Study Abroad Scholarships

ERC Study-Abroad Scholarships

Application Is Currently CLOSED

NOVEMBER 1st- NOVEMBER 16th, if you plan to go abroad in the coming Winter or Spring quarter, or on a year-long program beginning in January or February.

APRIL 3rd -  APRIL 15th, if you plan to go abroad in the coming Summer or Fall.

Application Closed

Thanks to the generosity of the family and friends of former ERC Dean of Student Affairs Jane Hett and other friends of the college, ERC is able to offer a few study-abroad scholarships each year, usually ranging between $500 and $1,000. Any ERC student in good academic standing is eligible to apply. ERC academic counselors and staff in the Programs Abroad Office at International Center can help you in identifying and selecting an appropriate study abroad program.

Factors considered in awarding the scholarships include:

  • how your academic program, performance, and goals relate to your study-abroad plans
  • whether the program you choose will provide educational experiences you otherwise might not have
  • the extent to which financial need is a factor in whether you will study abroad
  • how you might effectively share your experience upon returning to ERC

Normally ERC scholarships will be awarded for participation in an academic program or a service or field experience; both EAP and OAP programs qualify. If you are receiving financial aid, an ERC award would become part of your aid package and might reduce your need for loans.

Study-Abroad Scholarships from Other Sources

Organization for Tropical Studies Minority Scholars Program("). The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a nonprofit consortium of 64 universities and research institutions from the U.S., Costa Rica, Australia, Canada, México, Perú, and South Africa. Founded in 1963, OTS has a mission to provide leadership in education, research, and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. OTS is committed to providing opportunities in tropical biology to students from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the discipline. With funding from several sources, the OTS Minority Scholars Program offers opportunities for African American, Native American, and Hispanic American students to participate in its field-based science courses in Costa Rica.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships ( Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IIE through its Southern Regional Center in Houston, Texas, these scholarships enable students who have limited financial means to participate in undergraduate study abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for undergraduate U.S. citizens at two- and four-year institutions to pursue country-based study abroad programs of up to one academic year. To be eligible, a student must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot study abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba. Multi-country programs or tours and summer-only study-abroad programs are not eligible for these scholarships. For more information, full eligibility criteria, application deadlines for Fall and Spring programs, and the online application visit theGilman program web site.

Other study-abroad scholarships are posted at UCSD Programs Abroad.

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