Scholarships & Awards

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Many scholarships and awards are available for study abroad, including ones that are specific for participants in our faculty-led programsUC Davis Quarter Abroad, Summer Abroad, Summer Abroad Internships, USA Study Programs—and on UCEAP and independent programs. The application process may be easier than you think so please research the information below and come to our office to speak to an advisor! Also, we encourage you to take advantage of the various workshops offered throughout the year at UC Davis Study Abroad, including how to write a successful scholarship application.

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  • UC Davis Study Abroad Program Awards
  • UC Davis Summer, Summer Internship, Quarter, & Seminars Abroad Awards

    UC Davis Study Abroad is pleased to announce that $200,000 is available for 2018/19 Study Abroad Awards for UC Davis students!

    SEMINAR AWARD DEADLINE EXTENDED:        11:59pm, June 3rd, 2019  
    Study Abroad Award applications for 2019 Seminars Abroad programs will be available in the study abroad portal (Horizons) starting on May 1st. The submission deadline is June 3rd. You must already have submitted enrollment in a seminar an d be saved a spot in the program by the submission deadline; students with incomplete program applications will not be considered. You do not have to be eligible for financial aid in order to receive an award. 

    To apply for the Study Abroad Award, please follow these steps:

    1. Log into your Study Abroad account

    2. Click “Search Scholarships” tab

    3. Click “Apply Now”

    4. Follow the online instructions and answer the first prompt: 1) How the specific study abroad program you have chosen is related to your academic, personal, or professional goals (500 word limit; please remember to include a title).

    Applications will be considered on the strength of the essay, as well as financial need, as demonstrated on the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application.

    Award amounts usually range from $500-$1,000 per student. Check the Seminar Abroad Awards flier for details.

    Study Abroad Award Writing Workshops are frequently held in International Center with Study Abroad Faculty Director and UWP Lecturer, Aliki Dragona at the new International Center.  Come learn how to strengthen your essays and improve your chances of winning an award! Stay tuned for details on the next round of workshops, in the meantime read Tips for Writing a "Statement of Purpose.

    Next Workshops Offered:
         May 29, 11am-12pm
         International Center 2119

    Study Abroad Award Projects
    Study Abroad Awardees will be expected to complete a project highlighting their study abroad experience. There are three Project Tracks (PDF) available to choose from: (1) Article Writing/Blogging, (2) Photo Journalism, or 3) Design your own project. Full details will be available around the time awards are announced. Related resources: Social Media Storyboard Template

  • Program/Major Specific Scholarships and Awards
  • UC Davis College of Biological Sciences- Dean's Circle Study Abroad Scholarship

    The Dean’s Circle Scholarship covers all program costs and includes an allowance for ‘on the ground’ expenses as well as a stipend to offset lost income from a summer job for CBS students planning to enroll in BioSci2A on the Emerald Isle or BioSci2B in Dublin for Summer 2019.  Learn more and apply by November 1, 2018.

    UC Davis International Relations (IR) Study Abroad Scholarship

    The scholarships are $500-$1,000 per student and multiple scholarships are awarded each year.  In order to be eligible to receive a scholarship applicants must be full time UC Davis International Relations students, 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 available on the IR website. Submit the application & required documentation is due to Katy Pattison in 464 Kerr Hall.
    Deadline: April 12th by 4pm 

    UC Davis American Studies Program Study Abroad Award

    The American Studies Program is pleased to announce its scholarship program for international study. All UC Davis AMS Majors and Minors are welcome to apply. Awards from $500–$1000 are available to be used in conjunction with UC Davis Summer Abroad 2019, Summer Abroad Internships 2019, Quarter Abroad Fall 2019, or UC Education Abroad Programs in the 2019/2020 Academic year. Award winners will be announced in April 2019, and the funds will be made available once the student has enrolled in a study-abroad program (typical use of the award includes air travel, or program fees). Winners will be judged on the basis of their responses to the prompt below.

    All applications must be emailed to the Student Advisor by Friday, March 15, 2019 at 5pm. Winners will be judged on the basis of their responses to the prompt in the 2019 application, found on the American Studies homepage.  

    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 announce the Ann E. Pitzer Scholarship for Guardian Scholar international study.  Applicant must be a Guardian Scholar to apply; you do not have to qualify for financial aid.  Selected applicants will receive up to $1,000 to be used toward any 2019 UC Davis or UCEAP study or intern abroad program.
    Deadline: March 5th, 2019 by 4:30pm
    Applications must be physically turned in to 107 South Hall. View the 2019 application

    UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies Grants

    Grants are available for international development work in the U.S. and abroad through the Blum Center for Developing Economies within Global Affairs. The grants are up to $2,000 (for undergraduate students) and up to $4,000 (for graduate students) to implement hands-on applications or to develop research. Undergraduates must work in conjunction with a Non Government Organization (NGO) in a developing country. Applications for Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA) undergraduate summer 2019 grants are due February 28, 2019. Applications for Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Solutions (PASS) graduate student grants are due March 31, 2019.

    John Wasson Study Abroad Fellowship

    UC Davis students in the Department of Chemical Engineering & the UC Davis College of Engineering are eligible to apply. The Fellowship will distribute $7,000 in award money to participate on a program with UC Davis Study Abroad Program: UC Davis Summer 2019, Quarter, Internship, or UCEAP programs during the 2019-2020 academic year. The  application is due by April 1, 2019 via email to Eugenia Luu.

    CAPA Scholarships – UC Davis Quarter Abroad London & Sydney

    CAPA offers a need-based scholarships to students participating in the Quarter abroad London & Sydney programs. Scholarships range from $500-$5000.
    Deadline for Fall 2019 (Australia Writing and Internships): March 29, 2019

    CFHI Scholarships – UC Davis Quarter Abroad Mexico & Summer Abroad Global Health Internships 

    UC Davis Study Abroad Latino/a Health Internship Scholarship - Scholarship Award: $1000 toward the UC Davis Quarter Abroad program fee.

    Participants on Quarter Abroad Oaxaca can apply for a $500-$1,000 scholarship from CFHI. For more information, please see the CFHI Scholarship page.  

    Eligibility: Any student who intends to participate in the UC Davis Fall Quarter Latino/a Health Internship Program in Oaxaca, Mexico. Applicants must be in good standing and have a GPA of 2.0 or above. 2019 submission deadline: March 1, 2019

    UC Davis Summer Abroad Global Health Internship - Scholarship Award: $500 toward the UC Davis Summer Abroad Global Health Internship program fee.

    Eligibility: Any student who intends to participate in a UC Davis Summer Abroad Global Health Internship Program in Hawaii, California, Ghana, Bolivia, Philippines, India or South Africa. Applicants must be in good standing and have a GPA of 2.0 or above. 
    2019 submission deadline: March 1, 2019

    CEA Scholarships

    Scholarships are based on merit, need, and diversity for students going on CEA programs.  Please see their website for more details. 

    Participants on Quarter Abroad Italy and Czech Republic summer internship are eligible to apply for CEA Scholarships, which range from $300 to $3000. In order to apply, you first must complete enrollment in one of these programs through UC Davis. The deadlines are in spring and are in line with program enrollment timelines. Please see the CEA Scholarship page for more details.

    Bridging Scholarships for Quarter Abroad Japan

    Participants on Quarter Abroad Japan are eligible to apply for a $2,500 Bridging Scholarship.  Students must mention "Kyoto Seika University" as the program location on their applications. Learn how to apply on the Bridging Scholarships website. Applications for spring 2019 scholarships are due by October 11, 2018.

    Chinese Government Scholarship for Chinese Language Programs

    This includes full or partial scholarships in accordance with the educational exchange agreements or consensus between the Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities or international organizations. It supports undergraduate students, graduate students, general scholars and senior scholars. Applications must be made during the Winter Quarter. Click here for more info, including application instructions. 

  • UC Education Abroad Program Scholarships & Awards (UCEAP)
  • Visit the UCEAP Scholarship’s page for full funding details.

    UCEAP Promise Awards

    Over 500 awards, $1,000 for summer to $2,000 for fall, spring, or academic year programs will be distributed. ​Award decisions will be announced by e-mail before the April 1 (Summer), May 1 (Fall), and November 1 (Spring) withdrawal deadlines.

    In order to apply, first register with MyEAP to start an application to study abroad. Once in MyEAP, look for a link to the scholarship application on the menu on the left side.  Be prepared to provide: 1) an application form, 2) a statement of purpose and 3) a copy of your transcript.

    Duttenhaver Scholars Program (for year-long programs)

    Jasmine Jahanshahi Scholarships (semester or year-long programs)

    Undergraduate Research Awards (for those who have conducted research abroad on an UCEAP program)

    Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship

    UC Davis students who apply for full year study abroad programs through UCEAP are eligible to apply for a $7,000 Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is merit based and applications will be considered based on the strength of the statement of purpose, reasons given why the candidate wishes to study abroad, and quality of academic record. The Borton scholarship seeks to reward motivated and dedicated student applicants who see the value of broader cultural and personal development that can be gained from a study abroad experience. For more information on the Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship Fund’s philosophy, history, and recipients please visit the Chris Borton Memorial Fund website.

    To apply please contact Tiffany Macias-Silva or Christina Siracusa.  Applicants must submit 1) an application form, 2) a statement of purpose, and 3) a copy of your most recent UC Davis transcript. Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2019

    University of St. Andrews Scholarship

    UC Davis students who apply for and are placed at the prestigious University of St. Andrews in Scotland, are eligible to apply for a $3,000 University of St. Andrews award, made possible by a generous UC Davis faculty donor. Please contact UCEAP Advisor Christina Siracusa for more information on this award.
  • Additional Scholarships & Financial Resources
  • Prestigious Scholarships

    The Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarships office provides information, resources, and support services to students for highly competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships.  There are many prestigious scholarship programs that fund studying abroad, all of which require extensive applications, excellent academics, clear purpose for studying abroad, and strong letters of recommendation.  For more information, please visit their website, contact Scott Palmer, the UC Davis Prestigious Scholarship Advisor, or watch his workshop video.
    Some of these scholarships include:

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

    Up to $5,000 is available through this program that supports students studying and interning abroad. To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarships applicants must meet all eligibility requirements. Want to put together a great application? Check out the videos and essay tips on the Gilman website, scroll through this PowerPoint, or better yet, come to an in-person Information Session or Workshop.
    Upcoming Gilman Scholarship Information Sessions:
         February 26th, 3:30pm-5:00pm - International Center, 3rd Floor Conference Room (3119): This workshop will focus on the scholarship essay and feature tips for editing and peer review. Please bring 3 copies of your draft to the workshop and be prepared to share your draft with fellow applicants and workshop leaders.

         Summer 2019, Fall Quarter/Semester 2019, and Academic Year 2019-2020: March 5th, 2019 by 9:59pm PDT.
         Spring 2020 and (early) Summer 2020: October 1st, 2019 at 9:59 PST.
    Application Instructions: Select "Nicole Uhlinger" as the advisor for any UC Davis Summer Abroad and UC Davis Summer Internships programs. Select "Aspen Felt" as the advisor for any UC Davis Quarter Abroad programs. Select "Tiffany Macias Silva" as the advisor for any UCEAP or Independent programs.  For advising and essay review, please contact Scott Palmer.

    UC Davis has been recognized for producing the 3rd most Gilman Scholars in the country, with 47 students receiving Gilman scholarships in the 2016-17 year. Read more

    David Boren Scholarship 

    Students must be: a U.S. Citizen; working towards an undergraduate degree throughout the entirety of the scholarship; studying abroad in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, or the Middle East in a country that is critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad (see list of eligible countries on Boren website); study a foreign language during the study abroad.

    The Fulbright Scholarship 

    Winners receive funding to research or serve as English Teaching Assistants (ETA’s) for up to 1 year in a foreign country. Specific amounts and length of time vary by country.  See website.

    Additional Outside Scholarships and Resources

    Fund for Education Abroad

    The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) 2019-2020 scholarship application cycle is now accepting applications! American undergraduate students planning to study abroad on any program that meets our requirements in Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Academic Year 2019-2020 may be eligible to apply. A complete list of FEA eligibility requirements can be found on our website: The application deadline is 9pm PST January 7, 2019.

    Freeman-ASIA Program

    The Freeman-ASIA program, administered by IIE and funded by the Freeman Foundation, is designed to support U.S. based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The deadline to apply is April 5, 2019. Applicants may apply to one program: Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 or Academic Year 2019-2020. Access the online application at:

    Diversity Network Summer Scholarships 

    The Diversity Abroad Network "Diversity Network" provides several scholarship awards to students enrolled at its member institutions.

    Summer 2019:  Students enrolled at a Diversity Network Member institution and planning to study abroad during the summer of 2019 are encouraged to apply for the $1000 award.  Students must:

    Follow this link for application details (opens Feb 1). If you are non-UCD student applying to a UC Davis Study Abroad Program, make sure to list UC Davis as your institution.
    Application deadline: April 5, 2019

    Application Deadline: Mid-April 2019 (exact date TBD).

    HI USA Explore the World Scholarship

    Hosteling International (HI) USA is founded on an enduring belief in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around. Scholarships of $2,000 are available to individuals, ages 18-30, who will engage in an educational or service learning component during their trip.  Eligible candidates must also meet specific financial need requirements. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2019. Apply at

    STA Travel Airfare Deposit Program 

    Lock in the price of your airline ticket with a $300 deposit. Available to students, teachers, and anyone under 30 (conditions apply).    

    Undergraduate Scholarship Application

    UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships external scholarship compilation.

    Comprehensive Study Abroad Scholarship Listings

         Scholarship Listings – Listing of outside scholarships.

         UCEAP additional resources for funding

Funding and Finances - FAQs

  • What’s the FAFSA and why do I need to fill it out?
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a report that determines your financial aid eligibility. If you receive aid during the school year, then that same report is valid for the summer. If you have never received aid before but would like to get loans, apply for the FAFSA. Keep in mind that you still need to fill out a SEPARATE Summer Financial Aid application.
  • What if I’m not eligible for financial aid? Do I still need to file a FAFSA or Summer Financial Aid Application on my home campus?
  • Keep in mind that loans are a part of financial aid. If you are interested in taking out a student loan to pay for your abroad experience, you will need a FAFSA on file and submit a SEPARATE Summer Aid application via your home campus Financial Aid office.
  • Are there any scholarships available?
  • Yes, check our website for updates on Awards and Scholarships. Some programs may have specific scholarships for that program alone.
  • How do I get financial aid for a summer program?
  • Summer Abroad
    You must fill out a separate Summer Financial Aid Application with the Financial Aid Office. Usually by mid-March, the Financial Aid Office will offer an online Summer Aid Estimator, in which you can input your program choice and see an estimate of the aid you may receive. This is an estimate and NOT a guarantee of aid, as aid is limited in the summer and given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. The actual Summer Aid Form becomes available in the first week in May and you must register for summer courses first in order to apply.

    UC Education Abroad Programs (UCEAP)
    You do not need to complete the Summer Financial Aid Application if you are going abroad in the summer through UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP).
  • How much aid will I get for the program?
  • Please visit the UC Davis Financial Aid Office’s Study Abroad section to understand how financial aid works for the various types of study abroad programs (UC Davis Quarter Abroad, UC Davis Summer Abroad, UCEAP, and independent study abroad).
  • What if my program costs a lot more than it would to stay here for summer sessions?
  • Financial aid will increase your budget to the cost of your program, increasing your eligibility for aid, which can come in the form of grants and/or loans. Keep in mind that an increase in eligibility does not automatically guarantee you aid for your program. Summer financial aid is severely limited and is given on a first come, first serve basis. It is also determined based on how much of your loan you took out during the school year.
  • Where do I go to view my financial aid offer?
  • Go to your MyAwards. For the aid year, select the current school year. Make sure to accept your loans and submit all required documents in as soon as possible to ensure on-time disbursement.
  • What if I don’t go to UC Davis?
  • All UC campuses are now offering financial aid for UC Summer Session activities. Students should consult with their home institution about financial aid eligibility and deadlines.