Scholarships | Field Projects International

Spring 2018 Scholarship Season is Now Open: Accepting Applications from February 15 – March 15th, 2018 


We offer several full scholarships to our courses in field biology and conservation for three principal reasons: 1) to ensure that there are opportunities for taking our courses that do not depend on payment of the course fee; 2) to ensure a more diverse student body that enriches the experience for everyone; 3) to provide opportunities for field training and networking to residents of the various countries in which we operate.  

Atención: Hispanohablantes
Tenemos becas para ciudadanos peruanos y becas para ciudadanos de otros países también, pero en este momento todos los estudiantes deben tener fluidez en Inglés. Esperamos poder ofrecer cursos en español en el futuro.

Scholarship Overview

Scholarship Options

  • We strive to offer two scholarships per course. For some courses, this summer, Fall 2017 attendees who did not take a field course over the winter have accepted scholarships for summer courses instead. This is why not every field course is eligible for both open and local scholarships this year. However, if anyone cancels a scholarship they previously accepted, or if course enrollments are high enough to open up more scholarship spots, we will keep a waitlist for some scholarships for each course. 
  • Scholarships consist of two main types:
    • The Open Scholarship: awarded to an individual regardless of age, nationality, socioeconomic status, religion, or any other aspect of an individual’s personal identity.
    • The Local Scholarship: awarded to an individual with nationality and current residence in the country where each field course is taking place
  • Summer 2018 Scholarships List:
    • Wildlife in Uganda: 1 Definite Local Scholarship,  1 Waitlisted Open Scholarship
    • Intense About Insects: 1 Waitlisted Open Scholarship
    • Amazon to Andes: 1 Definite Local Scholarship
    • Genomics in the Jungle: 1 Waitlisted Open Scholarship
    • Longterm Primate Monitoring: 2 Definite Local Scholarships
    • Life in the Sand: 1 Waitlisted Open Scholarship
    • Amazonian ABCs (PER SESSION): 1 Definite Local and 1 Definite Open Scholarship per Session

The Application Process

  • Every applicant can pick three scholarship options on the application form, in order of priority, and we will make every effort to give you your first option.
  • Those who score the highest on their essays will receive their top choice, and so on until all of the scholarship spots are filled.
  • Before submitting a scholarship application, please make sure that you satisfy the eligibility requirements for the course.If you submit an application and pick a scholarship you are ineligible for, this choice will be struck from your list of three options.
  • How to determine eligibility: Whether you are a local or open scholarship is dependent on the course you apply for and your citizenship/residence status. For example, if you are a US citizen and you pick “Amazon to Andes, Local Scholarship” as a priority – we will have to strike that option from your list because you are not a Peruvian citizen. Simply put, local scholarships are afforded only to citizens of the country in which the course is happening. 
  • Whether you choose to pick a definite scholarship (we ensure it will be given out regardless of enrollment) or a waitlisted one (we can’t be sure it will be provided, until we reach high enrollment) is your choice. Definite scholarships will definitely be given out this season; waitlisted ones are less certain – if the course does well, we will be able to make a waitlisted scholarship become a definite one!
  • Scholarship results will be announced on April 2nd, 2018 on our website, but winners are contacted a day or two earlier to confirm their fluency in English and their ability to accept the scholarship.
  • All scholarships are contingent on the courses actually making minimum enrollment. This information will be given to winners by April 16th, 2018 –  scholarship winners are encouraged not to make travel plans until that time.
  • Please note that you are only able to receive one scholarship to one course in the summer of 2018 (May – August).

The Review Process

  • All scholarship application essays are evaluated by a blind committee, with no reference to your name or any other personal information.
  • All scholarship applicants will answer the same essay question and be scored on the same rubric by the FPI grants committee. 
  • Scholarships are not judged based on the CVs you have managed to put together, nor your financial backgrounds, or why you want to take the course. It is your essay and not your scholarship application that determines your score. That having been said, we make considerable allowances for grammatical and stylistic errors or choices to remain unbiased in the face of those to whom English is not the first language. Therefore, it is the content of your essay, its originality, passion, factual rigor, and logical prowess that we focus on. 
  • Criteria used to evaluate essays include length, originality/creativity, insight, and clarity.  
  • Essays must be written in English.
  • Essays must not exceed 1000 words. Please use APA citation for your sources.
  • All essays are checked for plagiarism. If we detect plagiarism in any part of your application you will be disqualified from the competition.

All Scholarships Cover:

  • Transportation from local contact point to the field station and back
  • Meals and lodging for the duration of the course
  • Basic equipment required to attend the course

All Scholarships Do Not Cover:

  • Transportation to the local contact point. (We know this is rough, but our students come from so many places that we cannot afford to support their full travel costs at this time.)
  • Binoculars, boots, basic medications, backpacks, or personal items
  • Medical insurance. All participants must provide proof of medical insurance before travel. 

Spring 2018 Essay Question

Describe a recent technological advance (within the last 10 years) and how you think it could be used to advance the protection of wildlife and habitats across the planet. You may pick a genre of technology and discuss a specific approach you think would work best, giving concrete examples of pilot studies; or you may pick something really new and relatively unstudied and make a case for how you think it can help with nature and wildlife conservation.

Scholarship Honorees

Local scholarships are dedicated to Dr. Tab Rasmussen and open scholarships are dedicated to Dr. Robert Sussman. Both individuals were incredible teachers and mentors, in classrooms and out of them, whose encouragement has inspired generations of scientists in the field of biological anthropology to go further, climb higher, and do more than they ever thought they could. 

 Above: Bob Sussman with his book on the dangers of racist thought in history and today (read about him here)

Above: Dr. Tab Rasmussen (read about him here)

Application Instructions

  1. The application process opens on February 15, 2018, with a final deadline of March 15, 2018, for all courses.
  2. To complete a scholarship application you will need to have your written essay and electronic copies of proof of citizenship and proof of current residence.
  3. You do not need to complete a normal course registration when applying for a scholarship, just the scholarship application. However, if you are planning to attend the field course even if you do not receive a scholarship we recommend completing a course registration since there is no other way to reserve your space. If you have registered for a course, and then you win a scholarship, your course downpayment would be refunded to you in full.
  4. Scholarship recipients will be announced on April 2, 2018.
  5. If you do not win a scholarship, but still want to attend the course, you will have roughly two weeks after the announcement to make a paid reservation. This is only possible if there are still spaces available in the course.
  6. All applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of attending the course
  7. Each candidate must demonstrate at least average competence in written and spoken English, as instruction on the course will be provided in English. This having been said, many non-native English speakers have successfully attended our courses in the past. If any of the instructions below are confusing to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info[at]
  8. All residencies and citizenships must be proven at the time of the application in order to be considered for a particular scholarship.
  9. Each candidate can only win one scholarship per round of applications. Do NOT submit more than one application and essay.
  10. Do NOT include your name or any identifying information in your essay, or it will be removed before submission to the grant committee. 


Important Information

  • You must be able to get to the local contact point. FPI will not pay for transportation costs from your home town to this point, or back to your home.
  • You must demonstrate competence in spoken and written English, since coursework will be conducted in English. Typically, we will ask to speak with you over the phone to evaluate this requirement.

Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit one application for scholarships to different courses?

Yes, you can. The scholarship application allows you to list 3 possible scholarship options, in order of priority. That means that if you pick a scholarship as your top priority, and you score high enough, you will get your first priority if no one else has scored higher than you on your essay. Do NOT submit more than one essay.

Should I apply for a course before sending in a scholarship application?

You do not have to apply for a course before sending in your scholarship application. However, if you wait until knowing the final results of the scholarship in order to apply, there may not be space in the course you are wanting to attend – and that depends on the course itself. So you would be taking a bit of a risk with reserving a spot in the course. So our advice is this: if you are certain you want to attend, but would like to try your hand at the scholarship anyway, you should register for the course and send in the scholarship application also. Then, if you do win the scholarship, we will refund you your entire down payment.

Do the three sessions of the Amazonian ABCs field course count as separate courses?

Yes, they do. You must pick one or the other when you submit an application. 

What if I submit more than 1 application accidentally?

We will pick the first submission and use it as your submission for this current application session.

What if I have trouble seeing if I am eligible for a particular scholarship?

No problem. Simply email us and let us know your citizenship and country of residence and we can email you back a list of scholarships that you are eligible for this summer. Send these emails to

What if I am only interested in one specific scholarship - do I have to pick three choices?

No. You are only required to indicate your first choice. The remaining two are optional. 

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