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During the academic year, Vanderbilt University meets students’ full financial need (as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships), regardless of whether they study on campus or away. If the total estimated cost of a study abroad program exceeds the cost of a term at Vanderbilt, the financial aid package can be increased to cover the difference. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your financial plan.

To help encourage study abroad in the fall, a number of GEO’s partners offer special, fall-only funding for Vanderbilt students.

The Global Education Office encourages students to apply for supplemental funding for study abroad. The sections below describe funding offered through GEO as well as external resources.

Global Summer Fellows Scholarship Program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and university travel restrictions in 2021, the Global Education Office will administer the Global Summer Fellows Scholarship program for internationally focused Vanderbilt experiential learning opportunities. For summer 2021, these need-based awards fund up to $5,000. The application is due on March 15th by 4PM. Eligible students must have a 2.7 GPA. 

Funding will be awarded to students who are completing an internationally focused VU experiential learning opportunity in the form of a virtual Remote Global Internship, available through GEO, or an internationally focused Immersion project

Global Summer Fellows applications which request for funding for travel will not be considered due to current university domestic/international travel policy. 

The Global Summer Fellows application requires short-answer responses and an itemized, detailed budget for the proposed experience. 

Please note: In order to be considered for need-based scholarships, all applicants must have a CSS profile for the current academic year on file with the Vanderbilt Office of Financial Aid prior to the application deadline.

International students are only eligible for GEO scholarships if they are already receiving need-based aid from the university. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid directly.

Previous recipients of the Global Summer Fellows scholarship are not eligible for the competition. For successful scholarship applications, previous or concurrent Vanderbilt awards for summer activities may reduce the final Global Summer Fellows award.

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Associated Funds

The Global Summer Fellows Scholarship Program is made possible through the generosity of donors and the Office of the Provost. More details about the funds and their donors are below:

  • The Martha Louise Scott Easley Study Abroad Travel Scholarship was established in 2010 by William E. Easley (B.A. 1976) in memory of his mother, Martha Louise Scott Easley (M.A. 1949). The scholarship is available for students studying on GEO programs with language immersion and is to be applied to their travel.
  • The Brooke Van Der Linden Memorial Scholarship was established in 1989 by friends in memory of Brooke Van Der Linden (B.A. 1985). Applicants must be planning to study abroad on a GEO program in London. It is available only to students who are matriculated in, or have a declared major in, the Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science, with preference given to humanities majors.
  • The Study Abroad Discretionary Fund was established in 2009 by anonymous donors in honor of their daughter’s graduation from Vanderbilt. The award supports costs during the study abroad program such as airfare, train tickets, exhibit admissions. This scholarship is available to students with a declared major in the Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science.
  • Established and funded by the Office of the Provost, the Global Summer Fellowship is for undergraduate students participating in Summer and Maymester programs abroad. Preference will be given to students whose applications demonstrate that they cannot study abroad during the academic year due to academic or extracurricular obligations. Students who have previously received a Global Summer Fellows award are not eligible.
  • The Kojaian Global Fellowship was established in 2016 by Kojaian Management Corporation in honor of Karen Campbell, Dean of the College of Arts and Science and the support she provided Chase Kojaian (B.A. 2013). The scholarship provides financial support to undergraduates who are participating in GEO Maymester programs. Awardees must have a declared major in the Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Science.
  • The Sandra and Roger Deromedi International Service Learning Scholarship was established in 2009 for undergraduate students enrolled in the Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science. Students must be applying for or enrolled in a service-learning study abroad program.
  • The Wittenbraker-Jenks Family Study Abroad Fund was established to provide financial support based on need for deserving undergraduate students participating in Vanderbilt study abroad programs. Preference is given to students in the College of Arts and Science or Peabody College of education and human development.
  • The Sara Elizabeth Nance Study Abroad Fund was established in honor of Sara Elizabeth Nance, B.A. 1994, by her parents. Preference will go to a student participating in a summer program that is a minimum of four weeks in duration, who is a United States citizen and a rising sophomore.
  • The A&S Study Abroad Fund was established by anonymous donors in 2016 to provide need-based financial support based for deserving undergraduate students participating in Vanderbilt study abroad programs. Awardees must have a declared major in the Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science.
  • The Jayne Loree Drushal Memorial Scholarship was established to provide scholarship support to students studying abroad in France. This fund was established in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Drushal’s daughter, Jayne Loree Drushal, a former student at Vanderbilt University who passed away in 1964. Preference in awarding is given to students majoring in French.
  • The Ann and David Kloeppel Summer Immersion Fund was established to support summer study abroad and summer internship immersion experiences for undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Science. Donors made this gift in honor of Mr. Kloeppel’s 25th reunion of the Class of 1991.
  • The Lynn and Benny LaRussa Study Abroad Fund was established to support Immersion Vanderbilt study abroad experiences for undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Science. Donors made this gift in honor of Mrs. LaRussa’s study abroad experiences while at Vanderbilt.


External Scholarships

There are a wide variety of external scholarships and financial awards for for academic-year and summer study can be found at:

  1. Diversity Abroad scholarship directory
  2. IIE Study Abroad Funding directory
  3. International Scholarships directory

Some prestigious external awards that could fund GEO study abroad programs are listed below. A number of these are supported by Vanderbilt’s Career Center, and we encourage students to contact them to discuss these options.