Council on International Educational Exchange
Competition for the CIEE scholarships and grants is keen and the quality of the materials submitted is very important. The scholarship application procedure is entirely independent from the CIEE program application.
Students should discuss all financial aid planning with their campus financial aid and study abroad advisor. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their scholarship application is complete.
Applications and Deadlines
Once you begin a study abroad application with CIEE, you have access to the CIEE online scholarship application as well. It guides you through the process, helping you identify CIEE scholarships of interest, determine deadlines and submit the necessary information. If you have already started a study abroad application with us, log in to your account, and then visit the Program section to begin the scholarship process. As part of this process, you will need to provide:
One scholarship essay that includes:
- Your objectives for your time overseas with CIEE
- Your academic and/or professional goals, and how your study abroad program will support them
- Details of your financial need and how the scholarship will assist you in meeting your individual goals
- Describe any extenuating circumstances that may be relevant in the consideration of your scholarship application
- Additional explanations specific to the scholarships for which you are applying (Additional requirements outlined in the specific scholarship eligibility requirements and instructions. Failure to include these additional requirements in your essay could jeopardize your scholarship application.)
A complete financial aid administrator form
Your complete Study Abroad program application by April 1 for summer, fall, and academic year, or by November 1 for winter, spring, and calendar year.
Please note: Competition for the CIEE scholarships and grants is keen and the quality of the materials submitted is very important. In addition to the scholarship form and essay, applications are reviewed based upon the information provided in the program application, including the personal statement, academic information, transcripts, and evaluations. Financial need and academic excellence are strongly considered.
Scholarship Application Deadlines
Scholarship Notification Announcements
|April 1||summer, fall, and academic year programs||First week of May|
|November 1||winter, spring and calendar year programs||First week of December|
Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be submitted by the dates shown above. Please note: scholarship application deadlines are evaluated independently of program application deadlines and will not be extended even if the program application deadline is extended.
Upon returning from abroad, all CIEE scholarship or grant recipients must submit a creative report demonstrating how the program allowed them to interact with the host culture, how the program enhanced their language skills and/or understanding of cultural and social issues, and how the program activities related to their future academic and/or career goals. Students are encouraged to be creative in their presentation of this report. Please note that this mandatory essay and all other materials submitted for this report become the property of CIEE and may be used in print and/or electronic publications. Please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the scholarship form and essay, applications may also be reviewed based upon the information provided in the program application, including the personal statement, academic information, transcripts, and evaluations. Financial need and academic excellence are strongly considered.
Notification of Award Status
Students selected for awards will be notified of their status by e-mail approximately four weeks after the application deadline. A list of awardees will be posted here at that time as well.
CIEE Student Scholarship Programs for Education Abroad
John E. Bowman Travel Grants
The Bowman Travel Grants were established in memory of John E. Bowman, Executive Director of CIEE from 1952 to 1979. These awards provide assistance to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs in non-traditional locations. They help to defray the costs of travel.
Applicants must fulfill the following criteria:
- The applicant must attend a CIEE Member or CIEE Academic Consortium member institution. CIEE Member institutions can be found here and CIEE Academic Consortium member institutions can be found here
- The applicant must plan to study at a CIEE Study Center in a non-traditional destination. Regions currently eligible include: Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
All awards are $1,000 and are issued directly to the student, after all other program fees have been paid, to help defray the cost of travel.
For students whose school is billed for all fees, the award will be released within four weeks of award notification.
Robert B. Bailey Scholarship
The Robert B. Bailey Scholarship is intended to promote the participation in CIEE programs of individuals or members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students.
These awards are named in honor of Robert B. Bailey III, former member of CIEE’s Board of Directors and Professor of Sociology and Director of Study Abroad at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Available to CIEE Study Center applicants only. The applicant must be self-identified as belonging to an underrepresented group.
In your Scholarship Essay, please answer the following additional questions:
- Please specify the group to which you belong and which you believe is underrepresented in study abroad. How does your membership in that underrepresented group factor into your choice of program/destination?
- As a member of an underrepresented group, how do you plan to integrate this international experience into future academic, community, professional, and extracurricular activities?
Beginning in spring 2009, award amounts are $1,500 for semester or yearlong programs and $500 for summer programs. The award is applied toward the applicant’s CIEE program fee.
Peter Wollitzer Scholarships for Study in Asia
The Wollitzer Scholarships were established by the Ping Foundation in 2006 in memory of Peter Wollitzer, Regional Director at the university-wide office of the University of California Education Abroad Program. Peter had a long affiliation with CIEE and was a strong proponent of CIEE Study Centers around the world. He most recently was a member of the CIEE Academic Consortium Board. These awards provide assistance to students from CIEE Academic Consortium Board Member institutions who are participating in CIEE study abroad programs in Asia.
Applicants must fulfill the following criteria:
1. The applicant must participate in a CIEE Study Center program in Asia. This includes:
2. The applicant must attend a CIEE Academic Consortium Board Member institution. For Spring 2012 these include:
- Arizona State University
- Brown University
- Fordham University
- Oberlin College
- Pacific Lutheran University
- Princeton University
- Purdue University
- Reed College
- South Dakota State University
- The University of Texas at Austin
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- University of Tulsa
- Washington University
- In honor of Peter Wollitzer: University of California EAP
One award is made each semester in the amount of $2,000 and two awards of $500 each are made for summer programs. The awards are applied to the applicant’s CIEE program fee.
CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships
In an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to the widest possible audience, CIEE offers scholarships each year to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need.
Available to CIEE Study Center applicants from CIEE Member or CIEE Academic Consortium Member institutions only. CIEE Member institutions can be found here and CIEE Academic Consortium member institutions can be found here.
Beginning in spring 2009, award amounts are $2,000 for semester or yearlong programs, and $1,000 for summer programs. The award is applied toward the applicant’s CIEE program fee.