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Widening Circles - Cost and Funding

Widening Circles—Global Social Impact Program

Program Cost

$500 program fee, paid directly to Omprakash. Program elements:

  • Online learning, mentorship & community 
  • Peer-to-peer learning & discussion groups
  • Digital storytelling to document experience
  • Option to add social impact internship (in-person or virtual)

Students who elect an in-person internship or volunteer experience will have out-of-pocket expenses, including transportation to/from site and daily estimated costs which is listed for each internship/volunteer experience.

Program Funding

Thanks to the generosity of the colleges and our donors, the Global Learning Hub is able to offer financial awards to committed UC Davis undergraduate and graduate students participating in the Widening Circles Program.

Students must register for the program before submitting a funding application. All UC Davis students are strongly encouraged to apply for the following funding opportunities:

  • $500 full program fee awards.
  • $1,500 travel grants for students who add an in-person internship or volunteer position in conjunction with program. (Please note if additional travel grant funding becomes available, we’ll reach out to eligible students who applied.)

To be considered for the awards, students must complete the registration process through Omprakash as well as the funding application through the UC Davis Experiential and Intercultural Programs Portal and respond to the prompt: How does the UC Davis Widening Circles: Global Social Impact Program relate to your personal, professional or academic 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.

Funding Timeline

  • Register for the program through the Omprakash EdGE Platform: Open Now
  • Apply for funding through the UC Davis Experiential and Intercultural Programs Portal: January 8–March 15
  • Conditional Program Fee Award Offers Sent: April 1
    • Conditionally selected students will need to complete the following program requirements by April 19 in order for funding to be confirmed:
      • Complete the Omprakash profile
      • Make mentor selections
      • Confirm participation
      • Optional: apply for 2-3 in-person internship or volunteer opportunities, if wanting to be considered for a travel grant
    • Attend mandatory pre-program orientation call
  • Travel grant offers sent: April 24
    •  Conditionally selected students will need to complete the following program requirements by May 3 in order for funding to be confirmed:
      • Accept and confirm internship or volunteer opportunity
      • Confirm they are attending the pre-program orientation call on June 4