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Financial Aid & Scholarships


Money Matters

Many students studying abroad at the University of Wyoming use financial aid or scholarships to fund their study abroad. We want to make sure you understand how these processes work and what resources are available.

Financial Aid

If you file a FAFSA, federal funding can be applied to the costs of participating in a UW approved program or exchange university dependent upon the semester. Most scholarships, grants, and private funding resources are accepted for either study abroad or exchanges. Always meet with UW’s Financial Aid Office to verify your aid package and whether any restrictions apply.  Feel free to contact Laurie Jaskolski, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at lreh@uwyo.edu to set up an appointment or with questions.

Cheney Study Abroad Scholarship Fund 

Nearly 3,000 students have benefited from the Cheney Fund since 2007! 
Cheney Study Abroad Grants Cheney Fellowship for Excellence in Study Abroad

These are travel grants that assist students in covering costs for international and in-country travel during their study abroad. Recipients will demonstrate academic merit and financial need.


Award: up to $2500


  • Current UW Student planning to study abroad 
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above 
  • 30 hours of completed coursework for undergraduates (9 hours for graduates) 
  • Degree-seeking student 

Application Includes: 

  • Essay on academic, professional and personal goals for education abroad experience
  • Letter of Recommendation 

The Fellowship is a prestigious award that goes to students with outstanding academic records who are pursuing research or internships abroad. Limited awards per application cycle.

Do not apply for the Fellowship unless you are completing an internship or a research project abroad.

Award: up to $4000 


  • Potential for significant contributions to field via international study and/or international research 
  • Current UW student
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above 
  • 30 hours of completed coursework (9 hours for graduate)

Application Includes: 

  • Essay on academic, professional and personal goals for education abroad experience
  • Letter of Recommendation 
Find applications for Cheney Funding in WyoScholarships by searching "Study Abroad" 
Please note, scholarships will not appear unless an active application cycle is open.
Plan to apply for scholarships the semester before you go. 

Scholarships through the Education Abroad Office or the University of Wyoming 

For a full list of Education Abroad Scholarships please view our Scholarships Booklet. 

There are also departmental scholarships through the University of Wyoming. Here is a full list of Study Abroad Scholarships. One of the best ways to search and apply for UW scholarships is through WyoScholarships. Search “Study Abroad” find the Cheney scholarships and departmental study abroad scholarships. Please note, scholarships will not appear unless there is an active application cycle open. Plan to apply for scholarships the semester before you go. 

Outside Scholarships for Education Abroad

In addition to the scholarships offered through UW,students are also encouraged to pursue outside scholarships for study abroad through your program sponsor and/or from outside providers or organizations. Many of these opportunities have very early deadlines, so be sure to apply as soon as possible!

For most study abroad scholarships, you DO NOT need to wait until you are accepted to your program to apply for funding. You may be able to apply with tentative plans and update your application if your plans change. Check each scholarship's requirements for details.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The U.S. Student Fulbright Competition awards around 1,500 grants to U.S. students each year to study, perform research, or assistant-teach for one academic year.   Student Fulbright applicants should be in their senior year of their undergraduate degree, master's and doctoral candidates, young professionals, or artists or musicians. UW Campus Deadline:   October 1st

For UW students, the Student Fulbright Competition is administered through GEO.

To get started, contact Shawn Bunning, and visit the U.S. Student Fulbright Competition website.

Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program offers study abroad scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students who are currently receiving a Pell Grant as part of their tuition package. This federally-sponsored scholarship provides up to $5,000* for a semester or academic year and is available only to U.S. citizens and nationals. Scholarships are available for fall, spring and summer terms. 


Investing in the Future District 5440 Undergraduate Scholarships

For students that are studying in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus; water and sanitation, disease prevention and treatment, peace and conflict resolution, economic and community development, education, and literacy, or maternal and child health.

For more information on this scholarship, please email Rollin Abernathy with the Rotary District 5440. 


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What is the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship?

Benjamin a. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program offers study abroad scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students who are currently receiving a Pell Grant as part of their tuition package. This federally-sponsored scholarship provides up to $5,000 for a semester or academic year and is available only to U.S. citizens and nationals. Scholarships are available for fall, spring and summer terms. 

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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a program of the U.S Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

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Noah: University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

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My Name is Noah Riffee, I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the Spring Semester of 2023. 

Thanks to the Gilman Scholarship I was able to travel to Norwich, England for 6 months. I was able to continue my studies towards my degree while also being immersed in British culture. Coming from a low income background I didn't know if it was even a possibility for me to go abroad. I always thought it was some sort of long off dream. Because of Gilman my dream of study abroad became a reality. I didn't have to worry about my finances while I was abroad because of this scholarship which allowed me to devote much more of my time to my studies but also allowed me the abilty to use some of my own funds towards getting to go to Spain and France during spring break! 

I met so many friends I wouldn't have otherwise if it wasn't for this scholarship, I was immersed in so many cultures other than my own and it's ignited a passion in cross-cultural connection for me. I am incredibly greatful for the Gilman Scholarship for the opportunity that it has afforded me. I had a once in a lifetime experience and I will forever cherish my time abroad. 


Mason: Christchurch, New Zealand

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My Name is Mason Baum, and I was able to have the opportunity from my Gilman Scholarship to go to Christchurch, New Zealand. This scholarship was phenomenal in helping get my financials worked out for the trip, while also still being able to use it for extracurricular activities as well to make my study abroad experience as special as possible. I learned so much about myself and the culture of New Zealand. I now plan to go into an international marketing position due to my internship I had while I was there and think it’s an opportunity that no one should miss. I got to skydive, go snowboarding, hiking, attend so many cultural experiences and journey to Australia to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.


Devin: Tokyo, Japan

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With the help of the Gilman Scholarship, I was grateful enough to travel to Tokyo, Japan for the fall semester of 2022. The Gilman Scholarship gave me peace of mind knowing that I could be 5,000 miles away from home and focus 100% on my studies while absorbing the various cultural diversities that made my experience one of the best experiences of my life.

From my experience, my biggest takeaway was how similar we all are. I had the pleasure of meeting students and professors from over 70 countries. Despite what propaganda we hear on the news from biased media, once we were all together under one roof, none of that mattered in the slightest. We all have similar goals and aspirations, even though our circumstances may differ from country to country. We all want the best for ourselves, our families, and our people. In many of my courses, our overarching goal was to use the strengths that each country has to offer to fill the gaps where others may be lacking. Working together rather than against one another.


Alexa: Riobamba, Ecuador

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Thanks to the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship, I was able to do an internship this past summer in Riobamba, Ecuador to provide medical services to indigenous communities. Being a first-generation student, I was nervous about studying abroad. I didn’t know what to expect, much less how I was going to pay for it. The Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship made me believe that I could have a study abroad experience without worrying how to financially afford it. However, the Gilman scholarship was more than just a funding opportunity for me. It allowed me to get out of my comfort zone. I never would have imagined traveling to a country alone, immersing myself in a Spanish medical setting, and being around a culture vastly different than mine. The Gilman Scholarship provided me with the opportunity to delve into the nuances of the Latin American healthcare systems, allowing me to contrast and comprehend their differences with those of the United States. Moreover, I gained insights into the far-reaching impacts of health disparities, particularly within marginalized communities like the Quichua indigenous community. There are all experiences I wouldn’t have had anywhere else. It has equipped me with perspectives and experiences that will undoubtedly shape my approach and dedication to providing equitable healthcare throughout my career. The Gilman scholarship not only eased my financial worries but also provided essential support and guidance, empowering me to confidently pursue my studies abroad.

Israel: Seoul, South Korea

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My name is Israel Rosales, and in the Spring Semester of my junior year, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea. The experiences I gained during this period were, to a significant extent, made possible by the invaluable support of the Gilman Scholarship.

When I first applied for the Gilman Scholarship, my goal was clear: study abroad in China to immerse myself in Mandarin language studies. However, the unforeseen outbreak of COVID-19 disrupted those plans, forcing me to reassess my options. After a long search for alternatives, I decided on studying abroad at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul. The shift in my destination marked a significant departure from my initial intentions, and yet, the Gilman Scholarship team proved to be an unwavering support system during this challenging time. Despite the uncertainties brought about by the pandemic, they were willing to work with me, providing the flexibility necessary to navigate the complexities of studying abroad during lockdowns.

This flexibility was particularly important given that language study formed a vital component of my scholarship application, especially as I also applied and received the critical language supplement. The onset of COVID-19, however, made it effectively impossible to travel to Mandarin-speaking countries and locations. The Gilman Scholarship team's responsiveness and adaptability allowed me to pivot my plans with minimal hassle and impact on my award.

With the Gilman Scholarship's backing, I immersed myself in various activities in South Korea, exploring the city with newfound friends, engaging in local culture, and creating lasting memories. The scholarship ensured that I could take part in these experiences without financial worries. These connections expanded my understanding of Korean culture and the global community, turning my time abroad into a rich learning journey that went beyond the academic realm. The Gilman Scholarship not only provided financial support but also became an indispensable partner in making my study abroad experience in Seoul both possible and enriching.