First Trip Scholarship
First Trip Scholarship
UN Human Development Index (2020 Edition).
Students should confirm destination eligibility before applying for the First Trip scholarship. A complete list of this year's eligible destinations is presented below!
First Trip promotes nontraditional travel!
Eligible Destinations: How we use the HDI
First Trip values the philosophy of global citizenship and promotes travel to non-traditional study abroad destinations. In recent years, international educators have begun challenging students to consider more meaningful international experiences over cliché Western European excursions. First Trip proudly participates in this initiative.
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 does not offer scholarship funding for students traveling to countries that are comparable to the United States in overall standard of living, culture, and way of life.
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.
Eligible Destinations 2022
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
China, People's Republic
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
*Indicates a country recently listed above "High" on the HDI. We will still consider applicants traveling to these destinations.
Do you meet the four primary requirements?
Successful First Trip scholars are first-time travelers (first-time ever traveling outside of the United States).
Be a first-time traveler
Applicants must classify as a "student" at their respective college, regardless of part-time or full-time status.
Be a student in an accredited U.S. college/university
The study abroad trip must be approved by the student's college. First Trip does not fund trips that are not eligible destinations.
Pursue a college approved trip in an eligible destination
Awardees are asked to submit brief testimonials of their first experience abroad. Past scholars have included awesome photos and videos!
Provide an account of your travels upon return to the U.S.
Ready to Apply?
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis
You are encouraged to submit your application at least three (3) months in advance of departure date.
Applicants unable to meet the above criteria will not be considered.
Due to the high number of submissions, we are only able to respond to successful scholarship applicants.