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.
Information sessions on Dean Rusk, Pulitzer, and International Sustainability Project travel grants are held at the beginning of each semester in the Duke International Studies Lounge. Global Corps, a student group on campus, offers one-on-one counseling for students interested in Dean Rusk grants. To meet with a Global Corps Travel Grant Advisor, or to find out the dates for the next information session and application deadline, email Sarah Taylor '15 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dean Rusk International Studies Program provides grant-funded opportunities for student study, research, service, and experiential learning abroad in geographic locations of the student's choosing.
Grants ranging from $100 to over $5,000 are awarded two times each year.
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. However, students may propose any type of project as long as it has an international focus.
Students who are applying for a grant to travel abroad (independently or in association with a program) should use the online Common Grant Application. Review our Application Tips (DOC) on how to craft your proposal.
Each spring, two Davidson students are selected to receive grants 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 U.S. mainstream media. The grant recipients will receive exclusive training, support and mentorship from staff at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
While working on your project in the field, a member of the Pulitzer Center staff will serve as your editor - establishing deadlines and assisting you in crafting publishing-worthy pieces. As a grant recipient, you will also choose a past Pulitzer Center journalist to serve as a professional mentor (subject to availability) who will offer practical advice and non-editorial support. Working closely with Pulitzer Center staff and a Pulitzer Center journalist mentor, recipients will build on their project proposal and decide on a plan of deliverables that will include some combination of maintaining a blog, taking photographs, recording audio, shooting video, writing articles for the Pulitzer Center website, and potentially seeking other outlets for their work. Previous experience in photography or filming is not a prerequisite for applying for this grant. Dean Rusk encourages students to rent free equipment (such as cameras and editing software) from ITS, if necessary. Recipients are required to adhere to the Pulitzer Center's Ethics and Standards Policy throughout the reporting project, meet with the Pulitzer Center journalist visiting Davidson's campus during the semester that they receive the grant, and upon completing their trip, will be expected to turn in all of their deliverables prior to receiving the final installment of their grant.
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. Davidson's 2014 reporting fellows, Katie Mathieson '15 and Jessie Li '15, reported on grassroots environmentalist movements in Patagonia and institutional barriers for students with physical disabilities in China, respectively.
A strong proposal includes:
To apply, complete the Pulitzer Reporting Grant Application (DOC) and email it to Meg Sawicki at email@example.com by 5 p.m. on the deadline. Review our Application Tips (DOC) on how to craft your proposal.
The Dean Rusk International Studies Program and the Office of Sustainability invite proposals for projects that develop innovative responses to pressing sustainability challenges abroad. “Sustainability” refers to the “triple bottom line” that connects social equity, environmental integrity, and economic prosperity. Proposed projects should address and connect at least two of these values. Projects that develop compelling responses to their chosen challenge may apply for a second grant for implementation.
The purpose of an International Sustainability Project is to give pairs of students the opportunity to engage with a community outside of the United States, identify a sustainability question, and work cross-culturally to find a solution.
To apply for International Sustainability Project funding, please download the application, read the guidelines on the first page, complete the second page, and email your team's International Sustainability Project application (DOC) to the Dean Rusk Program Coordinator Meg Sawicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).