U.S. Study Abroad Assistance Fund

Assistance Fund

American Councils established the U.S. Study Abroad Assistance Fund to help American students with demonstrated financial need as they participate in programs we implement. The Assistance Fund, which was created with support from our Board of Trustees and senior leadership, provides awards for costs that most scholarships or programs do not cover, including passport fees, medical exams, luggage, and other incidentals. Eligible program finalists can apply for up to $300 in support towards covering these extra costs.

The Assistance Fund has limited funding available for virtual program participants, up to $100 per participant, to assist with WiFi, technology and equipment if needed to participate in virtual programs. Additionally, there are a limited number of awards, up to $500, in housing/rent assistance available to virtual program participants.

We offer this initiative as a way to decrease the financial barriers some U.S. students face as a part of our ongoing efforts to make study abroad truly accessible to all students. We believe that diversity enriches our world and cultivates respect for the communities in which we work. We hope this fund will help expand access to meaningful overseas experiences to participants from all backgrounds.


Program finalists from the following programs administered by American Councils (both in overseas and virtual formats) with a start date on or before August 1, 2022 are eligible to apply:

  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
  • National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
  • AC Study and Research Abroad Programs
  • Overseas Flagship Programs
  • Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad
  • Professional Fellows Program (PFP)

Additional eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Pell Grant eligible, Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) eligible, or a TRiO Program participant; 
  • Willing to provide testimonial (narrative and photo/video) about participant program experience.

The Assistance Fund provides support to summer, fall, spring, and academic year program finalists. Applications are collected in April, August, and November, prior to a student’s intended program start date.

Next deadline: May 2, 2022



Please contact our team at CoDEI@americancouncils.org