Scholarships & Awards

Top Scholarships and Awards

Don't miss out on study abroad because of financial constraints. Students who are studying abroad have a world of scholarship opportunities available just for them. This year is particularly exciting as UC Davis Study Abroad is increasing funds available to $80,000 in Summer Abroad Awards and $54,000 in Quarter Abroad Awards. Deadlines vary so start researching these scholarships before applying for a study abroad program (or even earlier) so you won't miss any deadline. 

UC Davis Quarter Abroad Awards

UC Davis Quarter Abroad is pleased to announce $20,000 in Study Abroad Awards for enrolled students in UC Davis Fall Quarter Abroad 2014 programs. These awards are supported by a generous gift from Ann Pitzer. Awards will be granted in amounts of $500-$2,000. Application deadline: March 6, 2014. 

Download application [PDF] 

Read Tips for Writing a Statement of Purpose [PDF]

Example of a previous winning application

UC Davis Summer Abroad Awards

UC Davis Summer Abroad is pleased to announce $80,000 in study abroad awards to participants in UC Davis Summer Abroad 2014 programs. All students enrolled in a UC Davis Summer Abroad program (Davis and Non-Davis) will have the opportunity to apply for an award. Recipients will receive their awards in amounts from $500-$2,000 dollars.  Application deadline: March 6, 2014. 

Download application [PDF]

Read Tips for Writing a Statement of Purpose [PDF]

Example of a previous winning application [PDF]

Shakespeare—Live! Award

There is a special study abroad award available for summer study of Shakespeare in London. One award of $500 will be given to help pay for travel to and from London. All students enrolled in Shakespeare—Live! are welcome to apply. Application Deadline: March 6, 2014.  Updated application to come.  Download Application [PDF]

Palaces of the Gods Award

A grant from the Tamil Online Foundation allows us to offer $1000.00 in study abroad awards to participants in Palaces of the Gods. Only UC Davis students enrolled in Palaces of the Gods are eligible to apply. Grants will range from $200.00 to $500.00.

The Tamil Online foundation grant requires the student to undertake a research project while in India. Upon return to the United States, the student agrees to present the research at a conference or a similar public venue, and will acknowledge the support of the Tamil Online Foundation in any resulting publications or presentations. The purpose of the grant is to support Undergraduate research on Tamil literary and cultural history, and to disseminate that research to the wider public.

To apply, please submit an application form (download from the Palaces of the Gods website), a short essay (500 words) about the relevance of your study experience in India to your intellectual development and a short project proposal that includes information about plans to disseminate the research (500 words).   Application Deadline: March 6, 2014 to UC Davis Study Abroad

UC Davis International Relations (IR) Study Abroad Scholarship

The scholarships are $500 per student and multiple scholarships are awarded each year. Applicants must be full time UC Davis International Relations student, be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and plan to apply or have been selected to an eligible study abroad or unpaid internship abroad program. Applications are accepted during the fall and spring quarters and applications are available at the beginning of those quarters on the IR website. Information and application questions can be directed to Katy Pattison in 464 Kerr Hall.

UC Davis Writing Minor (UWP) Study Abroad Award

The University Writing Program is pleased to announce its scholarship program for international study. All UWP Writing Minors are welcome to apply. Awards from $500–$1000 are available to be used in conjunction with one of the following UC Davis Study Abroad programs: UC Davis Summer Abroad 2014, UC Davis Quarter Abroad Fall 2014 or Spring 2015, UCEAP Academic Year 2014–15. Applications are due in the UWP office (383 Voorhies) by Monday, March 3, 2014 at 5pm. View the application

UC Davis American Studies Program Study Abroad Award

The American Studies Program is pleased to announce its scholarship program for international study. All AMS Majors and Minors are welcome to apply. Awards from $500–$1000 are available to be used in conjunction with a UC Davis Study Abroad program that begins between June 2013 and October 2014. Applications are due by Monday, March 4, 2014 at 5pm. View the application

UC Davis Guardian Scholar & UC Davis Study Abroad Ann E. Pitzer Scholarship in International Education

The Guardian Scholars Program and Study Abroad are pleased to annouce the Ann E. Pitzer Scholarship for international study by Guardian Scholars.  All Guardian Scholars are welcome to apply; you do not have to qualify for financial aid.  Up to $2,000 will be available to be used with a UC Davis Summer Abroad Program 2014, UC Davis Quarter Abroad Fall 2014 or Spring 2015, or a UC EAP Academic year 2014-2015.  Applications are due by Monday, March 10, 2014, 5pm.  View the application.

CAPA Scholarships – UC Davis Quarter Abroad London & Sydney

CAPA offers three types of scholarships to UC Davis students participating in Quarter Abroad London & Sydney: need based scholarships, merit scholarships, and access scholarships. Awards range from $500-$2500. Scholarship materials must be completed by May 1, 2014 for Fall 2014 programs and by October 1, 2014 for Spring 2015 programs. View the PDF.

CFHI Scholarships – UC Davis Quarter Abroad Oaxaca, Mexico

Participants on Quarter Abroad Oaxaca can apply for a $1,000 scholarship from CFHI. The award is distributed in two parts: the first before departure; the second after the student returns from the program and submits their required materials including blog, photos, etc.  The deadline for the Fall 2014 application is June 17, 2014; awards to be announced by July 17th. For more information, please see the CFHI Scholarship page. View the Scholarship Application.

CEA Quarter Abroad Italy and France Scholarships

Participants on Quarter Abroad Italy and France are eligible to apply for CEA Scholarships, which range from $1500 to $3000. The deadline is April 15th for merit and need-based scholarships. Quarter Abroad France participants are also eligible to apply for the Chris Towns Memorial Scholarship. Please see the CEA Scholarship page for more details.

UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

Visit the UCEAP Scholarship’s page for full funding details.

Additional Resources

Additional resources for funding can be sought after through outside public and private organizations. Other options include taking on a part-time job, changing your spending habits, and fundraising. Check out our Prezi presentation for more ideas!

Scholarship Listings 
Fulbright Scholarship
--Through the Institute of International Education. For study, research, or teaching abroad. Applications are to ONE specific country. If you already have more than one semester of study in a country, you are not eligible to apply to that country.
Marshall Scholarship
UKMarshall Scholarships "finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom". For study at any UK university, including the "Big Three". Need a 3.7 GPA minimum to apply
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship
--Scholarship for study in Ireland. NOT for "Irish Studies". Competitive - modeled as the "Marshall Scholarship to Ireland"
Rhodes Scholarship
Oxford University, UKFor study at Oxford University, UK. Must have impressive grades and leadership experience
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
?Provides an annual stipend of $10,000 for a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world
Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program)
MultipleCreated to increase educational opportunities to students who are from low-income, first-generation families, and/or those who are from ethnic backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. It is funded through the Department of Education.
James J. Davis Memorial Scholarship for Students Studying Abroad
MultipleThe selected scholarship recipient will receive $1,000.00 (USD) for educational-related expenses. The goal of these funds is to encourage students to study abroad and experience something new to grow their knowledge of the world.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) Scholarships
Agronomy and Agricultural Awards
MultipleScholarships for Agronomy & Agricultural majors
Barry Goldwater Scholarship
MultipleFor science/engineering students
Bridging Scholarships
JapanScholarships for studying in Japan
Carolyn F. Wall Scholarship - UC Davis Scholarship
MultipleMust show financial need; It is not limited to L&S students; must fill out the Continuing UG scholarship Application
DAAD Germany Scholarships
GermanyStudents studying in Germany
Davis Honors Challenge Scholarship
MultipleHigh Achieving students
Denmark Intern'l Studies Scholarship (DIS)
Copenhagen, DenmarkOpen to UC students studying through DIS in a non-EAP capacity - mainly for Architecture/Design majors
GBLT Student Scholarships
MultipleLarge search engine for scholarships for GLBT students
Gilman International Scholarships
Golden Key Honour Society Scholarships
MultipleThe Society rewards more than 700 members annually with exclusive scholarships exceeding $400,000 (USD).
Government Student Aid
MultipleFederal Gov't Scholarships
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
N/ALimited to Hispanic Students
International Education Finance Corp
MultiplePrivate loans specifically to study abroad through Collegiate Funding Services (CFS)
Japan Education Scholarships
JapanFor students studying in Japan
Jewish-American Scholarship
UKFor Anglow/Jewish decent
National Directory for Latino Youth
MultipleFor Latino/Latina Students
National Science Foundation
MultipleFunds for research projects, graduate study, etc.
National Security Educational Scholarships (NSEP)
MultipleMerit-based for areas deemed critical to US security and economic well-being including Japan
Phi Kappa Phi Scholarships
MultipleOpen to members and non-members
Sara's Wish Scholarship
MultipleOpen to females
The Smart Student Guide
United Negro Fund
MultipleScholarships for African/American students
Youth Activity
MultipleFunds for field research in the natural sciences
EAP Research Awards
MultipleUndergraduate annual research awards in each of three disciplinary areas: the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and engineering. Each award consists of a $1,000 stipend.
Rotary International
LIVFund Scholarship
Latin AmericaLIVFund awards twenty-four [24] US$500 scholarships annually to students studying abroad in Latin American countries.
CIEE Scholarships
MultipleEach year CIEE awards scholarships and grants to students who plan to study overseas.
Scholarship Search Engines 
British Council ScholarshipsUK
Federal FundingMultiple
Financial Aid OrganizationsMultiple
Find Tuition ScholarshipsMultiple
IIE Passport Study Abroad FundingMultiple
International Education Financial AidMultiple
International ScholarshipsMultiple
International Scholarships (2)Multiple
Sallie Mae Fund Unmet Need ScholarshipMultiple
Scholarship Search EngineMultiple
Scholarship FinderMultiple
Scholarships for Japan Search EngineJapan
Students AwardsMultiple
Studies AbroadMultiple
Study Abroad FundingMultiple
Study Abroad Scholarships (1)Multiple
Study Abroad Scholarships (2)Multiple
Useful links to start your search 
UC Davis Scholarship InformationOverview of how scholarships work at UC Davis
UC Davis Financial Aid List of Scholarships - Continuing Undergraduate Scholarship ApplicationCompleting on time you will qualify for numerous scholarships through Davis FA Office; All students should fill out this application
University of California ScholarshipsHomepage for all UC Scholarships
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Students AidYou can file a FAFSA on-line later than the deadlines, but money may run out if you wait too long
Federal Government ScholarshipsLearn more about scholarships offered through the Federal Government
NAFSA (Association of International Educators)Great overview of how to fund your study abroad experience