AU Student Mobility Awards
Mobility Awards of up to $2500 are available for general study abroad during the Fall and Spring semesters. In the field of international study, the funds are unprecedented and highlight American University's emphasis on global education. Special consideration will be given to students who plan to study abroad for an entire academic year and who study abroad through some of AU Abroad's newer programs.
In addition, AU Abroad has established a scholarship in the name of Dr. Maria del Carmen Caballero, the AU Madrid Center's Inaugural Director. This award benefits AU students who choose to study in one of our programs in Madrid.
To be eligible for consideration, you must be an AU degree-seeking undergraduate student and complete a general application to study abroad. Students who have not studied or traveled abroad in the past are strongly encouraged to apply. These competitive awards are granted on the basis of merit, need, and the quality of the essay. Scholarships are for only one semester of study in an AU Abroad Site or Partner. Previous award winners are not eligible.
Please note: awards could potentially impact your financial aid package. AU Abroad grants are considered merit-based awards by American University and can generally only be used to pay tuition and fees to AU and, in some cases, to cover other program-related expenses.
Kenya Kumi ScholarshipsIn honor of the 10th anniversary of AU program center in Kenya, the AU Abroad office is offering scholarships of up to $5,000 per semester for Pell-eligible students participating in one of AU Abroad's programs in Nairobi Kenya.
To be eligible for consideration, you must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application. In addition, you must be an AU degree-seeking undergraduate student and complete a general application to study abroad on either of the following programs: Kenya: Contemporary Issues In Kenya and Africa or Kenya: Public Health in Nairobi. Students who have not studied or traveled abroad in the past are strongly encouraged to apply. These competitive awards are granted on the basis of need and the quality of your application. Scholarships are for only one semester of study. Previous award winners are not eligible. No separate scholarship application is required.
Summer Language Awards
Mobility Awards of up to $1,500 are available for summer language immersion programs. AU Abroad grants are considered merit-based awards by American University and can generally only be used to pay tuition and fees to AU and, in some cases, to cover other program-related expenses.
Scholarships for SPA Students
Visit the School of Public Affairs scholarship web site for application updates and instructions.
Margery Kraus Scholarship for the Study of Global Communications and Public Affairs
The Margery Kraus Scholarship for the Study of Global Communications and Public Affairs will be awarded annually to a School of Public Affairs student and School of Communications student with career interests in global communications and public affairs/relations with an international focus. Applicants must be a junior in standing at the time of application with a minimum 3.5 GPA, with preference giving to female students. Students must also be enrolled in a summer or semester long study abroad program offered by American University.
Number of available awards: 1
Amount previously awarded: $2,500
Jane R. Glaser Scholarship
The Jane R. Glaser Scholarship Fund in the School of Public Affairs provides financial support to an undergraduate SPA student. A scholarship will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student for the purpose of spending at least one semester studying abroad in Israel at the Hebrew University PLC. Scholarships awarded by the fund will be applied solely to the cost of attending Hebrew University.
Number of available awards: 1
Amount previously awarded: $10,000
The Lorry Segal Israel Travel Award is a competitive award available to American University students studying in Israel. Students must posses a strong interest in Israeli politics, society and culture. Eligibility is restricted to AU undergraduate students studying at an Israeli University with AU Abroad or AU students traveling to Israel with American University faculty as a part of an AU academic program.
Number of available awards: 2
Amount previously awarded: $800
Other Financial Aid Opportunities
Many of our partner institutions provide program specific scholarships. For more information on these opportunities, click on Program Specific Scholarships
In addition to AU Abroad scholarships, students may investigate options available through AU's Office of Financial Aid. The AU Office of Financial Aid gives a listing of private scholarships offered and provides suggestions for a scholarship search. Additional university resources may be found through the AU Career Center Office of Merit Awards
Support for international travel may be found beyond the AU campus. Outside organizations, such as the Institute of International Education (IIE), provide detailed listings of scholarship, award and grant opportunities for foreign study programs. The US Department of State exchange page features recent news in international education, including prominent grants in the field. International Education Financial Aid is an additional resource of useful study abroad financial information.
Diversity Abroad, in partnership with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education offers $1,000 scholarships for undergraduate students to study abroad in the Asia/Pacific region during summer, fall and spring terms. This scholarship specifically targets students who identify as one of the following: ethnic minority, economically disadvantaged, having a physical disability, or first generation college student.
The Foundation for Global Scholars is another organization that awards scholarships to help enable students to obtain an international experience. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority.
The Fund for Education Abroad 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. They give general scholarships as well as a couple dedicated scholarships, one of which is specifically geared towards supporting GLBT students who study abroad.