Student Funding Opportunities

Illinois International offers scholarships, fellowships, and awards for study and research abroad and for language and area study on campus to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Below are scholarships, fellowships, and awards for which relevant parties may apply.

Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship

The I4I Scholarship is available to all Illinois undergraduates studying abroad. The funding for this scholarship is provided by a student-initiated fee. There are two application cycles each year–the Fall Cycle provides funding for Winter Break, Spring Semester, Spring Break, and Calendar Year Study Abroad Programs and applications are due in September; the Spring Cycle provides funding for Spring Break, Summer, Fall Semester, and Academic Year Programs and applications are due in February.

For a list of I4I categories and award amounts, see More Information below.

More Information

The I4I is awarded in three different categories: General Merit, Financial Need, and Underrepresented. Students traveling to non-traditional locations receive some special consideration. Half of the available funding is awarded in the financial need category, a third of the available funding is awarded in the underrepresented category, and the remaining funding is awarded in the general merit category. Students can be considered in all of the categories for which they are eligible.

List of I4I Categories, Definitions, and Award Amounts

All applicants who meet eligibility requirements will be considered. Scholarship winners will be determined based on the quality of the essay responses and the ability of the student to articulate how the program complements their goals. For financial need-based consideration, the amount of financial need demonstrated by the student (as reported by the Office of Student Financial Aid) will also be considered in scholarship determination.

For additional information on policies and application procedures, check out the Eligibility and FAQs below.

Eligibility & Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for an I4I Scholarship?

To be eligible to apply for an I4I Scholarship, you must:

  • Intend to be an enrolled, undergraduate, degree-seeking student at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (international degree-seeking students ARE eligible);
  • Meet the academic requirements of your Illinois College to be eligible to study abroad;
  • Identify a Study Abroad Program that is approved by the University of Illinois, to which you intend to apply or have already applied

May I apply to multiple categories of the I4I Scholarship?

Eligibility for each category is determined based on your answers to application questions. You are considered in each category for which you are eligible. All students are automatically considered for the general merit category. You can only be awarded one I4I scholarship per application cycle.

May I apply to the I4I Scholarship multiple times?

You may apply for the I4I Scholarship as many times as you wish. You can also apply for multiple programs each cycle by filling out separate applications (for example, if you are applying in the Fall Cycle, you can submit applications for both a Winter Break Program and a Spring Semester Program). However, you can only be awarded one I4I scholarship per application cycle.

I applied for an I4I Scholarship but did not receive one–why?

Many qualified students apply for I4I Scholarships each cycle and funding is limited. Due to the quantities of applications we receive, we cannot give a specific answer to this question for each applicant. We can say that scholarship winners are determined based on the quality of the essay responses and the ability of the student to articulate how the program complements their goals.

When will notifications be sent for I4I Scholarships?

2017 Fall Cycle: Award Notifications will be sent out around October 13th

I was notified that I received an I4I Scholarship–how & when will I receive the scholarship payment?

Awards will be appearing in your student account. The timeframe for receiving each award is as follows:

  • Fall Semester and Academic Year Awards: late-August
  • Winter Break Awards: mid-December
  • Spring Semester and Calendar Year Awards: mid-January
  • Spring Break Awards: we will process the award as soon as the student sends in the signed Conditions of Award Agreement (processing can take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks)
  • Summer Awards: mid-May

* Payments to Foreign Nationals take longer to process, so they may be payed a bit later.

I was awarded an I4I Scholarship, but I withdrew from or changed my program–what should I do?

If you are selected to receive a study abroad scholarship and you withdraw from your study abroad program before the start of the program, you will be required to return the full amount of the scholarship. If you withdraw after beginning the program, you may petition to keep a portion of the scholarship to help defray costs incurred on the program. If for any reason, you change to a program that was not the one for which the scholarship was awarded, the scholarship coordinator will consider the following factors to determine if the scholarship may still be awarded: 1) the reason for changing programs and 2) the intent of the scholarship application essay. It is your responsibility to notify the Title VI and International Scholarships Coordinator if your study plans change, and to provide a rationale describing how the new study abroad program aligns with the statement of goals expressed in your scholarship application essay.

How to Apply

The Fall Cycle provides scholarships for Winter Break and Spring Semester, as well as early apply options for Spring Break and Summer programs. The application opens in early July and is due on September 15.

The Spring Cycle provides scholarships for Spring Break, Summer, Fall Semester, and Academic Year Study Abroad Programs, as well as an early apply option for Winter Break programs. The application opens in early December and is due on February 15.

The I4I and IIP Scholarships share an application. You will be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible.

The Spring Cycle application will be available here on December 1, 2017.


Illinois International Programs (IIP) Scholarships

IIP Study Abroad Scholarships are made possible by generous donations from University of Illinois alumni and friends. Different scholarships are available each semester, some with multiple recipients. Some of the scholarships have very specific criteria for study abroad programs and destinations, while others maintain open criteria for a wide variety of applicants and programs. All of the IIP scholarships are open to undergraduate students–some are also open to graduate students.

For more information on the IIP scholarships being offered this cycle, check out the Current Scholarship Offerings below.

Scholarship Offerings

The Fall Cycle provides scholarships for Winter Break and Spring Semester, as well as early apply options for Spring Break and Summer programs. The Spring Cycle provides scholarships for Spring Break, Summer, Fall Semester, and Academic Year Study Abroad Programs, as well as an early apply option for Winter Break programs.

IIP Scholarship Descriptions, Eligibility, & Availability

For additional information on eligibility, policies, and application procedures, check out the Eligibility and FAQs below.

Eligibility & Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for an IIP Scholarship?

To be eligible to apply for an IIP Scholarship, you must:

  • Intend to be an enrolled, undergraduate or graduate, degree-seeking student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at the time of study abroad (international degree-seeking students ARE eligible);
  • Meet academic requirements of your Illinois College to be eligible to study abroad;
  • Identify a study abroad program, approved by the University of Illinois, to which you intend to apply or have already applied;
  • Meet the specific eligibility requirements of the individual IIP scholarships for which you are applying–check the Current Scholarship Offerings above

May I apply to multiple IIP Scholarships?

Eligibility for each scholarship is determined based on your answers to application questions. You are considered for each scholarship for which you are eligible.

May I apply to the IIP Scholarship multiple times?

You may apply for the IIP Scholarship as many times as you wish. You can also apply for multiple programs each cycle by filling out separate applications (for example, if you are applying in the Fall Cycle, you can submit applications for both a Winter Break Program and a Spring Semester Program). However, you can only be awarded one IIP scholarship per application cycle.

I applied for an IIP Scholarship but did not receive one–why?

IIP Scholarships are very competitive. Many qualified students apply for these scholarships each cycle and funding is limited. Due to the quantities of applications we receive, we cannot give a specific answer to this question for each applicant. We can say that scholarship winners are determined based on the quality of the essay responses and the ability of the student to articulate how the program complements their goals.

When will notifications be sent for IIP Scholarships?

2017 Fall Cycle: Award Notifications will be sent out around October 20th

I was notified that I received an IIP Scholarship–how & when will I receive the scholarship payment?

Awards will be appearing in your student account. The timeframe for receiving each award is as follows:

  • Fall Semester and Academic Year Awards: late-August
  • Winter Break Awards: mid-December
  • Spring Semester and Calendar Year Awards: mid-January
  • Spring Break Awards: we will process the award as soon as the student sends in the signed Conditions of Award Agreement (processing can take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks)
  • Summer Awards: mid-May

* Payments to Foreign Nationals take longer to process, so they may be payed a bit later.

I was awarded an IIP Scholarship, but I withdrew from or changed my program–what should I do?

If you are selected to receive an IIP scholarship and you withdraw from your study abroad program before the start of the program, you will be required to return the full amount of the scholarship. If you withdraw after beginning the program, you may petition to keep a portion of the scholarship to help defray costs incurred on the program. If for any reason, you change to a program that was not the one for which the scholarship was awarded, you will be required to return the full amount of the scholarship.

How to Apply

The Fall Cycle provides scholarships for Winter Break and Spring Semester, as well as early apply options for Spring Break and Summer programs. The application opens in early July and is due on September 15.

The Spring Cycle provides scholarships for Spring Break, Summer, Fall Semester, and Academic Year Study Abroad Programs, as well as an early apply option for Winter Break programs. The application opens in early December and is due on February 15.

The I4I and IIP Scholarships share an application. You will be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible.

The Spring Cycle application will be available here on December 1, 2017.


Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations

The Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations is awarded to outstanding University of Illinois graduate students for research in international relations. Preference is given to students studying international relations, although students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply, provided that their research includes an international dimension. This scholarship may be used for research abroad. The scholarships are funded through a generous gift from the late Nelle M. Signor and can be used for Summer or Academic Year research.

Eligibility & Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for the Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations?

To be eligible, applicants must be University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate students in fields involving international relations. Due to the wishes of the donor, preference will be given to unmarried applicants.

How are scholarship recipients chosen?

Research proposals are judged based on the quality of the proposal and competence of the applicant to carry out the proposed research (e.g. language and methodological skills).

How to Apply

The application for Summer 2018 and Academic Year 2018/19 will become available here Friday, January 19, 2018 and will be due on April 1, 2018.

A letter of recommendation will be required.


Enabled Abroad Scholarship

The Enabled Abroad Scholarship aims to encourage University of Illinois undergraduates with physical or sensory disabilities to study abroad. While study abroad can be challenging, the experience can help you learn more about yourself and your capabilities. Gain a strong sense of accomplishment, gain confidence and independence, and open yourself up to a new culture, all while taking courses for University of Illinois credit!

Contact your program's Education Abroad Coordinator in Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange for details on how to apply.


Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. Fellowships are offered by several Illinois Area Studies Centers for Academic Year and Summer study. If approval is obtained, FLAS Fellowships may be used to study abroad.

More Information

FLAS Fellowships are currently offered by Illinois’ Center for African Studies (CAS), Center for Global Studies (CGS), Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), European Union Center (EUC), and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC).

Summer FLAS awards are designed to support summer modern language study. These awards are given only for intensive language classes that teach the equivalent of an academic year language class. Authorization must be obtained in order to take a course not offered in an approved US-based institution. Students receive a $2,500 stipend and up to $5,000 for tuition and fees. Summer FLAS awards are to be used during summer and cannot be deferred.

Academic Year FLAS awards are for graduate, undergraduate, and professional school students to study modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Undergraduate students receive a $5,000 stipend and up to $10,000 for tuition and fees. Graduate students receive a $15,000 stipend and a tuition waiver (eligibility for tuition waivers vary by home department and school) or up to $18,000 for tuition and fees. FLAS awards cannot be deferred.

For additional information and policies, visit the Illinois FLAS Website

How to Apply

The FLAS Application becomes available during Fall Semester.

The application and instructions are available through the Illinois FLAS Website


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Contact

Title VI and International Scholarships Coordinator