The following are the most common questions we receive about travel grants. If you have further questions, please contact the Assistant to the Director.
How much can I expect from a Dean Rusk grant?
How much time should I spend abroad?
Does Dean Rusk provide grants for study abroad?
What if my plans change or my program gets cancelled?
Are there any other requirements to receive a grant?
Can I receive funding to perform missionary work?
How do I apply for a grant if I am abroad?
Can you receieve more than one Dean Rusk grant?
Can seniors receive grant money?
Can international students receive money to go to their home country?
Who decides whether I get a grant?
- How much can I expect?-
Grant amounts vary considerably -- the average award is around $1000, but grants ranged from $100 to $5000. There is no representative sum because:
1) applicants' requests vary
2) the factors below affect how much different applicants receive
3) we don't have enough money to fund every worthy application fully.
- How much time should I spend abroad?-
As much as possible! The mission of the Dean Rusk Program is to immerse students in a foreign culture for an extended period of time. Therefore, the longer you plan to spend abroad, the more likely it is that the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) will take your proposal seriously.
- Does Dean Rusk provide support for Study Abroad?-
Yes, the Dean Rusk Program does give some financial support to students who are studying on traditional study abroad programs. If you are participating in a Davidson-sponsored semester or year study abroad program, the cost of the program is equal to the cost of studying on campus at Davidson. Therefore, you probably will not need any additional financial assistance from Dean Rusk as your financial aid should transfer to a Davidson-approved study abroad program through another university. If you are participating in a summer program sponsored by Davidson or another university, you are responsible for covering the entire cost of the program and may wish to apply for money from Dean Rusk for some assistance. However, please realize that independent projects have a higher priority and generally receive more funding than group trips. Also be aware that Davidson sponsored summer programs will receive higher priority than study abroad programs through other schools or institutions.
- What if my plans change?-
Any changes in your project after it has been submitted MUST be approved by the Director of the Dean Rusk Program. In some cases, adjustments to your project will cause the amount of your grant to be changed (for example, if you plan to travel for 3 weeks instead of 6, you may only receive half your original award). CHANGES IN YOUR PROJECT THAT ARE NOT APPROVED BY THE DIRECTOR MAY RESULT IN THE FORFEITURE OF YOUR ENTIRE GRANT. If you are going on a study abroad program or group trip that is canceled, the Dean Rusk Program will work with you to apply your grant money to a different program.
- Are there any other requirements to receive a grant?-
It is important to share your experience with others after your return. Accordingly, you may be required to do so through such activities as talks, participation in panels, or visits to schools, at the request of the Program. While you are putting together your proposal and during your trip, you should reflect on the nature of a presentation when you return. You are also required to write a three to five page report on your experiences on your return. We hope that you will provide photos.
- Can I receive funding for missionary work?-
Be aware of the role that religion may have in your project. We frequently fund religiously oriented projects such as student volunteers in missionary hospitals, work with church youth groups, and study of other faiths. If you are interested in this kind of project, the role of religion in it should be that of a personal motivating force for you rather than evangelism. We help students go to other cultures to learn, absorb, and share different ways of thinking and living, so begin your journey with a mind that is open to whatever you may encounter.
- How do I apply for a grant if I am abroad?-
If you are currently abroad, you should email your grant application directly to the Dean Rusk Fellow. You may also have a friend turn your application in for you, but be aware that you are ultimately responsible (not your friend) for making sure your application is on time (Remember- No late applications- for any reason!). The deadline is the same for everyone both on and off campus, so be aware of time differences.
- Can seniors receive grant money?-
Although all students may apply for grants, you should be aware that awards are not given to seniors whose travel will take place after graduation. The reasoning behind this is simple: the College invests money in grant recipients, and the return on that investment is the contribution to internationalism on campus that the grant recipient makes when he/she returns. Any senior's application should address the issue of how the project will benefit the Davidson community.
- Can you receive more than one Dean Rusk Grant?-
Of course! The Committee does take into account past grant rewards when making their decisions, but if you've put together a good project that either builds upon past research or takes you somewhere new for a new set of experiences, you shouldn't worry about a past grant award hurting your chances of receiving funding a second or third time. Nevertheless, if you apply for and receive a significant grant award the first time you apply, don't expect the award to be as large in the future.
- Can international students receive money to travel to their home country?-
In the past the Committee has voiced concern about merely sending people home. If you have a proposal for a project in your home country, address that issue up front -- explain why giving you a grant would be more than just paying to see your family. One-year international students are eligible for grant money for travel occurring during their time at Davidson.
- Who decided whether I get a grant?-
Grant awards are decided by the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC), a committee composed of professors from different disciplines who are interested in international issues.