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Penn Summer Abroad Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities

Because of COVID-19, the expanded travel restrictions aimed at containing the virus, and the general uncertainty regarding timelines for the lifting of travel restrictions, the School of Arts and Sciences suspended all Penn Summer Abroad programs during the summer of 2020. A decision regarding 2021 abroad programs should be available in January 2021.
PSA Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities

Explore fellowship and scholarship opportunities to help cover the costs of your participation in Penn Summer Abroad. These institutional and external funds ensure that a wide array of students can benefit from these experiences. Some Penn Summer Abroad locations have program-specific funds and scholarships, so please check your preferred program page for more information.

Penn undergraduates who currently receive financial aid are eligible to apply for the William A. Levi Travel Fellowship to help fund their participation in a Penn Summer Abroad program. Recipients are selected based on their academic standing, financial need and demonstrated motivation for participating in a Penn Summer Abroad program.

  • Awards cover all or part of the cost of the program fee.
  • Recipients may be asked to provide photos or blog entries during or after their program for marketing purposes.
  • Fellowship recipients who withdraw from the program forfeit the award. If the program is canceled, the student may not apply the award to any other coursework or program.


The William A. Levi Travel Fellowship is available to Penn undergraduates who:

  • Receive need-based financial aid during the designated academic year
  • Have been admitted, or are in the process of applying to a current Penn Summer Abroad program
    • Admission to a Penn Summer Abroad program is required before the fellowship awards are announced; however, students may apply for the William A. Levi Travel Fellowship before receiving their admission decision

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The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to prepare US students better to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is open to undergraduates who are:

  • Citizens of the US
  • In good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the US (including two-year and four-year institutions)
  • Recipients of a Federal Pell Grant or can provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship
  • In the process of applying to, or accepted* for, a study abroad or internship program that is:
    • At least two weeks for community college students and three weeks for students from four-year institutions
    • In a single country
    • Eligible for credit from the student’s home institution
  • Proposing to study in a country not currently under a Travel Warning issued by the US Department of State or otherwise determined ineligible for program participation

*Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college and first-generation college students before, during and after they participate in education abroad programs.

Eligibility requirements

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the US
  • Study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s home institution
  • Study abroad program must be at least 4 weeks (28 days) in country/countries
    • London, Madrid and Tours meet the residency length requirements

Awards range from $1,250 to $10,000 based on financial need and time abroad.

For a full list of scholarships, visit the FEA website.

Application opens: Mid-November
Application closes: Early January
Scholars announced: Early April

For more information on external scholarships, please visit the Penn Abroad website to research other opportunities that may be available for summer study abroad.


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