Summer Grants

Special Funding Opportunity

International Programs will only fund experiences that meet the criteria delineated in the most current Student Travel Policy.  See Summer 2022 for reference. Check back for Summer 2023.

Steps to Follow

  1. Apply directly to the sponsor of the experience by their published deadline. 
  2. Register your plans with IPO and request funding by Mar 15, 2023 for one of the following options, below.
  3. If needed, IPO will "endorse" your application following each program’s process. Email nomination links or forms to

Programs for CREDIT 

Complete the IPO/Registrar abroad course transfer process. 
Due Mar 15, 2023.

Programs NOT for CREDIT 

Complete the International Programs Gobal Projects clearance
Due Mar 15, 2023.

Complete the grant request section of the form, if you wish. Complete the grant request section of the form, if you wish.

Program types: summer study abroad programs or internships, research, community-based programs.

Experiences MUST meet the criteria indicated in the current student travel policy.  No exceptions

Program types: reseach with Oxy faculty, HCC internships or other structured internship or projects that meet the criteria indicated in the the current student travel policy.
No exceptions.

Grant criteria and information

  • Priority for class of ‘23 students who have not studied abroad due to the pandemic.
  • Grants are on a sliding scale based on need as determined by Financial Aid. 
  • Both credit and not for credit experiences are eligible for IPO funding. 
  • Applicants typically underrepresented in study abroad including STEM, 1st generation and POC strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Grants are usually partial. See Financial Aid for loans or seek additional funding.
  • Eligible expenses are: program tuition/fee, airfare, housing, meals & transportation.
  • Priority for experiences directly related to the major or minor.
  • Recipients must submit a thank you note and transcript or other verification of participation upon completion or the entire grant amount will be charged to the student account.

Student Travel Policy: Summer 2022 - Assume Summer 2023 will be similar.

All Occidental College travelers should evaluate the risks of U.S. and international travel during the pandemic and consider the CDC’s COVID Travel Recommendations (including Presidential proclamations) and regulations prior to participation.

Due to highly fluid conditions of the pandemic, frequent and swift border closures, additional testing requirements, extended quarantines and/or new requirements to contain the spread of COVID 19, Occidental will approve only certain types of international travel by students for College funding. This is intended to enhance student safety and limit the loss of College resources.

Occidental funding including outside grants or department funds may only be allocated to fully vaccinated students (no vaccine exemptions permitted) participating in either of two types of international programs:

1. Occidental faculty-supervised research/creative/community based projects: Oxy faculty-member must be present on-site to supervise for the duration of the project. The faculty member assumes responsibility for all “program” elements listed below. T3 and Resident faculty only.

2. Organized program: Established international research, internships, community-based learning, and study abroad experiences that operate within the context of an organized program with adequate health and safety infrastructure and travel protocols. Such programs may not be set up for an individual on a one-time, incidental basis.

Both faculty-facilitated projects and organized programs must include the following elements:

  • Located in countries rated level 1 or 2 by the Department of State. Level 3 or 4 ratings will only be considered due to COVID conditions, not other threats. See the April 23, 2021 Student Travel update for background.
  • Accountable on-site staff members (or Oxy faculty-member, if option 1) specifically tasked with overseeing student success including health and safety.
  • Durations no less than 3 weeks due to the possibility of on-site quarantines/isolation.
  • Clearly defined project/program goals and student learning objectives.
  • Facilitated housing placement.
  • Pre-departure travel and visa guidance.
  • College approved medical and accident insurance.
  • On-site orientation to local conditions, resources, health & safety.
  • Published policies and procedures including:
    • participant code of conduct,
    • health and safety protocols,
    • COVID policies,
    • 24/7 emergency/crisis response procedures.