Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants

Photo: Jodi-Kaye Wade in Bangladesh

We are accepting a limited number of applications from select Generation Study Abroad U.S. Institution Commitment Partners. An email invitation for applications was sent to our primary GSA contact at these institutions. Questions can be directed to

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants are made possible by the generous support of private donors. Lead funding to launch the program has been provided by Santander US.


IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants will be made available for U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to make it possible for them to participate in academic, internship or service-learning experiences abroad. The scholarship program is intended to diversify study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education, especially in support of high-achieving, low-income students. The Travel Grants can be used not only for travel to and from the country of study, but also within the region, enabling students to make the most of their international experience.

A cohort of exceptional undergraduate students will be selected, with consideration given to the following factors: financial need; status as first-generation college students; status as members of underrepresented racial/ethnic/gender groups; disabilities; and the lack of experience with travel abroad. The Travel Grant would help provide these students with international opportunities that are in line with their academic and professional goals, and essential for today’s graduates.

After recipients complete their study abroad experience, they will become Generation Study Abroad Ambassadors. They will be invited to share their international experience with their home community through presentations, webinars, or local media, encouraging others to pursue study abroad and illustrate the academic and professional benefits received from such opportunities. 

Eligibility Guidelines

Scholarship recipients must meet all eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • 18 years of age at time of application
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program (associate’s or baccalaureate) at a U.S. college or university that is a Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner (as of January 1, 2019) in the following states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island;
  • Participating in a program abroad for academic credit, including academic study, internship, research, or service-learning during the fall 2019 term or 2019/20 academic year;
  • Participating in a program that is a Level 1, 2, or 3 country according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisories (Level 3 will require the home institution and recipient to sign a Travel Waiver); and
  • Demonstrates financial need.

Travel Grant Online Application

The Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant online application is available to the eligible Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner institutions to provide to their eligible students to apply.

Selection Criteria

All Travel Grant applications will be reviewed for technical eligibility and the following selection criteria:

  • Financial need;
  • Appropriateness of study abroad program for students’ academic & professional goals;
  • Student’s academic achievement; and
  • Long-term impact of award on student and campus, including consideration of how this award will help to diversify the campus, reach new student populations that have not been supported by study abroad, and help break down barriers to study abroad. Indicators may include at least one of the following: financial need, first-generation students, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, students with disabilities, gender, community college or transfer students, veterans, or students who have never traveled abroad.

Review & Selection Process

The validated applications that pass the technical review will be given to the Selection Committee for evaluation based on selection criteria.

Travel Grant Amount

The grant is to be used to support education abroad travel costs to and in the host country. The amount available under the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant Program is $2,000 per student.

Notification & Grant Disbursements

IIE will notify the students of application and selection status by mid-June by email. IIE will notify students directly and copy the study abroad advisor and financial aid advisor on the award letter. Students and campuses are responsible for notifying IIE if a student drops out or does not attend the study abroad program. In some cases, an alternate may be selected. IIE will disburse funds via IIePay to the student recipients upon completion of award requirements.

Award Requirements for Students

In order to receive the funding from IIE, each student must provide the following documentation:

  • Signed acceptance of IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants Terms of Agreement
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residence
  • Proof of acceptance to study abroad program for awarded academic term (letter from program leader or home institution’s study abroad office)

Generation Study Abroad Ambassador Requirements

After Travel Grant recipients complete their study abroad experience, they will become Generation Study Abroad Ambassadors. They will be invited to share their international experience with their home community through presentations, webinars or local media, encouraging others to pursue study abroad and illustrating the academic and professional benefits received from such opportunities. They will document and report their activities with IIE.

2019-2020 Timeline

Fall 2019 & 2019/20 Academic Year PROGRAMS

May 16, 2019 - application opens by institution invitation

June 16, 2019 - application deadline (11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time)

Early  Mid July, 2019 - notification to students

Late July, 2019 - student agreements deadline

July – August 2019 - IIE disburses funds to Travel Grant recipients