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During the 2018-2019 academic year, UMaine students received a total of $70,267 in student abroad scholarships!

UMaine Based Scholarships 

*Please note that the scholarship applications for the scholarships awarded by our office are now google forms. You will need to complete the form in one sitting. (Click the Scholarship title for the application)

UMaine Direct Exchange Scholarship

A large scholarship fund which awards multiple scholarships ranging from $500-$5,000 to UMaine students participating on ANY of the UMaine Direct Exchange Programs (see 'Direct Exchange Partnerships' tab on the left). The award criteria is based on financial need, cumulative GPA as well as destination. Preference will be given to students applying to the direct exchange programs for Bulgaria and Aalen, Germany. The Direct Exchange Scholarship Application must be submitted in addition to the UMaine study abroad application. 

*Two $1,000 Direct Exchange scholarships will be given to students applying for Direct Exchange to Aalen University. 

Global Perspectives for Humanities Fund

The fund was established at the University of Maine Foundation in 2018 for the benefit of the University of Maine, Orono, Maine with a gift from Tracey Graffam-Dickson ’93 a member of the Friends of the New England Universities of Salzburg – Study Abroad Program established in 1979 at UMaine by Dr. Josef Roggenbauer, Professor Emeritus of German, Department of Modern Languages and Classics.  Tracey found the Salzburg experience to be life changing. In creating this fund, she wanted to highlight the importance of modern language, cultural exploration and the global exchange of ideas, innovation and experiences. Award amount of $1500 for the Spring or Summer semesters. The application deadline is November 15

Annie P. Norton Scholarship

Established at the UMaine in 2009 to honor Annie Norton for her dedication to family, teaching and education abroad. She was born in Antwerp, Belgium, graduated from UMaine and was a teacher of French and Spanish for more than 25 years in Bucksport High School and Hampden Academy. She believed that immersion in other cultures was critical to understanding ourselves and others. Intended for undergraduate students who are studying abroad in countries where English is not the official language. Award amount of $1200. The application deadline is ONCE a year on February 20 for summer, fall, spring, and academic year programs abroad.

Doris Berry Norton Travel Scholarship

Established at the University of Maine in 1996 to support undergraduate students studying abroad. Intended for students who are studying abroad in countries where English is not the official language. Award amount of $1,200. The Doris Berry Norton Scholarship will be offered ONCE a year, with an application deadline of October 15th for spring programs.

George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship is a highly competitive and prestigious award. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, room, board, and travel expenses for one semester or academic year at the University College Cork in Ireland which has a very strong program in art and music.  Applicants must be undergraduate students, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a U.S. citizen. The application deadline is in early February each year.

Paula E. Peer Scholarship

The Paula E. Peer Scholarship Fund was established in the University of Maine Foundation in 1998 for the benefit of the University of Maine with a gift from Paula Peer’s daughter, Annie Peer Norton ’58, and her son-in-law, Stephen A. Norton, in honor of Paula’s accomplishments as an artist, linguist, world citizen and mother. This scholarship will be awarded to a Sophomore or Junior majoring or minoring in art, who will be studying abroad in a country where English is not the first language, for one or more semesters, to study any aspect of art. If no students meet the above criteria, a Sophomore or Junior majoring or minoring in music who intends to study music may be considered. 

Samantha Smith Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to support a UMaine student who will study or intern in Russia or in any of the former Soviet states. Samantha Smith was a Maine schoolgirl who visited the Soviet Union in 1982 to lobby Soviet President Yuri Andropov for peace between our nations.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered and must select an academic program approved by the University of Maine. The application deadlines are  February 20 for the summer, fall semester and academic year programs, and October 15 for the spring semester programs.

Awarded to students in the UMaine Honors College who study abroad for at least a semester. Preference shall be given to students who graduated from a Maine high school. The application deadline is in late April each year.

UMaine/Seamester Scholarship (Not Currently Available)

UMaine students applying to Sea/Mester programs may apply for a UMaine/SeaMester scholarship. Award amounts range from $250 -$ 1,000. The application deadlines are  February 20 for the summer, fall and academic year programs, and October 15 for the spring semester programs abroad.

UMaine/SIT Scholarship (Not Currently Available)

UMaine Resident (in-state) students applying to SIT programs may apply for a UMaine/SIT scholarship. Award amounts are up to $5,000 for semester programs and $2,000 for summer programs. The application deadlines are  February 20 for the summer, fall and academic year programs, and October 15 for the spring semester programs abroad. Since SIT is an accredited institution, you should put their school code on your FAFSA form: 008860. 

UMaine/USAC Scholarship (Not Currently Available)

UMaine students applying to USAC programs may apply for a UMaine/USAC scholarship. Award amounts range from $200-$1,000. The application deadlines are  February 20 for the summer, fall and academic year programs, and October 15 for the spring semester programs abroad. This scholarship is called the USAC Affiliated University scholarship on the USAC website.

UMaine also has a new Office of Major Scholarships. You can browse scholarships available and get application support, such as essay writing tips! 

Scholarships for Specific Countries


Killam Fellowship Program

Undergraduate scholarships for direct exchange and direct enroll programs at Canadian universities, awarding $5,000 per semester with a $500 (Canadian dollars) allowance to offset the cost of health insurance. Open to undergraduate students applying to a direct exchange program or open competition category at participating institutions in Canada. All materials must be submitted to Betsy Arntzen in the Canadian-American Center at UMaine by January 10. Contact Betsy Arntzen in the Canadian-American Center at

Killam Canadian Fund

Awarding $500 scholarships to undergraduates to study in Canada for one or two semesters, or summer. For more information contact Betsy Arntzen in the Canadian-American Center at

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) 

For graduate students – The FLAS Fellowship Program is predicated on the belief that “the well-being of the United States is dependent on the education and training of Americans in international and foreign language studies.”  Two Fellowships are available : Academic Year FLAS and Summer FLAS.  As part of its mission, the Can-Am Center provides federally-funded Academic Year and Summer Foreign Language and Areas Studies Awards(FLAS)to support the bilingual research (English/French) of M.A. and Ph.D. candidates whose focus is on Canada and Canadian Studies. Contact FLAS Coordinator Dr. Frédéric Rondeau:


Baden-Wurttemberg Scholarships

500 to 800 Euros monthly stipend.  Qualified students who are interested in studying abroad at Aalen University through UMaine's direct exchange program can apply for the Baden-Wurttemberg Scholarship. This exchange is primarily for business and engineering students.  The  application deadline is March 1 each year. Aalen University Exchange Scholarship Applications 2017-2018 (PDF).

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships 

The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German Universities. Funding available for study abroad, language studies, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany.


JASSO Scholarship

$700 monthly stipend and $1,300 relocation allowance.  The JASSO scholarship application is a part of the  exchange application for Hirosaki Univeristy. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Courses are taught in Japanese and English.  The application deadline is December 15 each year.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

For US undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships. The application deadlines are in early October and early April each year.


Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program

Provides scholarships for US students to study Chinese language (Mandarin) in Taiwan for the summer. No prior Chinese (Mandarin) language experience required.

Mandarin Language Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES)

Provides scholarships for US and international students to study Chinese language (Mandarin) in Taiwan for summer, semester or full academic year.


BUTEX Scholarship 

£500 scholarships available for a semester or a year at universities in the U.K.  Students participating on direct exchange as well as recommended programs are eligible. The application deadline is once a year in late May for both fall and spring semesters abroad.

Fulbright Summer Institutes

The U.S. - U.K. Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK for three to six week academic and cultural summer program. The Summer Institutes will cover the majority of participant costs.  This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host university/institution, accommodation and meals and in some cases a small daily allowance. The deadline is early March each year.

Recommended Programs

API - Academic Programs International Scholarships

All UMaine students will receive a $200 discount for semester and yearlong programs and a $150 discount for students participating in a summer program or credit-bearing internship. This discount will be applied directly to your API bill. 

CIS Abroad - Center for International Studies Scholarships

All UMaine students receive a $250 discount for semester programs and $100 for summer programs automatically. Additional scholarships of $250-$1,000 are available as well which require an application. Early Bird discounts of $100 are available (check the CISAbroad website for deadlines). Bring a Friend discount of $250 for semester and $100 for summer programs are offered. Just be sure that you put your friend's name on your online application (in the "Bring a Friend Grant, Name of Friend" box) and have your friend put your name, and you will both receive the grant. Note: this must be done at the time of application!

 CIEE - Council on International Educational Exchange

All UMaine students applying to CIEE semester programs will automatically receive a $1,500 scholarship. A $500 scholarship is automatically awarded for any CIEE summer program (excluding May Semester sessions).

IES -  Institute for International Education of Students Scholarships

All UMaine students applying to an IES semester or year program will receive a public university scholarship for $2,000 automatically (starting in the 2016-17 academic year). Students applying to IES summer programs may apply for IES need-based scholarships.

ISA - International Studies Abroad Scholarships

Up to $2,500 scholarship awarded to students accepted in ISA programs. Deadlines are Feb. 28 for summer, April 30 for fall and year programs, and October 30 for winter and spring programs.


SFS - School for Field Studies

SFS awards over $330,000 in need-based scholarships and grants each year, and about 90% of students who apply for SFS aid receive it. SFS matches Federal Pell Grant funding for all SFS semester programs to students.

SAS - Semester at Sea Scholarships

Need-based and merit-based scholarships available.

 SIT School for International Training Scholarships

Offers automatic matches for Federal Pell Grant funding for all SIT semester programs. Many SIT scholarships and grants are available for both terms of study: semester and summer. Individual awards generally range from $500 to $5,000. Special scholarship for engineering students applying to SIT programs.

USAC University Studies Abroad Consortium Scholarships 

USAC offers many scholarships for specific programs. See their website for exact information.

External Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Students who receive a federal Pell Grant and are applying to or have been accepted to a study abroad program may apply for the Gilman Scholarship. Awards are $1,500- $5,000  with possible Critical Need Language Supplement of $3,000 for semester or full-year programs. The deadline is March 1  for summer and fall programs and October 1 for spring programs.

Boren Scholarships & Fellowships

The National Security Education Program offers study abroad scholarships for undergraduates, graduate students and intensive language training. U.S. citizens may study in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Western European countries, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada excluded. Foreign language study is a required component of the program, and there is a required service component upon graduation. Up to $20,000 for American students for study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests (excludes Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada). Boren Fellowships -  up to $30,000 for U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. All materials must be submitted to OIP by January 31. The Boren advisor at UMaine is Lauryl Cookson, Study Abroad Advisor.

Critical Languages Scholarship

Full funding for intensive language instruction of critical languages for seven to ten weeks for undergraduate and graduate students. The application deadline is in mid November each year.

 Fulbright Scholar Program

Established in 1946, the Fulbright program aims to increase mutual understanding between peoples of the United States and other countries. There are over 250 Fulbright programs for faculty, students, professional staff members, teachers, etc. Fulbright offices are in the United States and around the world, providing funding programs for both U.S. citizens to go abroad, and for citizens of other countries who wish to come to America. The Maine Fulbright chapter was inaugurated on June 11, 2007. The Fulbright program offers many scholarship opportunities. Please check their website for most recent information. The Fulbright advisors at UMaine are:

Fund for Education Abroad

Awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs for a summer, semester or year. Applicants must plan to study abroad for at least 4 weeks and may apply to both the General and Rainbow awards. The application deadline is in November each year.


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Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship

 $1,000 awards for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate members who are currently enrolled in a study abroad program. Golden Key members are eligible to apply.

Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship

$1,000 for study abroad programs. Students who have been accepted to a study abroad program may apply for the Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship.  Applicants must have  completed a minimum of 30 credit hours and maximum of 90 credit hours prior to going abroad; have a minimum GPA of 3.75; and have at least two semesters remaining at UMaine after completing their study abroad program. The application deadline is April 1 each year.

Project GO Scholarship

Project GO (Global Officers) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for ROTC students. Project GO programs focus exclusively on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, and Africa. The grants may cover the full cost of both domestic and international language programs.

Rotary Scholarships

Rotary clubs offer scholarships for secondary, undergraduate, or graduate study. Rotary club scholarships are given by individual clubs and are open to anyone except Rotary members and their families. Contact your local club for application information and eligibility requirements 

The Rotary Foundation offers scholarships for college graduates and professionals to study peace and conflict resolution or water and sanitation.

Other Scholarship Websites

GoAbroad Scholarship Listings

International Scholarships

Institute for International Education

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Study Abroad Scholarship Information

AllAbroad Scholarship Information

Fastweb General Scholarships

College Board General Scholarships

International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search

Teacher Certification

University of Maine Office of International Programs