Study Abroad Scholarships

We fund conservation-minded artists, designers, scientists, and writers who are exploring art/sci collaboration abroad. Scholarship amounts vary from $150 to $3500 depending on the need. We accept applications on a rolling basis. To apply, please fill out our Scholarship Application Form.

Examples include study abroad courses offered by high schools and colleges, as well as other opportunities open to students or professionals who seek to learn from the experts in the field of conservation. These experts may include scientists (biologists, ecologists, park naturalists, veterinarians, wildlife guides) as well as community leaders, local artists, lodge operators, and reserve managers.


Rhode Island School of Design Study Abroad Scholars 2018 and 2019.

Our first study abroad scholars have included students enrolled in one of the courses Dr. Lucy Spelman, Creature Conserve founder, teaches for the Rhode Island School of Design. These are titled, ART AND SCIENCE OF CONSERVATION in South Africa (summer 2018, summer 2019) and EXPLORING THE ART AND SCIENCE OF BIODIVERSITY in Guyana (winter 2019.) 

Each destination is known as a biological hotspot, and each study tour is designed to give travelers a unique and exclusive look at the challenges associated with studying, celebrating, and saving species.

As of September 1, 2019, we are now accepting applications from anywhere in the US or abroad.

Jillian Hojsak, Biology, Brown 2019


With this project, my aim was to focus on the appealing qualities of South Africa’s vultures, all of which are in trouble. I created an online quiz for people to take in order to determine which species they relate to the most. The quiz was designed for high school students in mind; it utilizes both fun, casual questions, as well as questions that inform the participant to the risks that vultures face. I designed 6 vulture portraits – one for each species. The portraits highlight the personality and are done in a style suitable for body painting, or as some may prefer, tattoos. The concept began with the fact that protecting vultures protects humans. By putting poison into the environment, we are poisoning ourselves. Lead bullets contaminate our own water and environment, as well as vulture blood. The poisons used to kill vultures in order to consume their heads can pose a risk to the people participating in the traditional practice. And lastly, by not conserving vultures, we lose a main defense against lethal toxins/diseases like anthrax and rabies. The act of putting vulture art on our own bodies, even temporarily, is symbolic of the idea that poison affects us as well as them. This project is largely based on individual affect and the hope that individuals can become personally invested in the conservation of vultures. 

Derek Russell, Architecture RISD 2021


During my interdisciplinary studies in South Africa, I decided to research and communicate the intersectionality between human and animal populations for a conceptualized future. I attempted to visualize a sustainable world in which the desire for poaching (and potentially even conservation) were eliminated in favor of autonomous human and animal habitats through the implementation of buffer zones." Read more about Derek's work for this RISD Global Summer Studies course led by HPSS faculty Lucy Spelman on