Cornell University

International Programs

117 Ives Hall, 607-254-7255

International Experience Grants

Call for Proposals 
for Winter Travel

Eligible Students: ILR undergraduates and graduate students

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

Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by 5pm

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 the 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 your 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
  • language immersion program where student has already undertaken classroom study

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

A complete application will include the following:  

A. ILR International Travel Grant Application. 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. Apply by Wednesday, October 22nd by 5pm.

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

C. A budget 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. To create a budget see the sample budgets provided.

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 Sevana Melikian,,  any time before deadline.

F. The complete proposal application should be sent to Sevana Melikian,, by the grant deadline.

G. Please include in the subject line: "ILR International Grant Proposal, Fall 2014 for Winter Travel"

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 Wednesday, October 22nd, will not be considered.

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.