Check out the Undergraduate

Financial Aid Resources below.

Undergraduate Financial Aid 

To help make study abroad even more affordable, IPSL accepts all forms of financial aid approved by your home university. Therefore a study abroad can cost the same (or even less!) than a semester at your home university!

Don't have a home university? Email us to discuss your options!

Many students are able to apply some or all of their financial aid toward the cost of IPSL programs. However, policies and practices regarding financial aid vary widely among U.S. institutions, so you should consult with the financial aid office and/or study abroad office at your home institution to determine whether or not you will be able to apply financial aid, scholarships and/or other support received from your home institution toward an IPSL program.


Under federal law, U.S. students can receive federal financial aid (such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans) for study abroad if their home institution has approved the program for credit. Federal law also states that financial aid can cover all "reasonable" costs for a study abroad program, including: tuition and fees for the program; round-trip transportation; living costs; passport and visa fees; and health insurance.


Project Travel Crowd Funding Resource - Consider using social media crowd finding as a way to raise funds for your program. Project Travel is just one of the options available. As soon as you are accepted to an IPSL program, you are eligible to work with Project Travel to start raising money! 


How to determine eligibility and procedures

Talk to your financial aid and/or study abroad office to determine whether you can apply your financial aid and/or scholarships toward an IPSL program.

  1. If IPSL is already an approved program at your institution, you should be able to remain registered at your home institution, apply federal financial aid toward the program, and receive transfer credit for courses you successfully complete. If you are currently receiving direct need-based and/or merit-based scholarships from your home institution, you will need to determine with your financial aid and/or study abroad office whether or not these funds may be used for off-campus study. Procedures vary from campus to campus; please consult with the appropriate office on your campus.

  2. If IPSL is not a pre-approved program at your home institution, find out what information is required. We are happy to complete consortia/contractual agreements from the home institution and provide administrators and faculty with additional information about the programs.


Methods of payment

Colleges and universities each have different ways of determining methods of payment for study abroad programs. Consult with your financial aid and/or study abroad office to determine the procedure at your institution. The following are three of the most common methods of payment :

  1. The student pays the home institution (whether by paying out-of-pocket, using financial aid, or through a combination of both). The college/ university then pays the program fees to IPSL.

  2. The student pays IPSL directly, and the home institution transfers financial aid directly to the student or to IPSL.  

  3. The student takes a "leave of absence" from the home institution, pays the programs fees directly to IPSL, and is unable to use any financial aid sources.

  4. Additional Scholarship ResourcAdditional Scholarship Resources*

IPSL Institute for Global Learning

Community Partner Service Grant


What is an IPSL Service Grant?

The Service Grant is financial support that is distributed directly to an IPSL student to support them in their service-learning placement. While these resources can be used for anything, it is hoped that the student will use it for one of the following reasons: 

  • to support local transportation to/from their service placement location (which is not included in the IPSL program fee) 

  • to support ancillary costs associated with on-site Advocacy Research (e.g. having one’s research questionnaire or survey translated into the local language)

  • as a direct honorarium for the student’s service-learning organization


How much money is the Service Grant?

The grant varies per semester and is based on program location, the strength of the student’s overall application, and other factors as determined by IPSL. Generally, this is around $500. 


When will I know if I have received a Service Grant?

IPSL notifies students on the status of their Service Grant after the application deadline for a particular term has passed. 


Are Service Grants available for all IPSL programs? 

Service Grants are for undergraduate-level semester-based programs. IPSL does not provide Service Grants for short-term, summer, or faculty-led programs. 


Nomination Process

To be considered for an IPSL Service Grant, a student must submit an IPSL undergraduate online application along with a separate nomination form (below) by institutional faculty or staff, an IPSL alumnus, a volunteer supervisor, or employer. The application and the nomination are submitted separately and can be submitted at different times. Nominations should address the eligibility criteria below.

Questions may be addressed to IPSL Institute for Global Learning staff at (503) 395-IPSL (4775) or via email at 


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the IPSL Service Grant, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be admitted to an IPSL undergraduate, semester-length program during the semester for which the nomination is made.

  • Be in good standing as an IPSL student according to the Contract of Participation.

  • Have the nominator submit a complete online nomination form.

  • Students with a history of service and/or volunteering are strongly encouraged to apply and seek a nomination from an approved nominator. 

Additional Scholarship Resources*​


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Awards are available to U.S. citizen students who are receiving Pell Grant funding at a two- or four-year college or university. Any geographic location.

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This is a good fit for IPSL programs.


Other Scholarships:



Graduate Financial Aid:
Resources for Funding Your IPSL Program


IPSL understands and appreciates the huge commitment that graduate school is. Your time, money, and dedication to your education are important. That is why our organization...


  1. works to keep our program fees affordable and accessible,

  2. provides some IPSL-based scholarships where possible, and 

  3. provides information on funding options so that students can inform themselves and seek the most appropriate funding for their situation. 


IPSL ​Global Institute at NUNM is part of the National University of Natural Medicine, the oldest integrative medical school in the United States. Eligible candidates in IPSL graduate programs can apply for federal financial aid through our home institution. 
Click HERE for more information!

We've done the research and similar graduate programs can cost up to $130,000 without the benefits of studying and serving in multiple countries. Apply to our unique and affordable programs today!

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a federally-sponsored grant program that offers undergraduate students of limited financial means an opportunity to study abroad. Scholarships of up to $5,000* for a semester or academic year are available to U.S. citizens and nationals who are currently receiving a Pell Grant as part of their tuition package. Students must be attending a two-year or four-year college or university to be eligible for the scholarship.

For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, visit


IPSL Scholarship Opportunities


AmeriCorps Alums

AmeriCorps Alums and IPSL have partnered to provide opportunities for AmeriCorps Alums interested in service abroad, international education and development, and service-learning. Through IPSL programs, AmeriCorps alumni members can connect to unique learning experiences and apply and further develop their service-learning and leadership skills in an international setting.


IPSL programs support AmeriCorps Alums’ vision that a vibrant network of AmeriCorps alumni will be the leadership pipeline for the 21st century.


IPSL Opportunities for AmeriCorps Alums

  • Graduate Programs in International Development and Service (IDS) or Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA)

  • Undergraduate international study and service-learning programs (semester or summer) with academic credit

  • Advocacy Research™ abroad for academic credit


AmeriCorps Alumni Benefits:

  • Priority Admission

  • Use your AmeriCorps Segal Education Award

  • Automatic $5,500 Scholarship from IPSL (even if you have already used your Ed award!) *

  • Application Fee Waived

* Apply the Education award to your current school to use for an IPSL program.


For more information about the IPSL Graduate Programs, please email us or visit


IPSL Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship is available to alumni of IPSL's study abroad + service-learning programs. It recognizes the strong service-based foundation that students have developed during their IPSL undergraduate program and will carry into graduate school. The scholarship award is for $1,000.


TESOL Excellence Award

This scholarship is available to international students whose TESOL scores exceed the minimum IPSL requirements. It recognizes the foundation in English-language proficiency that individuals have developed in these programs. The scholarship award is for $1,000.


General  Financial Aid for U.S. Citizens

Funding Resources for People of Color

Scholarship Guide for Black Students:

Scholarship Guide for Hispanic Students:

Scholarship Guide for Asian-American Students:


External Funding for US Citizens and Permanent Residents
Guide to Scholarships Abroad

Hostelling International USA Travel Scholarships
The Explore the World Travel Scholarship is for aspiring global travelers who want to give back while they experience another culture. Scholarship recipients will receive $2,000 to support a trip that includes an educational or service component. 

Hostelling International Explore the World


Yellow Ribbon Program for U.S. Veterans

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
911 2nd Street NE

Washington, DC 20002
Tel: 202 543-1771
This scholarship opportunity is available to Latino students who have a history of performing public service­ oriented activities in their communities and who plan to continue making such contributions in the future.

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships
This scholarship enables US graduate students to pursue specialization in area and language studies. A maximum of $30,000 is available for study in the United States.

Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

( Scholarship

The QuitDay scholarship is awarded to students each year who share their vision for a smoke-free world. Help make higher education smoke-free! Scholarship Award: $3,000 total, awarded to three students. Deadline to Apply: March 31 of each year.

GoodCall's Best Decision Scholarship

At GoodCall, we try to help people make smarter decisions by giving them access to important data. We want to know about a great decision you've made in your life. Write an essay between 400 and 500 words detailing one of the most important decisions you've made in your life. What information did you rely on? What decision did you make? How did you know it was the right choice? Award: $2,500, eligibility requirements and online application are available at: (

Thumbtack School-To-Skills-Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to an individual who demonstrates this commitment by chasing their passion to learn a new trade that they can turn into a business, learning fundamental business skills such as marketing and accounting, or deepening their knowledge and capabilities to improve public policy and foster an environment that better serves small business owners and independent professionals. Award: $5,000, eligibility requirements and online application are available at: (

External Funding for International Students
See below and CLICK Here for additional resources for International Students

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

A limited number of fellowships for full funding (including tuition, travel, and living expenses) are available for the coming academic year for students from Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam.

Institute for International Education

An independent. not-for-profit founded in 1919. IIE is among the world's largest and most experienced international education and training organizations.

Fulbright Program

809 United Nations Plaza New York. NY 10017-3580

Fulbright Outreach Program Fellowship



United States-Israel Educational Foundation

Ben Yehuda 1
P.O. Box 26160 Tel Aviv 61261
Fax: +972-(0)3-516-2016
Office phone: +972-(0)3-517-2392
Email: (

Israeli citizens of Arab origin or of Ethiopian origin are eligible. Dual American-Israeli citizens or permanent residents of the United States are not eligible to apply.


Scholarships  for Women
100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives Scholarship Program

( This scholarship is open to Syrian women who have demonstrated exemplary social service with leadership, academic excellence, and civic responsibility, who have characteristics reflecting the importance of empathy, humility, courage and resilience, and who have potential to serve as global leaders.

Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation

1615 West 92nd Street

Kansas City, MO 64114

816 363-5525

American Association for University Women (AAUW)

111116th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20036

Scholarships available for full-time study for women with the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree.

Canadian Federation of University Women

251 Bank Street, Suite 600

Ottawa, Ontario
Canada KZP 1X3

Fellowships and partial scholarships to Canadian women.


College Women's Association of Japan

CWAJ Center
2-24-13-1202 Kami-Osaki,
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0021 JAPAN
Telephone: 3491 2091
Fax: 3491 2092

Supports graduate study at English-speaking universities and research institutions abroad for women who are nationals or permanent residents of Japan.

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund

The World Bank Group 1818 H Street, NW

Washington, DC 20433
202 473-8751

This fund provides financial assistance to women from developing countries during their studies in the United States or Canada.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund

(­ scholarship-ips)
P.E.O. Executive Office 3700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50312

Phone: 515 255-3153

Fax: 515 255-3820

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of the P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.


Other Scholarships

Aga Khan International Scholarship Programme

Scholarships are awarded on a 50 percent grant/50 percent loan basis through a competitive application process that takes place once a year in June or July.

The Aga Kahn Foundation accepts applications from countries where it has branches, affiliates, or other Aga Kahn Development Network agencies that can help process applications and interview applicants. At present, these countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, France, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK, and the United States.

Belgian American Education Foundation

Egmontstraat 11 Rue d'Egmont - 1000

Brussels - Belgium

Tel: + 32(0)2 513 59 55
Fax: + 32(0)2 672 53 81

Pays for tuition, stipend, and health insurance for Belgian citizens to study in US graduate programs.

Civil Society Leadership Award


The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provide fully-funded master's degree study to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment  to  leading  positive  social change  in their communities. The awards are available to citizens of the following countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Open Society Foundations

224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019 USA

Tel.  +1.212.548.0600

De Karman Fellowships

Supports one year of graduate study in the United States in any field, with special consideration to candidates in the humanities. Available only to juniors already enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate institution.

EducationUSA Opportunity Funds

The EducationUSA Opportunity Funds program assists highly qualified students who are likely to be awarded full financial aid from U.S. colleges and universities but lack the financial resources to cover the up-front costs of obtaining admission, such as testing, application fees, or airfare. For more information, contact the Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC) for the region(s) in which you are interested.

EI-Hibri Foundation

Offers three $5,000 graduate scholarships for first-year U.S. or international graduate students enrolled in a US program to study peace education, conflict resolution and related fields, and the annual Peace Education Prize to an outstanding scholar, practitioner or policymaker in the amount of $30,000

ITO Foundation for International Education Exchange

BABA Bldg. 5F, 3-8-4 Nishi-Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku,

Tokyo, 160-0023 JAPAN

Tel: 03 3299 7872
Fax: 03 3299 7871

Awards scholarships for Japanese students to study abroad in a master's course at a graduate school.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program

( Scholarships are awarded to college seniors or recent graduates to attend graduate programs. The scholarship awards will provide funding for tuition, room and board, books, and other required fees for the length of the graduate degree program, up to six years.

The amount and duration of awards will vary by student. based on the cost of attendance and length of the program as well as other scholarships or grants received. The maximum award per student is $50,000 per year. Candidates for this scholarship must be nominated by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Faculty Representative at their undergraduate institution.

OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

PO Box 995, A-1011
Vienna, Austria Tel: +43 1 515 64 0

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations award grants, scholarships, and fellowships throughout the year to organizations and individuals who share Open Society values. We look for grantees who have a vision and whose efforts will lead to lasting social change. We award a limited number of grants to individuals, primarily through scholarships and fellowships. Individuals may apply for multiple grants at once. Scholarships are awarded to a qualified person to attend or affiliate with an accredited university. Fellowships are awarded to a qualified individual to work on a project in a field aligned with Open Society values over a fixed period of time.

Organization of American States

rfh Street and Constitution Ave., NW

Washington, DC  20006-4499 USA
202 370-5000
Fax 202 458-3967

Point Foundation Scholarship

Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential - despite the obstacles often put before them - to make a significant impact on society.

The Rowe Fund

The Rowe Fund is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS member states ( finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans of up to $15,000 dollars. Fellowships available for citizens of OAS member countries.

Division of Cooperation for Development of Human Resources

1776 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20036 USA

Rotary International Foundation

1600 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 USA

You must contact a local Rotary club in your home country.


Scandinavia House

58 Park Avenue
(between 37th and 38th St.)

New York, NY 10016
212 879-9779
A variety of scholarships are offered to students from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Soros Foundation Network Scholarship Programs

The Soros Foundation 400 W. 59th St.
New York, NY 10019 212 548-0175

The Big List of Scholarships for International Students

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This is a list of scholarship opportunities for international students, along with suggestions and tips for the scholarship application process and other helpful links.




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