How and When do I Apply?

You must register on this site to apply online.


The online application will start accepting applications on 15 November 2024.

Please complete the online application to apply for any scholarships and/or internships offered by the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society™.

Completed scholarship applications must be RECEIVED via the online application no later than 15 January 2025 for the North American, European and Australasian Scholarship applications to be considered for the 2025 scholarship. Applications for the 2025 scholarships will be accepted starting 15 November 2024.

*To be eligible for any of the 2025 Scholarships an applicant must have a birth date from 16 January 1998 to 15 January 2004 (inclusive). Those whose birth dates are outside of this range are not eligible.

Scholarship applicants are required to submit the following information within the online application:

1) Copy of dive scuba diving certification card(s)

2) Copy of dive logs for the last six months. If you have fewer than 25 dives in the last six months, extend the time period of your dive logs sufficient to include your 25 most recent dives.

3) Completed diving medical history form: Click 'Here'. The scholarship frequently involves strenuous surface and subsurface physical activity, often in remote locations away from medical care or pharmacies, and it is thus in the applicant’s best interest to disclose any known conditions. Upon selection, scholars will be required to complete a full diving medical evaluation completed by a licensed physician with knowledge of diving, or provide a current diving medical evaluation. All medical information provided is confidential and will be seen only by a diving medical professional that reviews applications and not the wider selection panel.

4) Four letters of recommendation: 
Two letters of recommendation from teachers or professors from whom you have taken classes and can comment on your academic background and accomplishments, and two letters of recommendation from persons in your community who can comment on your character, leadership potential, and communication skills. 

Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society™ can only accept recommendation letters directly from the referees. As a result, please request the four referees to email letters of recommendation directly to, labelled "Applicant’s last name_First name_letter", e.g. Smith_Jane_letter. For more information, please see FAQ.

5) Statement from certifying agency (or school) or most recent scuba instructor regarding diving proficiency

6) Current resume including any extracurricular activities

7) Copy of official transcript or unofficial transcript. Finalists will be required to physically mail an official transcript to the appropriate regional office.

8) [NEW] Statements (maximum two pages, double-spaced): {Please read closely, these have changed}
    1) Describe how your background, life experiences, motivations, and life/career objectives position you to become a leader in the underwater world.
    2) What goals do you have for the scholarship year and how will achieving these help you create positive impact beyond the scholarship?

* A personal biography is no longer required for the initial application. Finalists will be required to provide a personal biography (maximum two pages, double-spaced) detailing relevant activities.

All scholarship and internship application fees are payable online via PayPal. You will be redirected to PayPal upon application submission.

North America:
The North American Scholarship application fee is $50.00.

The European Scholarship application fee is £50.00.

The Australasian Scholarship application fee is A$50.00.

Your application will be complete after all materials have been submitted and payment has been received.

A personal interview will be required of all scholarship finalists. Finalists will also be required to submit official transcripts directly to the correct regional office from your school’s registrar. Official transcript(s) must present grades through the most current semester. 

If you are having trouble viewing the online application, please email us at: for North America, for Europe, or for Australasia applications.

If you are experiencing problems uploading documents onto your online application, please email all supplemental materials and documents to the appropriate email address (above) by the scholarship deadline. 

It is the applicants' responsibility to confirm receipt of application materials sent via email.