• English countryside by Caroline Queen ’14

    English countryside by Caroline Queen '14

  • Peru by Ivana Masimore 14

    The Peru Program in Arequipa includes trips to varied Peruvian landscapes from coastal desert to mountainous highlands to Amazonian jungle. Photo by Ivana Masimore '14

  • Turkey by Yasmin Shahida ’14

    Turkey by Yasmin Shahida '14


Travel Grants

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 & Deadlines

Information sessions on the Dean Rusk, Pulitzer, and International Sustainability Project travel grants will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and Thursday, Jan. 29 at 3:30 p.m. in the Duke International Studies Lounge. Contact Ivana Masimore, Dean Rusk fellow, for more information.

The due date for the spring 2015 grant cycle is Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Grant applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on the due date; no late applications will be accepted.

Student Grants

The Common Application encompasses proposals for the Dean Rusk Travel Grant and Pulitzer Reporting Grant as well as the Abernethy Grant and the Kemp Scholarship.

General Grants

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 - $5,000 are awarded two times each year.

  1. Fall cycle awards will be limited to the following:
    • Seniors who have never been abroad during their Davidson careers;
    • Seniors who need to travel abroad to conduct research for a thesis or capstone project;
    • Students participating in select Davidson summer study abroad programs (talk with your program director or with the Dean Rusk Program Fellow to find out if you should apply in the fall or the spring).
  2. Spring cycle awards are made for summer study, research, service, and experiential learning. Proposals are considered from all students (except seniors). The committee prefers individual projects that involve extended periods of time abroad and that reflect a clear connection to the student's academic development.

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.

Pulitzer Center Grants

Each spring, 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. 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.

To apply, complete the online Common Grant Application. Review our Application Tips (DOC) on how to craft your proposal.

International Sustainability Projects

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.


  • Proposals should come from a two-person team
  • Proposals should identify the specific sustainability issue to be addressed and the specific location in which the team proposes to work
  • Recipients will spend at least six weeks in the field, studying their issue, meeting with local stakeholders, and developing a plan that addresses the issue
  • Recipients will develop at least one product, service, or information output that they will deliver to local stakeholders before returning to the US
  • Recipients who develop compelling, sustainable solutions may apply for a second round of funding to return to their location, refine their product, and hand it off to local stakeholders.

To apply for International Sustainability Project funding, download, complete, and email your team's International Sustainability Project application (DOC) to Dean Rusk Program Fellow Ivana Masimore.

Faculty Grants

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).