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Amasa Bishop Summer Study Abroad Prize

Application Deadline: February 14, 3pm

Application Material Downloads (all in PDF format):

About the Prize

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.

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.

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. (Brief bio of Dr. Amasa Bishop here.)

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. Applicants must be 18 or older by application deadline.
  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.


This prize will fund study in an approved program for 2 to 10 weeks. Applicants should propose a budget not to exceed $6,500. The budget must include airfare, fees, housing, and all other costs. If propsing a trip for 5 weeks or longer, this is intended to be the major focus of the applicant's summer. It is possible to combine two study programs, e.g. two weeks of language study followed by four weeks of a subject program. 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.

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