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Study Abroad Scholarships & Chatham Voucher

Chatham University is pleased to offer competitive funds to support students for experiential learning and/or who wish to study abroad. Students may apply for funding from the initiatives listed on this page.

Application for Study Abroad Scholarships (PDF)

The Benter, IFSA and Vira I. Heinz scholarships have additional application requirements. See links below for further details, and this list of outside scholarships (pdf) for additional opportunities. Please note that award amounts are subject to change.

Application Deadlines

Fall and Full Year Study Abroad March 15th
Spring Study Abroad September 30th
Summer & Field Experience Study Abroad February 28th

Available Scholarships & Chatham Voucher

Who is eligible for the $1,200 voucher?

Full-time undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 30 credits, of which 15 credits must have been completed at Chatham prior to departure, are eligible for the $1200 study abroad voucher.  Students who have previously participated in a short term Chatham Abroad Maymester program are not eligible for the $1200 voucher, since those students have already received a study abroad subsidy from the university.

What programs can I use the $1,200 voucher toward?

The voucher can be applied toward any study abroad program, including semester programs, academic year programs, summer programs, and short term field experiences. The voucher can be applied toward Chatham programs, including approved exchanges, approved partner programs and short term field experiences or toward programs that are not affiliated with Chatham (third-party programs). The voucher also can be applied toward the cost of an internship or experiential learning program abroad provided that the student is earning academic credit for the experience. 

What is the International Studies certificate voucher?

Students who have completed at least half the requirements for an International Studies certificate are eligible for an additional $1,800 voucher which can be combined with the $1,200 voucher for a total of $3,000. The $1,800 voucher can also be used separately toward a second study abroad experience.

The study associated with the International Studies voucher must be equivalent to a minimum of 6 credits. To be eligible, students must have completed with a grade of at least “C” or better at least one half of the total credits for the certificate, including at least 8 credits of the foreign language requirement (or proof of proficiency). 

Students who leave Chatham without completing the certificate or who do not complete the certificate for other reasons will be required to repay $1,800 to the university.  Study abroad programs taken in connection with the International Studies Program or the International Certificates must be approved by the International Studies regional coordinator. Students must complete the International Studies Certificate Verification form.

How will the vouchers be applied?

Students will complete Chatham’s Study Abroad application, including all signatures for coursework and program approval. Once the student submits the study abroad application and is approved for study abroad, the voucher will be added to the aid package for the appropriate term along with the registration in the place holder course. The voucher will then be posted with other aid at the start of the term.

The Benter Initiative for Global Citizenship scholarship supports students’ study, international travel and interactions with diverse populations outside of North America, with the highest priority given to study in Middle Eastern nations and Muslim cultures. This award supports students on semester study abroad through Chatham exchange and partner institutions.
The IFSA Foundation scholarship expands opportunities for Chatham undergraduate students to engage in semester-long academic programs abroad and infuses service, internship or research into the students’ study abroad experience. This award supports students on semester study abroad to University of Nicosia (Cyprus), Mahidol University (Thailand) and Universidad Veritas (Costa Rica).
This award is granted to a full-time Chatham undergraduate student who is in good standing and has financial need. The award is intended to enrich the student's academic program as approved by the University and to provide opportunity for study and/or travel during summer study abroad and/or field experience.
This award is granted to a full-time sophomore or junior student with a GPA of 3.0. The award is intended to enrich the student's academic program as approved by the University, to provide opportunity for study and travel in a foreign country during summer study abroad, and through this experience, help to enhance international understanding and awareness on campus.
This award is granted to a Chatham student with a GPA of 3.0 or above for a summer field study/internship at the close of the sophomore or junior year. It is intended to enrich the student's academic program through environmental fieldwork during summer study abroad.
This award is granted to a Chatham student with a GPA of 3.0 or above for summer field study at the close of the sophomore or junior year. It is intended to enrich the student's academic program through environmental fieldwork during summer study abroad.