A Dean Rusk Experiential Learning Grant is defined as the exploration of and reflection on international experiences that enhance academic goals and encourage personal growth.

Applying for the Grant

For this grant, each student is required to complete the following steps: 

  1. Consult with the Dean Rusk office to discuss your project proposal.
  2. Write a proposal.
  3. Complete travel grant budget report.
  4. If applicable, obtain a language proficiency recommender (required where English is not the predominant language in the country for your proposed project).

It is strongly recommended students also obtain a faculty recommendation, but it is NOT required. 


Writing Your Proposal

A strong proposal includes:

  • What goals will your experience help you accomplish?
  • What do you hope to get from the project, and why is the project important to you?
  • How is it important within your academic career, personal goals, or future plans?
  • What are the specific places you plan to go to (museum, library, etc.)?
  • What are the preparations you must complete before departing (e.g. contacting a specific organization to collaborate with)?
  • Can you get those tasks done with the requested resources (i.e budget) and the proposed time frame?
  • How will you make your project accessible to all audiences?


2024 Experiential Learning Grants will be available when the fall grant cycle opens at the close of the spring grant cycle, with an application deadline of October 1, 2024. 

To start your application, use Submittable

Recently Funded Experiential Learning Grants

a young white man wearing a long sleeved white shirt with a group of kids

Internship in Menéndez-Pelayo School

by Anthony Damian ‘23

Anthony pursued a K-12 English teaching internship in Cantabria, Spain at the school of Colegio Menendez-Pelayo. He taught English to students as well as Math, Science and Physical Education. His contributions fostered intercultural discussion between students, fellow school faculty, and his host family.

Cathleen O’Malley ‘23

Sustainable Urban Development: An International Comparative Study of Accessible Housing Through Programs & Policy

by Cathleen O’Malley ‘23

Cathleen explored current housing policies in Spain to understand how Spanish cities are attempting to balance the needs of institutions, corporations and their people. She examined Bilbao as a case study to see how the city is working with local agencies and organizations to address housing in an inclusive way. In analyzing the urbanization models, Cathleen studied the specific ways in which Spanish cities have been affected by gentrification and migration.

a young woman sits on the edge of a fountain at dusk in a foreign city

Exploring African Artifacts in European Museums

by Lillian Korir ‘23

Lillian visited museums in England, France, Belgium and Netherlands to explore the history of African artifacts. She then reached out to local African scholars and artists who were willing to have conversations about the artifacts. Lillian's experience gave her insights into the difference in experiences in African and European representation of African art and history.

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