International Experience Grants

ILR International Programs will award a limited number of small grants to ILR undergraduates and MILR students to support ILR-related educational activities abroad. These small grants are intended to supplement a student’s budget in areas of critical need and facilitate his or her presence abroad.

Call for Proposals for Summer Break 2017 Travel

Application Deadline: Monday, March 13th, 5pm

Eligible Students: ILR undergraduate and graduate students

Amount: Awards typically range from $500 to $2,000 (maximum)*

ILR International Programs invites students to apply for a limited number of travel grants aimed at supporting ILR-related activities abroad. Please note that all travel must be completed while still registered as a full-time student. These small grants are intended to subsidize a student's budget and should not be seen as an exclusive source of financing.

Awards will be made to individual students. Group projects are not funded. If more than one student applies for the same project, applications must be separate and will be decided on independently.

Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis to support activities that enhance a student's ILR education through an international experience, such as

  • international volunteer work with a group or organization engaged in activities broadly related to ILR's mission;
  • the international fieldwork component of a research project or honor's thesis;
  • presenting or serving as a panelist at an ILR-related global conference; and
  • a language immersion program (for a language in which prior classroom study can be demonstrated).

Grants are not available for ILR Credit Internships, Cornell Abroad programs, ILR Exchange programs, credit-bearing programs, program tuition and fees, or for travel to a student's home country.

Application Procedures

To apply, email the documents listed below to Tamara Ingram at tsi4@cornell.edu by the grant deadline  Please include the following in the subject line: "ILR International Grant Proposal for Summer Break 2017 Travel."

A. ILR International Travel Grant Application: ILR Travel Grant Application (PDF, 53 KB) (If you experience difficulty filling out the PDF version of the application, you can access a Word version here: ILR Travel Grant Application (DOC, 50 KB).)

B. A detailed description of the proposed activity, including an overview of how it will enhance or supplement your ILR education, your learning objectives/goals, expected outcome(s), etc.

C. A budget (download a sample travel budget (PDF, 187 KB)) indicating the amount and proposed use of funds (max: $2,000--graduate students should not use this grant as a primary source of funding and must show other sources of support)

D. A letter from the host organization indicating willingness to accept the student for the proposed activity, or from your project facilitator if doing honors thesis research

E. A letter of recommendation from an ILR faculty member (This letter should address the specific merits of your proposal, expected outcomes, and budget. Allow time for faculty to review your proposal well in advance of the deadline. The letter can be sent to Tamara Ingram, any time before the deadline.)

Proposals will be reviewed by the ILR International Programs Faculty Committee. Awards will be made based on the depth and richness of the proposed activity and on relevancy to an ILR education. Incomplete applications, or those submitted after the deadline of Monday, March 13th, 5pm will not be considered.

If granted an award, to comply with the University's Travel Policy, students applying for this grant will be asked to complete the Travel Registry Form or the ITART Form after award notification.

Students will be required to share a reflective summary (1-2 pages) of their project and document their experiences through photos, blogs, video clips and/or stories. Student documentaries will be posted on the ILR International Programs website.

Contact: For questions regarding the application process or a proposal topic, please contact Donna Ramil, Associate Director, ILR International Programs.

*Awards may be considered taxable income.