Program Specific and Outside Scholarships

Program-Specific Scholarships

CCSA program applicants only. Apply through the CCSA website.

CEA program applicants only. Apply through the CEA website.

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

USAC program applicants only. Apply through the USAC website after application to program.

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 and deadlines, online at the KIIS Scholarships page

Hunt and 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.

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

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 on the American-Scandinavian Foundation website.

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 on the Fulbright website.  Honors students please contact Dominique Suiter or Hannah Carroll in the Honors College for application advising.

A two year fully funded scholarship for students seeking a graduate degree at any institution in the United Kingdom. Forty scholarships awarded annually. Learn more information on the Marshall Scholarship website.

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 learn more information from Rotary International to determine eligibility.

National Scholarships

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. Learn more about the Diverse Women of Color Scholarship.

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 on the Gilman website. All applicants must see EAO Advisor Christy D'Ambrosio (cdambrosio@murraystate.edu) for application verification prior to applying for the Gilman.

$2,500 for semester or $4,000 for academic year undergraduate study in Japan. Application materials can be found online. Learn more about Bridging Scholarships.

Up to $5,000 for sophomores and upperclassmen studying in Germany. Application materials can be found online. Learn more about DAAD.

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.

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.

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 Spain Cultural Ambassadors 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 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.

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide 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.

One online application leads to many opportunities. As an applicant to FEA, you are considered for many scholarships (including provider scholarships) you meet the criteria for in addition to the FEA General Scholarship.


Funding Amount:
up to $5,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S. (graduate students are not eligible)

  • Study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student's home institution

Visit FEA's website for more information.

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