Panamanian Scholarships

Cradle of Environmental Studies

Panama is a one-stop destination for Central American ecology, biodiversity and environmental studies, and is considered a crossroads of the world. The renowned Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is a regular stopover for many students. This slim, snaking strip of land is bounded by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. It is valued environmentally, politically and economically, and has had a close, long-standing relationship with the United States.

Federal ScholarshipsPanama scholarships

Panama is a region of interest in these federally funded scholarship programs:

Study Abroad Organizations

The School for International Training (SIT) affords students a full immersion with its program, Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation. Through interdisciplinary coursework, field study, community volunteering, language instruction and homestays with host families, students are exposed to diverse perspectives on the environment and its management, indigenous people and more.

SIT focuses on helping students gain an advantage in education by providing innovative and discipline-specific study abroad programs. Each year, the organization awards approximately $750,000 in scholarships and grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000, to SIT Study Abroad students. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Here are some of the several awards:

Private Funds

The world-renowned Rainforest Alliance offers the Kleinhans Fellowships. Up to $16,000 per year for two years is awarded to outstanding post-graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students with a master’s degree in in forestry, ecology, botany, environmental science or a related field. Panama is ripe for this fellowship.

Need a short-term travel scholarship to Panama? If so consider the James R. Scobie Memorial Award for Preliminary Ph.D. Research. The award is made available through the Conference on Latin American History. Applicants must require travel to Panama to do short-term research. Up to $1,500 is awarded to several recipients each year for exploratory research trips abroad to determine the feasibility of a Ph.D. dissertation topic related to a facet of Latin American history, including Panama.

College Scholarships

The University of Louisville’s Latin American Studies Department sponsors a study program in Panama each year. In fact, the U of L maintains a satellite campus in Panama, which gives this program an even more significant foundation. The program is open to students whose studies and future careers will benefit from first-hand experience in the country. Curriculum covers native tribes, the Canal Zone and the rainforest ecosystems. Scholarships and fellowships include:

Business majors should check with their schools to see if a study abroad scholarship is available for Panama due to its economic importance to the Western Hemisphere.