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Meet My World Grant

Meet My World is a grant opportunity offered through the Dean Rusk International Studies program, made possible through a gift from a generous donor. The purpose of the grant is to give international students the opportunity to share their home country and culture with a friend from the United States. The international student will have the chance to play the role of cultural host that is currently played by their U.S. friend at Davidson. The U.S. friend will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to be hosted and introduced to a foreign culture by a true expert–their international friend.

Details

  • Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply.
  • Pairs of international students are eligible to apply, but U.S./international pairs will be prioritized.
  • Each project will be a minimum of two weeks in length. Maximum length is open, to be determined by the host family and budget.
  • Maximum budget for each pair is $10,000.
  • The U.S. friend must stay in the home of the international friend. Travel to other destinations within the country is allowed, but nights away from the host's home may not exceed 50 percent of the total trip length.
  • Final itineraries should be as detailed as possible, including dates of travel and cost for activities. If your proposal is funded, any changes to your itinerary will need to be approved.
  • This grant is not open to romantic partners.

Expenses

Covered expenses

  • Round trip plane tickets for both participants.
  • Daily costs of accommodation for a minimum two week stay (food, utilities, transportation).
  • Any costs associated with cultural activities.
  • Visa and immunization costs.

Non-covered expenses

  • Durable goods that can be used beyond the time period of the project (such as a camera, laptop, voltage converter, etc.)

Application Process

Travel is for summer 2018, for both fall and spring applicants.

Fall Application

Complete the online applications by 5 p.m. Friday, November 17, 2017.

You will be notified on the status of your application by Friday, December 15, 2017. If your proposal is selected for funding, you will have until Friday, January 19, 2018 to prepare a detailed budget and itinerary. A letter of support sent from your parents is also required. More information on budget/itinerary and letter requirements will be sent to those selected.

Spring Application

Complete the online applications by 5 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2018.

You will be notified on the status of your application by Friday, March 30, 2018. If your proposal is selected for funding, you will have until Friday, April 13, 2018 to prepare a detailed budget and itinerary. A letter of support sent from your parents is also required. More information on budget/itinerary and letter requirements will be sent to those selected.