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Financial Aid - Travel Awards

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Most financial aid can be applied to the costs of international programs. Click here for information about using financial aid and funding for education abroad from the Office of Global Opportunities website.

For more information undergraduate and graduate Ohio University students should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to confirm your aid package.  OU-HCOM Students should contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Travel Scholarships


Office of Global Opportunities

Several study abroad scholarships are available through the Office of Global Opportunities. Their website also lists external scholarship sources.


Global Health Initiative

The Global Health Initiative offers travel scholarships for Heritage College and HSP students through its Student Travel Awards Program.  Applications for Winter/Spring 2015-16 programs and HCOM 3rd-4th year independent rotations are due on October 1, 2015 (this includes the Dr. Ryan's Costa Rica Global Public Health Program,).  Travel award applications for Tim Ryan's London Global Public Health Spring Break Program are due December 1, 2015.  Applications for Summer/Fall 2015 Programs and rotations on February 1, 2015

Eligible programs include Global Public Health in Costa Rica (winter break),Global Public Health in London (spring break), Botswana-Healthcare, Botswana-Rehabilitation Services, Canada - Environmental Health & Sustainability, China - Aging & Traditional Medicine, Ecuador- Community &  Public Health, Ecuador - TDI Research, London - Comparative Health Systems, Malaysia - Promoting Wellness in Older Adults, Nicaragua - Rural Health Care and General Medicine, Paraguay - Social Work Field Experience and South Africa - Child Life (summer).  Heritage College and HSP students participating in 3rd & 4th year independent international rotations or opportunities are also eligible.

To apply, complete the application and copy and paste your essay and references to the Qualtrics form at

The award process is competitiveEssay details are included on the application form.  Essays not following the word limit or content guidelines will not be considered. Essays must include appropriate citation of any external resources used. Essays are evaluated by a panel of Global Health Task Force members (Heritage College & HSP Faculty & Staff) and scored considering grammar and punctuation, clarity of ideas, overall content, and relevance to the topic.  We highly suggest that you have a faculty member or advisor review your essay prior to submission.  

A decision letter will be emailed to all applicants approximately 2 weeks after the deadline.  If requested, a letter of award can be added to the applicant's file at the Heritage College or HSP or sent to the Dean or other academic officer at their college.  Awards are contingent on actual participation in the program and cannot be used to pay for program deposits.  Awards are not transferable and cannot be deferred.  Students can combine this award with the TDI or Office of Global Opportunity awards.


Tropical Disease Institute (TDI) Travel Awards

Students participating in programs in Ecuador sponsored by TDI can apply for the Tropical Disease Institute Travel Awards. Eligible programs include the Tropical Disease Research Program, Primary Care Clinical Elective, OMM Elective, and Community and Public Health.


Gilman International Scholarship

The scholarship provides up to $5,000 in support for program costs and airfare. To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen, a recipient of a federal Pell Grant and plan to study abroad for a minimum of four weeks. If you're planning to study abroad in Spring 2014, the deadline is October 1, 2013. If you are planning to study abroad in Summer or Fall 2014, the deadline is March 4, 2014. Please contact Laura Schaeffer ( or 740-593-2725) at the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) to set up an appointment and learn more!  More information on ONCA is at


Non OHIO students

Please check with the appropriate office in your home school. Credit for these programs can be given by your home institution to facilitate financial aid if previously arranged. Contact the Office of Global Opportunities directly at 740-593-4583 for more information.


Other Funding

Participants are also encouraged to seek financial backing from individuals, businesses or other organizations.  Several websites provide advice on fundraising for study abroad.


Funding Research


Student Enhancement Awards

The Student Enhancement Awards, sponsored by the Ohio University Council for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, assists undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, by providing funds for research and presentation of their research at professional conferences. The awards are based on competitive research proposals and provide funding ($6,000 maximum) for up to one year.


Provost's Undergraduate Research Fund

The Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund awards up to $1,500 for students conducting original research projects, creative projects and scholarly work. The funds can be applied to research related travel, materials or supplies. Application forms are available at


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF), sponsored by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, provides an opportunity for prospective medical student applicants to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. In addition to laboratory research, students attend weekly seminars and present their findings at the end of the summer. A stipend provided by the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine covers the cost of room and board for 8 weeks during the summer. SURF students also have the opportunity to apply for early admission to medical school. For more information call 1-800-345-1560.

CORE Research Fund

CORE Research Fund provides up to $3,000 for a medical student in the CORE. For more information, please contact Rhonda Wallace by email at or by phone at (740) 593-2380.