Scholarship Eligibility


First Trip values the philosophy of global citizenship. Many people see the world as a member of one nation or society, however, global citizens view the world through an international lens. We believe the true path to global citizenship is initiated once we immerse ourselves into another culture far different from our own.  Only then are we forced to leave our comfort zones and neglect the unconscious ethnocentrism that we all possess before living abroad.

Therefore, First Trip may provide funding for individuals traveling to countries ranked lower than Very High on the United Nations' annual Human Development Index (HDI). As the HDI is updated annually, only countries whose human development have been ranked as High, Medium, or Low on the latest HDI are considered eligible destinations by First Trip. You are encouraged to review the FAQs page for more information. 

Successful First Trip scholars are first-time travelers who have been accepted into an eligible study abroad program at a United States college or university. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, first inquire whether your academic institution is partnered with First Trip. If so, you may apply directly through your school’s financial aid office. Otherwise, you may send applications directly to First Trip. Currently, awards range from $750.00 to $1,500.00 and are determined by applicant need, destination, and availability of funds. 

*** Important: Students are encouraged to submit applications at least three (3) months in advance of departure date ***

How to Apply

Applicants should review the Human Development Index (below and listed on the Countries page) to confirm destination eligibility before applying. If your academic institution has not yet partnered with First Trip, you may apply for funding directly through the website by sending your completed application to

All Spring and Summer 2020 applications  are due on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 

11:59 PM EDT

 Please be sure you are able to answer yes to the following eligibility requirements before you apply.

I am traveling to an eligible destination.

I am a first-time traveler.

I am excited to travel!

Fillable-Scholarship Application 2020 (pdf)