Sage Corps is proud to offer programs that are priced 20-35% less than the average study abroad program. However, we know outside funding make our program financially accessible. We've amassed a list of ways that past Sage Corps Fellows have successfully funded all or part of their program. While this list is not exhaustive, it should provide some ideas to get you started - your university campus should have some options. Beyond university and third party funding options, Sage Corps also offers scholarships to select students. Due to demand, students are limited to receiving only one Sage Corps scholarship.
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Scholarships and Grants
Sage Corps Scholarships
In an effort to bring more diversity into the intern abroad space, Sage Corps offers two partial scholarship programs. Click the images below to learn more.
University Scholarships and Grants
These scholarships are available to students in specific university departments. Click on your university's logo to be taken to the scholarship website. Please note that these scholarships are in no way affiliated with Sage Corps, and grant-specific guidelines may change year to year.
If you do not see your university on this list and would like help researching university grant options, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Intern/Study Abroad Grants
These scholarships are available to students of lower-income families who need funding assistance in order to participate. Click on an organization's logo to be taken to the scholarship website. Please note that these organizations are in no way affiliated with Sage Corps.
These scholarships are available to students pursuing degrees in specific STEM fields. Click on an organization's logo to be taken to the scholarship website. Please note that these organizations are in no way affiliated with Sage Corps.
Grants for Minorities
These scholarships are available to students who come from certain minority backgrounds. Click on an organization's logo to be taken to the scholarship website. Please note that these organizations are in no way affiliated with Sage Corps.
Grants for Women
These scholarships are available to women pursuing degrees in specific fields. Click on an organization's logo to be taken to the scholarship website. Please note that these organizations are in no way affiliated with Sage Corps.
Other Scholarship Resources
While we've listed a handful of great scholarships above, there are plenty of other opportunities out there! Here are some resources to help your search:
Income Share Agreement (ISA)
Sage Corps offers an Income Share Agreement, or ISA, to cover partial program costs for seniors enrolled at U.S. universities. Students then pay back these costs based on a percentage of their income upon finding employment after graduation.
To be considered for an ISA, please apply to the Sage Corps program and indicate your interest on the application.
Please note that this option is only available to graduating seniors.
Students in select programs at universities may be able to use financial aid to help cover Sage Corps program costs. Ask your academic advisor and/or university internship office.
Choosing a Low(er)-Cost Program
Some Sage Corps program locations are more budget-friendly than others due to lower flight costs, program fees, and cost of living. Click any of the images below to learn more about a city, or see the full pricing list here.
Many past Sage Corps fellows have successfully used crowdfunding to fund all or part of their Sage Corps program. Click the images below to be taken to platforms where you can set up your own crowdfunding campaign. If you're looking for inspiration on what a great campaign looks like, check out this one by program applicant Isabella.
Once you've exhausted the list above, don't forget that there are many creative ways you can help fund the program yourself. Here are a few ideas:
See if any adult family members have extra airline frequent flier miles they'd be willing to donate
Do odd jobs around the house or for neighbors - babysit, shovel snow, mow the lawn, organize a messy basement
Ask for a loan from your parents and write down a clear plan to pay them back after graduation
Get paid and get professional experience with Micro-Internships through our partner Parker Dewey.
Get a part-time job on or near campus
Ask for contributions from family and friends as birthday, graduation, and/or holiday gifts
Request a paid Sage Corps internship to help offset in-country expenses like food and transportation
No matter how you fund your time abroad, be sure to make your goals and purpose clear to the people you're reaching out to. And don't forget to thank them for their support with a written letter or personal email.