Carnegie Mellon Awards & Scholarships-Study Abroad - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Awards & Scholarships

These awards are offered by or coordinated through Carnegie Mellon and some are available specifically to Carnegie Mellon students.  Read the descriptions carefully; some awards are restricted to undergraduates only, or graduating seniors and graduate students, etc. 

The Abel M. Bomberault Travel Fellowship

In memory of Abel M. Bomberault, class of 1956. Multiple scholarships of up to $2,000 for Dietrich College, BHA, or SHS students for semester, full year, or summer study in a French-speaking country, with preference for France. Majors and minors in French will be given preference. To qualify for a Dietrich College Study Abroad Scholarship, students must be registered as a primary major in one of the Dietrich College academic departments or be enrolled in the BHA or SHS programs at the time of application. Deadline for application is mid-February to the Dietrich College Dean's Office, Baker Hall 154.

Alumni Travel Scholarship

Multiple scholarships of up to $1000 are awarded each year to Dietrich College, BHA, and SHS students to be used toward a semester, full year or summer of study in an accredited program of study abroad. Current sophomores and juniors will receive preference. These funds are generously provided by Dietrich College Alumni. To qualify for a Dietrich College Study Abroad Scholarship, students must be registered as a primary major in one of the Dietrich College academic departments or be enrolled in the BHA or SHS programs at the time of application. Deadline for application is mid-February to the Dietrich College Dean's Office, Baker Hall 154.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Up to $5,000 is available to students in any field who have already been accepted to a study abroad program for a semester-long program, who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant. There is a fall and spring deadline. There is also a new summer scholarship opportunity for those with a science, technology, engineering or math major. For assistance in applying contact Study Abroad Staff at 412-268-5231.

The Bridging Scholarship

The Bridging Scholarship is for study in Japan in any field, for either the Fall or Spring terms.  (This scholarship is not available for summer study abroad.)  Students attending a recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply. Programs also must continue for at least three months.  Fall applications are due in April of each year, while Spring applications are due in early October.  For more information, visit: http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/scholarships.html.

The Brona Stein Buerger Scholarship

These annual scholarships will provide up to $2,000 to one or two Dietrich College, BHA or SHS students, from any class or major, to be used toward a semester, full year or summer of study in an accredited program of education abroad. Current sophomores and juniors will receive preference. This award has been given in memory of Brona Stein Buerger, Margaret Morrison class of 1962. To qualify for a Dietrich College Study Abroad Scholarship, students must be registered as a primary major in one of the Dietrich College academic departments or be enrolled in the BHA or SHS programs at the time of application. Deadline for application is mid-February to the Dietrich College Dean's Office, Baker Hall 154.

CIT Travel Grant Program

CIT Travel Grants are available to support a variety of abroad opportunities, at all times of year to meet the needs of CIT students. Experiences can take place during the academic year or over the summer, and can be short-term or span a semester or full academic year.  Please contact the CIT Undergraduate Studies Office for more details.

Department of Modern Languages Study Abroad Scholarships

The Department of Modern Languages offers a $2,000 award for semester or year long programs and a $500 award for summer programs.  This award is for majors, double majors or self-defined majors in Modern Languages.  The award may be applied toward tuition, room and board, airfare to the country or course material expenses for any accredited study abroad program.  Selected candidates will be interviewed by faculty members in the department.  The interview will be conducted in the foreign language with other committee members present to observe and ask questions in English.  The deadline for applications is mid-February. 

Freeman Asia

The Freeman-ASIA scholarship program provides, to those students with demonstrated financial need, scholarship assistance for study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.  Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.8, and must apply early into each term (early October for Spring, mid-February for Summer, and early April for Fall).  For more information, visit and apply online via: http://www.iie.org/freeman-asia.

Fulbright Scholarship Program

Scholarships are given to graduating seniors and graduate students (up to completion of a PhD).  The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government's premier study abroad scholarship program.  It enables U.S students and artists to benefit from unique resources in every corner of the world.  U.S. citizens can gain international competence in an increasingly interdependent world.  Campus Deadline will be mid September and Foundation Deadline is normally in October. For more information contact Helen Wang.

Gindroz Travel/Study Prize

The fund was created by the Marylin and Ray Gindroz Foundation to enhance education through travel in Europe and the study of traditional architecture, urbanism, and music. The $5,000 stipend is available to 3rd or 4th year students in the Architecture department, 3rd year students in the Music department, and 1st year graduate students in Architecture or Music. For more information contact the School of Architecture at 412-268-2354.

The Hannah Estermann Bergman Travel Fund

This annual scholarship will provide up to $1,000 to one Dietrich College student who is currently studying Spanish. Preference will be given to current sophomores and juniors. This award has been given in memory of Hannah Estermann Bergman, Margaret Morrison class of 1946. To qualify for a Dietrich College Study Abroad Scholarship, students must be registered as a primary major in one of the Dietrich College academic departments or be enrolled in the BHA or SHS programs at the time of application. Deadline for application is mid-February to the Dietrich College Dean's Office, Baker Hall 154.

ISURG (International Small Undergraduate Research Grant)

The International Small Undergraduate Research Grant (ISURG) is a program run jointly through the Undergraduate Research Office (URO) and the Office of International Education (OIE). ISURG allows students who are planning to study/travel abroad to apply for funds to support a research project while they are abroad. ISURG awards grants to undergraduates in all disciplines at Carnegie Mellon to help defray research expenses. All ISURG students must submit a proposal following the guidelines
and deadlines for the SURG. More information on the SURG/ISURG competition is available at www.cmu.edu/uro or by contacting Jennifer Keating-Miller.

Jack Wilson Fund Scholarship

The fund provides financial assistance for innovative, international opportunities that foster an appreciation for and better understanding of different cultures. Priority will be given to ideas that promote peace and community development. Students must have completed at least 3 years of undergraduate work or be enrolled in a graduate program, and they must demonstrate financial need. For assistance in applying contact Therese Tardio.

The Jennings Family Brave Companion Fund
Deadline: February 21, 2014 (exact date TBA)

The Jennings Family Brave Companions Fund is a unique program open only to current Carnegie Mellon sophomores and juniors who want to travel abroad during the summer and need financial support.  This can include wide range of study, research, internship and/or service-related abroad programs.   Special consideration is given to students who meet one or more of the following criteria:  (a) students who have overcome obstacles, such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantages or disabilities;  (b) students with demonstrated financial need; (c) students who are the first in their family to attend college;  (d) students who  have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of groups that are historically underrepresented at the university, including African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics;  (e) students without previous study abroad experience; (f) students who are interested in traveling to a developing country; (g) students who have participated in the 3-day Odyssey program.
The application is available at:  www.cmu.edu/uro.  To discuss abroad opportunities and programs, please contact Study Abroad Staff

Marilyn Meltzer Prize Award in Design

This award is open to all full-time, rising juniors in Design. The award commemorates Marilyn Meltzer’s lifelong interests by honoring a student who has shown an ability to combine outstanding design with effective use of color. One student will be chosen to receive an amount of $2,500 towards academic year or summer study abroad. For more information please contact Melissa Cicozi.

Mary Ellen Cranell Naylor Study Abroad Award (.pdf)

This award was created as a tribute to Mrs. Naylor’s strong interest in language and travel.  The award is for Carnegie Mellon students who wish to immerse themselves in the culture of a European country and who receive a Carnegie Mellon undergraduate grant.  The $600 award is offered annually and applications are due to OIE at the beginning of March.  For more information contact Jaycie King at 412-268-5231. 

Max Kade Scholarships

Scholarships of $1,000 for majors and minors in German for summer study at the Goethe Institutes in Germany. Provided by a grant from the Max Kade Foundation. Deadline for application is mid-February to the Modern Languages Office (BH 160) OR the H&SS Dean's Office (Baker Hall 154).

Mechanical Engineering Study Abroad Fellowship

The goal of the program is to get more Mechanical Engineering students interested in study abroad, and to reward talented students who have planned a study abroad experience that meshes well with their degree and career goals. This scholarship is for summer study abroad opportunities only (not internship abroad opportunities). Contact Bonnie Olson for more information.

National Security Education Program Scholarships David L. Boren Scholarships

NSEP offers scholarships and fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students for study in non-Western countries.  Although the grants are merit -based, the amount granted will vary from partial to full cost of participation depending on financial need.  Campus Deadline is early January and Foundation Deadline is early February (exact date posted online). For undergraduate assistance in applying, contact Therese Tardio. For graduate assistance in applying, contact Martin Black.

Patricia Askwith-Kenner Scholarships

Scholarships of $3,000 for majors and minors in Modern Languages for semester or full year. Scholarships of $1,000 for majors and minors in Modern Languages for summer study abroad. Preference to current sophomores and juniors with no study abroad experience. One summer scholarship will be reserved for members of the MLSAC. Provided by an endowment from Patricia Askwith-Kenner. Deadline for application is mid-February to the Modern Languages Office (BH 160) OR the Dietrich College Dean's Office (Baker Hall 154).

Pickering Scholarships

Scholarships of $1,000 for summer study in Asia. Preference to majors/minors in Chinese or Japanese. Made possible by a gift from alumna Martha B. Pickering. Deadline for application is mid-February to the Modern Languages Office (BH 160) OR the Dietrich College Dean's Office (Baker Hall 154).

Tartans Abroad Fund

Scholarships for undergraduate students for study, work, volunteer, research, or special projects abroad during academic break periods including the summer, winter break and spring break. Funds are not available for students in their final semester of study. The Tartan Abroad Fund may cover up to 1/3 of the total expenses, up to a maximum of $1200. Money is provided by the cohesive Carnegie Mellon fund which includes financial support from the Office of International Education (OIE), Dean of Student Affairs, Vice Provost for Education, Colleges, and Academic Departments. All recipients must attend a required Pre-Departure Orientation Session and complete all pre-departure paperwork prior to their experience abroad. Applications must be submitted online prior to 11:59pm on the following schedule: October 31st - Winter Break Trips; January 31st - Spring Break Trips; March 31st - Summer Trips. For more information contact Jaycie King at 412-268-5231.

Students interested in applying for a “Summer 2014” award will need to log in with their Andrew ID and password for more detailed information and to apply online through The Bridge at the following link: https://thebridge.cmu.edu/form/start/37488

If you are an academic advisor, faculty member, department head or college dean wishing to submit a letter of recommendation for a "Summer 2014" Tartans Abroad Scholarship applicant, you will need to log in with your Andrew ID and password at the following link prior to the 11:59pm deadline listed above: https://thebridge.cmu.edu/form/start/37489

Tartans Abroad Fund - Group Trip Application

Funding for undergraduate student groups pursuing short-term organized international travel.  This cohesive fund streamlines the request and application process by student groups to one central process.  Monetary support is provided by the Office of International Education (OIE), Dean of Student Affairs, Vice Provost for Education, Colleges, and Academic Departments.  All students participating in the group trip must attend a required Pre-Departure Orientation Session and complete all pre-departure paperwork prior to their experience abroad.  Group trip leaders must work with OIE to satisfy all risk management requirements.  Applications are due on the following schedule: October 31st – Winter Break Trips; January 31st – Spring Break Trips; March 31st – Summer Trips.  For more information contact Jaycie King at 412-268-5231.

Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Program for Women in Global Leadership (VIH)

This $5000 scholarship program is open to any undergraduate woman of sophomore or junior status who would like to study abroad during the summer between her sophomore and junior year or between her junior and senior year.  This is not simply a study abroad scholarship, but rather, it is a two-year leadership development program.  Participants will develop intercultural awareness, leadership skills, and a commitment to serving others.  Participants are required to attend a leadership retreat in the spring semester before going abroad and another retreat in the fall upon returning from abroad.  Women selected for the VIH Program cannot have any international experience (personal or academic) prior to the VIH funded international experience.  Applications are due by 4:00 PM on November 1st to OIE (Warner Hall 3rd Floor).  An information session will be held each year in late September and it is advisable to begin the process at that time or earlier as the application is lengthy.  The scholarship application and more information about the program and eligibility requirements may be found on the Vira I. Heinz Program website.  Interviews are typically scheduled in mid-November and the selection of 3 winners at CMU will be made upon completion of the interviews.  For additional information please contact the campus representative, Jaycie King, at 412-268-5231.