Merit Scholarships

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To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans. Merit scholarships are available for CIEE summer and semester programs. 

How to Apply

Fill in and submit the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with ONE essay, and you will be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS GLOBAL FELLOWSHIP

This Fellowship is a fully funded summer study abroad program designed for students of color as part of CIEE’s commitment to open doors for all students from all backgrounds.

Selection is in the spirit of Douglass himself, with special emphasis on leadership, effective communication, experience in agitating for positive change, and a commitment to cross-cultural respect and understanding.

MCDERMOTT HEALTH SCIENCES, NURSING, AND PUBLIC HEALTH MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

  • $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $750 toward summer program costs
  • Qualifying programs: CIEE’s Community and Public Health summer, semester or year-long programs.

PING SCHOLARSHIP FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

  • $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $750 toward summer program costs
  • Qualifying programs: all summer, semester or year-long CIEE programs

RITZMANN TROPICAL AND MARINE ECOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP

  • $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $750 toward summer program costs
  • Qualifying programs: CIEE’s Sustainability and the Environment, or Tropical Ecology and Conservation summer, semester or year-long programs. 

THE STEPHEN M. LEW LIFETIME FRIENDSHIP AWARD

  • This award was established by a group of CIEE alums who met Stephen during a CIEE Beijing summer program in 2002. While Stephen's life was sadly cut short, this award seeks to honor his legacy and the lifelong friendships that the summer in Beijing forged.  It is hoped that this award will give other students the opportunity to experience their own rewarding memories studying abroad and form relationships that last a lifetime.  
  • $1,000 toward summer program costs.
  • Qualifying programs: CIEE Summer programs in China, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore.
  • Qualifications: College students with demonstrated interest and experience in Asian-American issues and identity, which could span across politics, business, culture, media/entertainment, etc.
  • Application: In addition to the general essay, applicants are requested to provide a link to a video essay in response to the following prompt: The group of friends who studied abroad with CIEE in 2002 and formed this scholarship call themselves "the Wolfpack".  What does having a “Wolfpack” mean to you?  Describe what you think a Wolfpack means, who would be in it, what you would do for them, or anything else you’d want to add.  Feel free to be creative and reflect your personal voice on this! The video should be 2-3 minutes long and provided via a sharable public link, e.g., YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Finalists will be interviewed and selected by a panel of Stephen M. Lew’s friends and family.

STOHL INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP

  • $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $750 toward summer program costs
  • Qualifying programs: CIEE summer, semester, or year-long programs that offer research opportunities. Please check the home page of your program of interest to see what awards are offered for that program.

WOLLITZER MERIT SCHOLARSHIP IN AREA OR COMPARATIVE STUDIES

  • $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $750 toward summer program costs
  • Qualifying programs: CIEE summer, semester, or year-long programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Please check the home page of your program of interest to see what awards are offered for that program.

IMPORTANT SCHOLARSHIP & GRANT DEADLINES:

Summer & fall - APRIL 1
Spring - OCTOBER 15
Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship - FEBRUARY 14 

Terms and Conditions 

Important: All students applying for CIEE funding must complete the CIEE Scholarships and Grants task on their application by the published CIEE scholarships and grants deadlines. Applications completed after CIEE deadlines will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may not be eligible for awards.

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