Thanks to generous donations from CALS faculty and alumni, CALS students are able to apply for study abroad scholarships, which is often a highlight of a student’s UW experience. CALS Study Abroad Scholarship Award amounts vary, with the average scholarship being approximately $1000.
CALS Study Abroad Scholarships are given out as part of the following three funds:
General Funds- these funds assist students in easing the financial burden of studying abroad and grant students equal access to an opportunity for financial assistance. These funds have the broadest eligibility requirements of all our scholarships. This scholarship is not need or merit-based, and awards are granted on the strength of a student’s essay.
Diversity Funds- these funds are intended to support underrepresented students to go abroad by easing the financial barrier as well as increase representation of diverse viewpoints on study abroad programs. For the purpose of these funds, diversity may include (but is not limited to) cultural, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, first generation college students, military, ethnic or racial identities that contribute to the diversity of the student body. This scholarship is not need or merit based, and awards are granted on the strength of a student’s essay.
Financial Need Funds*- these funds are intended to ease the financial barrier of study abroad for students with significant financial need as well as increase representation of students with financial need on study abroad programs. To be considered for these funds, students must have an EFC of less than $15,000. These funds are not merit based and awards are granted based on the strength of a student’s essay.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) each year for consideration.
*Awards based on financial need will require interested students to complete the FAFSA.
The following requirements must be met:
Must be a full-time, degree-seeking student in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison
Must be applying to study abroad on a CALS, WSB, CoE, International Academic Programs (IAP), or International Internship Program (IIP) experience
Scholarship Cycle and Application
There are two application cycles for CALS Study Abroad Scholarships:
Application for summer and fall programs opens early-January with a deadline in early-February
Application for winter, spring, spring break, and calendar year programs opens early-September with a deadline in late-September