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Travel Scholarship

Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Information and Selection Criteria for the 2020 Global Engagement Travel Scholarship

The global engagement travel scholarships are intended to support student travel (international or domestic) for immersive activities that expand the student’s cultural and technical competencies related global one health (research, education, service, outreach, capacity building, etc.) that supports their future career goals. The number of travel scholarships and their amount vary depending on the applicant pool and funding available for that particular year.

The global engagement travel funds are awarded twice annually (Autumn and Spring semesters).  Students can apply for trips for research, clinical training (externships), study abroad, or service learning. The travel must have both a veterinary and cultural component. This program is not meant to support regular clinical externships or conference travel.  Longer periods of travel that allow for more immersion in a culture/ community are preferred as are projects that include research.  Students should demonstrate that they have sought funding from other sources and have planned their opportunity and on-site mentors well. If you need help in planning an experience, please look at our list of previously funded trips and current opportunities, or contact Dr. Rebecca Garabed ( to set up a meeting.

Download the application and submit your completed application as a single PDF via email to 

Application Submission Deadline:

  • Spring 2020:  5 p.m., Tuesday, March 17 (Communication of Decisions: 5 p.m., April 2, 2020)
  • Autumn 2020: 5 p.m., Wednesday, September  30 (Communication of Decisions: 5 p.m., October 12, 2020)



Applicants are required to be in good academic standing and must be full-time DVM, MS, or PhD students in the College of Veterinary Medicine or MPH-VPH students. Graduate students based in other colleges with mentors in the College of Veterinary Medicine will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Travel must be for a minimum of one week and should not conflict with regular academic courses (special cases with instructor approval may be considered). Successful completion of VET PREV 7760 (Opportunities in Global Veterinary Medicine and Public Health) or a waiver based on successful completion of a similar course is a pre-requisite for receiving the award.  Trips to locations with current US State Department Travel Advisory Level 3 and above are unlikely to be funded and require additional justification.


Awards cover the entire remaining cost of travel once other funding sources have been exhausted. As such, the amount of individual awards will vary but are expected to range from $500 to $5000. Students must show some level of personal financial contribution to make sure they are completely dedicated to and understand the value of the learning experience for their education and career. The College of Veterinary Medicine will transfer awarded scholarship funds to the student’s registrar account and the bursar will send a check or direct deposit for the excess funds to the student at the beginning of the next semester.  Proposed budgets will be evaluated based on cost-effectiveness and thoroughness, including budget for supplemental travel insurance from OIA if needed. To find the expected costs for lodging and food in different locations please check the US government sites (domestic) (international) as well as local contacts/ hosts.  Budgets can include transportation, food, lodging, and travel-related vaccine and medication costs not covered by insurance. They should not include gifts for hosts, course fees, research or clinical materials, or clothing/ equipment used for travel.  

Conditions for receiving funding

Once the application is selected for funding by the committee, the student must sign a letter of award including the following certifications:

  • Agreement to use the scholarship for the proposed travel within one year
  • Successful completion of the pre-requisite course
  • Health insurance for the trip has been obtained
  • Relevant ethical compliance has been completed (e.g., IACUC, IRB review), if the trip includes research with animals or human subjects
  • Agreement to comply with all relevant University policies during the experience
  • Agreement to present details of the experience upon return including an approximately 200 word summary of the experience, at least 2 high-quality photos and a digital video or in-person presentation at a global engagement event on campus.
  • Agreement to engage with and provide stewardship to donor(s), either in person or via videoconference (with the dean and/or advancement team), who provide funding for this program.
  • Agreement to acknowledge the program’s support in any presentations or publications based on the experience

Please be aware that this scholarship will be included as part of your total financial aid for the semester and year, which may impact the level of financial aid for which you are eligible.

Information for application review

Proposals will be reviewed and ranked for funding by a Global Engagement Committee (which includes both faculty and students who have previously received the award) based on the merit of the proposed activity and the student's qualifications. The review of proposals will be performed using an evaluation rubric. Each application will be reviewed by at least two reviewers, a primary and secondary reviewer. Each will assign a score to the application based on the rubric. The proposals will be discussed by the committee members at a special meeting at which time scores will be finalized, the applications will be ranked and funding will be dispersed in rank order until all available funds are exhausted. 

Contact Information:

Dr. Rebecca Garabed 614-247-1842