Fellowships Advising & Study Abroad

Information about the Bishop Fellowship

Updated with information for 2013-2014.

Bishop Information and Application Directions pdf
Guide to writable PDFs   pdf
Bishop Application Part I pdf  
Bishop Application Part II pdf  
Bishop Reference Form pdf  

Application Deadline of February 15

The Amasa Bishop Prize funds students to study abroad during the summer months in an organized study abroad program for two up to ten weeks. Programs should be run by reputable universities, non-profit or private-sector organizations. No independent, self designed study or research is eligible nor does this prize fund internships. The Amasa Bishop Prize was established by the Bishop family in honor of Dr. Amasa Bishop, who graduated from Caltech with a B.S. in physics in 1943. Dr. Bishop served as Chief of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission's Controlled Thermonuclear Branch and went on to become the Atomic Energy Commission's European Scientific representative. This prize honors Dr. Bishop's understanding of the need for scientists and engineers to gain exposure to international issues and cultures.

Previous winners have spent two weeks studying the language and culture in the changing technological landscape of Japan, six weeks immersed in French life, and four weeks exploring the natural wonders and underlying geology of Tibet and Nepal. More examples of the types of study supported by the Bishop prize are available in the FASA Library and can be reviewed during regular office hours.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Current Freshmen, Sophomores, or Juniors with a 2.8 and above GPA may apply and must be enrolled at Caltech for the winter and spring term of the current academic year.
  2. Applicants must be in good standing – no disciplinary problems or ongoing issues. Applicants may not be on leave from Caltech for the current year or fall following the summer abroad.
  3. U.S. citizens, permanent residents and international students may apply. Note applicants cannot study in a country in which they hold citizenship or are a permanent resident.
  4. Only individuals may apply (no pairs).

Students apply for funding for a summer study abroad program of their own choosing. There are two prize options, and two to six prizes are usually awarded each year.

Long Term Option: This prize option will fund study in an approved program for 4.5 to 10 weeks. Applicants should propose a budget not to exceed $8000. One to two prizes will be available each summer. This option is intended to be the major focus of the applicant’s summer. Note that for the Long Term Option it is possible to combine two study programs, e.g. two weeks of language study followed by four weeks of a subject program. However, the programs must be in the same country, but can be in different cities and may have a maximum of a week’s break between the end of the first and start of the second program.

Short Term Option: This prize option will fund 2 to 4.5 weeks of summer study abroad in an approved program. Applicants should propose a budget not to exceed $5000. One to four prizes will be available each summer. This option can be done before or after a summer research position or summer job.

For more information on the prize, application process and proposal directions, please download the Information and Directions PDF at the top of this page.


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