W&J-Specific Scholarships

Getting excited? Here's a list of other students who have already studied abroad. You are welcome to reach out to them!


Semester-Long Study Abroad

Qualified W&J students may apply for scholarships to help defray necessary costs associated with participating in approved study-abroad programs for a semester or academic year. To be eligible for these awards, students must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and be enrolled as a full-time W&J student. This award is generously endowed by W&J alumni. 

  Applications are due to the Office of Study Abroad and should be submitted electronically to StudyAbroad@washjeff.edu.  The written portion may be single or double spaced.



This is a travel reimbursement program for semester and academic year programs. W&J provides travel support to 100% of students studying for a semester or year on approved programs. Funding level is determined annually and may fluctuate each semester; current amount is $1,200. Students must be full-time and  have a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Students are given specific guidance on eligible expenses and how to be reimbursed after obtaining approval to study off campus. Airfare is an eligible expense. There is no application, we are proud to note that funding is automatic for every student committing to a semester or year of study abroad on our approved programs! Questions should be directed  to the Office of Study Abroad.

Short-term Study Abroad

The Edward and Barbara Greb Travel Award assists students who will be studying abroad during JayTerm. There will be two selection periods.


Upperclass & Returning Student Selection

Any student who will be a returning student at any level or have sophomore standing or above in academic year 2019-2020 should apply by May 15, 2019.


Freshman and New Student Selection

Any student who will be a freshman or new student for academic year 2019-2020 should apply by October 15, 2019. Transfer students entering for fall 2019 should also apply by this deadline.

Application Instructions

Please read the Application Instructions before submitting an application.

Are you a faculty or staff member planning to submit a recommendation  for a student's application? Here is the recommendation form. All recommendations must be submitted through this form. Thank you!



The Vira Heinz Endowment awards up to three scholarships of at least $5,000 to Washington & Jefferson College female students planning to spend a summer studying abroad. Applicants must be in their sophomore or junior year prior to the summer they are planning to study abroad, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and have no prior international experience (except Canada).  To learn more about the program, visit the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership website. Download the application and turn it in to the Office of Study Abroad by November 1 at 4:00 pm.

Read more about previous W&J VIH awardees.

General Scholarships

Note that these are external sources of funding. We attempt to keep these links current to the best of our ability, but information may sometimes change without our knowledge.

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program provides up to $5,000 to U.S. citizen undergraduates from two and four year institutions.  It aims to supports students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. Must receive a Federal Pell Grant to be eligible. 

Boren Awards for International Study
The Boren Awards provide a unique scholarship opportunity for U.S. undergraduates wishing to study abroad.  The program awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (any area outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand). 

Language and/or Location-Specific Scholarships


Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) Created to assist U.S. students with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia with awards ranging from $3,000-$7,000.


Pi Delta Phi is proud to offer several scholarships for summer study abroad that recognize superior achievement in the study of the French language. The annual awards are designed to enable undergraduate regular members of an active chapter to continue their studies of the French Language and of Francophone Literatures and Cultures. Award recipients are expected to take courses conducted in French and for credit. Recipients will typically take a French language placement examination on site.


German Academic Exchange Service
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) administers a variety of scholarships as well as provides financial support to over 50,000 highly-qualified students and faculty per year for international research and study.


German American Business Circle

The German American Business Circle of Pittsburgh is partnering with the Pittsburgh Rotary Club Foundation to award a $2,500 scholarship. It is intended to benefit collegiate-level students in Western Pennsylvania who demonstrate academic excellence and strong interest in German-American business affairs and culture, and who plan to further their studies at an accredited institution of higher learning in Germany. There is typically one application cycle with an October 15 deadline for study abroad in the following academic year. Check the GABC website for the most updated information.

You can find the application information here.

Previous awardees include Victoria Healy, Angela Nied and Aric Brown.


German Honorary Society Scholarship
Inducted members of the Delta Phi Alpha German honorary society are eligible to apply for the Nationale Deutsche Ehrenverbindung scholarship, which helps to defray the costs of a semester abroad in a German-speaking country.



The Bridging Project

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarship
$5,000 - $9,000 scholarships available for study in Japan. 

Japan Monbukagakusho Scholarship
Monbukagakusho, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), offers five different scholarships for non-Japanese nationals wishing to study in Japan.


Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)
For advanced Arabic language study at the American University in Cairo. Visit the CASA website for more information.


Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, offers  Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards for the summer and academic year.


Other Resources



Established in memory of Richard S. Pett by his wife, Lynne, and his daughters, Melissa and Lauren, the Academic Travel Award goes to a deserving junior or senior majoring in a foreign language who desires to study abroad. For more information, contact the Department of Modern Languages.