One of the biggest myths about going overseas is that it’s outrageously expensive but the reality is there are hundreds of organizations offering scholarships & grants dedicated to helping students realize their study and volunteer abroad dreams. Because we want as many people to have these opportunities as possible, we’ve sifted through the internet to come up with 26 of the best scholarships that will help you make traveling to Africa a reality.

1.Africa Media Academy Scholarship

Eligibility: Open to all applicants residing in African countries.

Africa Media Academy has announced its Scholarship programme. Students from African countries can apply for a $500 USD credit to be used for any of our programmes.

2. Asia Exchange Scholarship

Eligibility: Open to students enrolled in any institute of higher education in specified regions

Offers up to $500 grants to students from Europe, the Americas, and Australia who are studying at select universities in Indonesia, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea.

3.Fund for Education Abroad

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen or permanent resident

Offers a range of scholarships with an emphasis placed on supporting students who are underrepresented in the study abroad population. Awards up to $10,000 for academic year programs or $5,000 for semester programs for US undergraduate students.

4. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

Eligibility: Open to citizens of any of the countries where Rotary Clubs exist

Awards range from $13,000 to $25,000 for an academic year, multi-year, or 3-6 months of cultural immersion abroad. Applicants must be a citizen of a country that has Rotary Clubs and have completed at least two years of university coursework.

5. UniPlaces Scholarship

Eligibility: Open to students from any country

Live rent-free for a semester by applying for the Uniplaces Scholarship. The criteria: tell UniPlaces about acts of kindness you’ve done! Two scholarships are available to students worldwide.

6. David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen to apply

Supports US undergraduate students with awards of between $2,500 and $20,000 to study abroad in exchange for a commitment to seek work with the federal government. Must be studying in regions of critical interest to the US (i.e. Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded).

7. Chevening Award

Eligibility: Must be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country

Funded by the UK government and open to graduate students worldwide, this grant helps recipients study at a British university.

8. Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen, permanent residents are not eligible

Fully-funded intensive summer language programs sponsored by the US government to expand the number of students mastering critical foreign languages like Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Farsi, and Japanese. Must be a US citizen to apply.

9. Confucius Institute Scholarships

Eligibility: Open to students worldwide

Confucius Institutes promote the study of Chinese language and culture around the world and provide generous scholarships of all types of students to study Chinese.

10. BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST)

Eligibility: Must hold a UK passport

Multiple awards for students from the United Kingdom to undertake post-graduate study in North America. Awards range from £2,000 and £10,000. Must be a UK passport holder to apply.

11. The Study Abroad Journal Scholarship

Eligibility: Open to all students’ enrolled in a US college or university, including international students

$500 awards based on how you creatively record and share your memories from study abroad with the world. Application includes a response to a short answer question and a photo/video submission via Instagram. Open to US and international students enrolled in US universities.

12. uVolunteer Travel Scholarship

Eligibility: Anyone from any country over the age of 18

Covers the full cost of volunteering abroad in Costa Rica for 3 weeks, including airfare and housing. Applicants must submit a video demonstrating their dedication to making a difference in their home community.

13. Cultural Vistas Fellowship

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen to apply
Covers the majority of the costs for 12 underrepresented US university students to take part in eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India.

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14. Fulbright Scholars Program

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen, permanent residents are not eligible

Fulbright offers multiple awards for English-teaching, research, creative storytelling, and graduate study.

15. Allianz Global Assistance ScholarTrips Award

Eligibility: Must be a US resident

Up to six $2,500 awards to study or volunteer in the country of your choice are available if you answer the question  What inspires you to travel abroad? 

16. Hostelling International USA Explore the World Scholarship

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

A generous scholarship that plans to award approximately 100 young people (ages 18-30) $2,000 awards for overseas experiences that have an educational or service component.

17. Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen to apply

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, this grants offers up to $5,000 annually to students who will participate in study or intern abroad programs worldwide. Open to undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university.

18. Go Overseas Study and Intern Abroad Scholarship

Eligibility: Open to all students enrolled in a US college or university, including international students

Go Overseas sponsors $500 awards for US undergraduate students to study, volunteer, or intern abroad. Rewards creative approaches to their application.

19. Tortuga Backpacks Travel Scholarship

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or currently studying in the US on a student visa

Tortuga Backpackers mission is to  help people take amazing trips. Awards $1,000 and a Tortuga backpack for students from any US university studying abroad. Applicants donat have to be US citizens or residents if enrolled in an American university.

20. Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) Scholarships

Eligibility: Must a US citizen or permanent resident currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college or university in the US

Provides scholarships for US undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia for semester, summer, or academic year programs. Awards range from $3,000 to $7,000.

21. Henry Luce Fellowships

Eligibility: Candidates must be US citizens and nominated by one of 75 participating institutions

The Luce Scholars Program provides financial support to college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals who want to enhance their understanding of Asia. The program provides stipends, language training, and professional placements for approximately 15 scholars every year.

22. Omprakash Ambassador Travel Grants Volunteer Grants

Eligibility: Open to ethical volunteers from all backgrounds

Omprakash is dedicated to ethical cross-cultural volunteering. Their travel grants pay the travel and living expenses for individuals volunteering abroad within the Omprakash network of health, education, and environmental partner organizations. Applications are considered independently of age or nationality.

23. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Grants

Eligibility: Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at a HACU-member institution.

HACU provides scholarships to students studying with their numerous study abroad partner organizations.

24. Travelocity Travel for Good

Eligibility: Must a US citizen or permanent resident

Every year Travelocity provides travelers with awards to volunteer abroad with one of their partners. Submissions are done via Twitter or Tumblr with big points for creativity!

25. Volunteer Forever Scholarship

Eligibility: Open to residents of the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the European Union

Awards travel scholarships of $500 to $1,000 to study, volunteer, teach, or work abroad participants. Applications are open twice every year.

26. Samuel Huntington Public Service Awards

Eligibility: Open to anyone from a US college or university, including non-US citizens

This generous scholarship provides a $15,000 stipend for a college senior to pursue one full year of meaningful public service anywhere in the world after graduation. Applicants donate have to be US citizens or residents as long as they are graduating from a US university.

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