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Scholarships & Financial Aid


The FIT Study Abroad Scholarships provide funds to supplement the costs of studying abroad. FIT Study Abroad Scholarships can be used for any study abroad program for which the student receives at least 12 academic credits towards their degree per semester OR a minimum of 2 credits for summer or winter study abroad. For a selection of programs see the FIT Study Abroad website, SUNY International Programs or College Consortium for International Studies. FIT offers 35+ Study Abroad Scholarships of $1000-$6000 including the Global Scholar Award, the Gladys Marcus International Scholarship, the FIT in Italy Scholarships, the Lattuada Scholarship and Program-Specific Scholarships. Details about each award can be found below. All are competitive and can be granted in addition to other federally funded or FIT Foundation awards.

Please note that there is only one FIT scholarship application to compete for all FIT scholarships, including the Program-Specific Scholarships.


September 23, 2021 for programs in Winter 2022 and Spring 2022

Early February 2022 (exact date TBA) for programs in Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023, and Summer 2022


Students applying for an award must:

  • be enrolled full-time in an FIT degree program;
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident for most FIT Study Abroad Scholarships; and
  • have applied for Financial Aid or are planning to apply and have demonstrated need OR, for international students, have demonstrated need in accordance with the guidelines established through Severe Economic Hardship Relief for F-1 students.


  1. Apply for a study abroad program at
  2. Complete the additional FIT Global Scholar Award application which includes an additional personal statement. This application is found under the Scholarships & Awards tab of the study abroad application site. The personal statement you provide will be a significant factor in the review of your application for this award. Your statement must include a response to each of the following: 
    1. Tell us about past experiences that make you eager to study abroad.
    2. Tell us about your experiences and values that would make you an effective FIT representative abroad.
    3. Tell us in what ways would you be an effective ambassador within the FIT community to promote intercultural understanding and encourage study abroad participation when you return.

For help with writing your personal statement to make it more competitive, we encourage you to visit the Writing & Speaking Studio. For all other questions, please contact the Office of International Programs.

Note: Students may apply for a FIT Study Abroad Scholarship even if they have not yet been accepted into their chosen Study Abroad program. However, awards shall be released with proof that the student has been accepted to an authorized Study Abroad program and confirmation that the student is actually able to participate in the program. In the event that an awardee shall withdraw from the Study Abroad Program for any reason the award will be rescinded. Upon return from study abroad, awardees will submit an essay/blog/vlog about their experiences and assist with FIT Abroad program promotion.

FIT Study Abroad Scholarship Details

FIT Global Scholar Award Program

The FIT Global Scholar Award Program provides funds to supplement the costs of studying abroad.


  • Open to U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents
  • These awards can be used for any FIT Study Abroad program for which the student receives at least 12 academic credits towards their degree per semester OR a minimum of 2 credits for winter study.

For Winter 

  • One (1) award of $3,000 for eligible graduates of NYC high schools
  • Up to four (4) awards of $2,000 for all eligible students

For Spring 

  • Up to two (2) awards of $5,000 for eligible graduates of NYC high schools
  • Up to five (5) awards of $3,000 for all eligible students

For Summer 

  • Up to two (2) awards of $3,000 for eligible graduates of NYC high schools
  • Up to six (6) awards of $2,000 for all eligible students

For Fall and Academic Year Programs

  • Up to two (2) awards of $5,000 for eligible graduates of NYC high schools
  • Up to six (6) awards of $3,000 for all eligible students 
FIT in Italy Scholarships One (1) $3,000 award per semester (Fall and Spring) will be given to FIT in Italy students who demonstrate need.
Gladys Marcus Scholarship

One (1) award at $1,300 will be given to an FIT student for semester study
One (1) award at $1,000 will be give to an FIT student for summer study

FIT Program-Specific Scholarship Details

American University of Paris (AUP)

A $6000 scholarship is awarded to one (1) qualified applicant per semester, contingent on funding.

American University of Rome (AUR)

A $3000 scholarship is awarded to one (1) qualified applicant per semester, contingent on funding.

Institut Supérieur de Communication et Publicité (ISCOM)

A $1900 scholarship will be awarded to eight (8) qualified applicants for the Spring 2022 semester only, contingent on funding. 

Note: This is for the one-semester study abroad program, not the 2-year GMC Joint Curriculum.

Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM) A scholarship for 50% of LdM tuition rates (a discount of ~$3,500) is awarded to qualified applicants each semester, contingent on funding. The number of LdM tuition scholarships varies from year to year.


Advertising & Marketing Communications

Confirmed AMC students in the ISCOM & AMC Global Marketing Communications (GMC) Curriculum New York - Paris will be automatically considered for a Kim Pinto Global Travel Scholarship. Three (3) $4,000 USD awards will be given per cohort. The scholarship will apply during the final year of the program, while in Paris. For more details, see the GMC program page.

Fashion Design

Fashion Design degree students interested in learning more about these opportunities should contact the FD Department for eligibility and application information.

  • Michael Kors Endowed Scholarship
International Trade & Marketing

International Trade & Marketing degree students interested in learning more about these opportunities should contact the ITM Department for eligibility and application information. 

  • Ralph Lauren Corp.
  • New Times Group Limited
  • PVH corp.
  • Gemini Shippers Association
Presidential Scholars

Students must be chosen as Presidential Scholars to be eligible to apply for the following study abroad scholarships during their sophomore or junior year. Students can contact the Presidential Scholars Department for information on application and eligibility information.  

  • Jerome L. Greene Foundation International Studies Fund (up to $10,000)
  • Jodi Tilton Memorial Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad ($2000)
  • Henry Wolf Presidential Scholars Summer Abroad Scholarship (up to $5000)
Rothman Scholarship

The Educational Skills Department is pleased to announce a $1,500 award to a student who plans to participate in an FIT study abroad program. This scholarship is made possible by a generous gift to the Educational Skills Department from Mildred Rothman, founding member and Chairperson from its inception until 1991.


  • Candidates must be matriculated in a current undergraduate degree program (full or part‐time)
  • Candidates must carry a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Candidates must have successfully completed an Educational Skills course 
  • Candidates must be accepted into a study‐abroad program

The scholarship will be awarded based on the following:

  • A resume, with an accompanying personal statement 
    (Please explain which program you wish to attend and what you hope to get out of studying abroad.)
  • A recommendation letter from an FIT faculty member outside of the Educational Skills Department
  • An interview with members of the Educational Skills Department

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to Professor James Sullivan, Chairperson of the Educational Skills Department, in B602 by the April 6th deadline at 5:00pm


AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship For students studying in the UK for a minimum of one semester.


Academy of International Business (AIB) Southeast Joint Scholarships

The Academy of International Business – Southeast and The Asia Institute offer $1,000 in scholarship funding to support students seeking to participate in global learning experience in Asia. 

See: AIB Scholarship

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships & Grants

The ASF offers fellowships and grants to outstanding American students for study in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.


APIASF Scholarship Program

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) supports low-income, underrepresented students with a variety of scholarships. Awardees are most often students that represent the AAPI’s goal for a diverse community, in addition to exhibiting a desire for communal improvement. The AAPI search committee places preference on first generation college students.


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Available to Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer study abroad students. Keep in mind that Winter and Spring awards have a combined deadline.


Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.



For students studying in the UK at a member institution.  Eligible FIT programs include:


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

 The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.


CCIS Scholarships

Some majors allow for their students to participate in external programs, including CCIS. Several FIT students have taken advantage of the $1,000 CCIS scholarship - you could be next!


Diversity Abroad Scholarships Diversity Abroad (DA) was founded on simple concept; connect a fast growing and diverse population of students and young professionals with meaningful international opportunities that will prepare them for future education and career opportunities.  DA offers their own consortium scholarship for summer study abroad, as well as a database of more program-specific scholarship opportunities.


Diverse International Women of Color Scholarship

The Diverse International Women Of Color (DIWC) Summer Study Abroad Scholarship is intended to assist women of color who are exceptional in their studies and in need of financial assistance to study abroad.

DIWC will award (5) $500 scholarships to women of color who have been accepted to a In-Person Summer 2021 Study Abroad Program.

DIWC will award (2) $200 scholarships to women of color who have been accepted to a Virtual Summer 2021 Study Abroad Program.


Freeman Award - Asia

 Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.


Fund for Education Abroad

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is an independent study abroad scholarship provider. FEA gives preference to students with demonstrated financial need, and strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. These groups include, but are not limited to:

  • First-generation college students
  • Minority students
  • Community college students


As an applicant, you are automatically considered for all available scholarships (general and dedicated) based on answers you provide on your application online. Scholarships available include:

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The DAAD scholarship database for undergraduates, graduate students, PhD candidates, Post Docs, and faculty offers a wide range of scholarships and additional information to help make your plans in Germany a reality.


Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards

Education New Zealand and New Zealand tertiary institutions are supporting Generation Study Abroad students with excellence and travel awards. See:

Global Experiences

Global Experiences (GE) offers awards that benefit exceptional students attending a GE internship program in any of their global cities on a semester or summer program. The ideal candidate will make a positive impact on their GE program, demonstrate financial need, and act as an outstanding representative of their home country and university.

GE also contributes the following awards to all eligible students who receive a Pell Grant and/or are awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship for their term abroad.

Pell Grant recipients
$500 (Summer on location)/$200 (virtual)

Benjamin A. Gilman recipients
$250 (Summer on location)/$200 (virtual)

See: Global Experiences Scholarships

Global Study Awards

The Global Study Awards is designed to support highly motivated, talented individuals who can actively demonstrate their potential to contribute to society through their studies; a strong commitment to developing their career; and their sincere interest in increasing intercultural understanding and exchange.

Note: International Students are eligible to apply for a Global Study Awards.


Go Overseas Scholarship

The mission of Go Overseas is to empower human connection through perspective-changing travel. They award up to $100,000 in scholarships every year.


HI USA Explore the World Travel Scholarship

The Explore the World Travel Scholarship is for aspiring global travelers who want to give back while they experience another culture. Scholarship recipients will receive $2,000 to support a trip that includes an educational or service component.


Inclusive Ireland Scholarships 2021

Education in Ireland is proud to partner with Diversity Abroad to announce the creation of the Inclusive Ireland Scholarship Programme. Ireland is committed to providing academically rigorous and culturally immersive study abroad experiences for students from all backgrounds and identities. We believe that diversity among our visiting students only serves to enrich our society and our campuses, and so we are excited to welcome this cohort of scholars in Fall 2021.


Institute for International Education (IIE) Study Abroad Funding

IIE’s mission is to help people and organizations leverage the power of international education to thrive in today’s interconnected world. IIE develops and implements many of the world’s most prestigious and innovative scholarship and training programs, including supporting the flagship educational and cultural exchange programs of the U.S. Departments of State and Defense.


Note: IIE also manages an extensive database of funding for International Students to study in the US. 


Prism Foundation Scholarship (formerly GAPA Foundation)

Prism Foundation provides scholarships to empower outstanding students who are making a positive impact on the Asian & Pacific Islander and LGBTQ+ communities. The application is open to students who attend community college, university, and trade/vocational school. Applicants should have a strong history of work and impact within the API and/or LGBTQ+ communities; however, applicants do not need to identify as either to apply.


Study Portals Scholarships 

Find and compare scholarships for college students, college grants, fellowships, federal financial aid and other forms of student funding to cover expenses for international Bachelors, Masters and PhDs worldwide.



Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. The winner of the Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship will receive: $1,000 scholarship for studying abroad and
1 travel backpack.


Trainline Student Travel Fund 


Students accepted onto a study abroad program at a European institution have a chance of winning a free rail pass and €1,500 spending money.


UCE Leadership Scholarship

Leadership Scholarships are awarded by the UCE Scholarship Fund annually. The student must have contributed as a leader to FIT and their home community during their two years at FIT. The Leadership – Scholarship award of up to $3,000 is presented upon the start of the fall semester.