Fundraising Tips & Ideas

Institute applicants are encouraged to consider multiple approaches to fundraising, including applying for grants from social, academic, service, and/or religious organizations. Start early! Scholarship opportunities, particularly for summer programs, reach capacity quickly. Past participants have had success applying to multiple scholarship and grant opportunities. This can be a lot of work initially, but it will pay off! You may also consider teaming up to fundraise with other EWH participants from your school or organization.

Grant and Scholarship Resources:

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Open to all applicants with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter at their school; membership in Phi Kappa Phi is not mandatory. See site for more information and to download the application form.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

If you are currently receiving a Federal Pell Grant, you may be eligible for this scholarship. You must also gain approval from your university to receive course credit for the Summer Institute (EWH can provide necessary documentation). The average award is $4,000. Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award from the Gilman Scholarship Program of $8,000. Swahili is one of these languages, so you could apply for this secondary scholarship if you are applying for the Uganda Summer Institute.

Boren Scholarships

An initiative of the National Security Education Program, this $8,000 grant for STEM summer programs provides funding for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. You may need to arrange your own language study extension to meet the 8 week qualification (students only take 4 weeks of language during the Summer Institute). 

Fund for Education Abroad

FEA provides scholarships to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled as undergraduates. See FEA website for further details.

Scott's Cheap Flights

U.S. residents enrolled full-time in an accredited university can apply for $1,000 for study abroad, including summer.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

This is a useful search engine from Diversity Abroad.

University Study Abroad Funding

At many universities, it is possible to receive course credit for participating in the Summer Institute. You will need to consult your school's administrative procedures on receiving course credit for such a program. We can provide a syllabus and final exam if they are required. Doing this may make the program eligible for additional study abroad funding from a number of sources. Your academic department or university's study abroad office may have more information.

Other Resources:

Tap into your local community

  • Investigate opportunities at your current institution. Reach out to different departments that are related to engineering and healthcare.
  • Contact your former high school for alumni scholarships.
  • Research scholarships provided by religious organizations.
  • Check with community organizations such as Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Shriners, Elk, or Junior League.
    • Rotary Club Ambassadorial Scholarships
      • This program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to rotary clubs. Interested applicants must inquire through their local rotary club for specific information. Click on Club Finder to find your local chapter.
  • Social media
    • Share your acceptance to the program with friends and family on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, or other platforms. What if every friend donated $5? Every little bit helps!
  • Email/letter campaign
    • Email if you would like a solicitation letter template.
  • Partner with local businesses
    • Restaurants may be willing to donate a percentage of proceeds for a night.
    • Local businesses may be willing to donate items for a raffle to support you.
  • Sign up for a sporting event
    • Ask friends and family to donate a certain dollar amount per mile, per point, etc.

Crowdfund or fundraise online

  • FundMyTravel - Create your own travel campaign to raise funds for your trip.
  • Fundly - An online fundraising platform.
  • - Crowdfunding and study abroad scholarships.
  • - Create your own personal fundraising website. Many of our participants have had success with their GoFundMe pages.
  • - An online social fundraising platform.