Scholarships for Study Abroad

Financial Aid for study abroad during the academic year transfers 100% for students participating on study abroad through Pomona College. In addition, a number of national and program-specific scholarships are available for fall, spring, academic year, and summer study abroad. These awards typically reduce the family contribution to Pomona’s tuition and can provide funding in place of work study during the semester or year abroad.

For more information on your financial aid package and how outside scholarships may be applied, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.

What follows is a list of national and program-specific scholarships. For more resources, please visit the Institute of International Education Programs webpage or search Scholarships on Diversity Abroad.

National Scholarships

AATJ-Bridging Scholarship
Deadline: April (fall); October 16, 2021 (spring)

Funding: $2,500/semester 
Eligibility: U.S. citizens; study in Japan for credit that will transfer to Pomona; Japanese language study is not a prerequisite

Boren Scholarship
Deadline: February 2, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EST

Funding: Up to $25,000/year or $12,500/semester 
Eligibility: U.S. citizens; undergraduate not graduating until after Boren funding period; plan to study in an eligible world region (Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East); plan to study a foreign language
Service requirement: One year of work for the federal government after graduation in a department related to national security

BUTEX Scholarship 
Deadline: TBD for next academic year 

Funding: £500
Eligibility: Undergraduate study in the UK for at least one semester at a BUTEX-affiliated university

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship
Deadline: Varies-April, June, November
Funding: $500 stipend
Eligibility: Varies; priority for economically disadvantaged, first generation, minority racial/ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, and students of faith
Service requirement: Share abroad experiences; participate in community

French Embassy – Generation Study Abroad Scholarship
Deadline: Mid-March (for study during next academic year)

Funding: Up to $900
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, seniors; French double major, or minor in French; travel grant to France for academic and professional projects (study abroad, internships, etc.)

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship
Deadline: January (Fall), September (Spring)

Funding: Up to $10,000
Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents; study abroad for Pomona credit for at least four weeks

Gilman Scholarship
Deadlines: March 1; (fall, academic year, summer); October 5 (Spring)
Funding: Up to $5,000
Eligibility: U.S. citizen; undergraduate student; Federal Pell Grant recipient (at time of application and during study abroad); receiving academic credit; minimum of four weeks;  Covid guidelines: Applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System 
Service requirement: Upon return, recipients must create and execute a "Follow-on Service Project"

Hostelling International USA Explore the World Travel Scholarship
Deadline: TBD

Funding: $2,000
Eligibility: Between ages of 18-30; permanent, legal U.S. resident; travel includes volunteering or service learning
Service requirement: Use social media to communicate experiences.

New Zealand Study Abroad Awards
Deadline: Varies
Funding: $500-2,000
Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents; at least sophomore standing; 9.0 GPA; undergraduate study in New Zealand for at least one semester


Scholarships & Fellowships that do not require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency

Program Scholarships

Individual program providers have a range of merit and need-based scholarships.  Please visit your program provider’s website to learn more.  Here is a list of our program providers that offer scholarships to Pomona students:

More resources on scholarships:

For more information on your financial aid package:
Office of Financial Aid at Pomona College
(909) 621-8205


Crowdsourcing and fundraisers can be a great way to raise additional money for study abroad, particularly for items such as immunizations, passport, books, supplies, and other personal expenses not covered by Pomona or outside scholarships. Sites like FundMyTravel and GoFundMe provide tools to build a fundraising platform and spread the word among family and friends.