Travel funds

Thanks to the generosity of David and April Katz, the field school is able to offer a Zena and Chaim Katz Family Memorial Scholarship to every undergraduate student registered in the program. The exact amount will be determined once the number of participants is confirmed. In addition to this, each student in the program will receive a small contribution from the Experiential Learning Fund in the Faculty of Humanities and a portion of the I-witness Field School Travel Award. No separate applications are necessary for these three awards.

There are two other scholarships that are available to selected participants of the I-witness Field School:

A Silberberg Memorial Award has been created specifically to assist selected undergraduate participants of the I-witness Field School with the travel costs. Students must submit a statement of no more than 500 words to the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies describing their reasons for wanting to participate in the Field School and what they hope to learn from the experience. The students will be selected by the Director of the I-witness Field School.

The Award application deadline is March 1st, 2024.

Budvitch Award in Holocaust Studies is given to selected undergraduate students to assist with travel costs of the I-witness Field School. Students who have demonstrated financial need and who would otherwise not be able to attend the Field School are welcome to apply. The students will be selected by the Director of the I-witness Field School. Students must contact the program director by November 1, 2023, if they would not be able to afford the field school without extra funding. The actual application will be opened on January 1, 2024, and can be accessed using your student online tools.


Please research other ways to help cover costs. Here are some possibilities:

Elias Mandel Award for Study Abroad in the Humanities

Available for undergraduate students registered in the Faculty of Humanities who are studying abroad through courses, field schools, or programs offered or recognized by the Faculty of Humanities.

Deadline: February 28, 2024.

Faculty of Humanities Travel and Learning Scholarship

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students in the Faculty of Humanities to assist with regional, national or international travel outside of Southern Vancouver Island in relation to a UVic course in the Faculty of Humanities. Coursework can be part of an exchange, study abroad, field school or Co-op placement in a program supported by a program in the faculty.

Deadline: March 1, 2024.

Office of Global Engagement: Student International Activities Fund

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students. The international activity must commence within 12 months of the application deadline used. Applications can be submitted retroactively. Three competitions are held each year. The deadlines for applications are 4:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of March, July, and November.

One World International Scholarship

One World International Scholarships of between $2,000–$5,000 are awarded to students participating in study, or work-abroad programs that are either experiential learning opportunities (language or cultural training), or that provide credits toward the BC academic credential they are working towards. Three competitions are held each year. The deadlines for applications are 4:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of March, July, and November.

International Mobility Access Grant (IMAG)

The International Mobility Access Grant (IMAG) aims to reduce barriers for Indigenous students, students with a disability and low-income students to access and participate in UVic’s international outbound mobility programs and strengthen their global skills. Several competitions held through the year.

Kalman Award for International Heritage Studies

Successful applicants must be embarking on heritage work and learning experiences in an international setting. Application forms are available from the Division of Continuing Studies and must be submitted by November 15th.

Stork Award in German Studies

These travel awards from the Waterloo Centre for German Studies are given out annually to encourage student participation in a recognized institutional Canadian-organized German language or cultural studies program abroad. Please email for further information regarding this award.


In addition, students will collaborate on other fundraising projects to raise money for the I-witness Travel Fund, which will go directly to student scholarships.