Scholarships & Funding

Northeastern University is committed to offering scholarships and funding resources to eligible students participating in global programs. These funding opportunities are awarded based on academic performance, financial need, or both. Please refer to the information below to browse various internal and external funding opportunities.

Northeastern University is a multicultural community situated in a dynamic urban setting. As such, we strive to impart to our students:

  • Cultural competencies and agility
  • Knowledge through direct experiences within a community
  • Experiential learning about the importance of diversity and inclusion
  • A supportive network and equity through funding opportunities

In support of these goals, six (6) Aoun Scholars will be selected annually to receive $5,000 scholarships towards participation in a global experience.

Successful Aoun Scholar candidates:

  • Have a demonstrated record of campus community engagement with emphasis on equity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Have shown how their participation in global experiences will further inform their work.
  • Are the bridge connecting local and global engagement.

All Aoun Scholar applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

 

Eligible programs

  • Global Co-op
  • Global Quest
  • Study Abroad
  • Semester In

Eligible terms

  • Summer 2/ Fall
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Spring/ Summer 1

Once you have been nominated by a Northeastern office, you must complete the following:

  • Community Involvement: (500 words, or a 5-minute video statement) Describe your involvement with the Northeastern community or other local communities.
  • Engagement Component: (750 words, or a 10-minute video) Propose one of the following:
    • How will a global experience will contribute to your on-going campus or community work/projects (provide tangible examples of this); or
    • What is a project with which you would like to utilize the skills and experiences gained from your global experience.
    • This proposal is expected to evolve throughout your global experience. A representative from GEO will touch base with you mid- and post-program to work through the final iterations.
  • Personal Statement: In 500 words, or a 5-minute video statement, applicants will respond to the following prompt: “How can a global experience contribute to my ability to be impactful in my community/the world?”

Campus Engagement: Once selected, you may be invited to present your experience and subsequent work, as well as meet with campus leadership to further discuss the impact of your experience. If selected, you will be expected to engage with key stakeholders in the program before, during and after the program.

A selection committee will be assembled from offices across Northeastern to allow for diverse perspectives in the evaluation of applicants. Strong applicants will effectively align the goals for community impact, equity and social justice with the opportunities posed through the program. Preference will be given to students who have not previously participated in a global experience.

Spring 2021 & Summer 1 2021

Award amount: $5,000
Applications open: August 1st 2020
Applications close: November 1st 2020
Decision date: November 15th 2020

Summer 2 2021 & Fall 2021

Award amount: $5,000
Applications open: January 1st 2021
Applications close: April 1st 2021
Decision date: TBD

You will need to be nominated by one of the aforementioned offices. Once you are nominated, you will receive a link to complete the Aoun Scholar application.

The First–Time Traveler Grant is a grant for students embarking on their first Northeastern Global Experience program. There are two versions of this grant:

  • First-Time Traveler Grant: For any student who has not yet participated in a global experience through the Global Experience Office.
  • First-Time Traveler Grant – NU Network: For students going to an Northeastern Network location (see eligibility requirements) and have not yet participated in a global experience through the Global Experience Office.

To apply for this grant, simply complete the regular Global Experience Grant application and check the box at the end to be considered.

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the First-Time Traveler Grant:

  • Apply for the Global Experience Grant (and meet all Global Experience Grant terms)
  • Have not participated in any Global Experience programs previously

Additionally, the First-Time Traveler Grant – NU Network is available to students entering a Global Experience program in the following locations:

  • New College of Humanities (London, UK)
  • The Roux Institute (Portland, ME)
  • Northeastern campuses in:
    • San Jose, CA
    • San Francisco, CA
    • Charlotte, NC
    • Seattle, WA
    • Toronto, Canada

To be considered for either of the First-Time Traveler Grants, simply check the box at the end of your Global Experience Grant application to confirm that you have never participated in a Global Experience program before. By doing so, you will automatically be considered for one or both grants, depending on the location of your Global Experience program.

Please see Global Experience Grants Dates & Deadlines

Each semester, the Global Experience Office (GEO) offers a limited number of grants to eligible Northeastern undergraduate students participating in a global program. Students looking to participate in a global experience should look into grant opportunities prior to the application deadline to that program.

All grant applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a Northeastern degree-seeking undergraduate student at the time of application
  • Have an active application to a Northeastern-approved global program for that specific term

 

Eligible programs

  • Dialogue of Civilizations
  • Global Quest
  • Study Abroad
  • NU Network

Eligible terms

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer 1
  • Summer 2
  • Summer Full

Personal Statement

In 250 words, students will respond to the following questions:

  • Where do you intend on studying abroad?
  • What do you hope to gain by participating in a global experience?
  • How does participation in this global experience relate to your academic, personal, and professional goals?

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

In 250 words, please describe how your identity (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc.) will come into play while abroad, contributing to Northeastern’s 2025 plan of building diverse and inclusive global networks.

A selection committee will be assembled from various GEO team members to allow for diverse perspectives in the evaluation of applicants. Strong applicants will effectively align the goals for diversity and inclusion as it relates to their global experience. Preference will also be given to applicants who have greater demonstrated financial need at Northeastern.

Fall 2021

Award amount: $3,000
Applications open: January 1, 2021
Applications close: March 1, 2021
Decision date: March 15, 2021

Spring 2022

Award amount: $3,000
Applications open: July 6, 2021
Applications close: October 6, 2021
Decision date: October 15, 2021

Summer 1, Summer 2 & Summer Full 2022

Award amount: $1,500
Applications open: November 1, 2021
Applications close: February 1, 2022
Decision date: February 28, 2022

Students who wish to apply to a grant will need to create an application using the online application portal.

Each semester, the Global Experience Office (GEO) offers a limited number of fellowships to eligible Northeastern undergraduate students participating in a global program. This program offers students the opportunity to share their global experience with the Northeastern community through our various digital platforms.

Editorial Fellowship

Our team of Editorial Fellows are the creative force behind the student voice section of the GEO website. As an Editorial Fellow, you will develop articles every week on topics of your choice to create compelling, thought-provoking content. If you are an aspiring writer, journalist, editor, or enjoy creative writing for fun, then this is the opportunity for you! We ask all Editorial Fellows to commit about 3-5 hours per week in their posts.

Photography Fellowship

GEO is committed to showing quality and engaging images taken by our students. This is where our Photography Fellows come in. If you are a current or budding photographer with a great artistic eye, then this is the opportunity for you! We ask all Photography Fellows to commit about 2-3 hours per week in their projects.

Film Fellowship

As a Film Fellow, you will create weekly videos on topics of your choice that capture the study abroad experience from the inside and out. These videos are uploaded to GEO’s YouTube channel to share with the Northeastern community. If you are an aspiring videographer, YouTuber, or just enjoy creating videos for fun, then this is the opportunity for you! We ask all Film Fellows to commit about 2-4 hours per week in their posts.

Fellowship Details

All fellowship applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a Northeastern degree-seeking undergraduate student at the time of application
  • Have an active application to a Northeastern-approved global program for that specific term

 

Eligible Programs

  • Dialogue of Civilizations
  • Global Quest
  • Study Abroad
  • NU Network

Eligible Terms

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer 1
  • Summer 2
  • Summer Full

Material Submission

You are encouraged to submit materials that exhibit sharp creativity, a unique perspective of a Northeastern student, and a strong link between your global experience and your personal, professional, and academic goals. You will be required to upload your application materials for ONE of the three Global Experience Fellowship programs below:

  • Editorial: Please provide 5 headlines of articles you would write during your global experience. After listing your headlines, select one to write a full article for. Please keep the completed article to 500 words or less.
  • Film: Please provide a 2-3-minute sample video, outlining the prompt above.
  • Photography: Attach 3-5 images that relate to the above prompt and showcase your photography skills.

A selection committee will be assembled from various GEO team members to allow for diverse perspectives in the evaluation of applicants. Strong applicants will exhibit exceptional marketing skills and commitment to sharing their global experience with the Northeastern community. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously participated in a global experience.

Fall 2021

Award amount: $3,000
Applications open: January 1, 2021
Applications close: March 1, 2021
Decision date: March 15, 2021

Spring 2022

Award amount: $3,000
Applications open: July 6, 2021
Applications close: October 6, 2021
Decision date: October 15, 2021

Summer 1, Summer 2 & Summer Full 2022

Award amount: $1,500
Applications open: November 1, 2021
Applications close: February 1, 2022
Decision date: February 28, 2022

Students who wish to apply to a fellowship will need to create an application using the online application portal.

External Funding Resources

Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships

GEO collaborates with the Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships to administer some scholarships relating to study abroad experiences. If you are interested in applying to any of the scholarship opportunities below, please contact Northeastern’s Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships for more information.

Presidential Global Scholars Program

The Presidential Global Scholars Program supports outstanding students seeking to participate in a global co-op program and enables students to take advantage of all that a Northeastern education has to offer. Awards range from $1,000 to $6,000 for an approved global co-op, and help to offset expenses such as travel, meals, and housing. Recipients of the Presidential Global Scholarship will also be considered for the Presidential Global Fellowship. To learn more and apply, please visit the Student Financial Services Presidential Global Scholars Program page.

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