Types of Non-VT Scholarships

  • Third Party Program Scholarships (check with your provider if going through a Third Party)
  • Host University Scholarships (check your host university’s website)
  • International Scholarship Providers
  • National Scholarships

 

Sites with searchable databases

 

Scholarships for short-term programs

Featured Scholarships

(this list is by no means exhaustive)

Fulbright

VT Representative
Betty Anderson
Background
To fund individual graduate study/research projects or English Teaching Assistant Programs
U.S. Citizenship Status
U.S. citizen
Student Status Recent graduates, Master's and Doctoral candidates (*no undergraduates)
Eligibility Creative and young professionals, including writers, performing artists, journalists, and those in law, business, and other professional fields
Award
Round-trip transportation to host country, funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs (based on host country’s cost of living), Accident & Sickness Health Benefits (*certain locations include more benefits)
Locations
Program of your choice
Study Abroad Duration Academic year
Deadline August 1, 2018

Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship

VT Representative

Marielle Wijnands (Global Education Office)

Diane Roberson and Meaghan Curtis (Financial Aid Office)

Background
Preference to non-traditional students going to non-traditional destinations
U.S. Citizenship Status
U.S. citizen
Student Status Undergraduate
Eligibility Students must be Pell Grant recipients
Award Up to $5,000 and up to $8,000 for the Critical Needs Language Award
Locations Study abroad of your choice
Study Abroad Duration Summer or Semester
Deadline October 2, 2018 (for spring) 
Past Recipients See here for past awardee information. 

BOREN AWARDS

VT Representative

Marielle Wijnands (Global Education Office)

Diane Roberson and Meaghan Curtis (Financial Aid Office)

Background
Focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security
U.S. Citizenship Status
U.S. citizen
Student Status
Undergraduate and graduate
Award
$8,000 for summer - $10,000 for semester - $20,000 for academic year
Locations Areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East
Study Abroad Duration
Summer (program must start no earlier than June 1), semester, academic year
On campus Deadline December 15 (optional - you can also find someone to work with on campus, such as a faculty member, or departmental advisor to make a strong application) 
Deadline

For scholarship: February 7, 2019

For fellowship: January 30, 2019

Past Recipients See here for past awardee information.

Chinese Government Scholarships Program

VT Representative
Marielle Wijnands
Background
There are 2 Chinese Government Scholarships available for Virginia Tech students. Applications need to be sent to The Global Education Office
U.S. Citizenship Status
U.S. citizen
Student Status
Undergraduate and graduate
Eligibility Courses are available in Chinese or English
Award
Tuition waiver, accommodation, monthly stipend, medical insurance
Locations Study at one of the 279 eligible Chinese universities of your choice
Study Abroad Duration
Semester, academic year
Deadline
Around March 2018 (date to be determined)

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Student Status
Undergraduate and graduate
Eligibility Study of languages deemed critical to the U.S.
Award
Round-trip, visa, language instruction, room and board, excursions, academic credits
Locations Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, and Turkey
Study Abroad Duration
Summer, 10 weeks
Deadline
The application for the Summer 2019 CLS Program will open in Fall 2018
Past Recipients See here for past awardee information.

Fund for Education Abroad

Background Preference for underrepresented students (i.e. minority students, first-generation college students, community college students)
U.S. Citizenship Status
U.S. citizen or permanent resident 
Student Status
Undergraduate 
Eligibility Demonstrated financial need
Award
$1,250 summer - $5,000 semester - up to $10,000 year
Locations Study abroad program of your choice
Study Abroad Duration
at least 4 weeks
Deadline
September 18, 2018 (for spring 2019 programs)

IIE Travel Grant

(Virginia Tech is a partner institution)

Background

To diversify participation in international experiences who for students would otherwise not be able to go abroad (students with financial need, first-generation students, underrepresented racial/ethnic/gender groups, students with disabilities)

U.S. Citizenship Status

U.S. citizen or permanent residents

Student Status

Undergraduate

Eligibility

Participating in a program abroad for academic credit, including academic study, internship, research, or service-learning and have demonstrated financial need

Award

100 grants of $2,000 per student

Locations

Program and location of your choice

Study Abroad Duration

Short term and semester programs

Deadline

To be determined

Project GO

Background Assist students to develop knowledge of Russian, Arabic, and Chinese, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills
Eligibility ROTC student - Army, Air Force, Navy/Marines
Award
Round-trip, visa, language instruction, lodging, cultural activities, and VT summer tuition (possibly a food allowance)
Locations Latvia, China, and Jordan
Study Abroad Duration
Summer, 8-10 weeks
Deadline
To be determined

Freeman - Asia

VT representative
Marielle Wijnands
U.S. Citizenship Status U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Student Status
Undergraduate 
Eligibility Demonstrated financial need. GPA of 2.8 Enrollment in credit eligible program 
Award
Up to $3,000 summer - up to $5,000 semester - up to $7,000 year
Locations Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
Study Abroad Duration
minimum 8 weeks for summer, and 12 weeks for semester 
Deadline
October 3, 2018

Can I get help with my essay writing?

When applying for Virginia Tech Scholarships, students are expected to receive writing assistance to ensure their application essays are competitive. We strongly encourage students to utilize the VT Writing Center either through walk-in hours or by appointment. For more information, please visit the VT Writing Center website.

If you would like to make a writing center appointment:

  • Go to the VT Writing center website
  • Click on 'make on appointment'
  • You'll be redirected to the registry page where you can create an account
  • Choose writing consultations on the online schedule (choose “25 / 50  minute appointment”)
  • Click on the white squares to request an appointment with a coach at a date and time of your choosing. You can see bios of coaches at the top of the appointment request. You may do well to pick a coach with a similar major, or one who specifically notes in their bio that they enjoy working on application essays.