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Financial Planning and Scholarships

Listed below is information regarding scholarships and grants to help fund a study abroad experience.

Make sure you plan early as deadlines may or may not coincide with study abroad application deadlines.

Databases to consider:

Study Abroad Funding through the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the database available on the Diversity Abroad website are just two of the many databases on the internet available to assist your search for scholarships and grants to help fund your study abroad experience.

NAFSA: Association of International Education also maintains a U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List that provides a great starting point for researching scholarship opportunities for study abroad.

SUNY Potsdam Scholarships and Grants

SUNY Potsdam offers several scholarship opportunities for study abroad experiences.  The following departments have specific scholarships for students studying abroad from their departments:

  •  Crane School of Music
  • Modern Languages
  • Teacher Education

Please contact your academic department for minimum qualifications, deadlines, and application materials.

The office of International Education and Programs also administers several study abroad scholarships.

  • For Fall and Summer experiences, a call for scholarship applications is usually made during March/April
  • For Spring and Winterim (December, January) experiences, a call for scholarship applications is usually made during October/November

If you have officially notified International Education & Programs staff that you have been accepted to participate in a study abroad program, you will automatically be sent the scholarship materials to be completed and submitted for consideration.  Otherwise you may contact the Office of International Education & Programs at international@potsdam.edu.

External Scholarships and Grants

This list is not exhaustive and is meant to provide a starting point for your research.  No endorsement by SUNY Potsdam or International Education & Programs is intended or is to be inferred.

  • Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes
    Scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate, and advanced level intensive language programs at American Overseas Research Centers.

    Website: http://www.clscholarship.org/

  • Germany
    The German Academic Exchange Service, (DAAD) offers financial support for US undergraduate students for study in all fields, for 2-10 months in Germany. These scholarships could be for a summer course at a Germany university, internship, senior thesis research or a study abroad semester/year. This is a flexible program that can work for you within the framework of an existing exchange relationship between SUNY Potsdam and a university in Germany (Universitat Potsdam) or a study abroad program of another US university. Or you can design your own program.

    Information at: http://www.daad.org/

  • North American Wales Foundation
    The Foundation exists to promote education and cultural links between Wales and North America.  There are two scholarship opportunities for North American students who are studying abroad in Wales – the Lloyd Family Travel Scholarship and the Exchange Scholarship.  For more information and application materials, visit NAWF.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
    (75 per year) - Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support Phi Kappa Phi undergraduate members as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

    For more information and application details please visit Phi Kappa Phi.

  • Sweden
    The American Women’s Club in Sweden offers AWC travel grants for U.S. citizens (both men and women) studying in Sweden.  For more information and application details please visit AWC.

Opportunities available with the Student Fellowship Office:

Dr. Kelly Bonnar, Director of The Student Fellowship Office, located in 100A Dunn Hall, is available to help students compile a competitive application for several additional undergraduate and graduate scholarship opportunities.