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 Awards
  • UC Davis Summer, Summer Internship, Fall Quarter, & Seminars Abroad Awards

    UC Davis Study Abroad is pleased to announce that $100,000 is available for 2017/18 Study Abroad Awards!

    Study Abroad Award applications will be available for Seminars Abroad 2018 programs starting on May 2nd. You must already be saved a spot in a 2018 program by the submission deadline; students with incomplete applications will not be considered. You do not have to be eligible for financial aid in order to receive an award. 

    The award for Seminars Abroad will open May 2, 2018. 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 (700 word limit; please remember to include a title).

    Some of the Study Abroad Awards will include other criteria.  Please respond to prompt two if applicable: 2) If you are facing social, economic, or other substantial challenges to study abroad, please describe them (300 word limit).

    Award amounts usually range from $500-$1,000 per student. Study Abroad Awards flyer details.

    Summer and Fall Quarter Abroad 2018 Award: CLOSED.
    Deadline for Seminars Abroad 2018 Award: June 6, 2018. Award recipients will be announced via email by June 27, 2018

    Study Abroad Award Writing Workshops will be held on Wednesdays, 1/24/18 from 11-12pm in room #2119 & 2/6/18 from 3-4pm in room #2119 International Center with Faculty Director, Aliki Dragona at the new International Center.  Come learn how to strengthen your essays and improve your chances of winning an award!  Tips for Writing a "Statement of Purpose.

    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) Social Media Storytelling, or (3) Photo Journalism. Full details will be available around the time awards are announced. Related resources: Social Media Storyboard Template

  • Program/Major Specific Study Abroad Awards
  • Diversity Network Summer Scholarships 

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

    Summer 2018:  Students enrolled at a Diversity Network Member institution and planning to study abroad during the summer of 2018 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. Deadline: April 13, 2018.

    UC Davis Department of English Spring Quarter Abroad Travel Award

    To be eligible for the one $1,000 award, the applicant must meet these criteria:

    Proof of program acceptance is required for final award disbursement. Award disbursement will be posted for Spring Quarter. Applications must be emailed to Lynda Jones by Thursday October 17, 2017, 5:00pm.

    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. The application & required documentation is due to Katy Pattison in 464 Kerr Hall by 4:00 pm on Friday, December 8th, 2017.

    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 2017, Summer Abroad Internships 2017, Quarter Abroad Fall 2018, or UC Education Abroad Programs in the 2016/2017 Academic year. Award winners will be announced in April 2017, 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 17, 2017 at 5pm. Winners will be judged on the basis of their responses to the prompt in the 2017 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.  Up to $1,000 will be available to be used with a UC Davis Summer or Summer Internship Abroad Program 2018, UC Davis Seminars Program, UC Davis Quarter Abroad Fall 2018 or Spring 2018 or a UCEAP Academic year 2018-2019. Applications due date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at 4:30 PM to 107 South Hall. View the 2018 application.

    UC Davis Art Studio Study Abroad Award

    $1,000 Award based on the quality of their exhibited work. Eligibility: Scholarship for student enrolled in 4 week intensive study abroad in France. Students must have financial need in order to receive this scholarship. Please see the Art Studio Undergraduate Awards page for more details. 

    UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies Grants

    Grants are available for International Development Work in the US and abroad- through the BLUM Center for Developing Economies. The grant is up to $2,000 (for undergrads) and up to $4,000 (for grad 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. Application due February 28th, 2018 for undergraduate students and March 30th, 2018 for graduate students. 

    CAPA Scholarships – UC Davis Quarter Abroad London & Sydney

    CAPA offers a need-based scholarships to students participating in Quarter Abroad London & Sydney. Scholarships range from $500-$5000. Deadline for Fall 2018 (Australia): May 23, 2018.

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

    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 prospective student who intends to participate in the UC Davis Study Abroad Latino/a Health Internship Program in Oaxaca, Mexico starting September 2018. Applicants must be in good standing and have a GPA of 2.0 or above. Deadline for submission: February 15th, 2018.

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

    Eligibility: Any prospective student who intends to participate in a UC Davis Summer Abroad Global Health Internship Program in Bolivia, Philippines, India or South Africa in 2018. Applicants must be in good standing and have a GPA of 2.0 or above. Deadline for submission: February 15th, 2018.

    CEA Quarter 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 are eligible to apply for CEA Scholarships, which range from $1500 to $3000. The deadline is in the spring (TBA) for merit and need-based scholarships.  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. The scholarship typically requires a longer term of study, but participation in Quarter Abroad Japan qualifies students to apply.  Applicants must mention Kyoto Seika University as the program location on the application. Learn how to apply on the Bridging Scholarships website. Applications for spring 2018 scholarships are due by October 11, 2017.

    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.

    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 2017, Quarter, Internship, or UCEAP programs during the 2017-2018 academic year. The 2016-2017 application is due by March 20, 2017 via email to Eugenia Luu.

  • UC Education Abroad Programs (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)

    Dan Wise Memorial Scholarship (year-long program in France)

    Jasmine Jahanshahi Scholarships (semester or year-long programs)

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

    University of St. Andrews Scholarship – UC Davis students who apply for and are placed at University of St. Andrews, Scotland, are eligible to apply for a $2,000 University of St. Andrews award, made possible by a UC Davis faculty donor. Please contact UCEAP Advisor Christina Siracusa for more information on this award

  • Additional Resources
  • 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.

    The types of scholarships include:

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program – Student must be: receiving a Federal Pell Grant at time of application; accepted into a credit bearing program; and studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks in one country. For more information, watch this PowerPoint or come to an Information Session, held in the International Center, 463 California Avenue: TBA.

    - Summer Applications are due March 6, 2018 at 9:59pm PST.

    - Select "Nicole Uhlinger" as the advisor for any UC Davis Summer Abroad, Summer Internships, "Aspen Felt" for Quarter Abroad; select "Tiffany Macias Silva" as the advisor for any UCEAP or Independent programs.  For advising and essay review, please contact Scott Palmer.

    - Congratulations to the 9 UC Davis Gilman Recipients who received a total of $35,000 to support their 2017 Spring Study Abroad costs!

    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.

    STA Travel "Start the Adventure" Scholarship

    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.

    - Watch the following two-part PowerPoint Presentation, "Financial Aid & Scholarships for Study Abroad" with Soua Lo & Rosana Avila.  Part 1Part 2

    UC Davis Financial Aid for Summer Abroad 2017 - First come, first served!

    Information Sessions: Attend a Financial Aid Workshop in Dutton Hall Room 1225 from10:30-11:30am: January 25, February 22, or March 22.

    Additional sources of 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. Deadlines vary so begin researching these scholarships before applying for a study abroad program.

    Scholarship Listings – Listing of outside scholarships.

    UCEAP additional resources for funding