Global Education Grant Deadline February 19, 2014

West Virginia University students who are planning either international research or a study abroad semester have an opportunity to apply for funding support through the Global Educational Opportunities (GEO) Grants Program.

The GEO Grant application is online at studyabroad.wvu.edu

WVU’s Office of International Programs has announced a February 19, 2014 deadline for the next round. The grant awards are based on the quality of a proposed program or project, the potential benefit to student, and a good budget.

As part of the GEO Grant requirement, each awarded needs to do a campus presentation or a community activity after completing the travel abroad experience, and write a summary report of achievements.

The grants program is for graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants should read the online instructions carefully and choose the correct application, either the graduate student’s international research or training, or the undergraduate’s travel support for a semester.

To apply for an award, a student needs to: 1. submit a complete application online; 2. write a project summary: 500 words, undergraduate; 1,000 words, graduate; 3. obtain two reference reports, and 4) submit a budget of costs and funding request.

Awards will be made based on the excellence of the application. The grant may vary in amounts of $250, $500, $750 and $1,000. For example, $750 may be awarded to a graduate student’s research abroad, and $500 may go to support an undergraduate’s semester abroad exchange.

Full-time or part-time WVU students are eligible to submit proposals. The names of award recipients will be announced in March, 2014.

A WVU faculty review committee will work with WVU’s International Programs’ Grant Administrator and OIP staff to review applications. This group will assess the quality of each application and potential benefit to the student.

Financial support is one of the criteria used in evaluation of applications. Recipients of financial aid are encouraged to apply and, if awarded a grant, will need to work with the WVU Financial Aid Office.