Field Study

The UC Irvine School of Social Ecology strives to develop future leaders equipped with solid communication, critical thinking, analytical, technological, and interpersonal skills through experiential field study opportunities. Since 1970, Field Study has been a requirement for students seeking a baccalaureate degree from Social Ecology and is an element of the school’s commitment to training future leaders. Through concurrent coursework and field placement, these prepare students to tackle the pressing issues confronting business and community leaders locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

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Scholarships and Awards 

Hyink Scholarship - Annual Scholarship offered by the California Internship & Work Experience Association 

The California Internship & Work Experience Association (CIWEA) will select two students to receive a $1,000 scholarship each. Students apply by submitting an essay that describes how their academic internship, co-op, or work experience has influenced their career choice. Essays are submitted to a CIWEA member on campus or at the worksite.  After a review process, the selected students will receive their scholarship in April 2021.

Deadline to Submit Friday, January 22nd, 2021. 


·       One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student from a 4-year university and one $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student from a 2-year college in California.  A certificate of achievement will be awarded to the second-place winner in each category.

          Student Eligibility:

·       Open to all undergraduate and graduate students attending 2-year and 4-year institutions in California.

·       Any major may apply.

·       Completed Internship, Work Experience or Co-op during winter, spring, summer or fall of 2020 while a student on your campus (must be a verifiable academic experience and completed by December 31, 2020).

·       Previous award recipients are not eligible.

·       Student applications (essays) must be submitted through a CIWEA member at the student’s college.


2019 Essay Submission 

Excellence in Field Study Awards

Students in the School of Social Ecology learn to apply their skills and gain practical training in their own area of interest by fulfilling the School’s field study requirement. The Excellence in Field Study award is reserved for students who have been nominated by their supervisor and faculty sponsor for standing out in both their field placement and the classroom.  Students receive a certificate.

Dean's Award for Exceptional Achievement in Field Study

The Dean’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in Field Study is bestowed upon outstanding field study students who excelled in their application of course work to real-world experience.  The awardee is selected from those nominated for Excellence in Field Study.  This award comes with a cash prize. 

The Law Offices of Adrienne D. Cohen Award for Excellence in Advanced Field Study

We are also pleased to recognize this year’s recipient of the Law Offices of Adrienne D. Cohen Award for Excellence in Advanced Field Study.   Although we honor all Advanced Field Study students each year for their substantial service contributions and applied research, this award specifically acknowledges a student for demonstrating the true spirit of Advanced Field Study by continually going above and beyond to make meaningful contributions to their site and conducting impactful community-based research as well.  This award comes with a cash prize.


Alan Church Scholarship for UCDC - For Earth System Science, Environmental Science and Environmental Science and Policy Majors 

The Alan Church Scholarship is dedicated to students motivated to seek the prestigious UCDC internship in our nation's capital that offers a unique real world view of governmental law and policy interworking and an internship experience within these organizations. While an opportunity to forge friendships and invaluable alliances it offers a depth of learning to augment further UCI education, and with hope, cement a guideway to future career choices.

The purpose of this award is to assist in funding a UCDC Internship student; who intends to seek a career to either manage or scientifically study ecosystems or natural resources for protection, conservation or habitat improvement; or one who will see a higher degree required to create environmental public policy or who will seek a degree in law for this protection; such as a Juris Doctorate to practice environmental law.

Award Amount: One $1500.00 to be distributed as follows:

  • Eight hundred dollars will be paid direct to UC Irvine, UCDC Program Office for the student on-campus housing fee account.
  • Seven hundred dollars travel allowance for roundtrip airfare

Eligibility Requirements:

One-time only scholarship. No student shall be awarded twice.

  • Officially enrolled full-time student with a major or minor offered in the Department of Earth System Science.
  • Personal statement addressing what you hope to get out of the UCDC experience and your career aspirations
  • Resume
  • GPA (minimum requirement of 3.0)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Acceptance into the UCDC program for summer, fall, winter, or spring quarter.

Application Procedure:

Application deadline: Please submit your application once you have been selected for the UCDC program. Please email the required documents  to

Please direct any questions regarding the scholarship to: