E x c h a n g e  P r o g r a m s

Undergraduate opportunities
Center for Agroecology Short Courses. The International Short Course on Agroecology is held periodically in Santa Cruz, California. The course is organized by the Program In Community and Agroecology (PICA) and is focused on using agroecology in the search for sustainability in agricultural communities. Updated information can be found at: www.agroecology.org/shortcourse.htm.

Community Agroecology Network Internship Program. The Community Agroecology Network offers opportunities for undergraduate students to work with farming communities in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Nicaragua on issues related to agroecology, community development, and ecological restoration. For more information contact CAN_coordinator@hotmail.com or see http://www.communityagroecology.net/internships.htm

Monteverde Institute. UC students can participate in a quarter-long EAP program in Monteverde, Costa Rica, focused on tropical biology and conservation. http://eap.ucop.edu/eap/country/costarica/Summary/biology.htm

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). OTS is a non-profit consortium of more than 60 universities and research institutions (including UCSC) from the United States, Latin America and Australia. UCSC students can attend OTS-run semester abroad courses courses focused ontropical biology and conserfation in Costa Rica and South Africa. http://www.ots.duke.edu/

Programa Pueblos Internship Program. Programa Pueblos offers undergraduates from UCSC the opportunity to work with the coffee cooperative in Agua Buena, Costa Rica to diversify their coffee economy, market fare trade coffee, and reforest degraded lands. For more information contact Steve Gliessman gliess@zzyx.ucsc.edu, Karen Holl kholl@ucsc.edu, or Darryl Cole fcallcb@racsa.co.cr.

University of California Education Abroad Program (EAP). EAP allows UCSC undergraduate students the opportunity to study at a number of universities in tropical countries (e.g. University of Costa Rica, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, and the University of Chile, Santiago). Students from participating institutions can attend UCSC while paying fees at their home institution. http://eap.ucop.edu/

Graduate opportunities

CenTREAD Visiting Graduate Fellows Program. The Center for Tropical Research in Ecology, Agriculture, and Development (CenTREAD) offers fellowships for one-quarter (3 months) post-graduate residence at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Graduate students, recent university graduates, and environmental professionals from tropical and subtropical nations who have not received degrees from and are not enrolled in US universities are eligible. Fellows participate in graduate courses related to their interests, attend seminars, and work with UCSC research groups to develop collaborations with CenTREAD affiliates. Click here for information on recent CenTREAD Fellows.

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)
. OTS is a non-profit consortium of more than 60 universities and research institutions (including UCSC) from the United States, Latin America and Australia. UCSC undergraduate and graduate student can participate in OTS courses in tropical biology, stay at OTS research stations for a reduced cost, and apply for research grants for work at OTS stations in Costa Rica.

Postdoctoral and faculty opportunities

Federal University of Rio do Sul (UFRGS) and the State University of São Paulo, Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Over the past few years the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC has received several visiting graduate students as part of the “Sandwich” Program financed by the Brazilian Agency for Graduate Research and Education (CAPES). Students interested in spending a period of time at UCSC are encouraged to contact relevant CenTREAD faculty.

The Ford Foundation International Scholars program The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) provides opportunities for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide.

National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP) provides postdoctoral funding to scientists and engineers from the US to spend two years collaborating with scientists in another country. These awards are available in any field of science and engineering research and education supported by NSF. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06582/nsf06582.html

UC Mexus - the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States. UC Mexus offers grant funding for joint UC and Mexican institution research projects and fellowships for exchanges of UC and Mexican postdoctoral fellows and faculty. Mexican scientists interested in spending a period of time at UCSC are encourage to contact relevant CenTREAD faculty.

Fulbright Programs The Fulbright Scholar Program offers fellowships for U.S. and non-U.S. scholars, including postdocs and faculty.

See other funding sources for more senior researchers on our Funding page. Contact individual CenTREAD faculty to develop collaborative research projects.

Short-term scholars

WWF PRINCE BERNHARD SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NATURE CONSERVATION. The World Wildlife Fund offers Prince Bernhard Scholarship Fund provides financial support to individuals wishing to pursue short-term professional training to contribute more effectively to conservation efforts in their country. Studies supported under this scheme may be in any discipline which is directly relevant to the delivery and promotion of conservation. http://assets.panda.org/downloads/pbs_info_pack_and_application_2006.pdf

Links to other sites with exchange resources

International Educational Financial Aid - http://www.iefa.org/

Scholarships for people working on African Conservation. African Conservation Forums

UCLA web page with funding resources for international students - http://www.college.ucla.edu/up/src/international/intl.htm