Scholarships are available to cover the costs associated with course tuition, meals, lodging, and travel to attend AZA's professional training courses. The Scholarship Eligibility Guide shows eligibility requirements for each scholarship and which scholarships can be applied to each training course. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis each summer.

AZA Scholarships

AZA scholarship applications open in summer 2023. Click the name of each scholarship below to learn more and download the application. All scholarships are open to individual members who work at an AZA-accredited or certified facility.

AZA's Professional Development Committee is pleased to offer the following full scholarships:

AZA Scholarship Rules

Scholarship opportunities are a member benefit! Applicants must (1) be employed by an AZA-accredited or certified facility, and (2) hold an individual AZA membership to apply. 

Only one scholarship application may be submitted per individual per year. An individual cannot be awarded the same scholarship more than once. An individual is not eligible to receive any AZA scholarship more frequently than every three years. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all letters of recommendation are submitted by the due date. Applications are evaluated and recipients are chosen by the AZA Professional Development Committee. 

All AZA applications must be submitted via email to

Please note: If you do not receive the award and plan to take the course anyway, the scholarship application does not represent a reserved space in an AZA course. To secure a space in a course you must submit a complete registration and pay the tuition in full. If you receive the award, your full tuition payment will be refunded.


AZA's professional training course scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Disney's Animal Kingdom, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Denver Zoo, and Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG).

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Additional Scholarships (Central & South American Institutions)

In partnership with AZA, the Zoo Conservation Outreach Group's (ZCOG) Conservation Training Scholarship Program is also pleased to offer a number of scholarships for our international zoo, aquarium, and conservation community colleagues.

More information and applications for ZCOG scholarships are available on the ZCOG website.

Contact ZCOG at for questions about international scholarships.



Contact AZA's Professional Development Department at for questions about AZA domestic scholarships.

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