FGS awards scholarships to U.S. citizens studying abroad, three times annually. Scholarships are valued at $2000. All decisions regarding scholarship awards are those of FGS and are final.
If awarded a scholarship, you will have one year from the date of the email notification to provide confirmation of participation and other requested information in order to collect your FGS scholarship check. After one year, the scholarship is forfeited if unclaimed.
FGS keeps in touch with our award recipients both while abroad and following the completion of the study abroad program. Our scholars should and do expect to hear from us! Scholarship recipients will be profiled on the FGS website.
What are the values of the scholarships?
Are all applicants awarded a scholarship?
FGS scholarships are valued at $2000 each. Scholarship values are reviewed and approved by the FGS board of directors on an annual basis.
If I am not awarded a scholarship, can I find out why?
No. FGS scholarships are highly competitive. Applicants should take time and give care and attention when preparing their application.
How will I know if I have been awarded a scholarship?
Unfortunately, no. The review of applications by the scoring committee is completely anonymous. This ensures a fair and unbiased outcome, but also means feedback cannot be provided.
When will I receive my scholarship?
All applicants – recipients and non-recipients alike – will be notified by email. Email messages will be sent to the primary email address listed in your application. Firewalls and heightened security, particularly for university email addresses, have proven to prevent students from receiving these messages. Please check your spam folder or junk mail should you not find a message in your inbox. FGS will also post scholarship recipients on our Facebook page and on the website. Please check these resources should you find that your email provider has prevented the delivery of the email message.
How will I receive my scholarship?
All FGS scholarship disbursements are made after the award acceptance requirements have been fulfilled by the scholar. Scholars have one year from the date of notification to claim the awarded scholarship. Award disbursement dates are not fixed and will occur after an overseas program begins.
FGS distributes scholarships in the form of a check, directly to the scholar. Scholarship checks are mailed to the permanent address listed in the application. If this permanent mailing address changes from time of application to point of mailing, it is the scholar’s responsibility to notify the FGS Scholarship Director of the change. A $40 stop payment fee will be assessed for all lost checks. An electronic funds transfer is not currently available.
I will be enrolling in a degree program overseas. Am I eligible to apply for an FGS scholarship?
Does FGS offer scholarships for high school students?
No. To be eligible for a scholarship you must be enrolled in a U.S. institution stateside, in a degree-granting program. FGS does not offer scholarships for students undertaking a degree program outside of the U.S.
How is first generation college student defined?
No. FGS offers scholarships to students enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions, in degree-granting programs only.
I am participating in a ‘Study Away’ program, at another institution within the U.S. Am I eligible for an FGS scholarship?
A first generation college student is a student with neither parent having any education beyond high school.
My study abroad program will not yield academic credit. I will not receive credit towards my U.S. degree program. Does FGS offer scholarships for me?
No. FGS scholarships are exclusively for students studying abroad, participating in programs outside of the 50 U.S. states and Its territories.
I have already studied abroad. May I still apply for a scholarship?
No. To be eligible for a scholarship you must be enrolled in a U.S. institution stateside, in a degree-granting program, and receive credit for the program. The overseas credits must be applied to your degree program, credited towards your major studies or general education requirements.
I am a permanent resident of the U.S. Am I eligible to apply for an FGS scholarship?
No. Scholarships awarded and distributed by FGS are not retroactive. Applicants may apply only within the award period in which they will begin their overseas studies.
May I apply for a FGS scholarship more than once?
No. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
My study abroad program is more than 4 weeks but the in country portion is less than 4 weeks. May I still apply?
Yes, but under the follow circumstances only: You may lodge one application per unique study abroad program, given the programs’ start dates fall into two different award periods. In other words, if you will be enrolling in more than one study abroad program, both of which begin in different award periods, you may apply more than once.
No. To be eligible for a FGS scholarship, applicants must be in the host country, studying for no less than 28 days/4 weeks.
TIMELINES & DEADLINES
How frequently does FGS award scholarships?
For which award period should I apply?
FGS awards scholarships three times a year, based on study abroad program start dates – not institutional calendars. Refer to the Timelines & Deadlines page for specific dates.
When will I be notified if I have been awarded a scholarship?
The award periods reflect the range of dates on which students begin their overseas programs. You should consider your start date when selecting the appropriate award period. Your start date is the day any official program activity begins in your host country, such as orientation or registration.
Scholarships are typically awarded 5 weeks after applications have formally closed. This may vary depending on the volume of applications received. Award timelines can be accessed from the Timelines and Deadlines page. All applicants will be notified of the outcome.
I cannot access the application. Why is this?
Where can the scholarship essay question be found?
The FGS scholarship application is available on a cyclical basis only, according to three annual award periods. Please review the Timelines & Deadlines page for open application dates.
May I complete a paper application?
The essay question is only located within the online application and only available when the application is open. Note, the essay question may change from one award period to the next.
What is considered my start date?
No. FGS does not offer a paper application. You must complete the application online via the FGS website.
The essay instructions indicate a 500 word limit. Will I be penalized for a few more words?
The start date is the day any official program activity begins in your host country, such as orientation, registration, classes, etc. Travel dates are not considered start dates.
No, but FGS does ask that you keep your essay within a reasonable range of this limit. Prepare your essay in a Word document so you can be clear of your word count. Do not format your essay in Word, as the formatting will not transfer into the online application. Rather, after pasted, format the essay within the application.
May I include a reference with my scholarship application?What types of transcripts are acceptable? Where do I send my documents?
No. FGS does not require references, nor will we accept them.
All documents must be uploaded directly to your online application in PDF file formats. Physical copies of any documents mailed to our office will not be accepted, unless otherwise specifically requested by FGS.
What details should be listed on my transcript?
Acceptable documents include unofficial transcripts, official transcripts, student copies of an official transcript, photocopies of official transcripts, and web transcripts. Do not upload a password protected/secured transcript. Your transcript must be a PDF file. Should you not receive an electronic transcript as a PDF, you will be required to convert the file to PDF, or if you receive a hard copy, save it as a PDF after scanning. The transcript should be your most complete, up-to-date transcript. It must include the most recently completed term prior to lodging your application. If you are currently enrolled in your first academic term at a U.S. institution (i.e. you are a first semester freshman), upload your complete high school transcript. Or, if you have transferred institutions, please upload all higher education transcripts, merging them into a single PDF file. Regardless of the type of transcript you upload, all required information must appear on the document. Should any requirements be missing from your transcript, your application will be deemed ineligible.
My institution does not calculate GPAs. May I still apply for a scholarship?
Along with the standard listing of all classes and grades, transcripts should clearly list the following: 1) the name of the college or university; 2) your full name (first and last); 3) your cumulative GPA; and 4) your declared major (for major-specific scholarships). Transcripts which fail to list these 3 details will deem your application ineligible.
Yes, but you must include this official university policy with your transcript, uploaded as a single PDF file. Leave the GPA field of the application blank. FGS may contact you to request additional information about your academic performance.
I have additional questions about the scholarship process. What is the best way to contact FGS?
Please email FGS at email@example.com. Phone calls will not be accepted.