UW Global Gateway Fellowships

The UW Global Gateway Fellowships are designed to provide students the access to the UW Study Abroad approved summer, semester or year-long program of their choice. All CALS, Engineering, IAP, and WSB students are eligible! The Global Gateway Initiative is based on the following values:

  • Global competency and experience is necessary to succeed in today’s world.
  • Global learning continues throughout a student’s career at UW-Madison, both on campus and away.
  • Financial barriers should not prevent access to these opportunities.

The Global Gateway Initiative engages all students before, during, and after their program to support the Wisconsin Idea by helping students bring their experiences back to campus and the greater Wisconsin community, including the international student community, and maximize students’ connection to international activity on campus by integrating their experience abroad with their academic careers at UW-Madison and their professional development. This prestigious scholarship was established by International Academic Programs, in partnership with the Office of Student Financial Aid, to introduce students to the issues of globalization, and prepare students for success in an increasingly interconnected world.

Eligibility Criteria
  1. Be in the process of applying, or have already applied, to a UW Study Abroad program for a semester or year-long program in Summer 2024, Fall 2024, or Academic Year 2024-25 (studying abroad both Fall 2024 and Spring 2025)..

  2. Be a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student at UW-Madison during study abroad duration

  3. Have a submitted FAFSA

  4. EFC of $12,000 or lower required

  5. Must be planning to return to UW-Madison for at least one semester following their program participation.

  6. Complete specially designed pre-departure, on-site, and upon return engagements

  7. Complete and submit scholarship application by March 4, 2024 on Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH)

Students who have previously received a UW Global Gateway Summer Program or Fellowship award are not eligible.

How to Apply
Application is open! The deadline is March 4, 2024. If your study abroad program application isn’t required to be complete until after this date, you must still submit your completed scholarship application by this date to be considered. However, you must already be in the process of applying to your program by March 4, 2024, in order to be eligible for this scholarship. Incomplete scholarship applications or applications submitted to the office will not be considered. To apply, please log into Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) through your student center or by logging in directly using the ‘My Applications’ button at the top of this page.

Selection Criteria
2 essays required. Must have FAFSA submitted and have an EFC $12,000 or lower. UW Study Abroad takes into consideration other awards a student may have been offered.

Additional consideration for some of the awards will be given to students who possess the following characteristics and/or traits:

  • First generation college student
  • First time traveling abroad

Award Information
up to $5,000 for summer programs; up to $10,000 for semester or year-long programs

Conditions of Award
Completion of the study abroad program is a requirement of the scholarship. To achieve the goals of the Global Gateway Initiative, students are required to complete specially designed pre-departure, on-site, and upon return engagements as follows:

  • Pre-departure:
    1. Attend a UW Global Gateway Fellowship Pre-Departure Orientation to review expectations (with IAP Director and Assistant Director)

  • On-site activities during program:
    1. Contribute to the program blog, to help reflect on your experience and to explore issues of global importance from a comparative lens.
    2. Produce optional digital media that demonstrates the student experience while on the program, including but not limited to video blogs, photography, or social media posts which could be featured on the study abroad website or social channels.

  • Upon Return:
    1. Submit a narrative of your program experience
    2. Participate in one K-12 related outreach activity (on-campus, around the Madison community, or in your hometown).
    3. Attend a UW Global Gateway post-program event with students, faculty and staff
    4. Explore opportunities of student positions in international-related offices on campus and the Bridge Mentor Program, as well as activities, events, and courses offered by the Area Studies Centers.

Learn about the Global Gateway Initiative!

up to $5,000 for summer programs; up to $10,000 for semester or year-long programs
International Academic Programs (IAP)
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student at UW-Madison?
  2. I have read the conditions of the award, and agree to the completion of the specially designed pre-departure, on-site, and upon return engagements
  3. The Global Gateway Fellowship strives to embody the Wisconsin Idea by encouraging students to share their experiences and knowledge gained to positively impact the UW-Madison community, Wisconsin, and beyond. All students participate in pre- and post-program engagements and onsite activities to integrate their experience on program with their academic careers and professional development.

    In two essays (750 words each) address the prompts.

    Essay 1: Discuss your background and interests and how they contributed to selecting your study abroad program. What prompted you to choose this specific program location and course of study? Share how that interest fits into your overall academic, professional, and personal goals.
  4. In two essays (750 words each) address the prompts.

    Essay 2: How will you continue to integrate your experience abroad and stay engaged with international topics upon your return to campus? Consider what campus communities and activities you might interact with, being specific about how you'll engage with global themes and international issues on campus. What specific ideas do you have for increasing awareness of global themes on campus?