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General CIEE Scholarship + Grant Information

For many students, studying abroad is only possible with financial assistance.

Each year, CIEE awards more than $3 million in scholarships and grants to students who plan to study overseas on our programs. This financial aid can be applied toward, or even defray, program fees and travel costs.

CIEE scholarship and grant recipients are selected based on the quality of materials submitted. Students only need to submit one CIEE scholarship application per program application. With this submission, they will be automatically considered for every CIEE scholarship they may be eligible for. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and students do not need to have been accepted into a program before they're considered for a scholarship award, but they do need to apply early!

Students should discuss all financial aid planning with their campus financial aid and study abroad advisors. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the scholarship application is complete and accurate.

Applying for CIEE Scholarships and Grants

Students have access to GAIN and Ping Foundation Scholarships applications once they start a CIEE study abroad program application.

Please review the following requirements to be completed as part of the online application. See Eligibility and Application Requirements listed under individual scholarships for additional requirements. Eligible students can apply for a CIEE LIFT Scholarship on the LIFT scholarship page.


  • To view your eligibility for individual scholarships, see the Eligibility Requirements section listed under each scholarship header.

Note: Eligibility is reviewed by CIEE staff for individual qualification of available scholarships.


The following must be completed as part of the CIEE online scholarship or grant application:

  • Mark off all relevant Special Circumstances.
  • Complete the Essay section according to instructions.
  • Complete the Financial Aid Summary section.

Note: See the Application Requirements section of individual scholarships for additional application components. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.


Summer, fall, and academic year programs
April 15
(Of the SAME year of the start of the study abroad program)
Winter, spring, and calendar year programs
November 1
(Of the year PRIOR to the start of the study abroad program)

Note: Scholarship and grant application deadlines are evaluated independently of program application deadlines and are not influenced by individual program application deadline extensions.


Upon returning from abroad, all recipients of GAIN, LIFT, or Ping Scholarships must submit a creative report demonstrating:

  • How the program allowed them to interact with the host culture
  • How the program enhanced their language skills and/or understanding of cultural and social issues
  • How the program activities related to their future academic and/or career goals

Students are encouraged to be creative in their presentation of this report. Please note that this mandatory essay and all other materials submitted for this report become the property of CIEE and may be used in print and/or electronic publications. Please send reports to:


Students selected for scholarship or grant awards will be notified of their status by e-mail. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.


All awards are applied as program fee reductions against the room/board fees for the program, with the exception of the John E. Bowman Travel Grant, which is released directly to the student to help defray the costs of travel and the GAIN scholarship awarded in the form of an airline ticket and balance directly to the student.

For questions regarding any CIEE scholarship and grant program, please call 1.800.40.STUDY.

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