Study Abroad Scholarships

This page lists all DIS scholarship opportunities as well as other study abroad scholarship resources available to you.

DIS offers several scholarship opportunities. The combined maximum scholarship for any individual student is $5,000 per semester (unless granted the Jacob Buksti Memorial Scholarship or the Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship).

DIS Need-Based Scholarship Funds

DIS has allocated the following funding for student scholarships:

  • DIS Scholarship
    Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need (funding up to $5,000 per semester; $250-500 for summer sessions 1, 2, or 3; or up to $1,000 for summer session 4)
  • Diversity Scholarship
    Awarded to support students from populations that are underrepresented in study abroad including those from diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, and educational backgrounds including first-generation college students (funding up to $5,000 per semester and up to $250 to $1,000 per summer depending on course/program selection)

Apply Now for a DIS Need-Based Scholarship

Please fill out the study abroad scholarship application form, which contains additional instructions:

Fill out the Scholarship Form here (PDF)

Jacob Buksti Memorial Scholarship

This merit-based award honors a beloved former DIS faculty member, Jacob Buksti, who passed away in 2016. Jacob built a strong legacy in modern Danish politics and made a deep impact on the hundreds of DIS students he taught from 2003 to 2016. Jacob served the Danish Social Democratic Party as a parliamentarian, party spokesperson, and Minister of Transportation during an impressive political career, and he was deeply devoted to sharing his work and passion with U.S. students at DIS. He loved being a politician and, even more than the theories and policy study that fueled his coursework, was passionate about the living, breathing game of European domestic and international politics. We offer this scholarship of up to $10,000 each semester to a deserving DIS Copenhagen or DIS Stockholm student who exhibits:

  • A major in political science, international relations, government, public policy, economics, or a related field
  • Passion about pursuing a career in politics
  • An understanding of the work it takes to be actively engaged to advance yourself and your mission,
    interest in European/EU politics, and awareness that effective politics has many avenues
  • A high GPA, strong personal essay, and recommendation from a professor or academic advisor

Applicants must submit the following via email to with the subject line “Jacob Buksti Memorial Scholarship”.

Deadlines for application:

  • April 1: Fall 2018, and Full-Year 2018-2019
  • October 15: Spring 2019

Please include the following information in your email:

  1. Name
  2. Major
  3. Home university
  4. GPA
  5. Semester or summer of enrollment at DIS (e.g. fall semester 2018)
  6. Program and Core Course in which you intend to enroll at DIS
  7. Personal statement (max 750 words) describing your passion for politics (including any awards/achievements) and how you will apply this passion in Scandinavia. How will DIS enhance your career goals in politics?
  8. At least one recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor – must be attached on university letterhead

Note: summer awards are not offered for this scholarship at this time.

The Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship

Anders Uhrskov was the Director of DIS for 27 years and was dedicated to developing global leaders of tomorrow through education abroad. The Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship established to award students who have demonstrated leadership on their college campuses at home and who are dedicated to enhancing and building upon their global leadership and critical thinking skills while spending a semester or summer abroad with DIS.

Up to $10,000 will be awarded to one semester student and up to $5,000 to one summer student studying for six weeks or more.

Applicants must submit the following via email to with the subject line “Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship Application”.

Deadlines for application:

  • April 1: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Full-Year 2018-2019
  • October 15: Spring 2019
  • March 15: Summer 2019

Please include the following information in your email:

  1. Name
  2. Major
  3. Home university
  4. Semester or summer of enrollment at DIS (e.g. fall semester 2018)
  5. Program of enrollment at DIS (e.g. Justice & Human Rights)
  6. Personal statement no more than three (3) pages in length, addressing all of the following questions: What inspired you to become a leader, and how do you inspire others? How have you demonstrated leadership on your home campus and in your community? What is a global leader and how will your experiences abroad develop your leadership skills? How will you apply your leadership skills at DIS?
  7. At least one letter of recommendation from an advisor, faculty member, coach, students affairs/leadership professional or other university administrator with whom you have worked as a student leader. Recommendation must be on university letterhead and attached to your email along with your personal statement

Additional Study Abroad Scholarships

Don’t stop here! There are several additional study abroad scholarships available to you. See the below for some inspiration: Scholarship offers twenty $1,000 study abroad scholarships each year to non-traditional study abroad students. Economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American students are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as first-from-family college students. Scholarships are only available for students studying on programs offered by a Diversity Abroad member organization (including DIS).

Gilman Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers awards up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding and wish to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. This program is offered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

DIS is a Global Sponsor of the Fund for Education Abroad that offers awards up to $10,000 to students who are traditionally underrepresented in education abroad including minorities, first-generation college students, STEM majors, community college students and students with disabilities.

In addition to the general scholarships, FEA offer dedicated scholarships available for LGBTQ students and students from certain states.

Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship Corporation

The Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship Corporation is a 501(c)3 organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes which preserve Danish heritage and promote cultural exchange and friendship ties between the United States and Denmark. Scholarship applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 at DIS by a student of Danish background or a student who has demonstrated a strong interest in Denmark and Danish related matters. Applications are accepted from U.S. citizens and permanent residents attending a U.S. college or university in any of the 50 states. In the past, scholarship awards have ranged from $1,000 to $3,000. Please note that scholarships are not available for summer programs. The deadlines for scholarship applications are April 1 for the Fall semester and November 1 for the Spring semester. 

Study Abroad in Denmark Scholarship

The Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship Corporation supports U.S. university students who study abroad in Denmark, with the aim of helping to strengthen the cultural and friendship ties between our two countries. This award, up to $3,000, supports a student of Danish background or one who has demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to Denmark and “matters Danish”.

The application, along with detailed criteria, timing and instructions, is available at the link below, and is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents attending any U.S. college or university, registered to study abroad in Denmark for a minimum of one semester/trimester.

Home Financial Aid

For assistance with transferring your financial aid package, consult your Study Abroad Advisor or Financial Aid Officer on campus. They may also be able to assist you in exploring potential sources of additional financial aid or loans. There are more possibilities than you may think!