There are a number of scholarships/contests offered for study abroad in China, listed below.
g-MEO-AIEF Chengdu American Center's Scholarship
The g-MEO-AIEF Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad Scholarship will award up to 30% of the students who admitted to the Chengdu Center program each Fall and Spring semester with a RMB3,000 scholarship for four months (RMB12,000 in total paid in monthly installments) to assist with their living expenses while studying abroad at the Center.
Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
Chengdu Mayor's Scholarship
All students attending the g-MEO Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad each Fall and Spring semester will be awarded a scholarship in the amount of $2400 (USD). This scholarship is being provided to students attending the program by the Mayor's office of the Municipal Government of Chengdu. No additional material is required from students during the application process to receive this scholarship.
g-MEO AIEF/WuFu Chen AIEF Travel Grant
Travel Grant awarded to students admitted to the Chengdu American Center program who demonstrates financial need. Up to 2 receipts will receive $500 Travel Grant to assist their trip to Chengdu, China.
The Travel Grant is competitive and requires the submission of a 500 word essay.
Chengdu Mayor's Scholarship (Summer program at Chengdu Center)
Non-chinese citizens participating in the Chengdu Center summer program will automatically receive an $800 scholarship from the Chengdu Municipal Government's Mayor's office. This scholarship is also applicable for students attending the program who are citizens of Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau.
Chengdu Center Summer Program Merit Based Scholarship
Students participating in the Chengdu Center summer program may qualify for two merit based scholarships. Students with a 3.0 or higher GPA at the time of applying will be awarded a $600 scholarship. Students with a 3.3 or higher GPA at the time of applying will receive a $900 scholarship.
If there is a Confucius Institute on your campus, you may be able to apply for their scholarship. For a list of Confucius Institutes on US campuses go to:
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.
National Security Language Initiative for Youth
The State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships to U.S. high school students and recent graduates interested in learning less-commonly studied foreign languages.
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.
Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
Foundation for Global Scholars
The Foundation for Global Scholars offers four categories of scholarships ranging from $500-$1500 for US and Canadian citizens to study abroad for the fall, spring or summer. The Foundation is committed to helping students who may otherwise be unable to have an affordable international experience. As such, priority is given to students who are from underrepresented populations in international education.
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
FEA awards summer, semester and academic year scholarships of up to $5,000 and are not limited to specific study abroad programs, destinations, or fields of study. FEA will award funds for students planning to study abroad on academically rigorous programs with a preference for underrepresented students.
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships
Scholarships are available to individuals who have completed two years of university studies or appropriate professional experience and who are citizens of a country where there is a Rotary club. The Foundation offers the following scholarships: Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship, Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship, and the Multi-Year Scholarship.