UofM Students

Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship

Purpose

The Learning Abroad Center’s Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship provides awards for University of Minnesota undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and identities. This scholarship is intended to:

For the purpose of this scholarship, diversity may include (but is not limited to) cultural, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, first generation college students, military, ethnic or racial identities that contribute to the diversity of the student body. This scholarship is not need or merit based, and awards are granted on the strength of a student’s essay.  

Eligibility Requirements

Essays will be evaluated based on: 

Essay Questions

Essay Question #1

1) What motivated you to select your particular study abroad program? Address any academic, career, and/or personal goals that were part of your decision, and expand on one or more of them.* (350 words maximum)

Essay Question #2

2) Students with diverse backgrounds and identities often have a different undergraduate experience than the wider student body. How has your identity influenced your decision to learn abroad? How do you anticipate your experiences, including barriers you’re working to overcome, will impact and prepare you for your learning abroad program? (350 words maximum)

Deadlines & Award Amounts

Apply for the deadline based on the Education Abroad Term found on the Apply section of your Program page. Contact Matt McGilvray if you are unsure of your program term or have any questions. 

TermAmountDeadline
Fall Semester 2017 $2,500 April 12, 2017
Academic Year 2017-18 $4,000 April 12, 2017
Winter Break 2018 $1,000 October 11, 2017
Fall 1-2 week, Fall 2-8 week, Spring 1-2 week, or Spring 2-8 week program going abroad over Winter Break $1,000 October 11, 2017
Spring Semester 2018 $2,500 October 11, 2017
Calendar Year 2018 $4,000 October 11, 2017
Spring 1-2 week week or Spring 2-8 week program going abroad over Spring Break or during May Session $1,000 February 21, 2018
May Session 2018 $1,000 February 21, 2018
Summer Session 2018 $1,500 February 21, 2018

 The number and amount of awards may vary depending on the pool of applicants and the funding available. Additional programs may become eligible for scholarships after the posting of this information.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the deadline date. Scholarship notification emails will be sent to all applicants' UofM email accounts 4-6 weeks after the deadline. 

How to submit your application:  

  1. Check the scholarship deadlines for the term you will be studying abroad.
  2. Begin filling out your scholarship application and essay and submit via the Learning Abroad Center Online Scholarship Portal. Applications must be submitted by 11:59p.m. on the application deadline date, no exceptions. Once in the portal you have to 'SIGNUP' for an account every time you start an application for a different scholarship. Use the 'LOGIN' to access an application you have already started.

*Paper, faxed, or emailed applications will not be accepted