Funding a study abroad experience is no small feat. Fortunately, no matter what your focus of study, if you’re interested in studying abroad USAC has a scholarship opportunity to help you get where you want to go!
The below scholarship information is specific to students who are majoring or minoring in STEM at Boise State University, the University of Idaho, the University of Florida, the University of Missouri or the University of Nevada, Reno.
If you don’t fall into one of the above schools, you can learn about the rest of our scholarship opportunities on our website: USAC Scholarships.
If you’re still here, I assume it’s because you’re interesting in taking your STEM studies abroad and want to learn more about the Dr. Meira Fields Study Abroad Scholarship.
Fields Scholarship Background
As a scientist, Dr. Fields had a distinguished international career that lasted more than four decades. She worked in Canada, England, Israel and the United States.
This scholarship was established in 2014 to commemorate her research and academic work in STEM fields around the world and allow STEM students to continue their education outside of the United States. Students from Boise State University, the University of Idaho, the University of Florida, the University of Missouri, or the University of Nevada, Reno who have a declared STEM major or minor are eligible to apply.
Over the last two years USAC has awarded 49 recipients with $60,000. Scholarship funding ranges from $500 for summer students to $2500 to fall and spring recipients.
Students should consult their home university’s study abroad office for application deadlines and details.
What USAC programs offer STEM studies?
For students who are majoring or minoring in STEM fields and are interested in studying abroad you will find a broad range of program availability through USAC. Class options vary based on location, but the following areas of study are available through USAC; General STEM, Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Information Systems, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Science, Kinesiology, Health Science, Marine Science, Mathematics, Natural Resources, and Physics.
The following programs offer STEM classes. For program specific class offerings, visit the USAC website
Australia – Gold Coast & Melbourne
Brazil – Floripa
Costa Rica – Heredia, Puntarenas, & San Ramon
Czech Republic – Prague
England – Brighton, Bristol, London, Reading
Germany – Lüneberg
Ireland – Cork
Israel – Haifa
Italy – Reggio Emilia & Viterbo
Japan – Hiroshima, & Osaka/Kobe
Korea – Gwangju, Seoul (Kookmin), Seoul (Yonsei)
New Zealand – Auckland
Norway – Oslo
Scotland – St. Andrews & Stirling
South Africa – Stellenbosch
Spain – Valencia
Sweden – Växjö/Kalmar
Thailand – Chiang Mai
The Netherlands – Maastricht
How the Fields Scholarship Has Helped Students
Student: Samantha Wicks
Major: Health Science Major
Study abroad location/term: San Ramon, Costa Rica – Fall 2016
How did receiving the Fields Scholarship contribute to your ability to study abroad?
I think that receiving this scholarship helped me to take the classes that I wanted to, and I was able to go on a study abroad experience – without this scholarship, I might not have been able to afford the program.
How did receiving the Fields Scholarship contribute to your overall abroad experience?
As for my overall experience, the money that I received with this scholarship allowed me to use my money I had saved to travel and see more of the country and the culture. Without this, I wouldn’t have been able to see the parts of the country that I was able to, and wouldn’t have been able to learn about the indigenous culture in more rural areas.
How has studying abroad changed your educational or professional future plans?
After studying abroad, I have a more widespread worldview. I will still continue my studies to become a physical therapist, but after living in such an amazing country, I know that I want to use my abilities once I become a physical therapist to help those who are less fortunate around the world, especially those people in Spanish speaking countries.