Students applying to the Overseas Student Program (OSP) have access to a variety of need-based and merit-based scholarships and financial aid opportunities. Explore the possibilities below!


BGU Scholarships

BGU Undergraduate Research Travel Grant

Every semester, BGU offers two travel grants of $2,500 to highly qualified students from North America to cover travel expenses within Israel for research as part of a research project, personal enrichment project, research internship, or independent study that complements their immersive experience in the OSP. Travel covered by the grant must be undertaken directly before, during, or after the stay at BGU for a semester or academic year of study.

Ginsburg Scholarship Program

A substantial amount of funding is available to students applying for a semester or academic year through the Ginsburg Scholarship Fund. Scholarship awards are based on economic need. Recipients will be notified of their awards after acceptance to the program.


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Diversity Abroad & CISI Planning Scholarship

Diversity Abroad and CISI are proud to award 5 planning scholarships to students of diverse backgrounds. The awards, for $2,000 each, will be awarded to students to study abroad in Summer or Fall 2016 and may be used to cover expenses for which financial aid is not readily available such as passports and visas, flights, program deposits, etc. The students do not need to have selected a study abroad program at the time of receiving this scholarship. Eligibility requirements: 1. Must demonstrate financial need (as demonstrated by your FAFSA) 2. Must be a freshman, sophomore, or junior at the time of application 3. Preference given to students who have not studied abroad before 4. Students of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds encouraged to apply.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) awards scholarships to students studying abroad on programs that are at least four weeks in length. Award amounts are $10,000 for an academic year, $5,000 for a semester, and a pro-rated amount for summer programs depending on the number of weeks (minimim $1,250). FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Those groups include, but are not limited to minorities, first-generation college students, community college students, students with disabilities, student athletes, veterans, and returning learners.

FEA awards additional scholarships in addition to the general scholarship listed above:

  • Rainbow Scholarship: awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program
  • Athletes Abroad Scholarship: available to applicants who are student-athletes (club, intramural, or varsity)
  • BASAA Scholarship: awarded to a deserving student who attends a US university/college located in the BASAA area (Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Connecticut)
  • Texas Scholarship: awarded to a deserving student who attends a US university/college located in Texas
  • Minnesota Scholarship: awarded to a deserving student who attends a US university/college located in Minnesota
  • PDX Scholarship: awarded to a deserving student who attends a US university/college located in Portland, Oregon

GoAbroad Meaningful Travel Scholarship

To celebrate their 20 year anniversary, GoAbroad will be awarding 20 $500 scholarships — that’s $10,000 worth of Meaningful Travel Scholarships to help get 20 people abroad. Winners will be selected based on the quality and completeness of their scholarship applications and whether they have chosen and enrolled in a program.

STA Travel Start the Adventure Scholarship

STA Travel awards $2,500 scholarships for students to study abroad. In addition, the students’ home university or college will receive a matching $2,500 to give to another student in order to help fund a study abroad experience.

#GoStudyAbroad Scholarships

Go Overseas and the Institute of International Education launched in partnership with AIFS Study Abroad, CET Academic Programs, IFSA-Butler, STA Travel, the #GoStudyAbroad Scholarship. One winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship and free roundtrip travel. Three additional awards of $5,000 will also be awarded. Students must be studying abroad for at least a semester and be currently enrolled in a US college/university. Deadline is March 31, 2016.

For students studying abroad for the academic year:

American Jewish League for Israel Scholarship

The University Scholarship Fund of the American Jewish League for Israel is a scholarship program to assist students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to study in Israel. Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has been accepted for at least one year of academic study to BGU is eligible; students DO NOT need to be Jewish to receive this scholarship. Deadline is May 1, 2016 for students studying abroad for the 2016-2017 academic year.

For students studying abroad for the summer:

Diversity Network Summer Scholarship

The Diversity Abroad Network “Diversity Network” will offer two summer scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for full-time undergraduate (both community college and university level) students studying abroad. Economically disadvantaged students, African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial/ethnic or Indigenous/Native-American, students with disabilities and first generation college undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply.

For students applying as a gap year:

Travel Access Project Scholarship

The Travel Access Project (TAP) is offering grants awarded to deserving and motivated young people to take a “year on” of educational travel between high school and college. Seven scholarships will be awarded of $3,000 each.

For Jewish students:

Masa Israel Grants & Scholarships

Masa Israel has partnered with the State of Israel and the Jewish Agency to provide scholarship assistance to Jewish young adults who study in Israel on long-term educational programs. Jewish students in the OSP are eligible for Masa funding.

For Canadian students: The Fine Family Scholarship

The Fine Family Scholarship is for Canadian students studying at BGU on the OSP. For more information, email the Canadian Associates, Ben-Gurion University ( or the OSP office ( in New York.

For Columbia University students:

IIJS Undergraduate Israel Fellowship

The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University offers stipends to support study, service, or internship work in Israel during the summer to help students explore the diversity of Israeli society. In return, students become Institute Fellows, and during their summer in Israel will participate in a number of invitation-only educational and social opportunities to discuss matters related to Israeli culture and history.

For Michigan State University students:

Levy Scholarship

The Julie and Ed Levy Jr. Endowed Fund for Scholarship for Student Leaders Studying in Israel offers scholarships to MSU students-both non-Jewish and Jewish students-who choose to study in Israel, and to provide the enrichment of their study abroad experience before they leave for Israel, while they are abroad, and when they return to the United States. The intent of the Levy endowment is to allow MSU students to study at Israeli universities and, through that experience, become outstanding leaders.

For UCLA students:

Harry C. Sigman Scholarship

The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, a constituent of the UCLA International Institute, is pleased to announce the Harry C. Sigman Scholarship which will provide a scholarship to a UCLA student for study abroad in Israel. The Scholarship is designed for UCLA students from any academic background who wish to gain first-hand knowledge of Israel and its people, and to share their experience with others upon return to UCLA.

For University of Pennsylvania students:

The David Zeehandelaar Memorial Award 

The David Zeehandelaar Memorial Award provides support for independent travel or an independent project undertaken by an undergraduate student participating in the study abroad program between BGU and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). The David Zeehandelaar Memorial Award honors the memory of a Penn alumnus who had a passionate connection to both Penn and BGU and aims to promote a deeper connection between the two institutions through student experiences in Israel.

For University of Washington students:

Stroum Center Opportunity Grants

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies offers several grants to support undergraduate experiences with Jewish Studies through UW-approved study abroad experiences. Students DO NOT need to be Jewish Studies majors/minors in order to apply for and receive a grant, although preference is given to students who intend to study a language related to the Jewish experience (e.g., Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino) and/or have pursued coursework in Jewish Studies during their graduate or undergraduate careers at the University of Washington.

Check out this list of external grants/scholarships for study abroad in Israel!