Funding Options

Many students have concerns over funding their study abroad experience. This section aims to introduce you to different types of funding and help you financially prepare for your study abroad trip.


  • College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) sponsored scholarships: When applying for any study abroad program through ISUAbroad, as a CALS student, you will need to click on the "CALS Study Abroad Scholarship Application Information" link within the application, read the content in the dialogue box and click on the link provided to apply for scholarships.
  • International Scholarships: List are some of the more commonly known nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. All of the opportunities involve international travel.
  • National Competitive Awards: Iowa State University provides high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students with information and guidance on preparing for competitive, national and international level fellowship and scholarship opportunities. This includes - but is not limited to - funding for undergraduate and graduate study, study abroad, and internships. These awards are primarily merit-based, and successful candidates typically exhibit outstanding academic, leadership, and service experience.
  • Waltz Affordability Scholarship: The goal of The Waltz Study Abroad Affordability Scholarship is to assist with additional expense of studying abroad (if applicable) versus staying in Ames. A typical award is expected to be $1,500.  Awards will partially be based on the applicant choosing a study abroad location that supports a good academic plan, developing a reasonable financial plan and demonstrating that this scholarship is required to enable them to study abroad.  The Waltz Study Abroad Affordability Scholarship deadlines are March 15 and October 15 for studying the following semester. However, you are encouraged to apply in advance so that you can better plan; if awarded you can use the scholarship anytime in the next 3 semesters.
  • Global Sustainability Scholars: The Global Sustainability Scholars program brings together talented undergraduates for a paid three-summer immersive experience, where students travel abroad, conduct research and build their professional network in real world sustainability issues. 
  • Jeff Zimpleman- ISS Scholarship: The scholarship can be used for a study abroad experience (semester or year), an internship, a conference, an independent project, etc. in the area of international business, international agriculture-related studies, international relations/culture (to include language, art, and music) in one of Iowa’s 9 sister states.

Additional Funding:

  • CALS passport scholarship: If you are a student in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and you have applied for a study abroad program, you are eligible for a scholarship that will reimburse you for the cost of your passport. Bring your new passport to 0018 Curtiss to claim your scholarship.  Please note: This is only for first time travelers, not for passport renewals, only first passports.
  • Iowa State University Financial Aid: ISU financial aid may be used to fund your study abroad experience as long as you are earning academic credits for your study abroad program. Financial Aid Pamphlet
  • Departmental Support: Check with your academic department or adviser for study abroad-focused scholarships through your department.

CALS Study Abroad Funding Opportunities Brochure (pdf)