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Travel Awards and Financial Aid

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Need Funding?

Looking to participate in a global health opportunity but not sure how to pay for it? Below are some resources to help you.

Student Financial Aid

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

For more information, undergraduate and graduate OHIO students should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to confirm your aid package. Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine students should contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Global Health Travel Award

The Global Health Initiative offers travel scholarships to students in the Heritage College of Medicine and the College of Health Sciences and Professions who participate in any of the OHIO faculty-led global health programs and/or Heritage College third- or fourth-year Global Health Elective rotations (OCOM 8911) and Physician Assistant Global Health rotations.

Click here for Global Health Travel Award Instructions on how to apply (PDF).

Eligible Programs Include:

Winter/Spring Break



Due Dates:

Early application is encouraged. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis twice per year and awards are made until allocated funds are used. Awards range from $500 to $1,000.

  • Winter/spring eligible programs and Global Health Elective rotations (third- or fourth-year medical students and PA students) are due Oct. 1 and Nov. 1 at 11:59 pm (EST).
  • Summer/fall eligible programs and Global Health Elective rotations (third- or fourth-year medical students and PA students) are due Feb. 1 and March 1 at 11:59 pm (EST).

A decision letter will be emailed to all applicants approximately two weeks after the deadline.

Apply for a Global Health Travel Award

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 OHIO ITDI or the Office of Global Opportunities awards.

OHIO Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute (ITDI) Travel Awards

Students participating in programs in Ecuador sponsored by ITDI can apply for the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute Travel Award Eligible programs include the Tropical Disease Research program, the Nursing and Medicine program and the Community and Public Health program. Deadline for applications are Feb. 15.

OHIO Travel Scholarships

Ohio University has a number of scholarships and travel awards to offer students who want to go abroad.

  • Office of Global Opportunities Study Abroad Scholarships offers a variety of awards, the list of awards are provided in the table below.
  • Other OHIO-sponsored scholarships are available for OHIO students. Make sure to review all the eligibility requirements and guidelines before applying to ensure that your program and plans meet the grant award expectations.
  • Ohio University is also a member of the Ohio International Consortium Study Abroad, and Ohio residents, who are at least a rising sophomore with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, are eligible for scholarships offered through the consortium.

Office of Global Opportunities

Travel Award

OHIO Student Eligibility

Due Dates

Need-Based Travel Grant


  • Winter/Spring: October 1
  • Summer/Fall: February 15

Merit Scholarship


Study Abroad Diversity Travel Award

Undergraduate, Graduate, Medical

Graduate and Heritage College Student Travel Award

Graduate or Medical

Dr. Michael and Mrs. Marilyn Day Study Abroad Award


February 15

Go Again Scholarship Undergraduate, Graduate, Medical  

Other OHIO Scholarships

Travel Award

OHIO Student Eligibility

Due Dates

Graduate Student Senate (GSS) Travel Grant


Variable Dates

Wayne Hadley Scholarship Fund LGBT Travel Award


March 25

Ohio International Consortium Study Abroad

Travel Award

OHIO Student Eligibility

Due Dates

George C Burke Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad


March 1

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The  Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program  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. Global Health programs that are likely to meet the length of program requirement (four weeks) include Botswana Healthcare, Ecuador Tropical Disease Research Program, South Africa Child Life, and South Africa Medicine. Contact the Global Health Initiative for more information at  globalhealth@ohio.edu  or 740-593-2353.

Diversity Network Summer Scholarship

The  Diversity Abroad Network "Diversity Network"  will offer summer scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for full-time undergraduate (both community college and university level) students attending faculty-led program for four weeks, including Botswana Healthcare, Ecuador Tropical Disease Research Program, and South Africa Child Life and Medicine. Applications are due in April.

Intern and Volunteer Abroad Essay Contest

Submit a  250-word essay to compete for a $500 scholarship  paid to students attending a program that provides volunteer or interning experience. All of the global health programs can help you achieve this goal, please feel free to inquire with the Global Health program coordinator for more information. Applications are due in December and the winner will be chosen in March.


Research Funding

Ohio University has a number of awards for students to fund research while they travel abroad. If you are interested in conducting research while on a Global Health program, make sure to communicate with the program director to ensure that any research ideas are feasible and appropriate for the program/site.

  • 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. Applications are available here
  • Core Research Fund:   CORE Research Fund  provides up to $3,000 for a medical student in the CORE. For more information, please contact Karen Collins, MPA, at  collink3@ohio.edu.

Non-Traditional Forms of Funding

There are other ways to raise funds for your global health experience abroad.

  • GoFundMe : GoFundMe is a personal online fundraising website for individuals, groups and organizations.
  • Community organizations, clubs and societies: reach out to different organizations, churches, societies (like Greek Life, Honor’s Societies, Key Club, etc.) for academic scholarships available.

Non-OHIO Students

Please check with the appropriate office in your home school for available funding opportunities.