Impact Cohort Scholarship

Scholarship Information


  • Two free overnight Field Programs
  • One credit seminar + opportunity for post-voyage internship
  • Top applicants also receive $3,500 toward voyage program fees

Voyages: Spring and Fall

Eligibility: All Students

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Want to learn more about international NGOs and do something meaningful and unique while in port — for free? Interested in what SAS is doing to give back to the places and people we visit? Interested in exploring the concept of sustainable and responsible tourism and delving into the complexities of international development? Apply to join the Impact Cohort!

The Impact Cohort (approx. ~15–25 students) will travel together on two custom overnight Field Programs to visit and support partner NGOs (which are being funded in part by Semester at Sea). The Cohort will work together during at-sea days to learn about relevant concepts (readings required!), prepare for each visit, and reflect and process after each program. The Cohort will be led by a SAS faculty member and on transcripts appears as IE 492 International Education Seminar (1 credit).

Upon successful completion of both Field Programs, all cohort members will have the opportunity to apply for additional funding to return to one of the program sites after the voyage in an intern/volunteer/fellowship capacity (timing and details TBD pending partner needs and student availability).

These exclusive Field Program experiences are available free of charge just to the students selected for the Cohort. The top applicants will also receive an additional $3,500 tuition reduction.

Expectations & Commitments


This merit-based scholarship is open to all students. Demonstration of financial need is optional but will be taken into consideration in the selection of finalists. Applications will be evaluated on demonstrated leadership potential, self and global awareness, a passion for change, and academic involvement.

Important note: Some courses could have a required Field Class that conflicts with the scheduled Field Program dates. Therefore, students who register in a course with a Field Class during the same time will not be able to participate in the Impact Cohort.


The vision of SAS Field Programs is to harness the power and potential of travel for the collective good. Through the generous financial support of the Chapman Family Foundation, Semester at Sea is excited to launch the Impact Project to help further this vision. At its core, this project is about:

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In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a confirmed voyager who has paid your deposit.