Scholarships are available for you when you study abroad.

Recent study abroad returnees learn how to complete  your scholarship requirements here:

Grainger Engineering International Scholarship

International Programs in Engineering (IPENG) has several scholarship opportunities for Grainger Engineering students when they participate in an international experience.  These experiences includes programs abroad in which students complete coursework, engage in research, or participate in a non-paid internship. There is one-shared application for all Grainger Engineering scholarships. By submitting this application, students are considered for all the scholarships in which they meet the eligibility.

Scholarships are designed to supplement, rather than cover the entire cost of the program. Applications are accessed on a variety of factors, including: program cost, study abroad goals, financial need; distribution of scholarship awards across majors, genders, underrepresented populations, strategic destinations, and other variables.

Eligibility: Grainger Engineering (including ABE & ChemE) undergraduates who are participating in a University of Illinois approved program. *Dual major students must be enrolled in Engineering at time of study abroad. CS +X students are not eligible. Independent work and independent study programs must be engineering-related and a minimum of 4 weeks. Verification required.

Scholarship Requirements: Recipient must complete two projects (detailed here) and complete 4 volunteer hours upon completion of the program abroad.

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David Opperman Study Abroad Scholarship

A former Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of general engineering, David Opperman was known for supporting his students, particularly those coming from rural communities. The David Opperman Study Abroad Scholarship was established by David’s son, Mark, in memory of his father in order to provide students with what is often a life-changing experience living and studying abroad. David Opperman and his wife, Barbara, welcomed many foreign students into their home throughout his career at the University and established lifelong friendships. “A scholarship to support study abroad seemed like the best means to make an ongoing impact on students’ lives in a way that would honor my father’s work”, related Mark.

Engineering International Scholarship

Scholarship available for all IPENG and Illinois approved study abroad programs listed in My Study Abroad.

Engineering Virtual Global Learning Scholarship

Undergraduates (including ABE & ChemE) in the Grainger College of Engineering who are participating in a Virtual Global Learning Experience are eligible to apply for this scholarship. This scholarship is to assist students with program costs. *Dual major students must be enrolled in Engineering at time of study abroad. CS +X students are not eligible.

Global Research Scholarship

Students in Global Research Scholars summer programs are automatically considered for this if participating in an Illinois approved program in My Study Abroad.

Morrill Engineering Program (MEP) Scholarship Morrill Engineering Program (MEP) students who are studying abroad will be able to answer an additional questionnaire to be considered for the MEP scholarship.  Eligibilty: Actively engaged MEP student in good academic standing.
William R Miller and Martha L Behr-Miller Scholarship A graduate from the University of Illinois, Mechanical Engineering, William Miller, spent a large part of the last eight years of his career in electro-mechanical devices working overseas. As he worked with engineers and managers in various countries, Mr. Miller discovered there was much to learn from them technologically as well as culturally. Both William and Martha firmly believe that when we have friends in other nations of the world, then we are less likely to find reasons for war and the threat of war. The Miller’s strive to leave a friendlier world for future generations and feel this may be a way to help build international friendships.
Wert Study Abroad Scholarship A former faculty member of Materials Science and Engineering, Charlie Wert, was a strong proponent of not only internationalization, but also strongly encouraged students to engage in an international experience abroad during their academic studies at UIUC. While Professor Wert was very interested in South America, his interests in international activities spanned the globe.

Other Available Illinois Scholarships

I4I & IIP Scholarship

Open to all Illinois Students

Enabled Abroad Scholarship

Open to students with DRES accomodations.

Gilman International Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

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.