Funding your program

With personal funding, your on-campus financial aid package and education abroad scholarships, studying abroad can be affordable! Begin the process by attending one of the workshops listed below. We invite you to take some time to look over the full list of available scholarships and see the FAQs to find the answers to your most important questions, including this year's scholarship essay question. 

Scholarship Deadlines

Winter Programs & Spring Semester 2022 September 20, 2021
Spring Break 2022 November 1, 2021
Summer 2022, Fall 2022, & Full Year 2022-2023 February 1, 2022


 Please note: You must complete a program application before you are eligible to complete a scholarship application. Your application to your program does NOT have to be approved before submitting your scholarship application. The scholarship deadline and application deadline are on the same day. 

Scholarship Workshops

Learn more about the scholarship process, discuss the essay question, and talk about ways to make your application as competitive as possible.

All workshops will take place from 4:00-4:30 pm in Blackburn 135. 

Add one of the following workshops to your calendar!

September 1, 2021
September 2, 2021
October 14, 2021
November 10, 2021
November 11, 2021
January 25, 2022
January 26, 2022


Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I apply for education abroad scholarships?

Scholarships are open to all full-time students on any approved education abroad program. Apply through your myGate under the "Financial Aid" tab. Click "Apply Now" in the scholarship section at the top center of the page. Detailed instructions for finding and completing the application can be found here. There are loads of scholarship funds, but all you have to do is answer a few questions in the scholarship application and the form will automatically let us know which funds you are eligible for.

Know that these education abroad scholarships are not the only source of funding available. There are also national scholarships you can apply for that we have listed at the bottom of this page. Because scholarships will not cover your entire program fee, you should also have a plan for how you will pay for the rest of the program fee. Education abroad scholarships can supplement your existing strategies for funding your education abroad, but you should not count on receiving the full cost for your program through education abroad scholarships.

Who is eligible for education abroad scholarships?

All degree-seeking students who have completed a study abroad application and will be receiving academic credit on their programs are eligible to apply for scholarships. Some of the scholarships have specific GPA or financial need requirements, but not all.  The list of General Education Abroad Scholarships below are all of the scholarships you could possibly be eligible for just by submitting the application. You don't have to know which ones you qualify for;  the scholarship system will automatically send your application to the appropriate committees for review. 

Even if you do not qualify for Murray State scholarships you can still apply! The application process and requirements are completely separate from the general University Scholarship process. Many of our scholarships have no GPA requirements and take other factors, particularly financial need, into consideration as much as your academic performance.

Same goes for those who do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid.  Financial need is a major requirement for most education abroad scholarships, but not all! The scholarship application contains a question where you're able to explain financial matters (if you're comfortable doing s0) such as loss of employment of a parent, multiple siblings in college, etc. Please use this question to appeal to the committee and give them additional information that might help their decision-making.

Make sure that your demographic and academic information is updated and correct in MyGate before starting your scholarship application. 

Can I use my existing MSU scholarships, grants, or loans?

Federal financial aid can apply to the cost of education abroad programs. Grants and loans that you currently receive may be used for some programs abroad. Current scholarship awards such as the Presidential, Regents, KEES money, and many other sources may be used for education abroad, depending on the program you choose. Meet with our friends in Financial Aid and the Scholarship Office for all the details on how your aid can apply.

As part of the program application, every student has the option to complete a budget sheet that helps you understand the costs associated with your program and helps you start to plan for how you will pay for it. The Financial Aid Office and Scholarship Office complete a section of your budget sheet to let you know if you have existing Murray State aid that you can use. You can also schedule an appointment to meet with them in person to discuss your options.

What is the scholarship essay question?

The essay is one of the most important parts of your scholarship application, so make sure to put time and thought into your essay before the deadline.


Scholarship Essay: What political, historical, or current events do you find interesting in the country/countries you're planning to study? How are they similar or different to what you have experienced?

Essays should be researched, well written, and well organized without errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Please do not bullet point. We are looking for a coherent essay in paragraph form. Max of 500 words.

Applicants are also encouraged to seek advice and editing assistance from the Racer Writing Center located in Waterfield Library.

How much aid can I expect to receive from education abroad scholarships?

Scholarships are typically awarded in amounts ranging from $150 to $1000. You can be awarded more than one scholarship. The award amount will vary depending on your qualifications for specific scholarships, the length and expense of your program, your essay, and your financial need. Attend one of our scholarship workshops for tips on how to make your application as competitive as possible. Students with demonstrated financial need tend to receive more money from scholarships. The average award in 2018-2019 was $940 and 98% of students who applied were awarded at least one scholarship.

When will I know how much I have received in scholarships?

We aim to send scholarship award notifications within three weeks after the application deadline. You will receive one email from the scholarship system with instructions for what to do next, then you login to the scholarship application  to view your awards and amounts and accept the scholarships. 

What other ways can I fund my experience?

Please remember that while there are many education abroad scholarships available, they are very competitive and no one is guaranteed a scholarship. Scholarships should be considered a supplement to a pre-existing strategy for financing your education abroad since it is likely you will not be awarded enough money to cover your full program fee. Start planning early for additional ways to fund your education abroad such as:

  • Working a summer job
  • Asking local clubs, churches, businesses or charities to support you
  • Cutting back expenditures in your daily life in order to save money
  • Choosing a program that will accept the Murray State scholarships you are already receiving
  • Taking out additional student loans or private loans
  • Fundraising/crowdsourcing (try sites like FundMyTravel)
  • Apply for program provider specific scholarships (i.e. KIIS, CCSA, ISA, CEA, etc.)
  • Apply for national study abroad scholarships
  • Tuition waivers and other benefits

General Education Abroad Scholarships

When you submit your Study Abroad Scholarship application through MyGate, you will become eligible for any of the following scholarships for which you meet the criteria. *There is an exception for the Bertrand Ball scholarship. Follow the link below.

  • Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business
  • Benson D. & Novalee Roberts Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Bonnie & Cliff Higginson Study Abroad Scholarship
  • College of Education & Human Services
  • College of Humanities & Fine Arts
  • Education Abroad Office Scholarship
  • D. Scott & Kelli Burkeen Parsons Scholarship for International Study
  • Dr. Hal & Jane Seaton Fund for Excellence in International Education
  • Drs. Laurie & Tomas Hult Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Jess D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • LGBTQ+ Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Moore Menendez Scholarship
  • Sam & Bonnie McNeely Study Abroad Scholarship
  • School of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Bertrand Ball Global Languages Study Abroad Scholarship

Program-Specific Scholarships

CCSA: The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad

CCSA program applicants only. Apply through CCSA.

CEA: Cultural Experiences Abroad

CEA program applicants only. Apply through CEA.

ISA: International Studies Abroad

ISA program applicants only. Apply through ISA after acceptance to program.

KIIS: Kentucky Institute for International Studies Study Abroad Scholarships

Meg and Barry Brown Scholarship

The Meg and Barry Brown Scholarship will be awarded to one student on a KIIS summer program in the amount of $4,000. Eligible students must be Pell Grant eligible, be taking 6 credit hours on a summer KIIS program and apply for the scholarship and the program by the early application deadline of December 1. Applications can be found on the KIIS website.

Milton and Inger Grimes Endowment for Excellence
Students studying on any KIIS program are eligible to apply for this fund. Award amounts vary.

KIIS Scholarships

This scholarship is awarded to participants on KIIS programs only.  One scholarship is available for each study abroad program offered by KIIS. Find the scholarship details, including application materials & deadlines, online at the KIIS Scholarships page

Hunt & Jennye Sue Smock Scholarship Endowment for Spanish Language Immersion

Eligible students will be a currently-enrolled Murray State student with sophomore or junior status at the time of study abroad in any academic major. Must have completed 12 hours of college-level Spanish language study, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must be returning to Murray State during the academic year following the study abroad program. Only KIIS program participants in Spanish language programs and taking at least one Spanish language course while abroad will be considered. Financial need will be a consideration (the Financial Statement of the scholarship application MUST be completed) and recipients of the scholarship may reapply in the future. Scholarships are awarded in minimum amounts of $1,000. Apply online with the Education Abroad Scholarship Application.

Student International Professional Development Award (SIPD)

This award is presented on a rolling basis for students who are invited to present a paper, perform, display artwork, or attend a conference in a foreign country. This award is NOT intended for traditional study abroad programs and those attending a study abroad program or internship for course credit are not eligible for the SIPD Award. Awards are generally provided in $500 increments and are supplied via a travel request or as a scholarship to the student account. Once you submit your SIPD application through Horizons, you will be considered for this scholarship.

Graduate Student and Research Awards

American- Scandinavian Foundation

Fellowships up to $23,000 and grants up to $5,000 for research or study projects in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden for up to one year. Applicants must have completed undergraduate studies by the start of their project. Some knowledge of applicable language is preferred. Application materials can be found online at here.


140 countries to choose from for various research or study projects up to one year. Full stipend and/or travel grants available. Must apply one year in advance. Application materials can be found online  here.  Honors students please contact Dominique Suiter or Hannah Carroll in the Honors College for application advising.

Marshall Scholarship

A two year fully funded scholarship for students seeking a graduate degree at any institution in the United Kingdom. Forty scholarships awarded annually. Find more information here.

Rotary International

Undergraduate or graduates may be eligible to receive funding for study or research in any country with Rotary affiliation for up to one full academic year. Contact your hometown Rotary Club or find more information here to determine eligibility.

National Scholarships

Diverse Women of Color Scholarship

These scholarships are intended to assist women of color who are exceptional in their studies and in need of financial assistance to study abroad. Selected recipients may be awarded up to $500 to help fund their experience. Awards are available for both in-person and virtual programs.

Benjamin A Gilman International

Recipients may be awarded up to $5,000 for a semester or full year study abroad program. Applicants must be undergraduate students receiving a Pell grant. Application materials are available online at All applicants must see the Education Abroad Advisor for application verification prior to applying for the Gilman.

Bridging Scholarships

$2,500 for semester or $4,000 for academic year undergraduate study in Japan. Application materials can be found online at

DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service

Up to $5,000 for sophomores and upperclassmen studying in Germany. Application materials available online at

NSEP: David L. Boren Scholarships & Fellowships

Scholarships up to $8,000 for summer, $10,000 for semester or $20,000 for academic year programs for undergraduates pursuing study in geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security and underrepresented in study abroad. Fellowships up to $30,000 to graduate students for a two-year project abroad that combines language and culture study with professional practice. Application materials available online at the National Security Education Program.

Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel Study Abroad Scholarship

Students who participate in TRIO programs (McNair, Student Support Services) are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Deadline is in December for the following calendar year. Please see the SAEOPP website for details and application.

Spain Cultural Ambassadors Program

This program begins in mid-September and ends in mid-June. Applicants must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen, a native English speaker, and have an intermediate or advanced level of Spanish language. Juniors, seniors, or students who have completed a Bachelor or Masters degree are eligible. Please see the website for more details. Grants are provided on a first-come, first-served basis at a minimum of 700 Euros per month. The online application is open November through March annually.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

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. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Murray State students are eligible since Murray State has a Phi Kappa Phi chapter. You do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply. Deadline is April 1.

Fund for Education Abroad

FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.

FEA General Scholarship:

Funding Amount:
up to $10,000

Number of Scholarships Awarded: up to 15

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks. Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. The financial support for these scholarships is provided by generous donors, who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students.

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