- FIT Study Abroad Scholarships
- FIT Departmental Scholarships & Other FIT Scholarship Opportunities
- External Study Abroad Scholarships
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.
March 1, 2021 for programs in Fall 2021 and Academic Year 2021-2022
March 25, 2021 for virtual study abroad programs in Summer 2021
September 16, 2021 for programs in Winter 2022 and Spring 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.
- Apply for a study abroad program at fitnyc.edu/studyabroad.
- 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
- Tell us about past experiences that make you eager to study abroad.
- Tell us about your experiences and values that would make you an effective FIT representative abroad.
- 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 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.
For Summer 2021 VIrtual Study Abroad
For Fall and Academic Year Programs
|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
|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.|
|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.|
Fashion Design degree students interested in learning more about these opportunities should contact the FD Department for eligibility and application information.
|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.
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.
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.
The scholarship will be awarded based on the following:
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 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.
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:
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 (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
Benjamin A. Gilman recipients
|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
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.