Sage Corps is proud to offer programs that are priced 50-70% less than the average study abroad program. However, we recognize that funding any period of time abroad can be a stressful undertaking, and we want to help. 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. Due to demand, students are limited to receiving only one of our scholarships.
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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.
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 few 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 some juniors and 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.
Students in select programs at a small number of universities may be able to use financial aid to help cover Sage Corps program costs. Click the images below to learn more about these opportunities.
Even if your university is not listed above, you may be able to use financial aid if your university allows you to get academic credit through Sage Corps. 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
- Freelance on sites like Parker Dewey - it'll help polish your professional skills, too!
- Get a part-time job on or near campus
- Ask for contributions from family and friends as birthday, graduation, and/or Christmas 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.