Cultural Explorer

$3,000 scholarships for year programs to many exciting destinations.

The Cultural Explorer Merit Scholarship is available for students interested in studying abroad for a year in Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, or Thailand

Scholarship Details:

  • No previous language experience is required.
  • Eight (8) to ten (10) awards will be given.
  • Scholarships can be combined with Global Leaders Need-Based awards.
  • A selection committee of AFS staff and volunteers will review applications to select scholarship recipients.
  • Scholarship application materials submitted after the scholarship deadline will not be considered.
  • Scholarship results will be announced in the Spring. 

How to Apply: 

  1. To be considered, start your AFS application
  2. Contact to request the Cultural Explorer scholarship essay task or speak with your Study Abroad Specialist by calling 1-800-AFS-INFO.
  3. Once requested, the Cultural Explorer scholarship essay will appear in the Next Steps of your AFS Dashboard. 


At this time, the scholarship deadline has passed.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Scholarship Team at
Andrew Cazares We never know what life will bring us, but I can say with certainty that my experience in Russia has changed me for the better. I plan to return to Russia and pay back the generosity that I was so freely given.- Andrew, TX