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Robert Eller Scholarship for Study Abroad

The Robert Eller Scholarship has been established to foster the educational, professional, and personal growth of an undergraduate student at the University of Northern Iowa by providing funds for a semester or a year of study outside the U.S. to a student whose previous travel and study experiences abroad have been limited.


  • All applicants must meet the following qualifications:
  • Iowa residency (Iowa birth or three years of Iowa residency)
  • Full-time enrollment at UNI in a degree-granting program with a minimum of 3.00 GPA
  • At least sophomore status and must have at least one semester of study at UNI after program abroad
Desired Qualification:
  • Completion of UNI’s foreign language graduation requirement before the initiation of, or during, the program abroadNote: Participants of non-UNI programs, not-for-credit programs or UNI programs not sponsored by the UNI Study Abroad Center are ineligible for this scholarship.

Scholarship Application Deadlines: 

For spring semester programs: The last working day of October.
For fall and academic-year programs: The last working day of March.

Required documentation:

Completed Robert Eller Scholarship Application (available online through the online application only)

Additionally: Submit the following documents to the Study Abroad Center, Gilchrist 28, attention: Stephanie Miller
  1. The application form
  2. Essay detailing the anticipated educational and professional benefits of participation in the program
  3. Resume including service and leadership activities, previous travel experience, association with persons from other countries, and foreign language study
  4. Detailed information on your proposed program abroad, estimated costs, and academic credits to be earned (two-page limit)
  5. Sources and amounts of funding currently for studies at UNI and anticipated for period abroad (from UNI Office of Student Financial Aid)
  6. Copy of grade audit (unofficial transcript)
  7. Two letters of recommendation, one from a UNI faculty member and one from outside the university

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the proposal, the student’s readiness for the proposed program, and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students with little or no previous travel, study, or residence in a foreign country. The Scholarship Committee will interview three finalists and select the recipient and an alternate.

Responsibilities of the Scholarship Recipient:

  • Report. A written summary discussing the academic and personal benefits of program participation must be submitted to the Study Abroad Center within 30 days of return to the U.S. Additionally, recipients must send letters or postcards to Mr. Eller while abroad (1-2 per semester).
  • Presentations. The scholarship recipient will be expected to make a presentation to EMERITAS (former UNI faculty) about his/her study abroad experience, as well as to other students at UNI throughout the semester.

Number of Scholarship and Funding Level:

Scholarship will be awarded to the most qualified applicant. Awards will be given on the following schedule: 75% of the funds at the beginning of the semester (based on UNI schedule) from when the study abroad experience is taking place and 25% upon completion of all the post-return scholarship obligation. Award amount starting at $1,500 per applicant. Note that the amount may vary depending on the number of scholarships awarded.