scholarship

The Let the Student Choose Foreign Experience Scholarship is funded by the Bruce and Anne Strohm Foreign Experience Scholarship, a gift from Bruce and Anne Strohm to facilitate foreign study and travel for students enrolled in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a demonstrated financial need. The scholarship reviewers will be looking for dynamic students who, in addition to financial need, exhibit a clear purpose for their study abroad plans, and a deliberate approach toward making the most of their study abroad experience to grow personally and enhance their career plans. Recipients will also be expected to exhibit an enthusiastic willingness to “pay forward” this financial gift by sharing their experiences and encouraging fellow students to pursue their own study abroad plans. The Let the Student Choose Foreign Experience Scholarship will award up to $5,000 to two eligible Gies College of Business student this year. Preference shall be given to underrepresented minority students for one of the two awards. Deadlines: For study abroad programs during Winter Break, Spring Break and Spring Semester, the priority application deadline is May 1, and the final application deadline is September 15. For Summer and Fall programs, the deadline is February 15.

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Foreign Life Changing Experience Scholarship

The Foreign Life Changing Experience Scholarship is funded by the Bruce and Anne Strohm Foreign Experience Scholarship, a gift from Bruce and Anne Strohm to facilitate foreign study and travel for students enrolled in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a demonstrated financial need. The scholarship reviewers will be looking for dynamic students who, in addition to financial need, exhibit a clear purpose for their study abroad plans, and a deliberate approach toward making the most of their study abroad experience to grow personally and enhance their career plans. Recipients will also be expected to exhibit an enthusiastic willingness to “pay forward” this financial gift by sharing their experiences and encouraging fellow students to pursue their own study abroad plans. The Foreign Life Changing Experience Scholarship will award up to $2,500 to up to four eligible Gies College of Business students each year. Preference shall be given to underrepresented minority students for two of the four awards. Funds can be used for either semester or short-term Study Abroad opportunities offered by the Gies College of Business. Each year, at least one Bruce and Anne Strohm Foreign Experience Scholarship will be awarded to a student traveling to Africa. Deadlines: For study abroad programs during Winter Break, Spring Break and Spring Semester, the priority application deadline is May 1, and the final application deadline is September 15. For Summer and Fall programs, the deadline is February 15

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The College of Education provides financial support through scholarships or program discounts of $500 (depending on available funds) that are awarded to defray the costs associated with studying abroad on a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign-approved program.

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The Grainger College of Engineering offers multiple study abroad scholarships.

MEP International Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship has be established by International Programs in Engineering (IPENG) to encourage students in the Morrill Engineering Program to study abroad and to help with program costs. Award amounts are based on available funds, purpose of travel, and financial need eligibility as documented through the Office of Student Financial Aid. 

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Engineering (IPENG) Travel Scholarship

An alumnus of the College of Engineering, Armin Elmendorf, established a fund to encourage engineering students to seek an understanding of the responsibilities of world citizenship. The original funds were disbursed as one award each year to a single student studying a multi-national technical problem which also involved some interaction with world organizations – most notably the United Nations. Today, IPENG Travel Scholarships are awarded to qualified engineering students participating in international travel that is approved by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This award assists students with travel costs — more specifically airfare. Award amounts are based on available funds, airfare costs, purpose of travel, and financial need eligibility as documented through the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Global Studies in the College of LAS offers multiple study abroad scholarships.

Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Scholarship

The Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Scholarship fund was established to increase students' awareness of and involvement in international activities. The study abroad scholarship funds are designated in part to support Global Studies majors who study abroad on a University of Illinois-sponsored or affiliated program to fulfill the requirement for their major. Scholarships up to $1,000 are available for fall or spring semesters. Funds are credited to the student's University of Illinois account in the term that their required study abroad occurs.

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Thulin Field Work Experience Scholarship

The LAS Global Studies Thulin Scholarship Fund supports the pursuit of academic experiences abroad. The scholarship is intended to support Global Studies students who participate in an immersive experience as part of a study abroad program, including internships, research, service learning opportunities, home stay, and taking courses taught in languages other than English or who pursue another type of unpaid field work experience abroad for which the student has arranged academic credit. Preference will be given to full-semester experiences. Scholarships of $1,000 - $2,000 are available for fall, spring, or summer term. Funds are credited to the student's University of Illinois account in the term of their immersive experience. Applicants who can demonstrate financial need are given special consideration.

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The Illinois International Programs (IIP) Scholarships are made possible by generous donations from alumni. All of the IIP scholarships are open to undergraduate students studying abroad on an approved program; some are also open to graduate students.

Different scholarships are available each semester, some with multiple recipients. Some of the scholarships have very specific criteria for study abroad programs and destinations, while others maintain open criteria for a wide variety of applicants and programs. Review the scholarships available. When you apply, you are automatically considered for all IIP scholarships for which you qualify.

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LAS Abroad Scholarships

The LAS Abroad scholarships are available for current LAS students who plan to study abroad in a university-approved program.

Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $3,000. Awards are determined based on the cost and length of the study abroad program and availability of funds.

Requirements

  • For application: A short essay, statement of financial need, and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor
  • Pre-departure: Attend pre-departure course meetings, workshops, and orientation sessions. For semester and academic year students, fulfill all LAS 291 requirements.
  • While abroad: Maintain full-time study and bring back equivalent full-time credit hours. Semester and academic year students must complete all required LAS 292 requirements.
  • Upon returning to Illinois: Complete LAS Program Evaluation and volunteer for your study abroad program (four hours of volunteer time working with LAS International Programs). Complete a final scholarship project—choose from the following options:
    • Write a short essay (500 to 750 words) on the topic of "Now that you have studied abroad, what aspect(s) of your experience do you think will be most impactful on your personal, academic and career paths?"
    • Create a Study Abroad Profile for LAS IP to share on our website, fliers, and other materials.

Application deadlines

  • Feb. 15 for summer and fall or academic year programs
  • Sept. 15 for winter break, spring break, and spring semester programs

Students will be notified of scholarship awards around the same time they are notified of acceptance into a program and no later than Feb. 28 or Sept. 30.

Please contact LAS International Programs with questions.

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Scholarship Process

Drafting Your Application

The National and International Scholarships Program is available to assist you in revising applications for regionally or nationally competitive study abroad scholarships.

If you are applying for a scholarship consult the Writers Workshop and/or asking a peer to review your work. For those unavailable to meet face-to-face with the Writers Workshop, consider participating in their online synchronous tutoring service.

You can also contact your college's study abroad office for additional guidance.