Funding

If you are looking for funding support you may wish to consider the following grant/scholarship options to support your internship alongside the other usual methods such as raising funds independently, earning money by working part time, perhaps taking out a loan or even by crowd funding. The list is by no means exhaustive so you should also conduct your own research. If you are currently enrolled in a university contact your school’s study abroad, internship, financial aid, or international education department as they may also be able to suggest appropriate options.

New Zealand

Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia
  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old at the date of applying for the scholarship, and be New Zealand citizens or hold a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa.
Winston Churchill Memorial Scholarship
  • Winston Churchill Fellowships are open to New Zealanders at all stages in their careers, in any profession, industry, occupation or trade. All subject areas are considered. There are no qualification requirements.

Australia

The New Colombo Plan – Scholarship Program and Mobility Program
  • Provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students (18-28 years old) to undertake internships in participating Indo-Pacific locations.
OS-Help Loan for Study in Asia
  • Available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported space who want to undertake an internship in Asia. A student is required to be an undergraduate, to have completed at least 26 units of your degree and have at least 4.5 units remaining once you return. The internship should ‘count towards the course requirements for the Australian course of study’ in which you are enrolled. If you are receiving ‘credit’, or if the internship is a mandatory component of your degree, then you should be eligible.

Endeavour Leadership Programme
  • Providing opportunities for Australians to undertake study, research or professional development overseas.
BHP Billiton Australia China Scholarships
  • Encourage and assist Australian students and young professionals to pursue specialized study, research and experience in priority areas of interest in the bilateral Australia-China relationship. Further information can be found on the Foundation for Australian Studies in China website.

USA

Gilman Scholarships
  • Provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study and/or interning abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations such as China, Japan and Indonesia. It is available for American students to pursue overseas study and internships for college credit.
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
  • FEA invests in promising U.S. citizens or permanent residents with financial need who wish to study and intern abroad. The study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s home institution and be at least 4 weeks (28 days) in country. Preference is given to applicants from groups traditionally under represented in study abroad.

Boren Fellowships
  • Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students. Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
  • The program draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including: sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
  • Boren Fellowships are made for a minimum of 12 weeks overseas and a maximum of 12 months overseas. Boren Fellowships promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion. Therefore, preference will be given to applicants proposing overseas programs of 6 months or longer. However, applicants proposing overseas programs of 3-6 months, especially those in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are encouraged to apply.
  • Boren Fellowships can be awarded for academic internship, language study, overseas academic study, research (either Master’s or Ph.D. level), or any combination of the above.
  • Preference is given to students who are committed to a career in the federal government.
Boren Fellowships (special initiative – The Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI))
  • Boren Fellowships offer applicants the opportunity for intensive language study of Indonesian and cultural immersion through domestic and overseas language programs with the option to add on an internship.
Foundation for Asia Pacific Education
University of Southern California students
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Global

Study Portals Study Abroad Scholarship
  • You can apply, if you: – come from anywhere in the world – are currently studying at a higher education institute – have to cover a particular expense that is directly related to your academic career – can convince us that you deserve this scholarship.
Fashion Forest scholarship
  • The Fashion Forest Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more researchers, students or members of the workforce who are in need of support for a theoretical or practical project in the field of education or a practical project, possibly in the work order or an internship – or both in combination.

Fund My Travel
  • An online fundraising platform for groups or individuals who want to raise funds for their international journeys or other meaningful travel-related projects.
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