Don’t assume that international travel and research funding are only for faculty at the University of Iowa. International Programs administers many grant opportunities for undergraduate students. Here are some of big ones:
Deadline: Feb. 6, 2017
Are you about to launch an honors thesis and are hoping to be able to do in-the-field interviews, archival work, or other on-the-ground research that requires international travel? Stanley awards support students who are working on “developed, well-conceived, small-scale independent research or fieldwork projects on international topics, which require travel abroad.” Be sure to work closely with a faculty mentor to carefully explain your research project and fine-tune your proposal.
Deadline: Next fall, but start thinking and planning NOW!
The highly prestigious Fulbright is for recent Bachelor’s recipients, MA students, and PhDs. Typically, a recipient spends a year at a host institution pursuing coursework toward a degree. For example, if you are interested in global public health, you might spend a year working toward a MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It often takes an entire year to plan these. The University of Iowa recently set a record for Fulbright awards (https://now.uiowa.edu/2016/05/record-14-ui-students-alumni-receive-fulbright-awards-2016-17 ), so there is a lot of momentum to ride on. Karen Wachsmuth in International Programs is the point person you’ll want to meet. She has all kinds of resources for you – writing guides, sample applications, coaching sessions, faculty mentors, and so on.
Deadline: January 2017
Boren scholarships fund U.S. students studying abroad in areas “critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.” These are decidedly NOT for study abroad in Western Europe. Again, Karen Wachsmuth is your guide. She can help you determine what region and program of study would best suit your interests and help you with the application process.
The IP website lists several other undergraduate funding opportunities. Check to see if there’s something there for you.