SFS was founded with the belief that stewardship of our planet requires leadership from a diverse array of people around the world. We believe that addressing complex global issues needs to involve the scientific community, as well as informed and committed individuals from many backgrounds.
SFS strives to cultivate a diverse community, beginning with diverse student cohorts and inclusive programs which support every student from the time they apply to when they return from the field and beyond. We value the inclusion of all students, including those who identify as a racial or ethnic minority, members of the LGBTQ+ community, first-generation college students, and students from all underserved areas.
During program orientation, SFS staff provide students with information on the local community and culture, including local attitudes toward different beliefs, values, and lifestyles. Students should recognize that, while on-program, they may be challenged by vastly different beliefs and boundaries than they are used to in their home communities.
We encourage students to contact SFS with country-specific questions or if they’d like to discuss their identity abroad. Students may reach out to SFS Admissions or SFS Safety & Student Life for advising.
SFS seeks to broaden and strengthen the participation of traditionally underrepresented minority students in all of its programs. Creating an inclusive and diverse student body is of utmost importance.
The SFS Diversity Scholarship is one of the ways we broaden the participation of underrepresented groups of students in study abroad. For SFS, underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to, students who identify with a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin, or veteran status. Underrepresented groups also include first-generation college students and students from low-income families. In order to be considered for the need-based Diversity Scholarship, please attach a personal statement to your SFS Financial Aid Application to explain how your participation in an SFS program would broaden the diversity of the program.
Read more about SFS financial aid.