Need-based Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad


Two students in Cuba

Northwestern University is committed to a global education for all students, regardless of financial constraints. To demonstrate that commitment, IPD is offering a new need-based scholarship for students participating in IPD summer study abroad programs.

Award details

The new need-based scholarship for summer study abroad allows students to receive summer financial assistance from IPD in amounts proportional to scholarship funds received during other quarters, without it counting as one of their 12 quarters of NU financial aid eligibility.

Awards will be based primarily upon financial need, as well as the strength of application materials and availability of funds. Award amounts will vary, depending upon each applicant's need. Scholarships will be applied toward the total IPD program cost, including fees charged by Northwestern and additional costs, such as airfare, books, and discretionary expenses.


This scholarship is available for Northwestern undergraduates currently receiving financial aid who are applying to participate in any IPD summer program. Low-income, first generation students, and minority students are encouraged to apply. Students not fitting this profile should review our other study abroad scholarships here.

Application deadline

  • March 1 for Summer Quarter programs


Scholarship disbursement is contingent upon participation in the specific IPD program to which the student has applied. If a student withdraws or is dismissed from their IPD study abroad program, their award may be canceled. The student is responsible for any balance due to resulting from this loss of funding. Refer to the Withdrawal Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs for more information about this policy.  

Scholarship recipients are expected to uphold exemplary standards of conduct, submit regular entries to the IPD blog during their study abroad program, and submit a reflective essay to IPD upon completion of his or her program. Recipients are also expected to participate in information sessions, orientation, and other events to assist IPD with program recruitment and to aid future program participants. 


Whitney Bennett, Study Abroad Program Assistant, at 847-467-6953