The Weinstein Travel Grant is administered through International Student Programs and made possible through a generous gift from Carol and Marcus Weinstein.

The grant is designed to give international students an immersive experience within the United States, but outside of the Charlotte metro area.

International students are invited to pursue study, research, service, and experiential learning opportunities that allow for intentional immersion, reflection, and transformation. Applicants should creatively design projects/trips that facilitate interaction with diverse cultures, environments, standards of living, artistic expression, political climates, and/or more, across the U.S.

Previously funded projects include volunteering at an elder care facility in San Francisco, volunteering with a children's film camp in Seattle, traveling up the west coast by Amtrak, exploring street art in the northeast, and following the route taken by Jack Kerouac in On the Road, West Coast hiking journey, recapturing American cinema using iconic film locations in New York and traveling the Southern States in search of the most delicious bar-b-que.

Grant Details

  • Seniors, juniors, sophomores and current freshmen are now all eligible to apply in the fall for winter break projects/trips.
  • Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply in the spring for summer projects.
  • Grant award amounts vary considerably according to the nature of proposed projects and circumstances. Awards may range from $500 to $4,000.
  • Longer projects, or those that appear to have the potential for great impact regardless of length, are given preference.
  • Pairs are allowed to apply, but the maximum award does not increase ($4,000).
  • Proposals to cover the living expenses for internships will not be considered.

Meetings, Expenses and Presentations

  • A mandatory pre-departure meeting will take place in December and February (exact dates to be announced).
  • A log of all expenses, including receipts, is required. Any funds not accounted for will be owed back to International Student Programs.
  • Any funds not spent must be returned to International Student Programs.
  • A written reflection and presentation are expected upon completion of the project.
  • Receipt logs, written reflections, presentations, and unspent funds are due to International Student Programs by early September.
  • The presentation will take in early October (exact date to be announced).

Non-Covered Expenses

  • Durable goods that can be used beyond the time period of the project (such as a camera, laptop, voltage converter, etc.).

Application Process

Submitting Your Application/ Statement of Grant Purpose

For the Statement of Grant Purpose, this essay (not to exceed two pages) should outline the who, what, when, where, how and why of your proposal. Make sure to highlight the following:

  • Your interest in the area of U.S. culture you will be exploring.
  • Your interest in the geographic location(s) you will be visiting.
  • The significance and impact this proposal will have on your overall experience in the U.S.
  • A rough estimate of the timeline, budget and goals of the proposal.

Please note that unlike previous years, you are not required to submit a detailed budget and itinerary with your Application/ Statement of Grant Purpose.

Submit your Fall Application/ Statement of Grant Purpose by 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2019; You will be notified on the status of your application by Monday, December 9, 2019. If your proposal is selected for funding, you will be required to prepare a detailed budget and itinerary.

Submit your Spring Application/ Statement of Grant Purpose by 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020; You will be notified on the status of your application by Friday, February 14, 2020. If your proposal is selected for funding, you will be required to prepare a detailed budget and itinerary.

Information Sessions

Information Sessions will be held in Duke Hall International Studies Lounge Room 112. RSVP is not needed:

September 2019

Wed., Sept 18, 2019, 4-4:30 p.m.

October 2019

Thurs., Oct. 3, 2019, 7-7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 24, 2019, 4-4:30 p.m.

November 2019

Thurs., Nov. 7, 2019, 11:05-11:35 a.m.
.Weds., Nov. 13, 2019, 4-4:30 p.m.

December 2019

No sessions

January 2020

Weds., Jan. 22, 2020, 4-4:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 28, 2020, 11:05-11:35 am.

February 2020

Weds., Feb. 5, 2020, 7-7:30 p.m.