Volunteer Abroad Scholarships and Grants

We understand that raising the necessary funds to volunteer abroad can be daunting. That's why we researched, and collected, a list of scholarships and grants that you might be eligible for. If you have any questions or concerns about applying for scholarships, we'd be happy to help you. Contact us here for more information.

America's Unofficial Ambassadors Mosaic Scholarship Program

The AUA Mosaic Scholarship is a program that is increasing the number of Unofficial Ambassadors to the Muslim World who represent America in all its diversity. The program provides scholarships to support Americans volunteering with an AUA Directory-listed organization in a Muslim-majority country. Scholarships up to $5,000 can be used to cover program fees and/or travel.

Who Can Apply?
Creative Learning welcomes applications from American citizens who plan to volunteer for a week to a year in a Muslim-majority country. Successful applicants will convey their commitment and capacity to build people-to-people partnerships through volunteer service. Successful candidates will also have superior oral and written communication skills, demonstrating their ability to write or film captivating blog posts and give engaging public presentations about their volunteer experience.

Global Volunteer Scholarships

The Ambassadors Giving Scholarship Foundation "administers a scholarship fund that awards scholarships to deservsing persons that enhance international understanding and friendship." The foundation is currently awarding up to 12 scholarships (worth $1000) to students who plan to volunteer abroad in 2015. 

Who can apply?
The Global Volunteer Scholarships is available to any student ages 16+ traveling in 2015 for the purpose of service or volunteerism with a qualifying service organization other than People to People Ambassador Programs. The recipient will be selected based upon their commitment to service, financial need, and past volunteer and service achievements. Applications are due on 01/30/15. To find out more, visit the Ambassador Giving website. 

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. 

Who can apply?
Any senior graduating from a U.S. college or university is eligible for the award. This includes non-US citizens. For more information, review the Samuel Huntington Fund FAQ

The LivFund Scholarship

LIVFund was established in 2011 in order to recognize and proudly support study, internship and volunteer opportunities in Latin America. LIVFund has been designed for anyone who wants to learn, intern or volunteer [LIV] in Latin America and is seeking financial assistance in order to offset program or living abroad expenses.

Who can apply?
The scholarship competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 interested in learning, interning or volunteering abroad in Latin America. Candidates may apply for the LIVFund Scholarship at any time, beginning six [6] months in advance of their program start date. Read more about the eligibility requirements here

Go Overseas Volunteer/Intern Abroad Scholarship

Go Overseas offers two $500 scholarships for volunteers to volunteer or intern abroad in the spring and fall each year—travelers are invited to volunteer with any organization of their choosing. The award is distributed directly to the volunteer organization itself, which ensures that the funds are used entirely for the project.

Who can apply?
Any and all nationalities are eligible to apply for the scholarship. For more information, visit their FAQ page.

University Funds or Scholarships
Your university or college may be the best place to start looking for scholarships to help you realize your dream of volunteering abroad. Get in touch with the International Office on your campus and tell them your plans - they may offer stipends, grants or scholarships to help you raise your Quest fee.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Employers often offer a matching program which can be a great resouce for employees wishing to dedicated their vacation to volunteer work. Inquire at work to see if your company provides this service.

For information on fundraising, visit our fundraising page. We also wrote and published this handy fundraising guide for our volunteers. For more hints and tips on fundraising, visit the United Planet blog.