SFS: School for Field Studies

Applicants interested in SFS’s programming who meet FEA’s eligibility requirements could receive scholarship funding for all programs.

Applicants who are awarded SFS Access Partner Scholarships will receive their scholarship disbursement directly from the Fund for Education Abroad. FEA sends disbursements directly to the student awarded, either by mailing a physical check or via direct deposit.


When you study abroad with SFS, you’re contributing to a 40-year legacy of environmental research and stewardship. SFS students travel off the beaten path with leading researchers on topics ranging from elephant ecology to sustainable development. By day, ancient rainforests, coral reefs, or the wildlife sanctuaries of East Africa are your classroom; the Amazon, the Himalayas, or the glaciers of Patagonia serve as your research site. By night, a vibrant field station of peers living and learning together become your tight-knit community. SFS faculty will push your creativity to understand the critical environmental issues of our time. They will also share morning coffee with you as you watch the sunrise over Mount Kilimanjaro or enjoy arroz con pollo on a tropical Panamanian island. Get ready for muddy boots, cold showers, and dirty fingernails, because you will be doing science, not just talking about it in the classroom!

Future-Reaching impacts with SFS

All student research on SFS programs is part of the long-term strategic research plan at each Center. Students develop their research questions under an umbrella of topics connected to this plan. This approach allows students to address relevant, real-world environmental issues and contribute to a larger body of scientific knowledge.