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Weinstein Travel Grant

The Weinstein Travel Grant is offered through the Dean Rusk International Studies Program, made possible through a gift from Carol and Marcus Weinstein. The grant is designed to give international students an immersive experience within the United States, but outside of the Charlotte metro area.

International students are invited to pursue study, research, service, and experiential learning opportunities that allow for intentional immersion, reflection, and transformation. Applicants should creatively design projects that facilitate interaction with diverse cultures, environments, standards of living, artistic expression, political climates, and/or more, across the U.S.

Previously funded projects include volunteering at an elder care facility in San Francisco, volunteering with a children's film camp in Seattle, traveling up the west coast by Amtrak, exploring street art in the northeast, and following the route taken by Jack Kerouac in On the Road.

Grant Details

  • Seniors are eligible to apply in the fall for winter break projects.
  • Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply in the spring for summer projects.
  • Grant award amounts vary considerably according to the nature of proposed projects and circumstances. Awards may range from $500 to $4,000.
  • Longer projects, or those that appear to have the potential for great impact regardless of length, are given preference.
  • Pairs are allowed to apply, but the maximum award does not increase ($4,000).
  • Proposals to cover the living expenses for internships will not be considered.

Meetings, Expenses & Presentations

  • A mandatory pre-departure meeting will take place in April 2018 (exact date to be announced).
  • A log of all expenses, including receipts, is required. Any funds not accounted for will be owed back to the Dean Rusk International Studies Program.
  • Any funds not spent must be returned to the Dean Rusk International Studies Program.
  • A written reflection and presentation are expected upon completion of the project.
  • Receipt logs, written reflections, presentations, and unspent funds are due to the International Student Advisor by Friday, August 31, 2018.
  • The presentation will take in early September 2018 (exact date to be announced).

Non-covered Expenses

  • Durable goods that can be used beyond the time period of the project (such as a camera, laptop, voltage converter, etc.).

Application Process

Fall Application - Seniors Only

Creating & Submitting Your Statement of Grant Purpose

This essay (not to exceed two pages) should outline the who, what, when, where, how, and why of your proposal. Make sure to highlight the following:

  • Your interest in the area of U.S. culture you will be exploring.
  • Your interest in the geographic location(s) you will be visiting.
  • The significance and impact this proposal will have on your overall experience in the U.S.
  • A rough estimate of the timeline, budget, and goals of the proposal.

Please note that unlike previous years, you are not required to submit a detailed budget and itinerary with your Statement of Grant Purpose.

Submit your statement by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017.

You will be notified on the status of your application by Friday, November 3, 2017. If your proposal is selected for funding, you will have until Friday, November 17, 2017 to prepare a detailed budget and itinerary.

Spring Application - First-years, Sophomores, Juniors

Creating & Submitting Your Statement of Grant Purpose

This essay (not to exceed two pages) should outline the who, what, when, where, how, and why of your proposal. Make sure to highlight the following:

  • Your interest in the area of U.S. culture you will be exploring.
  • Your interest in the geographic location(s) you will be visiting.
  • The significance and impact this proposal will have on your overall experience in the U.S.
  • A rough estimate of the timeline, budget, and goals of the proposal.

Please note that unlike previous years, you are not required to submit a detailed budget and itinerary with your Statement of Grant Purpose.

Submit your statement by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018.

You will be notified on the status of your application by Friday, March 9, 2018. If your proposal is selected for funding, you will have until Friday, March 30, 2018 to prepare a detailed budget and itinerary.