Cost & Funding

The cost of this program varies slightly each year (depending on price fluctuations in Rwanda), but generally the cost is ~$5,500. This includes all expenses for the 4-week course. This is similar or below the cost for other 4-week Study Abroad programs to international destinations.

Total budget calculator:

  • Program Cost ~$5,500
  • Flight ~$2,400 from USA (depends on your location and use of frequent flyer miles)
  • Extra Travel Insurance ~ (optional-covers flight cancellation and baggage loss)
  • Immunizations/Medications ~ (check with your doctor or travel clinic)
  • Equipment ~$400 (hiking boots, binoculars or field clothing you may need)
  • Spending Cash ~$200

Scholarships, grants and financial info:

Here is a link to other scholarships, which students might look into to:

BRAVO! / MHIRT Funding Opportunity

Here is a link to another scholarship opportunity, this time for graduate students or health profession students. Support is restricted to ethnic minority students or those from medically underserved areas.
Thanks Shannon

National Geographic Grants

National Geographic Education Funds

Professional Development
Underlying much of our work is a national network of "geography alliances," state-based partnerships between local teachers and universities that connect educators with one another, offer professional development opportunities, and promote educational innovation at state and local levels. Our grants support educator training that builds on the voluntary U.S. National Geography Standards.

Examples of our grantmaking to support local educators include providing virtual teacher workshops on a range of geographic topics, offering field-based experiences as a part of in-service training, and offering pre-service workshops for new social studies teachers.

Policy Reform
All "core" academic discipline—except geography—receive federal help.

National Geographic and other leading geography education groups are trying to remedy this by working with members of Congress to bring geography into parity with other core disciplines, such as math, science, English, and history.

Find out more about our Policy Reform initiative.

Public Engagement
The Education Foundation works to help Americans realize the extent to which geography is more than simply learning about places and locations—instead it is an understanding of the interconnections of people, places, and environments and their impact on our lives. In 2006, we joined with a coalition of national business and non-profit partners to launch a public engagement campaign called My Wonderful World. The campaign aims to energize parents and educational leaders on behalf of geography education.

NGS/Waitt Grants for Exploratory Fieldwork
Deadline: Ongoing
Waitt Grant provides ~100 grans annually of $5,000-$15,000 to qualified and experienced individuals for exploratory fieldwork that holds promise for new breakthroughs in the natural and social sciences. Applications are processed throughout the year and grants are awarded expeditiously to help researchers take advantage of immediate opportunities.

American Institute for Foreign Study

AIFS annually awards more than $250,000 in scholarships to summer and semester students who submit application materials demonstrating high academic achievement. Scholarships are available for both summer and semester programs.

UofA Center for Global Student Programs

The Center for Global Student Programs (CGSP) serves both the incoming international student population and University of Arizona students studying abroad. CGSP assists international students in complying with existing federal, state, and local regulations, provides information and gives authorization (as appropriate) concerning visa and immigration matters, and offers personalized counseling and advisory services to students in all phases of their adjustment to the University and to the United States. It also sponsors an International Student Orientation and Registration Program each semester for newly-arrived international students, and cross-cultural workshops and seminars on issues affecting the international student population. Over 30 international student clubs are also supported by the Center. CGSP is located adjacent to the campus, at 915 N. Tyndall Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721, (520) 621-4627, FAX (520) 621-4069.

Study Abroad Travel Grant

Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship

for undergraduate, Pell recipients in STEM fields (up to $5000)

Simon Study Abroad Bill

this is just exciting talk at this point. I am not aware of any real dollars coming down the line on that (yet!).

click to see Study Abroad Bill info

FSHD Graduate Student Travel Funds

(a) Funding to assist first-year FSHD grad students to attend an academic conference (without authorship for a paper or poster presentation) or training workshop may be available, so we encourage you to apply. If, as a first-year student, you are co-author, then follow "b" below.

(b) For all other FSHD grad students: Please complete the attached application form and submit it to me, when you have a paper and/or poster accepted for presentation at a conference or have chosen a specific workshop/training experience to attend. The FSHD Graduate Studies Committee can then formally evaluate your application and allocate funds if appropriate.

For application and info, contact:
Susan Silverberg Koerner, Ph.D.
Phone: 520.621.1691
Fax: 520.621.9445

IPS- Martha J. Galante Award

Grant proposals are solicited from professionals of primate habitat countries. Money awarded (up to $2500) is to be used for conservation training including such activities as: transportation to a training course or meeting location, course or event fees, and/or expenses during the event period.

People interested in receiving this award should:

  • be officially enrolled in an academic institution or a similar organization (taking courses, instructing courses, conducting research or conservation work)
  • provide information about the program of interest (courses, congresses, symposia, field work, etc.) in English
  • send a letter explaining his/her interest in participating in the course or event in English
  • send a C. V. in English include a letter of acceptance for the respective course
  • provide two letters of recommendation

Address questions and completed applications to:

Janette Wallis

Application Due: March 1st

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services


November 1 and April 1 of each year


  • Government agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Individuals
  • Private sector entities

Applicants must submit a proposed project where work occurs within the range of the Great Apes, or, if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show a clear relevance to Great Ape conservation. Applied research projects should address specific management needs and actions.


Applicants must read the complete Notice of Funding Availability, which contains complete application instructions. The basic steps to completing an application are outlined below. Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions (NOFA)


  • Read the Assistance Award Guidelines.
  • Obtain a DUNS number. Applicants without a DUNS number need to go to Dun and Bradstreet website to request one.
  • Register with Central Contractor Registration (CCR) Database. The following applicants are exempted from this requirement: 1) all individuals 2) all Federal agencies and 3) foreign applicants submitting a proposal for less than $25,000.  If you are NOT registered, please visit one of the following websites

                 US registrants go to: (Before registering select “What You Need to Register” on the homepage)

                 FOREIGN registrants go to:

  • Develop a Project Narrative – The project narrative consists of goals, activities, benefits, monitoring and organization overview. You can find more detailed information in Section IV - Part C of the Notice of Funding Availability. The narrative must include a Project Timeline (click to see an example)
  • Develop a Project Budget – Budgets should include funded equipment, indirect costs and program income. You can find more information in Section IV - Part C of the NOFA. An example can be found here at Budget Example
  • Obtain a government endorsement letter from the agency responsible for the area or species your project protects.


Applicants should make every effort to consolidate all required elements of their proposal into one file that can be submitted electronically to

All PDF files should be unlocked and not password protected. If you send multiple messages due to file size restriction, clearly identify your proposal and assign a number incrementally as compared to the total number of messages you will send (Example: 3 out of 4) in the subject line of each message.

*Please do not submit additional support materials such as reports, newsletters, DVDs, t-shirts, etc. without prior approval.


  • Signed Grant Application Cover Page (must be signed by Authorized Representative)
  • Project Summary (1 page)
  • Project Narrative Timetable (example)
  • Budget Table (example)
  • Budget Justification
  • Curricula vitae (1-2 pages) for key personnel
  • Letter of Governmental Endorsement
  • Map


Failure to provide complete information, as outlined above, may cause delays, postponement or rejection of a grant application.


Priority will be given to projects that enhance conservation of Apes within there natural range.


In 2000 Congress passed the Great Apes Conservation Act in response to the alarming decline. The Act provides for the establishment of a Great Apes Conservation Fund to provide financial assistance to support projects that will enhance sustainable conservation programs to ensure effective, long-term conservation of Great Apes. 

Grant Programs at US Embassy Kigali

The Ambassador provides 3 small-scale development funds. The goal is to improve the basic economic and social conditions of the community or village, to build democratic institutions, support the rule of law and respect for international and domestic civil and human rights and to promote HIV/AIDS prevention among population, and provide care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS and orphans and vulnerable children.

Contact details:

Self-Help Coordinator
Kamila Rajkotia
Phone: (+250)252 596 504

Economic/Commercial Assistant
Rutaremara William
Phone: (+250)252 596 410

Phoenix Zoo Conservation & Science Grants

Mission is to inspire people to live in ways that promote the well-being of the natural world. We accomplish our goals through participation and leadership in conservation efforts on-grounds and throughout our region, and by supporting conservation and science programs worldwide.

This grant is only for one year and will not exceed over 3,000 dollars.

Submit the grant only through electronic format with “TPZ Grants” in the subject line to

This is the link for the Phoenix Zoo Conservation & Science Grants

Future for Wildlife

Projects must directly contribute to the survival of populations of free-living animal species and the ecosystems in which they are found. The foundation wants the project to create a better future for wildlife.

  • Awards range from $500 to $4500.
  • Proposals must be received by June 15 and December 15. Applications are reviewed in July and January of each calendar year.
  • Award notifications will be made in August and February. Successful grantees will be required to submit photos and a report that clearly explains how project objectives were met and budget accounting detail at the end of the grant cycle.

Proposals are evaluated by considering the following criteria:

  • Complete application received of appropriate length, including CV and letters of recommendation labeled with the name of the grant
  • Demonstration of existing community support
  • Level of conservation priority Potential conservation impact
  • Address how this work helps wildlife
  • Adequate project management
  • List of other funders
  • Clear and measurable goals
  • Reporting plan
  • Capacity building
  • Project leader's qualification

Animal Behavior Society Grants

These two student research grants range from US$ 500 to $ 2000 each

Currently enrolled in a graduate program.

Active student members of ABS

The deadline for applications is December, final decisions April

The application must include; the propose, introduction, question to be addressed, proposed research, predicted the outcomes, the importance of this research, references, budget, curriculum vitae, and animal care questionnaire. Here is the link of the application with more information:

E. O. Wilson Conservation Award:

This award seeks to encourage graduate students of animal behavior to participate in meaningful conservation-related research. This award support a proposal considered meritorious for its integration of behavior and conservation.

George W. Barlow Award:

This Award's purpose is to encourage excellence in graduate student research in the field of animal behavior.

Lewis & Clark Fund

for Exploration & Field Research: funds graduate students

UA Green Fund

One big problem for UA institution that encourages is students to go abroad (including underdeveloped countries) is PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. The primate field school uses a large number of these and I really have not found out fully what happens to all those water bottles in Rwanda. Maybe a proposal can be for a student to see how Study Abroad programs (using Rwanda program as a model) can reduce water bottles or more broadly operate in keeping with sustainable practices. The outcome could be a set of recommendations or best practices that UA Office of Study Abroad endorses. This is spreading sustainability practices all over the world!!

Subject: UA Green Fund Call for Proposals; pre-proposals due Nov 17

The UA Green Fund Committee provides funding for projects that involve UA employees and students and that make the UA a more environmentally sustainable institution. I have attached the recently released call for proposals for more information on how you, your students and your colleagues can apply for funding. I appreciate you forwarding this to your colleagues and students who may be interested in submitting a project proposal.

The Committee requests 300 word pre-proposals by November 17 for the purpose of providing constructive feedback to applicants who plan to submit full proposals (due January 20, 2011). I am an advisor to the Committee, so please let me know if you have questions.

More information about the committee, the proposal process, and previously funded projects can be found here:

DoD's SMART Scholarship:

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student involved in research in science,math, or engineering? Would you want to work as a civilian in a Department of Defense lab after you graduate? You might be interested in the SMART Scholarship, the premier scholarship program supporting the education of America's future scientists and engineers. Find out more at an information session held by the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships!

SMART Scholarship Information Session
Thursday, November 10 at 9:30am
Slonaker House (Honors College) Living Room
Please RSVP to
Jeff Thibert, Program Coordinator for Nationally Competitive Scholarships, at

If you can't attend but would like to find out more, visit the SMART Scholarship website at and contact Jeff for more information! Find out more about the ONCS at

Other ideas:

Investors in Rwanda

that want to promote Rwanda as a progressive country

  • Terracom (John Dick)
  • Thousand Hill Ventura Fund
  • Walmart (connection to Akarega National Park)
  • Costco
  • Starbucks

Womens' Organizations

to support female students to a country that shows progressive policies about women
UofA Womens Faculty organization
PEO (Providing Edu Opportunities)
WISE (Candace contacted them

Regarding women in Rwanda:
When the genocide ended, Rwanda was left 70 percent female. So women picked up the pieces and started to rebuild. Today, in almost every sector of Rwandan life, you'll find a woman. Rwanda's the only country in the world where women outnumber men in Parliament. Read the story

Want more good human beings

  • Rotary Club
  • Kiwanas
  • Desert Angels in Tucson
  • Bob Morrison(Emily contacted him)
  • Marshall Foundation

UofA Africa Forum?

UofA Study Aborad Alumni Alumni

Jane Goodall support? Not likely

Fund Raiser?
Univeristy/Education (for student fundraisers)
Family Studies
Natural Resources
Vet Sci
Inst for Env