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Scholarships & Awards

Institutional Scholarships & Awards

Note: All institutional awards are limited to full time, degree seeking UNO students. Students must apply to a study abroad program prior to applying for an award. Students may apply for more than one award when appropriate. Please contact the Division of International Education for more information. 

Division of International Education Global Ambassador Awards

Can be applied towards all summer programs and Academic Year Abroad in Innsbruck, Austria. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Awards are available in amounts ranging from $250 to $5,000, depending on specific program requirements and the applicant’s qualifications. Most awards range from $250-$1,000. The William Carl and Catherine C. Wagner, the Gordon H. 'Nick' Mueller and the John E. Altazan Awards are only available to students on the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School. All applicants will also be considered for an Agnes Levine Memorial Award.

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Agnes Levine Memorial Award

The Agnes Levine Memorial Award is made possible by a donation to the University of New Orleans (UNO) by Agnes' husband Mr. Michael Levine. A native of Uganda and of the Jewish faith, Agnes Levine passed away in the early 1990's and was survived by Michael and their three children.

To honor the wishes of the donor family, the purposes of the award are twofold:
1) To honor Agnes Levine; and
2) To award students whose academic and/or artistic work suggests an abiding interest in diverse or diasporic individuals or groups, communities, or individuals, such as, but not limited to, Native Americans, African Americans, Africans, Jews, Asians Americans, Armenians, Berbers, Kurds, Palestinians, Turkic peoples, etc.

All full-time UNO students (graduate or undergraduate) may apply for the awards, and must have a GPA of at least a 2.5, except for current employees of the Division of International Education (at the time of application). The awards are designed to be used towards participation in UNO's study abroad programs administered by the Division of International Education that have a duration of either a semester or an academic year, including any of the programs which take place during the summer semester. These presently include UNO programs in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Ireland, Turkey, and Spain. Any programs developed and administered by UNO's Division of International Education in the future are also included.

The application for the Agnes Levine Award is included in the Global Ambassador Award application process. Therefore, any student eligible for this award should complete a Global Ambassador Award application, and include within the Global Ambassador Award application (essays or short answer sections) information on any studies or experience with diverse or diasporic individuals or groups. No student may receive more than one Agnes Levine Award.

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Department of History and Philosophy Awards

The Department of History and Philosophy may provide a supplementary monetary award to history / philosophy majors. Please contact the department head for more details.

The UNO Student Government Association (SGA) International Study Abroad Awards

Can be applied towards all programs offered by UNO's Division of International Education that have a duration of either a semester or an academic year, including any one of the programs which take place during the summer semester. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Awards range from $250 to $2,000. Application deadlines:

  • Spring 2019: October 31, 2018

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Marshall Plan Scholarship from the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation

Are you earning a degree in Science or Engineering? You could be the next UNO student to receive the prestigious and generous Marshall Plan Scholarship to study in Innsbruck, Austria!

If you are studying for a degree in one of the approved fields below, you are eligible to apply for a grant of up to 10,000 Euro (approx. $14,000) to study in Innsbruck, Austria, on UNO’s Academic Year Abroad (AYA) program. AYA students can earn full-time credit hours in courses taught at the University of Innsbruck. All Marshall Plan Scholarship applicants will be required to propose a research project of their choosing and must work under the direction of faculty members at UNO and in Innsbruck. No knowledge of German is required. Financial aid and additional awards may also apply. (All majors may apply to study on Academic Year Abroad, but only the majors listed below may also apply for a Marshall Plan Scholarship.)

To learn more about the Marshall Plan Scholarship, contact Irene Ziegler at 280-7318 or

Bachelor of Science

Biological Sciences
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy

Conservation Biology
Engineering and Applied Science

Master of Science

Applied Physics
Biological Sciences
Engineering Science
Environmental Engineering
Earth and Environmental Sciences

Pre-professional Programs

Veterinary Medicine

Deutsches Haus Study Abroad Awards for UNO Students

Deutsches Haus in New Orleans is one of the oldest cultural institutions in town with a mission to celebrate and foster German culture, language, and history. On the occasion of the Ten Year Anniversary Celebration of Center Austria at UNO, Keith Oldendorf, the President of the Board of Deutsches Haus, announced a new annual award for UNO students to study in Austria or Germany.

For  over 40 years, the University of New Orleans has been nurturing a strong relationship with the University of Innsbruck and more recently with other Austrian universities. In addition, the Division of International Education has been building new partnerships with universities in Germany. Deutsches Haus wants to help UNO students study abroad and improve their German language skills utilizing these UNO networks in Austria and Germany.

Joint Study Scholarship

This is awarded by the Austrian government to three UNO degree-seeking students each year. Students must spend two semesters on Academic Year Abroad program in Innsbruck, Austria to be eligible. The award currently carries a stipend in the amount of 350 Euro monthly for a 9-month period.

UNO students applying for the scholarship will need to submit the following to be considered for the scholarship.

1) Application for an Austrian Scholarship - Pick up a copy in IC 128 - Must be an original.
2) Copy of your High School Diploma
3) Official or Unofficial UNO Transcript
4) Your current resumé
5) 2 Passport size photos

Please return all documents to the UNO-Innsbruck AYA Program in IC 128.

If you have any comments or questions about this scholarship, please do not hesitate to contact us: or at 504.280.7116.

UNO Ambassador Scholarship

Not to be confused with the Division of International Education Global Ambassador Awards.

Each semester the UNO Ambassadors host Swampball, a mud volleyball tournament, to raise money for the UNO Ambassadors Scholarship fund. Our scholarship was created to ease the financial hardship that comes with a college education. Each year in the spring semester, the Ambassadors give out multiple scholarships to UNO students.

Federal Financial Aid

Don't forget that your own federal financial aid package may be applied to all UNO study abroad programs. Talk to your financial aid counselor about your study abroad plans. Read how to apply for UNO Financial Aid here.

Study Abroad Veteran Benefits

The following is a summary of how veteran education benefits can be processed when a student has elected to study abroad. All students should verify their cost of attendance to include the Study Abroad costs and discuss other options regarding financial aid with Veterans Service Center Coordinator.

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Diversity Network Summer Scholarship

The Diversity Abroad Network “Diversity Network” will offer multiple summer scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for full-time undergraduate (both community college and university level) students attending a member institution. The University of New Orleans is a member of the Diversity Abroad Network. 

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Non-UNO Scholarships & Awards

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

There are a number of generous awards available to students who choose to study in Germany at one of our partner schools. Please contact the DAAD web site directly for information on their many programs. 

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this congressionally funded program is administered by the Institute of International Education through its Southern Regional Center in Houston, TX.

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

NOTE: early application cycles for Summer programs are available early Fall every year!

Campus Representative: Alea Cot - e-mail:

Click here to read about UNO's 2012-2013 Gilman Scholarship recipients

Black Excel

One of the largest scholarship and resource databases for African American students.

Learn More About Black Excel Scholarships Here

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

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Fulbright Scholarship Program

For over 50 years, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) has helped administer the Fulbright Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Founded in 1947, CIES is a private organization. It is a division of the Institute of International Education (IIE).

CIES maintains deep ties with the U.S. higher education community, including individual universities and colleges and major scholarly organizations. It also works with a network of binational Fulbright Commissions in 50 countries and 90 U.S. diplomatic posts around the world, as well as international universities and higher education associations.

Campus Representative: Dana Criswell- e-mail:

Learn More About the Fulbright Program Here

Deborah Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship

Available to graduate or undergraduate United States students studying abroad and/or graduate or undergraduate foreign students studying within. Awarded for full-time study for one academic year (Fall-Spring). Amount varies from $500 to $1,000 paid directly to recipient. Documented proof of academic study and plan of program must be sent to the Scholarship Chairperson with signature of school administrator or Program Director. Scholarships and fellowships are funded by the Zeta National Education Foundation.

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Explore the World Travel Scholarships for New Orleans residents

Hostelling International USA's Explore the World Travel Scholarship program is offered by HI New Orleans exclusively for New Orleans area residents. Eligible candidates must be Pell Grant recipients and/or have income that does not exceed 300% of the poverty line.

The program is called Explore the World, and it’s administered by the nonprofit organization, Hostelling International USA (HI USA). HI USA is committed to creating a more tolerant world, and these scholarships are for young travelers inspired to make the world a better place, but lack the financial means to go abroad.
The scholarship is open to individuals, ages 18-30, who will engage in an educational or service learning component during their trip. Eligible candidates must also meet specific financial need requirements. More information can be found at Application deadline: TBA

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Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Freeman-ASIA is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Awards range from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad.

Learn more about deadlines

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Fund for Education Abroad Rainbow Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. This scholarship is made possible by the generous support of a group of international education professionals who are committed to advocating on behalf of LGBTQI students.

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Study Abroad Funding Resource

With hundreds of scholarship and grant listings, IIE’s online directory Study Abroad Funding,, is among the most comprehensive directories for U.S. students to find funding for studying abroad. The website features detailed descriptions of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students. These are searchable by name, field of study, continent, and country. All listings are free of charge and provide an excellent opportunity to publicize your institution's programs. 

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for US undergraduates to participate in study abroad opportunities. The scholarships are designed to provide access to students who may otherwise study abroad, with a special emphasis on students from underrepresented groups. Click here to view the flyer.

Learn More About Fund for Education Abroad Here

Foundation for Global Scholars

Up to $2,000 for undergraduate & graduate students to study abroad. Three application cycles annually, with very early deadlines!

Learn More About the FGS Program Here

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

As part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages, the Department of State Critical Language Scholarships will provide funding for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers.

Recipients of these scholarships will be expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.

Learn More About the CLS Program Here

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

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. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Click to view a flyer.

Learn More About the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants Here

IIE - Study Abroad Funding

This valuable funding resource allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need. Their comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make your dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality.


Learn More About the IIE - Study Abroad Funding Program Here
European Scholarship Portal:

A new online scholarship database,, was recently launched at the European Association for International Education (EAIE) conference. is an integrated, centralized European platform providing information on all scholarships offered for studying in Europe. The database already contains over 700 scholarship programs. You can now find and compare relevant programs based on your nationality, background, where and what you want to study, and many more search criteria. ScholarshipPortal has been developed by StudyPortals and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) and funded by the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme.

Learn More About European Scholarship Portal Here

HAW-Hamburg Travel Stipend

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences is awarding a travel stipend of 1000 Euro to a UNO student to study abroad at HAW-Hamburg during the Spring 2014 semester. The deadline to apply is October 30, 2013. Students must meet the requirements of the UNO International Exchange program, as well as have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Contact ISEP for an application at or 504-280-6388.

Learn More About the HAW-Hamburg Program and the Travel Stipend Here

UAS7 Travel Scholarship

The UAS7 Consortium is an exchange partner with UNO, giving UNO students the ability to study at any of the seven member institutions in Germany.

The UAS Study and Internship Program (SIP) has enabled highly qualified undergraduates from U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities to experience the German approach to hands-on education at a member of UAS7, a consortium of Germany's top universities of applied sciences. SIP students spend a semester studying at a UAS7 campus and a semester interning.

Starting in 2013, our offerings will be expanded to include the Internship Program (IS) and Study Program (SP). IP students will intern at laboratories at UAS7 members over a period of 2-6 months. SP students will study for a semester at a UAS7 member.

Successful applicants are eligible for a UAS7 Travel Scholarship (1000€) for transatlantic travel expenses.

Learn More About the UAS7 Travel Scholarship Here

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs

The Pickering Fellowships help highly motivated and academically excellent college juniors and graduating seniors or college graduates who want to pursue a Foreign service career in the U.S. Department of State.

The goal of the programs is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic and social backgrounds who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply to one of the two programs. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which administers the Pickering Fellowships, identifies and develops leaders and institutions to meet the nation's most critical challenges.

Program Awards:

  • $40,000 annually for academic expenses covering the last year of undergrad or first year of grad study (for Undergraduate Fellowship); or the first and second year of grad study (Graduate Fellowship)
  • Two paid State Department summer internships (domestic and abroad)
  • Professional development through workshops and informational seminars
  • Mentoring by U.S. Foreign Service Officers 

Eligibility: Undergraduate applicants must be college junior or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Graduate applicants must be entering a two-year terminal master's degree program in the fall of the Fellowship year. All applicants must have U.S. citizenship.

Learn More About theThomas R. Pickering Fellowships Here

Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

Tortuga Backpacks believes young people deserve to experience the world beyond their college campuses, but realize not everyone can afford to travel, especially if you’re on a student budget. The Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world.

Spring 2018 - December 20, 2017
Fall 2018 - May 20, 2018

Learn More About theTortuga Backpacks Scholarship Here


More students are looking into personal fundraising. Personal fundraising can take different forms, and one of them is launching online fundraising campaigns. Fundraising helps cover the cost of study abroad and gets your friends and family involved in your study abroad plans. Some possible crowd funding online tools you might want to consider.

Compass Exchange (Foundation for Global Scholars platform)
Project Travel