Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

 2023 scholarship recipients

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Study Abroad Scholarships:

  • CALS Study Abroad Scholarships: Complete one application to be considered for all of our scholarships. Application deadlines are March 1, May 1, and November 1, depending on which term you will be studying abroad. Thank you to all of our generous donors that help make study abroad experiences available for CALS students!
  • 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 first 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 for first passports. Students who have had a minor passport (under the age of 18) are not eligible for a passport reimbursement.

Departmental Study Abroad Scholarships:

  • Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering: Scholarships are available for all Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering undergraduate and graduate students who are or will be participating in study abroad experiences including student exchange programs, study abroad travel courses, and international professional development. Learn more about the individual opportunities or contact ABE Student Services at abeadvising@iastate.edu for any questions. 
  • Department of Agricultural Education and Studies: Scholarships available to students majoring in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies. Contact the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies for any questions. 
  • Department of Animal Science: Scholarships available to students majoring in the Department of Animal Science. Learn more about the individual opportunities or contact the Department of Animal Science for any questions. 
    • Doug and Carol Kenealy International Travel Scholarship
    • Palmer and Sheryl Holden International Travel Scholarship
    • Duane & Shirley Acker International Fellowship
    • Lee H. Kilmer and Lucille P. Kilmer Agriculture Travel Scholarship in Dairy Science
      • Recipients shall be majoring in dairy science in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University.
      • Recipients shall be participating in an international agriculture travel course or study abroad experience (other than an international internship) with a dairy production component, as determined by the administering authority.
      • Recipients shall have a minimum semester grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application as well as a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
      • Recipients shall be students who have never traveled outside of the United States, Canada, or Mexico, as determined by the administering authority.
      • Recipients shall have been enrolled at Iowa State University for a minimum of two (2) semesters prior to receiving this scholarship. Freshman recipients shall have been enrolled at Iowa State University for a minimum of one (1) semester prior to receiving this scholarship.
      • This award shall be made available to students of undergraduate class standing at Iowa State University at the time of application.
  • Department of Agronomy: Agronomy travel scholarships are available to students majoring in the Department of Agronomy participating in any study abroad program. Learn more about the individual opportunities by contacting the Department of Agronomy for any questions. 
    • Agronomy Travel Awards (Student Services Office, 1126 Agronomy Hall)
      • These awards will be used to support academic travel to international destinations. The Agronomy Department will award a scholarship for 40% of the advertised cost of a travel abroad course or $2,000 for a semester abroad. Specific application deadlines will be announced by the department. Students must have a GPA of 2.00 or higher and must be an Agronomy major to be eligible. 
  • Department of Economics: Scholarships available to students majoring in the Department of Economics. Learn more about the individual opportunities or contact the Department of Economics for any questions. 

Iowa State University Study Abroad Scholarships:

  • Iowa State One App DeadlinesDavid and Connie Hottman Going Places Endowed Scholarship: Recipients shall be participating in a study abroad opportunity with plans to take at least one business class abroad. This award shall be made available to students of undergraduate class standing who have taken at least one business class. 
  • Iowa State University Privately Funded Scholarships: Search privately funded scholarships available to Iowa State University students. 
  • Kenneth L. Thome International Travel Scholarship: Recipients shall be majoring in a program within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Ivy Business College, or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Recipients shall be participating in a study or travel abroad experience. Recipients shall be receiving academic credits toward graduation from Iowa State University from this study or travel abroad experience. Recipients shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Recipients shall be of junior or senior class standing. The scholarship is non-renewable. The Donor would like this to be the student's first study or travel abroad experience
  • Lew Klinge Study Abroad ScholarshipThe Lew Klinge Study Abroad Scholarship is open to students who have demonstrated leadership and involvement in promoting and participating in the activities of the Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success and LGBTQIA+ Community at Iowa State University, who is also pursuing an Iowa State University study abroad experience. Students must be enrolled in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, or Music and Theatre Department.
  • Lewis Scholarship for Honors Students: This scholarship is for students participating in an exchange or semester-long program. Students must also be a member of the University Honors Program. 
  • School for Field Studies Study Abroad Scholarships: A new scholarship opportunity for students participating in a School for Field Studies Program. SFS has set aside dedicated funds for Iowa State to provide students going on a SFS program. The scholarships range but can be up to $2,000 for the summer and $3,000 for the semester. Students should consider applying up to 2 years in advance for this scholarship as as SFS programs can often fill up before our typical scholarship deadlines.
  • Waltz Affordability Scholarship: The goal of The Waltz Study Abroad Affordability Scholarship is to assist with additional expenses of studying abroad (if applicable) versus staying in Ames. 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. You are encouraged to apply in advance so that you can better plan; the scholarship can be used in any of the following 7 semesters upon awarding. 
  • WiSE Study Abroad Scholarship: The WiSE scholarship is for female-identifying students with a major in a STEM field who are applying or accepted to a study abroad program in a non-traditional location.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities:

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. To be eligible for the Gilman Program, applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship. Eligibility requirements.
    • STEM Supplemental Award: The Gilman Program is providing supplemental awards of up to $1,000 each for a Gilman Scholar to conduct STEM-related research abroad as part of their study abroad or international internship program. Students can select to be considered for the STEM Supplemental Award through the Gilman application.

    • Gilman-McCain Scholarship: The John S. McCain International Scholarship for Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship) provides awards of $5,000 for child and spousal dependents of active or activated United States military personnel during the time of application to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Applicants must be recipients of any Title IV federal financial aid during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving Title IV federal financial aid during their study abroad program or internship.

  • Fund for Education Abroad: The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study-abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting students of color, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. Eligibility requirements
  • 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.
  • Inclusive Ireland Scholarship: Education in Ireland is proud to partner with Diversity Abroad to announce the creation of the Inclusive Ireland Scholarship Programme. Ireland is committed to providing academically rigorous and culturally immersive study abroad experiences for students from all backgrounds and identities. We believe that diversity among our visiting students only serves to enrich our society and our campuses.
  • International Scholarships: List 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.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant: Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. One hundred twenty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Applicants do not have to be Society members but must attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter. You must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 

Additional Funding Resources:

  • AFFORDABLE: Make your study abroad experience "AFFORDABLE" with these financial tips and resources from the CALS Study Abroad Office.
  • 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.
  • Consider fundraising for your study abroad program. View these sample fundraising letters for individuals, groups, or businesses

Are you a graduate student interested in studying abroad? View our funding opportunities for graduate students.