Funding Resources at the University of Minnesota
Getting funded can be one of the most difficult parts of the internship procedure. There are a variety of ways to go about the funding process. You could write letters to family members, friends, church members, etc. asking them to donate money to your trip. Or, you could apply for grants through a few different programs offered through the University of Minnesota (or elsewhere). It is strongly recommended that you begin early and if you do decide to apply for a grant, you should commit enough time to completing the application, as the fellowship programs are quite competitive. Keep in mind that when you apply for funding, you should have some sort of notification and/or evidence that you have, or soon will have, been awarded an internship position. Following are the funding resources at the U.
2003 Dunn Peace Research Scholarship
Office of International Programs
Phone: (612) 624-5580
This scholarship was developed to provide an annual award of $1,500 for two University of Minnesota students to pursue research abroad dealing with issues of direct relevance to international peace. Applicants must be degree-seeking University of Minnesota undergraduate or graduate students. The proposed research must be relevant to issues of international peace. The primary focus of the scholarship is on peace among countries, although projects concerned with domestic peace within foreign countries will be considered as relevance is demonstrated. Note however that Dunn Scholarships will not be awarded for research in countries on the State Department's Travel Warning List. Pick up the application in the Office of International Programs and deliver the finished application by noon on March 3, 2003. Email, call, or stop by the office if you have additional questions.
CLA Undergrad Internship Award
Career & Community Learning Center
Phone: (612) 624-7577
Three times a year, four to six CLA undergraduate students receive $1,200 grants to enable them to complete an unpaid internship experience valuable to their learning and future career goals. CLA believes that internships are important for gaining practical experience outside the classroom. The grant process is quite competitive so make sure that you put enough time and effort into the application procedure. You should know, however, that the committee that reviews your application does not take into account your GPA or your financial need.
To apply, you must be at least a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and never have been awarded the grant previously. Graduate students are not offered these grants. In order to receive the grant, you must first secure an appropriate internship in which you will complete a minimum of 120 hours of work at the site. This work must be off campus and not directly connected to a University department or to a University faculty/staff member. There are three rounds of grant awards. The deadlines are as follows: 1)Fall semester: The third Wednesday in September; 2)Spring Semester: The second Wednesday in February; 3)Summer Session: The fourth Wednesday in June. You may download the application from their website and can submit a completed on in the Career and Community Learning Center. Please look at further criteria (i.e. what you should include in your application essay) on the above website.
Minnesota Human Rights Center Fellowship Program
Human Rights Center
Phone: (612) 626-2226
The Human Rights Center accepts applications for fellowship grants to residents of the Upper Midwest -including students, teachers, lawyers, other professionals, community leaders, activists and others-to undertake practical experience in human rights organizations. The Fellowship Program is designed to promote human rights by providing practical training in the varied aspect of human rights work worldwide. The fellowship placement should provide both training for the individual and assistance to the organization. The University of Minnesota Human Rights Center Fellowship Program also fosters links between communities in the Upper Midwest and communities and human rights organizations around the world. Therefore, participants will act as human rights ambassadors of their work after the fellowship appointment, by bringing human rights concerns back to their communities in the Upper Midwest. Applicants will be required to propose how they plan to bring their human right experiences home, whether through teaching, volunteer projects, public speaking, slide shows, or other community activities.
Awards are competitive; approximately 20 grants will be awarded for the 2009 program. Fellowships should be a minimum of 10 weeks in duration. Grants will ordinarily range from $1,000 to $4,500, averaging about $3,200 and are intended to cover traveling and living expenses incurred during the fellowship experience. Grants may be used for the summer or during a similar period of the fall, winter, or spring. Applicants must have adequate proficiency in the relevant languages. Applications must be received by February 27, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. Decisions will be made by April 1, 2009. For more information and an application please see their above website, email or phone number.
Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships
Office of International Programs
Phone: (612) 624-5580
These fellowships are designed to support the continued internationalization of the University of Minnesota by providing critical assistance to students enrolled in master's and professional degree programs, and to increase opportunities for students to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad. A primary goal of the fellowships is to increase exposure to other cultures. The program especially encourages applications from students who have never traveled abroad.
Up to $2,000 may be requested to support travel, living, and allied academic or professional expenses abroad. Awards may be used from May 2003 through April 2004. Projects may range in length from three weeks to one year-all other things being equal, students on longer programs will be given preference. Approximately 30 fellowships will be awarded this year and international medical insurance will be provide for all recipients. Completed applications are due in the (above) Office of International Programs by noon on February 10, 2003. Find application in the office itself or on the website. Awards will be announced by April 1, 2003.
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