CFANS Study Abroad Grants

CFANS undergraduate students can apply for several different college-sponsored grants for international study. Awards are based on application quality as well as program merit and relevance to your study in CFANS.

  • International Learning Grant: the International Learning Grant (ILG) provides funding for CFANS undergraduate students in good academic standing who participate in international study, internships, work or volunteer experiences as part of their academic degree program. The types of experiences that are funded range from two-week international field study seminars to academic year study abroad programs. Typical award amounts are $600 to $900 for short-term programs, $1,200 for semester programs, and $2,400 for academic year programs. This award can be applied to any study abroad experience that results in academic credit.

  • Go Global Grant: awarded by the Office of International Programs to CFANS undergraduate students in good academic standing who participate in a CFANS study abroad program. 20 awards at $500 each will be offered for 2018-19.

  • Diversity in Education Abroad Grant: The purpose of this grant is to expand access to study abroad for underrepresented student populations in CFANS.  First–generation students, ethnically and/or racially diverse students, LGBTQIA students, and students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 8 awards at $2,500 each will be offered for 2018-19.

  • ESPM Majors: by completing this application you will also be reviewed for an ESPM Study Abroad Scholarship worth $500. Your study abroad experience must result in a minimum of 3 credits, or 16 days abroad in order to be eligible for this award. 

Are you eligible to apply?

     A student must:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student currently enrolled in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) in good academic standing.
  • Be making satisfactory progress toward an academic degree in CFANS.
  • Be willing to share their experiences abroad with the Office of International Programs.

    The experience must:
  • Result in academic credit being granted during or as a result of the experience.
  • Occur in a foreign country in accordance with Regents’ policy on student travel.

     Funds are not awarded to:

  • Students who have already received CFANS study abroad grants. More specifically, you cannot receive the same grant twice.
  • International students to return to their native country.

The application form will allow you to apply for all three grants; an applicant may potentially receive more than one award if he/she meets the criteria. Preference is given to students applying for their first international study abroad experience in college.

Application process:

A single application form is used for all three grants. Applicants who meet required eligibility and who are participating in a CFANS study abroad program will be considered for the Go Global Grant, in addition to the International Learning Grant. An additional (optional) section can be completed on the form for consideration for the Diversity in Education Abroad Grant.

To Apply:

Applications for grants to be applied to Fall 2018 programs are now closed. The next application cycle will open at the start of academic year 2018-19 for programs that take place during winter break/ spring term. Applications are reviewed by CFANS faculty and staff. We recommend writing and saving your essay(s) in a Word document before copying and pasting into the online form. The essay prompts are below (limit 350 words each):

Required essay for all applicants:
What motivated you to select your particular study abroad program? Address any academic, career, and/or personal goals that were part of your decision, and expand on how you think this specific program will help you reach those goals.

  • “Academic” goals do not need to be related to your major; we are looking for you to describe how the study abroad program coursework and/or components are relevant to your goals. 
  • Regardless of what type of goal(s) you are focusing on, explain how your goal(s) enhance your intellectual learning.

Optional section for consideration for the Diversity in Education Abroad Grant:

  1. Mark the diversity characteristics you identify with (application has a checkbox list).

  2. Write a brief essay on how the characteristics you identified have influenced your intentions to study abroad and affected the process.

Please be thoughtful in the presentation and quality of your essay responses in terms of grammar, style, and attention to detail.

Application Deadlines:

  • October 10, 2018 for study abroad programs held during Winter Break 2018/19, and Spring Break or Spring Semester 2019
  • February 6, 2019 for study abroad programs held during May or Summer Term 2019
  • April 10, 2019 for study abroad programs held during Fall Semester 2019

CFANS Conditions:

All grant recipients are required to share with the CFANS Office of International Programs:

  • 2 photos and a post-reflective 2 paragraphs about what this study abroad experience meant to you. How has your experience impacted you personally, academically, and/or professionally?

    PLUS one additional requirement of your choosing:

  • 1-3 minute video as an individual or in a team while abroad or talking about your study abroad experience. 
  • Blog at least twice per week about your experience and share with our OIP website
  • Tweet or post 3 times per week about your experience to @CFANS_Global and CFANS Global Facebook page during you time abroad or upon your return and attend our Global Engagement Fair. 
  • Give 2 individual or team presentations about the study abroad experience to classes, student or community groups

Failure to participate in the program for which funds are awarded will require repayment of the funds.

University Conditions:

  • Regents Policy requires all students to purchase supplemental health insurance for study abroad programs that includes medical evacuation and repatriation coverage.
  • Students are held responsible to meet student conduct code, financial aid and the credit transfer process procedures.
  • No student can travel to a country on the U. S. Department of State Travel Warning list unless a request for exemption has been made and approval received for travel.
  • All students are required to read, sign and submit a Release & Waiver document prior to travel.