Summer Institute Applicants are encouraged to consider multiple approaches to fundraising, including applying for grants from social, academic, service, and/or religious organizations. Applicants are also encouraged to involve family members who can contribute and /or to personally finance the tuition fees. EWH asks that funds are collected by the participant before payment. SI tuition is considered a fee for service and is not a tax deductible donation.
Grant and Scholarship Resources:
Global Studies Foundation
Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who are already studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. The foundation is particularly interested in funding the study of strategically significant countries and languages. Grant recipients are expected to share this experience with others upon his or her return, ideally, with multiple audiences and varied media.
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Open to all applicants with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter at their school; membership in Phi Kappa Phi is not mandatory. See site for more information and to download application form. 2015 Deadline: February 15, 2015.
Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship
If you are currently receiving a Federal Pell Grant, you may be eligible for this scholarship. You must also gain approval from your university to receive course credit for the Summer Institute. Average award of $4,000. Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award from the Gilman Scholarship Program of $8,000. Swahili is one of these languages, so you could use the Tanzania Summer Institute to apply for this secondary scholarship. 2015 Deadline: March 3, 2015.
An initiative of the National Security Education Program, this $8,000 grant for STEM summer programs provides funding for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. You may need to arrange your own language study extension to meet the 8 week qualification (students only take 4 weeks of language during the Summer Institute). EWH can help you arrange this extension. Link to summer STEM program. 2015 Deadline: February 4, 2015.
University Study Abroad Funding
At many universities it is possible to receive course credit for participating in the summer institute. You will need to consult your schools administrative procedures on receiving course credit for such a program. We can provide a syllabus and final exam if they are required. Doing this may make the program eligible for study abroad funding from a number of sources. Your university's study abroad office may have more information.
Tap into Your Local Community:
- Investigate opportunities at your current institution.
- Contact former high school for alumni scholarships.
- Research scholarships provided by religious organizations.
- Check with community organizations such as Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Shriners, Elk, or Junior League.
- Rotary Club Ambassadorial Scholarships
This program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs. Interested applicants must enquire through their local rotary club for specific information. Click on Club Locator to find your local chapter.
- Rotary Club Ambassadorial Scholarships
- Social Media:
- Share your acceptance to the program with friends and family on Facebook. What if every Facebook friend donated $5? Every little bit helps!
- E-mail/letter Campaign:
- Contact current/former employers, family and friends using the provided solicitation letter.
- Click here to download our personal solicitation letter.
- Partner With Local Businesses for Donations
- Restaurants may be willing to donate a percentage of proceeds for a night.
- Local businesses may be willing to donate items for a raffle to support you.
- Sign up for a Sporting EventWork for Donations. For example, tutoring or babysitting.
- Ask friends and families to donate a certain dollar amount per mile, points under par, etc... Follow this link for a listing of sporting events around the country.
- Bake sales (solicit friends & family to donate baked goods).
Crowdfund or Fundraise Online:
- FundMyTravel - Create your own travel campaign to raise funds for your trip.
- Fundly – An online fundraising platform.
- GoEnnounce.com – Crowdfunding and study abroad scholarships.
- GoFundMe.com – Create your own personal fundraising website.
- Rally.org – An online social fundraising platform.
- MyTab.co – MyTab is the first online travel registry.
- Family and friends can contribute to the cost of your travel.
- STA Travel Registry – A great way to save and have friends/family help with your travel expenses from STA Travel.
EWH DropBox with more resources, click here.