CAPA Scholarships and Grants
The following scholarships and grants are available for students participating in the CAPA-Led Programs to Buenos Aires, Dublin, Florence, London, Shanghai, or Sydney. These scholarships are not for students participating in non-CAPA programs to these destinations.
- CAPA Need-Based Scholarships
- CAPA Affiliate Grants
- Study Again with CAPA Scholarships
- Accommodation Fund
- National Study Abroad Scholarship Competitions
- Blog and Vlog Grants
To be eligible, you must be in the process of applying for a CAPA program. A separate scholarship application and documentation may also be required by the deadline listed. See each individual section for more details on the application process.
- Online personal essay questions
- Financial Assessment Form - must be filled out by your home institution's financial aid office (please allow 1-2 weeks for processing)
Over 200 colleges and universities are affiliated with CAPA. Affiliation provides access to a special affiliate grant. if you are from an affiliate institution you automatically receive $300 grants for Summer Programs, $400 for Quarter Programs and $600 grants for Semester Programs. This will be deducted from your program invoice. If you wish to know if your institution is an affiliate, please contact a CAPA Admissions Advisor at 800.793.0334.
If you studied abroad on a regular or customized CAPA program, you will automatically receive a $600 scholarship to study abroad again on a regular CAPA semester program, or a $300 scholarship toward a regular CAPA summer program. Students studying on another custom program are not eligible, and Affiliate students will not receive the Regular Affiliate Grant in addition to the Study Again with CAPA Scholarship. The scholarship and program application materials must be completed by the regular program deadlines (no extensions).
CAPA is committed to facilitating a learning abroad experience for students with disabilities. We encourage the disclosure of disability and use a collaborative team approach that involves our support staff both stateside and abroad, the student's study abroad advisor and disability resources coordinator, and of course the student, to determine the best means of accommodation. While some accommodations are cost-free, we recognize that additional expenses may be incurred. In an effort to defray such expenses, we have established the Accommodation Fund. We wish you a successful, exciting, and enriching time abroad and we are happy to support you in any way possible.
Grant Application Process:
- Email to Anne McDonnell, Director of Pre-Departure Services, to request an accommodations form outlining your needs.
- An anticipated additional cost sheet. Please work both with the Pre-Departure Services team, who will liaise with onsite personnel, as well as your College or University Study Abroad Office to assess potential additional costs that may arise. These can be estimates based on average costs advised by onsite personnel.
- Permission to contact your College or University’s Office of Disability Services as well as (if applicable) State Vocational Rehabilitation Program Coordinator from whom you receive support.
CAPA will review the grant proposal and determine award amounts based on the information provided. CAPA will try to meet the financial needs of the student as they are outlined to whatever degree possible, but some awards may not completely match the amount listed by the student pending the number of grant proposals we receive.
In instances where the grant funds will cover anticipated costs overseas, the grant fund will be managed by the onsite staff and distributed as needed/requested. If the proposed costs pertain to aspects of the program prior to departure, CAPA will make direct payments on the student’s behalf to the designated payee.
In addition to CAPA Scholarships, there are many other national scholarship competitions you can apply for to receive extra funding. Many of these scholarships require you to apply a year in advance, so definitely do your homework ahead of time. Please visit each individual link below to learn more about eligibility, deadlines and how to apply:
Critical Language Scholarship (for China)
Each term, CAPA selects a team of official bloggers and vloggers to share their study abroad experiences on the CAPA World blog. In exchange, bloggers and vloggers will receive a grant calculated at $25 per weekly post along with an explorer fund calculated at $15 per week abroad to help generate content. Content will also be shared on CAPA’s social media.
The grants and explorer funds for bloggers and vloggers are available to incoming students each term and are subject to annual review.
To be eligible for a CAPA blog or vlog grant, you must:
- have been accepted to study abroad on a CAPA program the coming term that is 6+ weeks during the summer or 10+ weeks during the semester
- submit the application form and sample blog/vlog entry as detailed below
- not mandatory: if you have previous history as a blogger or vlogger, you may submit a copy of your blog / vlog to the grant committee to show examples of your work. This may be submitted on the application where it says "URL of your current blog or vlog".
As a grant recipient, you must commit to writing one blog post or recording one vlog per week to set deadlines during your term abroad. Missing these deadlines may result in deductions from your grant amount. The blog or vlog contributions will begin in the “preparation stage” the week before you leave home. A list of suggested blog/vlog topics will be available to trigger your creativity but you are encouraged to submit your own ideas as well. Blog posts should be between 400 – 1,000 words. Vlog entries should be 1 - 2 minutes long. Blog/vlog content must be appropriate in nature and avoid showing or writing about topics that breach CAPA’s student code of conduct.
Distribution of Grant and Explorer Fund:
You will receive the first half of your grant in the form of a check sent to your US address before you begin blogging or vlogging. The explorer fund will be distributed by your resident director when you arrive in your host city. Once you have completed your full responsibilities as an official blogger or vlogger, you will receive the final grant installment in the form of a check sent to your US address. If you fail to complete your responsibilities as an official blogger or vlogger, you will forfeit the second half of your grant amount.
Use of Explorer Fund: The use of the explorer fund is strictly intended to further the content of your blog/vlog. For example: ticket entry to events or venues such as museums or galleries that you may not otherwise have experienced that are then posted about on the blog or recorded for the vlog, dinner at a restaurant that you want to review, or in any way that you feel will be beneficial to your contribution as a blogger/vlogger.
This grant could potentially be taxable. Speak to your consultant for advice.