The travel grants available for students have been given by and in honor of friends of Davidson College and the Dean Rusk International Studies Program who are deeply committed to broadening the scope and resources of international studies at Davidson.

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. Due to the pandemic, grant-funded opportunities are available for remote/virtual experiences, and for travel to U.S. Department of State Levels 1-3 countries only.

Grants ranging from $500 to over $5,000 are awarded two times each year.

Available Student Travel Grants

Summer and Winter Grants

Elephant in wilderness of Ghana

Fall Cycle

  • Awards for winter break prioritize;
    • 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 who are able to devote four or more weeks to their experience or project.
  • Fall grant application deadline is Friday, October 15, 2021.
Davidson research grant of pink flowers with ocean view

Spring Cycle

  • Awards are for summer study, research, service, and experiential learning abroad.
  • Proposals are considered from all students except graduating seniors.
  • The International Education Committee prioritizes individual projects that involve extended periods of time abroad and that reflect a clear connection to the student's academic development.
  • Spring grant application deadline is February 1, 2022.


All Dean Rusk Travel Grant Applications will be available via Submittable.The Submittable Grant Application website will accept applications for the spring grant cycle once the fall grant cycle closes.


Faculty Reviewer

Applications for the Dean Rusk Travel and Pulitzer Center Grants will require each student to identify a faculty reviewer who will indicate their support for your project.  In the application, you will enter their email address and he/she/they will receive a link to submit a reviewer's statement of support online. A faculty reviewer's statement of support is not required for Davidson Summer Program applications.

Grants Available for Students

Dean Rusk supports individual projects 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. Students may propose any type of project as long as it has an international focus. Please visit our available grants page and the Pulitzer Center Fellowship page for a comprehensive list of travel opportunities for which students may apply.

Student Grants Available

Pulitzer Center Fellowship

How to Apply

We understand that applying for a travel grant can be stressful, but we have gathered helpful tips and a sample application to serve as a guide throughout the process. Visit the how to apply page for more information.