Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is committed to diversifying education abroad and will award scholarships each in amounts of up to $1,500 for Summer programs, $5,000 for Semester programs and $10,000 for Academic Year programs. Preference is given to scholars underrepresented in education abroad with demonstrated financial need who are applying to study abroad programs known for their academic rigor and immersion elements, sustainable service-learning or volunteering component, non-traditional destination, and who are studying the language of the host country (non English).

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college in the U.S. The study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s educational institute and a minimum of 4 weeks abroad.

FEA is proud to offer dedicated scholarships to students who, in addition to meeting general eligibility requirements, also meet select demographic, regional, or semester criteria.  Applicants for the Rainbow Scholarships self-identify for consideration through their application forms; applicants for regional, destination-specific, or summer scholarships are automatically considered for the corresponding dedicated scholarship(s).


Application components

  • Online application form (including an unofficial transcript)
  • Financial aid form (to be filled out by financial aid office)
  • Recommendation letter (submitted by a professor or advisor, maximum of 1) *
  • It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure FEA receives all application components by the deadline.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S. (graduate students are not eligible)
  • Study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s educational institution
  • Study abroad program must include at least 4 weeks (28 days) in country/countries


  • Academically rigorous and immersive study abroad program
  • Study of the host country language (if not English)
  • Student demonstrates financial need
  • FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Those groups include, but are not limited to:
    • Minority students
    • First-generation college students
    • Community college students

Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to one student each year planning to study abroad in Vietnam or within other Southeast Asian cultures. The scholarship was established in memory of Hiliary Echo Douglas, a study abroad advocate, beloved daughter, wife, mother, and colleague who passed away in 2008. In 1999, Hiliary traveled to Vietnam with a Fulbright Fellowship to investigate modern theatre in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. After two more years working for various international cultural collaborations in Vietnam, Hiliary joined CET Academic Programs as the Vietnam Immersion Resident Director.  The Hiliary Echo Douglas scholarship will be given to a student who demonstrates Hiliary’s love for Vietnam, her desire to give back to the world community, and her contagious love for life.

Rainbow Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. This scholarship is made possible by the generous support of a group of international education professionals who are committed to advocating on behalf of LGBTQI students. These professionals counsel international and study abroad LGBTQI students, support their LGBTQI colleagues in the field, and collaborate through groups created with the support of NAFSA and the Forum for Education Abroad.


Apply to all FEA Scholarships


Application deadline(s)

Summer / Fall Programs: Mid-January 

Winter / Spring Programs: Early September