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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 Health Sciences & Professions students through its Student Travel Awards Program.  Starting in fall 2015, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis twice per year and awards are made until allocated funds are used.  Awards range from $500 to $1000.  Early application is encouraged.  These awards can be combined with travel scholarships available through the Office of Global Opportunities and the Tropical Disease Research Institute.  

Application due dates for Winter/Spring 2015-16 faculty led global health programs and Heritage College 3rd or 4th year Independent International Rotations (OCOM 8911) are September 1, 2015, October 1, 2015 and November 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm.  (This includes Dr. Ryan's Costa Rica and London Global Public Health Programs,).

Applications for Summer/Fall 2016 faculty led global health programs and Heritage College 3rd or 4th year Independent International Rotations (OCOM 8911) are January 1, 2016, February 1, 2016, and March 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

Eligible programs include:

  • Global Public Health in Costa Rica (winter break)
  • Global Public Health in London (spring break)
  • Heritage College OCOM 8911 Independent International Rotation (Year 3 & 4) 

Summer Programs

  • Botswana-Healthcare
  • Botswana-Rehabilitation Services
  • China - Aging & Traditional Medicine
  • Ecuador- Community &  Public Health
  • Ecuador - TDI Research Program
  • London - Comparative Health Systems
  • Malaysia - Promoting Wellness in Older Adults
  • Nicaragua - Rural Health Care and General Medicine
  • Paraguay - Social Work Field Experience
  • South Africa - Child Life 

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.


Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

Gilman 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.


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.