Honors Fellowship

Should I Be An Honors Fellow?

The Global Leadership Adventures Honors Fellowship will push you to explore and critically analyze the aspects of concepts introduced through your GLA program, all through the lens of your particular academic passion or area of interest.

People change the world every day though many different academic pursuits, and this GLA Fellowship allows you to chase your own.

Whether you’re shadowing public health workers in the field or taking preventative measures to protect endangered animals, the experiences that come from being an Honors Fellow on a GLA travel program can lend amazing inspiration to your studies.

Traveling to a new country or region, experiencing diverse cultures in unique ways, adventuring with peers and helping local communities or social enterprises will give you a fresh perspective that this fellowship can help you cultivate.

The Honors Fellowship is broken up into four distinct concentrations. Choose one of the following:

  • Animal & Wildlife Conservation
  • Community Development
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Public Health & Medicine

You will choose one of these concentration areas during your Honors Fellowship application, before you start your program. The concentration you choose will illuminate and influence your final project as a Fellow.

The Honors Fellowship is self-driven and designed for aspiring young leaders and thinkers. Nobody will hold your hand to make sure you complete your work.

If you’re a motivated student that wants to push yourself above and beyond the standard experience, this fellowship is for you.





A Certificate of Achievement
A Custom Metal Fellowship Pin
A Recommendation Letter
The Title of Honors Fellow

Complete optional Pre-Program reading and viewing to build your subject matter expertise
Put your critical thinking skills to the test in the field during your GLA travel program or virtual internship
Write an insightful essay post-program on one of several thematic prompts based on your area of concentration

What Should I know Before I Apply?

Applying to be an Honors Fellow is FREE. If you are accepted into the Fellowship, you will need to pay the $500 Fellowship Fee to participate.

You need to be enrolled in a GLA travel program to complete a Fellowship. Your Fellowship Fee will automatically be added to your account once you are enrolled.

Fellowship applications are due by Monday, May 1st. Once you are accepted into the Honors Fellowship, you will receive an email notification from GLA’s Fellowship Committee Chair welcoming you to the Fellows Class of 2023.

At this time, you will receive your Fellowship Packet, which will outline everything you need to know to complete your Fellowship and submit your final project.

The only requirement to be a Fellow, besides being enrolled in a GLA program, is to submit a final project after your program is over. For Honors Fellows, this takes the form of an essay, which you will write and submit based on one of several prompts included in your packet.

Which Thematic Concentration Should I Choose?


Confront the most pressing conservation challenges of the modern era, and write a final essay making your case for protecting wildlife and the communities that depend on them.


Consider the obstacles facing human societies in the 21st century, and propose a community development initiative that can make a meaningful difference.


Choose an environmental challenge you’re passionate about, from habitat destruction to climate change mitigation, and make your case for how to help solve it.


Challenge conventional thinking on the role of healthcare in under-served communities, and compare and contrast the fields of Public Health and Medicine.