International Travel Grants for Graduate Students

Applications are now being accepted for two grants for graduate students: the International Enhancement Grant and the Pre-dissertation Travel Grant.

Send completed applications to Whitney Denning, whitneydenning@ku.edu, by March 20.

 

International Enhancement Grant


The Office of International Programs will fund a small number of grants of up to $1,500 on a competitive basis for graduate students seeking support to pursue relevant semester or summer-long internationally-focused academic or training opportunities that will enhance their degree programs at the University of Kansas. The International Enhancement Grant supports directed, off-campus international activities in areas that do not duplicate opportunities or coursework available at the University of Kansas.

Applicants may be students from any discipline, department, or campus; must be enrolled in a program leading to a graduate degree at the University of Kansas; and must have completed at least nine credit hours of graduate coursework at KU by the time of application. Students of any nationality may apply, but projects must occur off the KU campus. Students who will have completed their KU degree program by the semester of the grant are not eligible. Students already admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. are not eligible.

Successful applicants will have an objective that can be feasibly obtained over the grant semester or summer. All projects must have an international focus. In addition to a personal statement, applicants should provide the review committee with a detailed description of their proposed program, such as a syllabus, course description, or program brochure. If the opportunity is not a regularly offered course, a detailed summary of the activities should be written and confirmation of supervision from a host institution faculty member or on-site supervisor must be provided. Grants may not be used to support participation in a KU overseas study program or to support any research activities.

The International Enhancement Grant selection committee welcomes applications for participation in internships abroad. It is important for applicants to document (a) that they have the requisite skills for the position, (b) the content areas that will be addressed, and (c) how the experience will enhance their academic program at KU. Please keep in mind that the grant was established to fund programs that enrich students’ regular studies and is not intended to support the fulfillment of degree requirements, including earning degree credits.

Examples of Eligible and Ineligible Projects

Eligible enhancement projects include:

  • Enrollment in language classes not offered at KU, but directly pertaining to your KU degree program.
  • Participation in a directed internship program that will enhance academic/professional credentials. The internship must not be one that is required to fulfill a KU degree component.
  • Attending degree-relevant classes not available on the KU campus.
  • Attending a month-long workshop or series of workshops overseas related to an area of study at KU.

Ineligible enhancement projects include:

  • Conducting research abroad related to a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.
  • Working as a research assistant for a KU professor doing his/her research overseas.
  • Work being done after a KU degree will be received.
  • Enrolling in a language course abroad that is offered at KU.
  • Participation in a KU-sponsored overseas study program or course, or one resulting in credits to be applied toward a KU degree.
  • Fulfilling an internship requirement of a degree program.
  • Presenting a paper at an overseas conference.

Find the application here.
 

Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant

The Office of International Programs will support a limited number of $1500 grants. The purpose of this program is to help support six- to eight-week trips for preliminary dissertation field activities, such as exploring potential research sites, archives and other research resources; establishing institutional affiliations; and identifying and meeting with local scholars and contacts as appropriate.

Evaluators will consider scholarly achievement; validity and feasibility of the proposal; requisite language facility; faculty support as indicated by letters of reference; impact the work will have on the dissertation research plan; and availability of alternate sources of funding. Priority will be given to activities that will increase the applicant’s competitiveness for extramural international dissertation research grants.

Applicants may be students from any discipline or department; must be enrolled in a program leading to the Ph.D. at the University of Kansas; and must have completed at least two years of graduate course work prior to the beginning date of proposed research--at least one year at KU. Applicants should not have completed comprehensive exams prior to the research period.

Find the application here.

 


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