In the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg's experience at U-M, the Wallenberg International Summer Travel Award provide funding for selected students to take part in a community service project or civic participation anywhere in the world. The award will support experiences such as, volunteer with a humanitarian organization such as a school, clinic, or aid program, or the exploration of humanitarian issues not well understood in the United States.
Projects should be at least four weeks in duration and take place outside of the U.S. between May and August of the current application cycle. The University's international travel policies must be followed. The University of Michigan's International Center will receive applications and organize the selection process.
Awards will be given to cover transportation, room and board, and local excursions made in connection with the project. Undergraduate awards are given at amounts of up to $2,000 each and Graduate student awards are given at amounts of up to $2,500 (*Graduate students must be pursuing a project related to the field of public health).
*This award is restricted to UM-Ann Arbor undergraduate and graduate students only*
Must be in good standing at the University of Michigan, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Must be rising juniors or seniors and have completed two years of study at the University of Michigan by the time of travel.
Must also be enrolled full time for at least one more semester at the University following return to the U.S.
Must be in good standing academically, pursuing a degree full-time, and enrolled for at least one semester following return to the U.S.
Must be pursuing an opportunity that is not directly part of the student’s current body of research.
Must be pursuing a project related to the field of public health.
An application form that includes personal and academic information
A supplemental application packet that includes the following:
A statement of purpose, of no more than 900 words, that includes the following:
Purpose and goals of the proposed project or experience and how it addresses the purpose of the Wallenberg International Travel Award and legacy of Raoul Wallenberg
The feasibility of the proposal, including information about any preliminary contacts at the site(s) of the proposed project and arrangements for accommodation
The location and any supervision and/or agency involved in the experience
How the applicant’s presence or activities will benefit or serve the local community
Previous travel overseas, and experience in community service or civic participation
What the applicant expects to gain personally from the proposed experience and how this will contribute to future plans
How the applicant intends to share this experience with others
A full budget that show anticipated costs and any other source of support, pending or confirmed. Equipment will not be funded.
A timeline that provides a schedule for time abroad
A résumé/curriculum vitae
Letter of affiliation from the supervising or sponsoring agency of the project
A copy of the applicant’s U-M unofficial transcript
A recommendation from a principal adviser or another faculty member who can assess readiness to undertake the proposed project.
Applications will be evaluated according to the feasibility of the proposal; how the applicant's presence or activities will benefit or serve the local community; the benefits for the student's personal development; and how the proposed experience reflects the humanitarian values and commitment of Raoul Wallenberg.
The review committee takes into consideration the practicability of the proposal, including costs; the availability of local arrangements necessary to support the student and make the project or experience possible; and whether the proposed time is sufficient for the proposed experience. Proposals should be for a project outside the applicant’s direct field of research or study.
Projects that will be evaluated more favorably include:
Those which involve longer stays (more than four weeks)
Those arranged outside of a class or a curricular requirement
Independently-arranged projects (Projects arranged through placement programs may be given lower priority.)
Proficiency in relevant language(s) is not a requirement but, depending on the nature of the proposal, may be considered by the selection committee.
These grants may be used to support research, but only where the project has an explicit focus on research for the public good and reflects the humanitarian values and commitment of Raoul Wallenberg. The proposal should explain this focus and discuss how the student intends to engage with communities where the research is being conducted.
Need to Know
Fellowship Recipient Expectations
Recipients of the Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Award are expected to reflect upon what they learned and share this with others. Upon return to the U.S., Wallenberg Travel Award recipients will be asked to:
Share photos of their trip
Prepare and present a brief report with members of the Wallenberg Committee to discuss their experience