Support for travel and expeditionary learning

The College of the Atlantic Fund for Expeditionary Learning provides students with up to $1800 to support global and civic engagement and experiential, travel-related learning. Supported projects include COA courses with a travel component as well as independent studies and residencies. Funds can be used to support both domestic and foreign travel. Students in good academic and social standing may begin accessing their funds as early as their second year.

Criteria for award of the COA Fund for Expeditionary Learning:

  • The program supports:
    • Fees and travel expenses associated with credit-bearing activities that have a non-local travel component, (i.e. 100 miles or greater for classes, residencies, independent studies, internships, or senior projects). For these activities the fund does not include food or lodging.
    • Travel, room, and board expenses to conferences assuming that a) the student has attempted to reduce the cost of attendance as much as possible by making use of student scholarships and rates associated with that conference, and b) the student is making a meaningful contribution to the conference (presentation, panel participant, workshop organizer, etc.). Attendance just for the sake of attendance (outside of a classroom environment) will not be supported.
  • The program does not support:
    • Tuition, honorariums, or stipends of any kind. Similarly, the fund does not support equipment, non-travel lab fees, long-term housing, food, or any payments to outside agencies or schools.

Application will be made online at the beginning of each term. Directions will be emailed to the community.


Research and educational opportunities

Academic year and summer positions abound in diverse areas such as biomedical science, agriculture, oral history, sustainable food systems, renewable energy, botany, marine ecology, natural history, earth sciences, chemistry, early childhood education, horticulture, and more.


Maine Space Grant Consortium Student Research Fellowships

An award from the Maine Space Grant Consortium provides us with approximately $12,500 annually for students conducting research projects under the supervision of COA faculty.