ILR International Travel Grant

Every year, the ILR International Programs Faculty Committee conducts grant competitions that provide students and other members of the ILR community partial funding to enable them to pursue some international activity, be it independent research, honors thesis research, service learning, attending international conferences, or other international educational experiences.

Since 2005, IP has given hundreds of students the opportunity to travel to over 34 countries, from Austria to Zambia and almost everywhere else in between.

For questions about the grant, please contact Donna Ramil, the Associate Director of International Programs, at dmr47@cornell.edu

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Travel Grant Reports

Maria Eugenia Rodriguez Florez

MILR, '20

This summer I traveled to South America to do fieldwork for my research project.  I went to Lima, Peru to document the process of how unions from the textile industry filed a complaint with the United States Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA), based on Article 17.5 of the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA) during 2015.

Phoebe Strom

MS/Ph.D. '21

Thanks to a grant from the ILR International Travel Grant Program, I travelled to Dublin, Ireland where I joined a group of global scholars presenting their research at the 32nd Annual Conference of the International Association of Conflict Management (IACM) this summer.

Clare McLeod

BSILR'20

Humbling. Energizing. Inspiring.”

After two days of hearing fellow delegates present their papers, presenting my own paper, and engaging in the thoughtful dialogue that followed each panel, these three words, out of the many I could have chosen, were the three I shared.

Eyup Serdar Erdogan

MILR '18

There is a famous saying in Turkish that can be translated roughly in English as “One language is one person, two languages are two persons.” As it can be quickly inferred from the saying, learning another language not only gives you a chance to communicate in another language but also changes you by creating a concrete different personality who can see the world from a completely different perspective.

Deepa Saharia

BSILR'18

This winter, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Southern India to complete some field research for my ILR Honors Thesis. Receiving the ILR International Programs Travel Grant allowed me to pursue my understanding of international and comparative labor through conversations with women waste workers in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, India.

Maja Cimerman

MILR '18

During the summer of 2017, I had an opportunity to do an internship for the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels, Belgium. Because the internship was unpaid, I was able to participate through the generous support of the ILR International Travel Grant.

Julia Herbordt

BSILR, '19

This past summer, I traveled to Shanghai, China, to work for a supply chain management company called Li and Fung Limited. For eight weeks, I worked in their office as an intern. I knew that interning in China would be completely different than interning in the United States, and I was looking forward to learning about Li Fung’s approach to business.

Cinderella Lamannil

MILR '19

In summer of 2017, I had the incredible opportunity to spend 5 weeks in Israel on a research internship with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC).

Miles Holmes

MILR '18

For the winter intersession of 2016-2017, I received an ILR Travel Grant that facilitated my participation in an HR internship located in Córdoba, Argentina.

Anna Wang

BSILR '17

In December of 2016 going into January of 2017, I had the opportunity to travel to Guangzhou, China, in support of an ILR honors thesis regarding modern youth worker consciousness in China.

Jordan Brail

BSILR '18

In May 2016, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to Porto, Portugal and work as a squash coach for the ‘Escola de Squash do Porto’ (Squash School of Porto).  

Georges Batoussi

BSILR'19

This summer I was given the wonderful opportunity to travel to Ghana for two months for my internship with Voices of African Mothers, a United Nations NGO whose mission statement is to establish a peaceful African continent by using the methods of conflict resolution and diplomacy.