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U.S. Passport Grant Program

U.S. Passport Grant Program

Thanks to the generosity of the Sullivan Family Global Affairs Passport Access Support Fund (endowed by Patrick & Cecelia Sullivan Family Foundation), a 2023 IIE American Passport Project Grant, and UC Davis’ Passport Services, the UC Davis Global Learning Hub is launching the U.S. Passport Grant program. In Fall 2023, the program will award 70 passports to UC Davis undergraduate students.

A passport is a tool which empowers you to take global action. Whether a passport helps you study, intern, and/or engage with communities in another country, it grants access to transformative global learning opportunities. 

What does the grant cover?

The U.S. Passport Grant Program covers the cost of one First-Time Adult U.S. Passport Book with standard processing and standard delivery. All costs noted below are covered by this grant.

The total costs of a U.S. Passport Book include: 

Passport Book $130 (covered by U.S. Passport Grant Program)
Execution Fee $35 (covered by U.S. Passport Grant Program)
2x2 Passport Photo $15 (fee waived by UC Davis Passport Services)
TOTAL $180

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Enrolled at UC Davis
  • With priority for students who are:  
    • Pell Grant eligible,  
    • applying for a U.S. passport for the first time 

We especially encourage applications from students who identify as part of a community historically marginalized or underrepresented in study abroad participation. 


Upcoming Information Sessions 

  • Register for the information session on October 10, 2023, 5:00 p.m. 
  • Register for the information session on November 8, 2023, 12:00 p.m.

Program Timeline

September 18, 2023 

Application opens 

October 10, 2023 

Information Session 

November 8, 2023 

Information Session 

November 15, 2023 

Application closes at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) 

December 2023 

Award decision emails sent to students 

Winter Holiday 
December 15, 2023-January 5, 2024 

Awardees will retrieve documents required for passport application 

February 2024 

Required: Passport Services and Application Information Session 

Awardees will receive specific instruction on date and location of session. 

February 2024 

Required: In-Person Group Application Appointment 

Awardees will receive specific instruction on date and location of appointment. During this appointment awardees will have their 2x2 passport photo taken and submit their passport application at Passport Services. 


Awardees receive their passports via mail. This date is subject to U.S. State Department processing times.

Award Application Process

Submitting Your Application 

The U.S. Passport Grant Program application for the fall 2023 cycle opens on September 25, 2023. The application deadline is November 15, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. There is limited funding for these awards so we encourage students to apply early. The GLH plans to notify students if they have received the award in early December 2023.

Grant Awardee Requirements

Students who are awarded must attend the Passport Services and Application Information Session in February 2024. At this session UC Davis’ Passport Services will highlight the services of their office and help students complete their DS-11 application form.

Awardees need to be prepared to present required supporting documents during the In-Person Group Application Appointment in February.

Required supporting documents include: 

For more information on what supporting documents count as evidence of U.S. citizenship or ID please review the U.S. Department of State’s Steps to Apply dropdown menus, here.

Important Note on the “X” Gender Passport Option

Please note that you may select the gender marker you would like printed on your U.S. passport. The gender you select does not need to match the gender on your supporting documentation such as birth certificate or state ID. For more information on selecting a gender marker which does not match that noted on supporting documents or another gender identity (X) please review the U.S. Department of State’s Selecting your Gender Marker website.

Because most countries continue to offer only binary options for identifying sex and the "X" gender option remains unknown to many border control agents and passport screeners, students traveling with an "X" gender option on their passport may encounter issues if their host country does not recognize this option. If you plan to travel with an "X" gender option on your passport, please contact our office so we can advise on next steps based on your host country's recognition of this option and provide other resources such as the U.S. Department of State's travel guidance for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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