Dean's Circle Study Abroad Scholarship

The application period for these awards ended on 11/1/2019

The College of Biological Sciences in partnership with UC Davis Study Abroad has developed summer course options to study Introductory Biology in Ireland or Scotland (UK).

BIS2A: University College Cork, Ireland
BIS2B: University College Dublin, Ireland
BIS2C: University of Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)


  • Enrolled major in the College of Biological Sciences
  • Financial need (we will check with financial aid after you apply)
  • Good academic standing (no minimum GPA requirement)
  • Willingness to document your experience while studying abroad
  • MUST be able to attend Study Abroad BIS2A, BIS2B, or BIS2C during the summer of 2020
  • Preference will be given to those with no prior international travel experience

Application Process:

Complete the online application by November 1, 2019
  • Complete the application which includes two 300-word essay questions.
  • Provide the name and email of someone we can contact for a letter of recommendation (from a current/former instructor or current/former employer)

Selection Process Timeline:

  • November 1, 2019: Deadline to submit application.
  • November 4, 2019: Deadline for letters of recommendations.
  • November 1 – 14: All applications submitted by the deadline will be evaluated by the Selection committee to select the top (3-5) finalists of faculty, Dean’s office staff, study abroad office staff, and a CBS study abroad returnee.
  • On or before November 15th, top (3-5) finalists will be notified and invited to be interviewed by the selection committee.
  • November 20 (approximately): The top finalists will interview with the selection committee.
  • December 15th: The scholarship awardee will be notified. A runner up will be identified in case the awardee is unable to participate in the program.
  • Mid-January: The awardee enrolls at study abroad for the summer 2020 course
  • TBD: Pre- and post-program lunch with the Dean and selected guests

Dean's Circle Study Abroad Scholarship

Recognizing that study abroad can be a life-changing experience, Dean Mark Winey of the College of Biological Sciences with the support of donors to the CBS Dean’s Circle is excited to offer a substantial scholarship to a CBS student to participate in one of these courses in Ireland or Scotland.

What the scholarship offers:

  • All UC Davis tuition and fees for the Summer Abroad Program (BIS 2A, BIS 2B, BIS 2C) plus enrollment support from a BASC advisor
  • All travel expenses, including flights and fees for acquiring any travel documents such as a passport and visa
  • Allowance for “on-the-ground” expenses while in Ireland or Scotland (out-of-pocket meals, entertainment, etc.)
  • Stipend to offset some of the lost income that may have been earned through a summer job/internship