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50% of Our Students Receive Financial Support

AIFS Abroad recognizes the challenges that today’s students face with meeting the cost of their education. We believe that a study abroad and/or intern abroad experience is an essential component of well-rounded education and are committed to providing financial assistance to as many students as possible in support of their goal to study abroad. AIFS funding, combined with other sources of financial support students can access, will help make international education goals attainable. 

Scholarship Opportunities

The scholarships listed here are available to AIFS Study Abroad and/or Global Experiences internship students. If you are studying on a customized, faculty-led program through your home institution, these scholarships are not applicable to your program, though you may wish to check with your school regarding any available funding.

Fall Semester: $5,000/up to 3 awards 
Spring Semester: $5,000/up to 3 awards 
 
AIFS is proud to offer special scholarships for high achieving students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in education abroad.  
 
Eligibility: Applicants must demonstrate high academic achievement and/or participate in community service activities. 
 
Deadline: Completed scholarship and program applications must be postmarked or sent via email by the following deadline: 
 
Spring Semester 2023: October 1, 2022 


 *Applicable to study and intern abroad programs. 

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Fall Semester: $500/up to 5 awards 
Spring Semester: $500/up to 5 awards 
Summer: $500/up to 2 awards 

 
AIFS is pleased to offer this award to outstanding students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in education abroad. 
 
Eligibility: Students from the following backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply: economically disadvantaged, racially or ethnically marginalized, first-generation, LGBTQIA+, students with disabilities, students of faith, veterans, and adult students. 
 
Applicants must be willing to share their experiences abroad via blogs, pictures, and video (at least once a week) on social media and provide a testimonial at the end of their program. These materials will be shared on the AIFS social media channels and blog site.  

Recipients who are not graduating will be encouraged to apply for our Alumni Ambassador program to continue sharing their experiences with their peers. 
 
Deadline: Completed scholarship and program applications must be postmarked or sent via email by the following deadline: 
 
Spring Semester 2023: October 1, 2022 
 

*Applicable to study and intern abroad programs. 

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Semester or Summer: up to 50% off program fee 
 
Awards will be given in conjunction with the HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities) advisory board.  
 
Eligibility: Hispanic students who attend a HACU member institution. 

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Deadline: Completed scholarship and program applications must be postmarked or sent via email by the following deadline: 
 
Spring Semester 2023: October 1, 2022 

*Applicable to study abroad programs. 

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Spring Semester: $5,000
This scholarship will be awarded annually to an AIFS student with limited financial resources who also demonstrates an interest in and a commitment to social justice. 
 
Mr. Linakis had a great appreciation for travel because he felt it broadened awareness of cultural and economic differences. He cared deeply for people of all walks of life and dreamed of a world where those differences didn’t limit opportunity. Mr. Linakis began his 30-year career at AIFS working in the study abroad division. He later became the head of the AIFS flights department as well as the Senior Vice President of AIFS. 
 
Eligibility: AIFS student with limited financial resources who also demonstrates an interest in and commitment to social justice. 
 
Deadline: Completed scholarship and program applications must be postmarked or sent via email by the following deadline: 
 
Spring Semester 2023: October 1, 2022 
 *Applicable to study abroad programs. 

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Semester or Summer: up to 50% off program fee 
 
The Russel Taylor Foundation is committed to providing study abroad scholarships for students who have demonstrated academic excellence and who have significant financial need.  
 
Eligibility: 3.5 GPA and financial need. (Pell Grant eligible students will be given priority). 
 
Deadline: Completed scholarship and program applications must be postmarked or sent via email by the following deadline: 
 
Spring Semester 2023: October 1, 2022 
 

*Applicable to study abroad programs. 

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Summer: $1000 
 
In collaboration with our overseas partner, Maynooth University in Ireland, AIFS is pleased to offer scholarships to outstanding students looking to study at Maynooth University. 
 
Eligibility: If you are selected as a successful recipient of this scholarship you will need to submit a brief essay to AIFS once you have completed your program. This statement is to be a reflection of the expectations you had before attending the program and a summary of what you feel you have gained both personally and academically since (or because of) attending. You may also add any other program-related experiences you had that you would want to share with others. 
 
 
Deadline: Completed scholarship and program applications must be postmarked or sent via email by the following deadline: 
 
TBA

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Fall Semester: $5,000/scholarship 
Summer: $3,750/scholarship 
Academic Year: $10,000/scholarship 
 
Awarded to deserving American undergraduates to study in the United Kingdom, offered by the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) through a gift from the Cyril Taylor Charitable Foundation (CTCF). 
 
The scholarship is named after the late Sir Cyril Taylor who spent his life bringing the world together through education and policy as a part of numerous organizations. In 1964, Sir Cyril helped found AIFS, a leading educational organization providing cultural exchange and academic opportunities for more than 1.5 million young people. Born in Yorkshire, England, Sir Cyril was very active in public service and received a number of honors for his work. 
 
Deadline: Completed scholarship and program applications must be postmarked or sent via email by the following deadline:   
 
TBA 
 *Applicable to study abroad programs. 

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Semester: $1,000 
Summer/January Term: $500 
 
Awarded each term in honor of AIFS Founder, Sir Cyril Taylor, AIFS offers this scholarship to students who demonstrate high academic achievements and articulate their objectives in a required essay. 
 
Eligibility: Students must meet the minimum requirements for the program to which they are applying and have at least a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA. 
 
Deadline: Completed scholarship and program applications must be postmarked or sent via email by the following deadline: 
 
Spring Semester/January Term/Spring Quarter 2023: October 1, 2022 
 *Applicable to study abroad programs. 

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Semester: $1,000/scholarship, up to 40 awards 
Summer: $500/scholarship, up to 50 awards 
J-Term: $500/scholarship, up to 10 awards 

 
Eligibility: Students must meet the minimum requirements for the program to which they are applying and have at least a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA. 
 
Deadline: Completed scholarship and program applications must be postmarked or sent via email by the following deadline: 
 
Spring Semester/January Term/Spring Quarter 2023: October 1, 2022 

*Applicable to study and intern abroad programs. 

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Grant Opportunities

We are committed to Access, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity. So, we have converted several scholarships into automatically awarded grants to eligible students as part of the application process; students do not need to complete a separate scholarship application. As an applicant to one of our programs, you will know immediately which grants you are eligible or may be eligible to receive. Over 50% of our students receive financial support in the form of grants! 
 
Students may receive multiple grants they are eligible for, up to a maximum of $2,500 for a semester study abroad program or $1,500 for a summer, J-term, or internship program.

AIFS Abroad will award a $500 grant for students attending a Minority Serving Institution.  
 
MSIs are institutions of higher education that serve minority populations. They are unique both in their missions and in their day-to-day operations. Some of these colleges and universities are located in remote regions of the country, whereas others serve urban neighborhoods. Some are only a few decades old, whereas others, have been striving for more than a century to give their constituents the social and educational skills needed to overcome racial discrimination and limited economic opportunities.

AIFS Abroad will award a $500 grant for students attending a Historically Black College or University. 
 
There are 91 four-year and 17 two-year institutions of higher education established prior to 1964 for the primary purpose of educating African-Americans. The majority of the 102 HBCUs are located in the Southeastern states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. HBCUs comprise 3% of America’s institutions of higher education, yet enroll 16% of all African-American students in higher education and award 24% of all baccalaureate degrees earned by African-Americans nationwide.

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AIFS Abroad will award an additional $500 to each student who receives a Pell Grant and uses it toward any AIFS catalog program. 
 
Federal Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree.

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AIFS Abroad will award an additional $500 to each student who receives a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and uses it toward any AIFS catalog program. 
 
This program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, “enables American students to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures” regardless of whether they have the financial means to study abroad. Students who are eligible for a Pell Grant are automatically eligible. 

Learn more about the Gilman Grant

AIFS Abroad will award an additional $500 to each student who receives a Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship and uses it toward an AIFS semester or academic year catalog program. 
 
AIFS is a Supporting Access Partner of FEA. This means that every academic year since 2017, AIFS has contributed a specific amount of funds to support both scholarship applicants on AIFS programs, and the daily operations of the organization itself. Together we aim to increase the accessibility of AIFS Abroad study, internship, and customized faculty-led programs for underrepresented participants. We work together on marketing, outreach, and support for applicants and scholars.

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AIFS Abroad will award an additional $500 to each student who receives a Boren Scholarship and uses it toward any AIFS catalog program. 
 
The Boren Awards fund the intensive study of language and culture abroad by U.S. undergraduate or graduate students. Students must be 18 years or older and U.S. citizens to apply.

Learn more about the Boren Awards

For students eligible to receive GI Bill education benefits, AIFS Abroad will provide a $500 grant for any AIFS catalog program. 

If you studied abroad on an AIFS Abroad program previously, you will receive a $500 grant to study abroad on an AIFS semester, academic year, summer catalog program, or Global Experiences Internship Program.

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Over 400 colleges and universities are affiliated with AIFS, which helps make the process of applying for an AIFS program easy, and may provide access to special affiliate scholarships. 

Find out if your home institution offers an Affiliate Grant in your Portal
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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