Frequently Asked Questions
The following are the most common questions we receive about travel grants.
When do I apply for travel grants?
There are two deadlines. The fall grant application deadline is Friday, October 16, 2020 and the spring grant application deadline is February 1, 2021.
Who can apply for a travel grant?
For the fall application deadline, the applicant pool is limited to seniors who have not been abroad during their Davidson career, seniors who need to conduct research abroad for their thesis or capstone project, or students applying for select Davidson summer study abroad programs. For the spring application deadline, all students who are not graduating in May of that year can apply for a travel grant.
How much funding can I expect?
Grant amounts vary considerably—the average award is around $1,000, but grants range from $500 to over $5,000. There is no representative sum because applicants' requests vary and many factors contribute to the amount different applicants receive.
How much time should I spend abroad?
The mission of the Dean Rusk Program is to immerse students in a foreign culture for an extended period of time. Therefore, the longer you plan to spend abroad, the more likely it is that the International Education Committee (IEC) will take your proposal seriously.
Does Dean Rusk provide support for Education Abroad?
Yes, the Dean Rusk Program does give some financial support to students who are studying on traditional education abroad programs over the summer. Students on term-time education abroad programs should consult the Office of Education Abroad.
If you are participating in a summer program sponsored by Davidson or another university, financial aid does not apply as it does for semester programs, so you may wish to apply for money from Dean Rusk. Priority will be given to independent projects and Davidson-sponsored summer education abroad programs.
What if my plans change?
The Director of the Dean Rusk Program must approve any changes to your project after it has been submitted. In some cases, adjustments to your project will cause the amount of your grant to be changed (for example, if you plan to travel for three weeks instead of six, you may only receive half your original award). Changes in your project that are not approved by the director may result in the forfeiture of your entire grant. If you are going on a education abroad program or group trip that is canceled, the Dean Rusk Program will work with you to apply your grant money to a different program.
Are there any other requirements to receive a grant?
Please review the recipient requirements. It is important to share your experience with others after your return. Accordingly, you may be required to do so through such activities as talks, participation in panels, or visits to schools, at the request of the program. You are also required to write a three to five page report on your experiences on your return.
How do I apply for a grant if I am abroad?
If you are currently abroad, you can still use the Submittable online application to apply for a travel grant. We encourage you to contact the Dean Rusk Program Coordinator with any questions or for proposal advice. The deadline is the same for everyone both on and off campus, so be aware of time differences.
Can seniors receive grant money for after graduation?
Awards are not given to seniors whose travel will take place after graduation.
Can you receive more than one Dean Rusk Grant?
Yes, although the committee does prioritize students who have not previously received Dean Rusk travel grants.
Who decides whether or not I receive a grant?
The International Education Committee (IEC) decides grant awards.