Diversity and Equity scholarships

EF College Study's Diversity and Equity Scholarships are given to students in traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities within study abroad. As a commitment to increase equity, accessibility, and diversity of study abroad travelers around the world, EF encourages students who are in historically marginalized groups to apply, including but not limited to: racial, ethnic, LGBTQI+, mental or physical limitation, veteran, and first-generation students. Nine scholarships are given out to recipients each year. See details on application requirements and submit your entry today!

To be eligible, you must be:

1. Enrolled on a 2021-2022 EF College Study program
2. 18 years of age or older
3. A current part-time or full-time student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
4. In good standing with your institution
5. In good financial account standing with EF College Study payments

Affiliated community members, spouses, or friends of Group Leaders are not eligible.

View our full terms and conditions here.

What you need to apply for this scholarship:

We recommend having these two materials ready to go before you start your application. You will have the ability to copy and paste your responses in the entry boxes supplied on the application form.

1. Letter of recommendation

Ask an educator (a professor, administrator, or teacher, for example) to paint a holistic view of you as an individual and as a student that speaks to your character, passion, drive, and deservingness of this scholarship. Length should be about 250 to 500 words. No need for a paper copy—you'll simply be copying and pasting your recommendation in the application once you're ready.
Below are some suggestions if the person writing your recommendation is looking for inspiration:
  • Your passion or connection to your identity
  • Your personal qualities
  • Your academic strengths, interests, and pursuits
  • Why you are deserving of an EF scholarship
Please provide the first name, last name, and email address of the educator who has written your recommendation for verification purposes.

2. Mini reflection essay

Diversity can be defined, but not limited to, the inclusion of individuals who exhibit differences in ethnicity, culture, orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, age, ability, experience and thought. In 500 words or less describe what diversity means to you and how your identity has impacted your desire to study abroad.

How we evaluate Diversity & Equity scholarship applicants:

For this category we are grading applicants who are in historically marginalized and underrepresented communities in study abroad, including but not limited to: racial, ethnic, LGBTQI+, mental or physical limitation, veteran, and first generation students.

Applications will be scored in the following categories, with 1 – 4 points awarded in each category:

  • Applicant's knowledge of diversity and empathy
  • Applicant's knowledge of their own identity and culture
  • Applicant's desire to expand their global-perspective and cultural knowledge
  • Demonstration of passion and character, connection to identity and personal qualities, as indicated in the letter of recommendation
  • Academic performance (strengths, interests, and pursuits), as indicated in the letter of recommendation
  • Professor's assessment of why this student is deserving of a scholarship, as indicated in the letter of recommendation

Timing and application deadlines

Deadlines are based on your program departure date as outlined below. 

Program Departure Date


For Travel October 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022 July 31, 2021
For Travel February 1, 2022 - April 30, 2022 October 31, 2021
For Travel May 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022 January 31, 2022
For Travel October 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023 Application period not open yet

*We will notify all applicants if they have been awarded a scholarship or not approximately 6 weeks after the scholarship deadline for your travel window.

Ready to apply?

Submit your letter of recommendation and mini reflection essay together by the deadline outlined above.