Illinois International Programs (IIP) Scholarships

The IIP Scholarships are a collection of donor-funded and memorial scholarships for students participating in pre-approved study abroad programs. All IIP Scholarships are open to undergraduate students and some are also open to graduate students.

COVID-19 Update

Due to current travel and study abroad restrictions, IIP Scholarships will not be awarded until in-person mobility resumes. More information about travel and study abroad during the pandemic can be found on the Safety Abroad website.

Application Cycles

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.

Scholarships, Amounts & Eligibility

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. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign at the time of study abroad and must be going on a program approved by the university.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the scholarship committee determine who receives an award?

Rating is based primarily on two short scholarship essays and the specific IIP scholarship description and eligibility requirements. You will be considered for any IIP award for which you are eligible. The committee wants to see that: 1) you have researched your program; 2) you have done academic and cultural preparation for your program; 3) the program aligns with your goals and interests. Each application is reviewed and scored by two separate committee members.

May I apply for an IIP scholarship multiple times?

You may apply for IIP Scholarships 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.

When will notifications be sent for the IIP scholarships?

Notifications will be sent out approximately four to five weeks after the application closes.

I applied for an IIP Scholarship but did not receive one. Why?

Many qualified students apply for IIP 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.

I was notified that I received an IIP Scholarship. How and when will I receive the scholarship payment?

Awards are disbursed through the Office of Student Financial Aid. Your award will be applied to your student account no sooner than ten days prior to the start of your study abroad term.

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.


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