The Dean Rusk International Studies Program awards grants to Davidson students and faculty members for research, study, service, internships, and experiential learning abroad. Grants are awarded twice each year, once in the fall, for projects during winter break and spring semester, and once in the spring, for summer, fall and year-long projects. Applications are reviewed by the Dean Rusk International Studies Program's staff and by the faculty's International Education Committee.
The goals of the student-grant program are to facilitate student interaction with diverse cultures, languages, environments, standards of living, and political climates and to encourage independent student research. To achieve this, the International Education Committee has shown a strong preference for long-term independent projects that have a high degree of cultural interaction.
Dean Rusk supports these and other proposals through specific funds including several which are focused on the following regions or issues: East Asia, Central or South America, Arabic and Middle Eastern studies, economic research in developing countries, independent arts projects, and religious diversity abroad. While we encourage applicants to consider these areas of interest as a guide for selecting a topic or region, students may propose any type of project as long as it has an international focus and adheres to Grant Requirements.
Grant applications are due electronically to the Dean Rusk fellow at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on their due dates. The due date for the fall 2014 grant cycle is Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. No late applications will be accepted.
Review the Frequently Asked Questions and Grant Requirements webpages for more information or contact the Dean Rusk Fellow at email@example.com or 704-894-2170. Travel grant information sessions will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Duke International Studies Lounge.
The Common Application encompasses proposals for the Dean Rusk Travel Grant, Abernethy Grant and the Kemp Scholarship. Students who are applying for a grant to travel abroad independently or in association with a non-Davidson program should also use the Common Grant Application (DOC).
Each year two Davidson students are selected to receive grants of up to $4,000 in order to complete an independent multimedia international reporting project. The project should focus on a systemic issue of global importance that is under-reported or unreported in the U.S. mainstream media. The grant recipients will receive training, support and mentorship from staff at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
In summer 2013, Davidson's reporting fellows traveled to India and the West Bank to complete their projects. Jonathan Cox '14 documented how farming families navigate the urban healthcare system in the Andhra Pradesh province of southeast India and had an article published in the The New York Times. Adrian Fadil '14 explored how Palestinian farmers have deployed innovative methods to sustain their lands while under occupation. Their work can be accessed on the Pulitzer Center website.
To apply, complete the Dean Rusk/Pulitzer Center Traveling Reporting Grant application (DOC).
Faculty grants are available to conduct research or attend conferences abroad. Applications are due in the fall for winter break and spring semester projects; and in the spring for summer break and fall semester projects. Complete the Faculty Grant Application (DOC).