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 awarded by the 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.
Grant applications are due electronically to the Dean Rusk Fellow by 5 p.m. on their due dates. The due date for the Spring 2014 grant cycle is Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. No late applications will be accepted.
Review the Frequently Asked Questions and Grant Requirements web pages for more information or contact the Dean Rusk Fellow at 704-894-2170. Travel grant information sessions will be held on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19 at 4 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 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. Their work will be featured on the Pulitzer Center website. In the summer of 2012, Edith Nicolaou-Griffin '15 documented youth narratives of the Greek debt crisis and had an article published in the Huffington Post. Her work can be accessed on the Pulitzer site. Complete the Dean Rusk/Pulitzer Center Traveling Reporting Grant application (DOC).
Endowed grant funding is available to students with particular interests, such as medical volunteerism in developing countries or experiential learning in the Middle East.
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.