Scholarships

International Money

In an effort to make study abroad affordable for all students, the University at Buffalo offers numerous study abroad scholarship options.

UB scholarships include those administered by the Office of International Education and by various UB departments. In addition, students are encouraged to explore external funding options. Scholarship donors share the goal of ensuring that the largest possible number of UB students will have the opportunity to gain the many benefits study abroad provides.

Start researching possible scholarships early—at least one to two years prior to when you plan to go abroad. Many nationally competitive scholarship deadlines are well before your study abroad program application deadline, often a year or more prior to the actual award year. Remember that you may be able to apply general scholarships toward international experiences, so extend your search beyond study abroad scholarships. Also check with the program sponsor about scholarships designated specifically for their program participants.

BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT APPLYING

Several scholarships are strictly for students studying a specific academic area or apply only to programs in specific locations. Be sure to read the scholarship description before applying.

BE SELECTIVE

Though students may apply to more than one scholarship, it is unlikely that one student will be awarded multiple scholarships from the Office of International Education.

HAVE A FINANCIAL PLAN

Scholarships awarded by the Office of International Education are highly competitive and there are not funds to award all applicants. Applying for scholarships should be only one part of financial planning for study abroad. No one scholarship is large enough to fully fund a study abroad program.

Scholarships that Apply to Most Students

SUNY Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship - Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI)

Application Deadline for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 is February 27, 2017

Office of International Education Study Abroad Scholarship

Who Can Apply:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time, matriculated University at Buffalo students in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • Students applying to participate in a University at Buffalo or SUNY study abroad program will be considered for this scholarship. This means, those students who will be registered by UB Study Abroad Programs (in OPR courses).

President's Circle Study Abroad Scholarship

Who Can Apply:

  • Students who are originally from the Western New York region (8 counties including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming). 
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time, matriculated University at Buffalo students in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • Students applying to participate in a University at Buffalo or SUNY study abroad program will be considered for this scholarship. This means, those students who will be registered by UB Study Abroad Programs (in OPR courses).

UB Diversity Scholarship

Who Can Apply:

  • Students from diverse backgrounds (first generation college students, economically disadvantaged students, racial and ethnic minority students, etc.)
  • Students generally not represented in study abroad (males, STEM students, etc.)
  • Applicants should address how they define themselves as diverse in their application.
  • First-time study abroad participants
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time, matriculated University at Buffalo students in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • Students applying to participate in a University at Buffalo or SUNY study abroad program will be considered for this scholarship. This means, those students who will be registered by UB Study Abroad Programs (in OPR courses).

Welch-Ludwig Fund for International Study

Who Can Apply:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time, matriculated University at Buffalo students in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • Students applying to participate in a University at Buffalo or SUNY study abroad program will be considered for this scholarship. This means, those students who will be registered by UB Study Abroad Programs (in OPR courses).

Scholarships with Specific Academic Areas or Program Location Stipulations

Bonnie Ott Scholarship

Who Can Apply:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time, matriculated University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning students in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • Students applying to participate in a University at Buffalo or SUNY study abroad program will be considered for this scholarship. This means, those students who will be registered by UB Study Abroad Programs (in OPR courses).

Melanie Yildizlar Memorial Scholarship

Who Can Apply:

  • Students who are participating in short-term (summer or winter session) University at Buffalo study abroad programs in Turkey.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time, matriculated University at Buffalo students in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • Students applying to participate in a University at Buffalo or SUNY study abroad program will be considered for this scholarship. This means, those students who will be registered by UB Study Abroad Programs (in OPR courses).

Nina Tretiak-Shields Memorial Scholarship

Who Can Apply:

  • Students pursuing a study abroad program in a non-English speaking country in order to further their proficiency in a foreign language and increase their knowledge of the culture of the host country.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time, matriculated University at Buffalo students in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • Students applying to participate in a University at Buffalo or SUNY study abroad program will be considered for this scholarship. This means, those students who will be registered by UB Study Abroad Programs (in OPR courses).

Richard V. Lee Peace Through Education Scholarship

Who Can Apply:

  • Students pursuing programs abroad that are related to the study of Tibetan Culture and/or Buddhism and who demonstrate an interest in promoting peace through education, cross-cultural exchange and study.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time, matriculated University at Buffalo students in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • Students applying to participate in a University at Buffalo or SUNY study abroad program will be considered for this scholarship. This means, those students who will be registered by UB Study Abroad Programs (in OPR courses).

Timothy J. Rutenber Memorial Scholarship

Who Can Apply:

  • Students applying to a University at Buffalo or SUNY study abroad program in Africa. This means, those students who will be registered by UB Study Abroad Programs (in OPR courses).
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time, matriculated University at Buffalo students in good academic standing.

Yildizlar Education Fund Scholarship

Who Can Apply:

  • Students who are participating in a semester or year-long University at Buffalo study abroad programs in Turkey.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time, matriculated University at Buffalo students in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • Students applying to participate in a University at Buffalo or SUNY study abroad program will be considered for this scholarship. This means, those students who will be registered by UB Study Abroad Programs (in OPR courses).

UB Departmental Scholarships for Study Abroad

External Scholarships for Study Abroad

Scholarships with UB Representatives

Additional Scholarships and Useful Links