Scholarships | Field Projects International

We received over 75 applications from applicants in 23 different countries – thank you all for your interest and dedication. We have now reviewed all scholarship applications for field courses taking place between December 2017 and February 2018, and decisions have been sent out to each applicant by email. A formal announcement of scholarship winners will occur on November 6, 2017



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

Rules and Eligibility

  • We strive to offer two scholarships per course. One scholarship is awarded to an individual regardless of age, nationality, socioeconomic status, religion, or any other aspect of an individual’s personal identity. The second scholarship is awarded to an individual with nationality and current residence in the country where each field course is taking place.
  • FPI offers multiple courses per summer or winter session. Per session, you are allowed to submit a maximum of two scholarship applications to separate courses, and your essays must be distinct. Please also note that you are only able to receive one scholarship per session.
  • Essays must be written in English.
  • Essays must not exceed 1000 words.
  • All essays are checked for plagiarism. If we detect plagiarism in any part of your application you will be disqualified from the competition.
  • Before submitting a scholarship application, please make sure that you satisfy the eligibility requirements.

The Review Process

  • All scholarship application essays are evaluated by a blind committee, with no reference to your name or any other personal information.
  • Criteria used to evaluate essays include length, originality/creativity, insight, and clarity.  We avoid scoring essays based on grammar as not every applicant is a native English speaker.

A Scholarship Covers:

  • 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

Scholarship Descriptions

The Tab Rasmussen Scholarship

Dr. Tab Rasmussen was an incredible teacher, both in the classroom and outside of it. He was an intrepid birder who greatly enjoyed spending time in the Neotropics, and a gifted mentor who inspired so many students, including FPI’s founders. We honor his memory each year by assisting students with this same passion for natural sciences.

Number of Scholarships: 1 per course

Scholarship Type: Covers the full course fee

Location: Any of the FPI field sites

Course Specificity: Any FPI course (we intend to offer this scholarship to one student per course)

Eligibility: The applicant may be a resident and citizen of any country.

Application Period: September 1, 2017 – October 15, 2017 (for all courses through February 2018)

Essay question: The conservation of biodiversity and natural resources is an endless effort in which only a small percentage of activists receive the recognition they deserve. Can you to tell us about a present-day unsung hero of conservation.  Who are they, where and how are they making an impact?

Essay language: Please submit your essay in English ONLY.

Essay Length: 1000 words. Please use APA citation for your sources.

The Rehg Group Scholarship (in country applicants only)

The Rehg Group, Inc. is a printing business based in Atlanta that has supported FPI since we began offering our first field courses on various topics in biology, ecology, conservation, and anthropology. This season, we present scholarships in honor of the Rehg Group to one student from the country in which each field course is taking place.

Number of Scholarships: 1 per course

Scholarship Type: Covers the full course fee

Location:Any FPI field site

Course Specificity: Any FPI course (we intend to offer this scholarship to one student per course)

Eligibility: This scholarship is restricted to applicants with nationality and current residence in the country in which each field course is taking place.

Application Period: September 1, 2017 – October 15, 2017 (for all courses through February 2018)

Essay question:  Tell us about a human-wildlife conflict that is taking place within your country and what is being done to avert it?

Essay language: You may submit your essay in English only.

Essay Length: 1000 words. Please remember to cite your sources.

Application Instructions

  1. The application process opens on September 1, 2017, with a final deadline of October 15, 2017, 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.
  4. Scholarship recipients will be announced on October 23, 2017.
  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.


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 a Rehg and a Rasmussen application for the same course?

Yes, in special circumstances. If you are a local country applicant (i.e. citizen AND resident of the country in which the course is taking place) then you are eligible to apply to both scholarships. However, these two essays will count as the only two you can submit for this season. If you are not tied to attending only one course, you could submit two separate applications to two different courses.

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 downpayment.

Do the two 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. If you submit one application to each session (January or February) then that will count as your final two applications for the session.

What if I submit more than 2 applications accidentally?

We will pick the first two submissions and use those as your submissions for this current application session.