Impact Cohort (Field Program Scholarship & 1 credit seminar)

Aid Type: IMPACT Scholarship
Amount: Two free overnight Field Programs, 1 credit seminar + Opportunity for post-voyage internship. Top applicants also receive $3,500 towards voyage program fees.
Voyages: Spring Fall

All Students




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!) and to 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

  • All members of the Cohort are required to participate in BOTH impact Field Programs. This means no other travel can be planned for these days.
  • The Impact Cohort will have regular meetings during at-sea days (outside of class time) and will have associated projects, readings and “homework” (commensurate to a 1 credit course.) All members of the Cohort are expected to attend and be an active and engaged participant throughout the on-ship meetings and the two Field Programs.
  • All awardees will be required to sign a contract that outlines specific expectations and criteria. After the contract has been signed, failure to fulfill the expectations as outlined, or withdrawing from the cohort all together, will result in a penalty being charged (this is because per person nonrefundable costs are paid well in advance!)


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 & 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:

  • Making a positive impact on the port countries we visit through long-term mutually-beneficial partnerships with, and investments in, local organizations
  • Making a positive impact on YOU, our student voyagers, by providing unique and meaningful opportunities for you to deeply engage with people and places throughout the voyage.

To apply, visit the scholarship application portal.