Scholarships & Financial Aid 

Note: the scholarships on this page only apply to students already enrolled in universities in North America.

If you are concerned about the cost of attending the Uganda Studies Program, please contact us. We will work with you to find the best options and aid available to you.


All state and federal student loans (such as FAFSA) can be used for the semester at USP. You must remain enrolled at your home university or another university that can process your loans. Contact your university financial aid office for more information on how it works.

Financial aid policies are different at every university. Make sure to contact the financial aid office and off-campus studies coordinator at your university to learn more about their policies and to ask them about any local, regional, or major-specific scholarships offered through your university. If you are not sure who to contact at your university, contact us and we can help.


The USP has two options for financial assistance and scholarships (please note these are for students studying at a North American college or university): 

Scholarships for Students in Financial Need

The Uganda Studies Program has a small pool of funds available to assist low-income or students with high financial need. Please complete the application. Have any questons? Don't hesitate to email us.

Scholarships for Members of the African Diaspora

In an effort to make participation in Uganda Studies Program as available as possible for Black students, we encourage all Black applicants (members of the African diaspora) to complete the application or email us with questions.


Here are our suggestons for scholarships for U.S. students, regardless of your university.

Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students by focusing on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

The maximum scholarship award is $10,000 for a semester abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions. The program also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (those deemed important to national security).

Over 2,900 scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded yearly for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship

(For undergraduate children of Active Duty Service Members)
The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for undergraduate child dependents of active duty service members (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard) to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Developed under the framework of the State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the John McCain International Scholarship for the Children of Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship) is open to eligible students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may participate in any international education program that meets their academic objectives. FEA gives preference to applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad, including minority, community college, and first-generation college students.

Scholarships range from $1,500 – $10,000. Award amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need.

Ashley Soulé Conroy Study Abroad Scholarship

Ashley’s Foundation first began in 2006 as a way of honoring the life of Ashley Soulé Conroy and as a way for Ashley’s family and friends to heal in the wake of her passing. Ashley loved travel, so her loved ones envisioned a small foundation, something that could offer scholarships in Ashley’s name to a few deserving university students planning to study abroad. They envisioned a way of helping these students realize their dream of studying in the far-flung corners of the globe that Ashley so dreamed of visiting herself someday.

Scholarships are awarded for the fall and spring semesters in the amount of $4,000.

Explore the World Travel Scholarship

The Explore the World Travel Scholarship is awarded yearly by Hostelling International USA (HI USA) to help fund travel with an educational or service component. Applicants must be between the ages of 18-30, be a U.S. citizen or green card holder, demonstrate financial need as outlined in the application guidelines, and reside or attend school in one of the select metropolitan areas where HI USA has a community presence.

Scholarships are in the amount of $2,000, paid in $1,000 installments pre- and post-travel.

Scott’s Cheap Flights Scholarship

Scott’s Cheap Flights, which can be helpful as you start looking for flights to study abroad, offers a scholarship to help make those study abroad dreams possible. Many of the Scott’s Cheap Flights team members had their first international travel experience when they studied abroad.

The Scott’s Cheap Flights Scholarship awards $1,000 two times per year.

Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship

The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or travel. Scholarships are awarded for fall, spring, and summer terms.

The winner of the Tortuga Scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship for studying abroad and one travel backpack.


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