Study Abroad & Away

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Many scholarships and awards are available for Global Learning, including ones that are specific for participants in our faculty-led study abroad programs—UC Davis Quarter Abroad, Summer Abroad, Summer Abroad Internships, USA Study Programs—and on UCEAP, service learning, 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 by the Global Learning Hub, including how to write a successful scholarship application.

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

    UC Davis Study Abroad is pleased to announce that $70,000 is available for 2020 Study Abroad Awards for UC Davis students!

    Award Application Deadlines:
    Fall Seminars Abroad            May 19, 2020 at 5pm
    Study Abroad Award applications will be available for Fall Seminars starting on April 29.  You must already be saved a spot in a fall 2020  Seminar program by the applicable 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. 

    Term-specific award information can be seen in the following fliers.
    Fall Seminars Abroad Awards 2020

    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.
    View the most recent workshop here

    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 (.ppt)

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

    Undergraduates in the College of Biological Sciences

    Covers full tuition, travel expenses and stipend.

    Deadline: November 1, 2019

    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,
     BioSci2B in Dublin, or BioSci2C in Edinburgh for Summer 2020.  

    UC Davis International Relations (IR) Study Abroad Scholarship

    Undergraduates majoring in International Relations

    $500-$1,000, multiple scholarships available

    Deadline: December 13, 2019

    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.

    UC Davis American Studies Program Study Abroad Award

    Undergraduate American Studies Majors

    $500-$1,000, multiple scholarships available

    Deadline: March 27, 2020

    The American Studies Program is pleased to announce its scholarship program for international study. Awards are available to be used in conjunction with UC Davis Summer Abroad, Summer Abroad Internships, Quarter Abroad Fall, or UC Education Abroad Programs in the 2020/21 Academic year. Award winners will be announced in April 2020, 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 27, 2020 at 5pm. Winners will be judged on the basis of their responses to the prompt in the 2020 application, found on the American Studies homepage.  

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

    Undergraduate Guardian Scholars

    Up to $1,000

    Deadline: February 5th, 4:30 pm

    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 2020-21 UC Davis or UCEAP study or intern abroad program. You do not have to be enrolled in a program yet to apply.
    Applications must be physically turned in to 107 South Hall. View the 2020 application.

    John Wasson Study Abroad Fellowship

    Undergraduates enrolled in the College of Engineering


    Deadline: April 1, 2020

    UC Davis students in the Department of Chemical Engineering & the UC Davis College of Engineering are eligible to apply. The Fellowship will distribute $6,700 in award money to participate on a program with UC Davis Study Abroad Program: UC Davis Summer 2020, Quarter, Internship, Seminar, or UCEAP programs during the 2020-2021 academic year. The application is due by April 1, 2020 via email to

    CAPA Scholarships – UC Davis Spring Quarter Abroad London 

    Students enrolling in the Spring Quarter London program


    Deadline: October 16, 2019

    CAPA offers a need-based scholarships to students participating in the Spring Quarter Abroad London program. 

    CFHI Scholarships – UC Davis Quarter Abroad Mexico

    Undergraduate participants in the Fall Quarter Abroad Oaxaca Program


    Deadline: March 1, 2020

    The UC Davis Study Abroad Latino/a Health Internship Scholarship offers financial assistance for For more information, please see the CFHI Scholarship page. This is for 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. 

    CFHI Scholarships –Summer Abroad Global Health Internships

    Undergraduate participants in the Global Health Internship program


    Deadline: March 1, 2020

    The UC Davis Summer Abroad Global Health Internship - Scholarship Award is for any student who intends to participate in a UC Davis Summer Abroad Global Health Internship Program in Bolivia, Philippines, India or South Africa. Applicants must be in good standing and have a GPA of 2.0 or above. 

    CEA Scholarships- Quarter Abroad Italy & Ireland

    Undergraduate participants in Quarter Abroad Italy or Ireland


    Deadline: Rolling applications open

    Participants on Quarter Abroad Italy and Ireland are eligible to apply for CEA Scholarships, which range from $300 to $3000. Scholarships are based on merit, need, and diversity for students going on CEA programs.  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

    Undergraduate participants on Quarter Abroad Japan (program returning Spring 2021)


    Deadline: October 2020

    Students must mention "Kyoto Seika University" as the program location on their applications. Learn how to apply on the Bridging Scholarships website

    Sacramento Local Section of the American Chemical Society: International Travel Grant

    American Chemical Society member OR active member of a chemistry club


    Deadline: February 1, 2020

    One award will be given  to support travel to an international chemistry conference/meeting/internship. Students participating in the Pharmaceutical Chemistry in Taiwan and Organic Chemistry in Nottingham programs are encouraged to apply. Click here for application form

    Chinese Government Scholarship for Chinese Language Programs

    Open to all students and scholars

    Full or partial scholarship

    Deadline: Late April

    This scholarship 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 Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies Grants
  • Blum Center Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA) Grants


    Up to $2,500

    Deadline: March 15, 2020

    Blum Center Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA) grants can be used to pursue fieldwork abroad in a developing country or work domestically on poverty alleviation, inequality, and topics related to global development. Fieldwork must be completed during the summer months (June – September).
  • UC Education Abroad Program Scholarships & Awards (UCEAP)
  • Visit the UCEAP Scholarship’s page for full funding details.

    UCEAP Promise Awards

    Undergraduate UCEAP participants


    Deadline: varies by program term

    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

    Undergraduate UCEAP academic year participants


    Deadline: March 15, 2020

    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. 

    University of St. Andrews Scholarship

    Participants in programs at St. Andrews's University in Scotland


    Deadline: Varies by program term

    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, attend an upcoming webinar or essay review session.
    Upcoming Gilman Scholarship Information Sessions:
         Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 5 PM: Information Session Webinar (Registration)
         Monday, February 3, 2020 3-5 PM, International Center 3119: Drop-In Essay Review Hours (Bring a copy of your Gilman Scholarship essays to receive feedback and have your essays reviewed by a staff member from the Global Learning Hub or Scholarships Office)
         Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12 PM, International Center 3119: Information Session
         Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 12 PM, Student Community Center Meeting Room D: Information Session during Winter Study Abroad Fair
         Monday, February 24, 2020 3-5 PM, International Center 3119: Drop-In Essay Review Hours (Bring a copy of your Gilman Scholarship essays to receive feedback and have your essays reviewed by a staff member from the Global Learning Hub or Scholarships Office)

    Opening Dates:
         Cycle 2 (for applicants whose programs that start between May 2020 and April 2021. This cycle encompasses Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-21): online application opens Mid-January, 2020
         Cycle 2 (for applicants whose programs that start between May 2020 and April 2021. This cycle encompasses Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-21): March 3rd, 2020 at 9:59pm 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.  Select any available option for the Financial Aid Advisor. 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

    Critical Language Scholarship

    Undergraduates, Master’s and PhD Students, Professional Students

    Money to cover program costs.

    Deadline: November 19, 2019

    The Critical Language Scholarship Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to study and master the following foreign languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.  Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply.

    David Boren Scholarship 

    U.S. Undergraduates

    Up to $8,000-24,000

    Deadline: February 5, 2020

    To be eligible for the 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 Gilman/McCain Scholarship

    U.S. undergraduates, child dependents of service members


    Deadline: March 3, 2020

    The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona. The scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    Graduating seniors

    Funding toward participation in an eligible program

    Deadline: October 8, 2019

    Winners of the Fullbright U.S. Student Program receive funding to either conduct research or serve as English Teaching Assistants (ETA’s) for up to one (1) year in a participating foreign country after completing an undergraduate degree. Specific amounts and length of time vary by country.

    The Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship

    U.S. graduating seniors pursuing grad school

    Up to $96,000 for tuition, internships, and professional development

    Deadline: November 1, 2019

    The Donald M. Payne Fellowship is for students entering graduate programs in international development or pursuing careers in the USAID Foreign Service, fellowships of up to $38,000 are available. Applications for 2020 due November 1, 2019. More information available here

    Additional Outside Scholarships and Resources

    HI USA Explore the World Travel Scholarship

    Undergraduates, Master’s and PhD Students, Professional Students


    Deadline: Application period currently closed.

    The Explore the World Travel Scholarship provides funding to help finance a trip outside of the United States that includes an educational or service component.

    Fund for Education Abroad

    U.S. undergraduates


    Deadline: September 16, 2020

    The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) 2020-2021 scholarship application cycle is now accepting applications! American undergraduate students planning to study abroad on any program that meets our requirements in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Academic Year 2020-2021 may be eligible to apply. A complete list of FEA eligibility requirements can be found on our website:

    Diversity Network Summer Scholarships 

    Full-time undergraduates


    Deadline: April 6, 2020

    The Diversity Network scholarship provides several scholarship awards to students enrolled at its member institutions. Summer 2022:  Students enrolled at a Diversity Network Member institution and planning to study abroad during the summer of 2020 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.

    STA Travel Airfare Deposit Program 

    Available to teachers and students

    Allows you to put a small deposit on airfare

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

    UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships external scholarship compilation.

    Comprehensive Study Abroad Scholarship Listings

         Scholarship Listings – Listing of outside scholarships.