HHH students David Lucas Travel Grant apps due Mar 22



Contact Sherry Gray for budget worksheet

2016 – Guidelines

Objectives
To encourage students to do internships, field experiences, professional paper or capstone research in the fields of international affairs, international development, or any of the specializations listed under the Humphrey School’s global public policy concentration in central or southern region of the Western Hemisphere.  Students in all HHH master-level degree programs are encouraged to apply.

Requirements
The sponsoring organization and the project work must relate to international affairs, broadly defined, and/or the project requires travel abroad.  Please read all guidelines listed in this document carefully.

Awards
The Lucas and Stassen Grant Selection Committee will award the grant for the summer of 2016.  The Award will be $500 based upon need and the quality of the proposal.  

Eligibility
Any student currently enrolled in good standing in a master degree program (MPP, MS-STEP, MPA, MURP or MDP) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is eligible to apply. 

Application Procedures
Applications are due by midnight, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The Award will be announced on or before Friday, April 15, 2016. Please provide the following information:

1.     A one paragraph summary of proposed internship, field experience, capstone or professional paper research project (include a summary of your anticipated project expenses).  Please list the name of your project faculty advisor.

2.      A two page description of your internship, field experience, or capstone or professional paper research project.  Please describe what you want to do, the expected outcome or product of this work, what background and expertise you bring to this work, why you have chosen this particular organization or area of research, and what this experience will add to your professional development. Please note any particular UMN resources (faculty advisors, university contacts or projects, university offices or facilities abroad) you are using to assist in preparation for your project. For research projects, please attach a comprehensive literature review. 

3.     A project expense statement and budget.  Please attach a budget for your project that provides the following financial information: any compensation you will receive from a host organization, any other income, awards, or grants that you have for the summer relevant to this project, and the major summer costs you will incur (for example, travel expenses, housing, food or research-related expenses).  Please see attached budget worksheet to assist you in creating a project budget.

4.     Information about host organization or capstone client.  Students applying for internship, MDP field experience or summer capstone project must provide relevant documentation relating to their host organization or capstone client.  For internship applications: A signed internship agreement form (available: www.hhh.umn.edu/career ) is required.  For capstone students, a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or equivalent is required.  Professional paper students will need a signed paper topic approval form. The document submitted should describe any resources that the organization will commit to the project as well as the person who will be your primary contact and a brief explanation of the ways in which the organization intends to make use of your work.   Students doing research projects should indicate any IRB requirements (see below).

5.     Your resume.

Please submit your application by email to Sherry Gray (grayx260@umn.edu) by midnight, Tuesday, March 22, 2016.  Late applications will not be accepted, but students are encouraged to submit applications even if signed forms with host organizations are not ready (late forms will be accepted).

Reporting Requirements

At some point during the funding period, please send a photo and brief description of your project to Sherry Gray for posting on Global Notes (http://blog.lib.umn.edu/gpa/globalnotes/).

Within a month of returning to campus on completion of the funded part of your project, please submit a two page report to the global programs director, Sherry Gray. The report will:
1)     Describe the activities undertaken,
2)     give an assessment of the value of the experience for the student's HHH program and future plans as well as for the organization and/or people served, and
3)      provide a brief accounting of how the grant funds were spent.

Please also send to Sherry Gray a copy of any final reports, capstone final products, professional papers, or publications related to this funded project for which you were an author or co-author.

Please Note

  • If your project involves travel to a country on the U.S. State Department's Travel Warning List or other warning lists, such as the Centers for Disease Control (see http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html), University policy requires you to seek special permission. You must apply to the Education Abroad Suspension Committee (EASC), which reviews requests to travel to these countries. You should apply as soon as possible, as the committee review process commonly takes 6 to 8 weeks.  The Humphrey School cannot release your funds until you have received approval from the EASC.     Information on the review process can be found on the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance website: http://www.international.umn.edu/travel/travelwarning/students.php

  • In addition, if your project includes research involving human subjects, you must apply to the University's Institutional Review Board for approval before commencing your work. This process can also take several weeks to complete, so you if your project needs approval you should start your application now. The Humphrey School will need notification of your IRB approval status in order to release your funds. Information on the IRB application process is found at: http://cflegacy.research.umn.edu/irb/applying/

  • UMN requires CISI International Health Insurance for travel outside the United States.  All students traveling abroad in connection with their University of Minnesota studies are required to receive international health insurance approved by the University’s Risk Management Office: http://global.umn.edu/travel/insurance/outgoing.html.




In the fall of 2013 David Lucas was a first year MPP student studying global policy. Before coming to the Humphrey School, he taught political systems and world history in Cali, Colombia, and before that he taught American History, American Government, Sociology and World Geography at West Branch High School in Iowa.  He grew up in a family of seven in northeastern Iowa.
In the short time David was with us at the Humphrey School, his new friends and colleagues benefited from his rich life experience and his intellectual rigor, and our community was deeply saddened by his untimely death.  Thanks to a thoughtful and generous contribution from the Lucas family, the Humphrey School is now able to offer $500.00 to a current Humphrey student interested in work related to a HHH degree which requires travel to the central or southern regions of the Western Hemisphere (South or Central America, the Caribbean).

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