Mar 21 deadline for Lucas Travel Grant

David Lucas Travel Grant for Humphrey students
2017 – Guidelines

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.

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

The Lucas and Stassen Grant Selection Committee will award the grant for the summer of 2017.  The Award will be $500 based upon need and the quality of the proposal.  

Any student currently enrolled in good standing in a master degree program (MHR, 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 21, 2017. The Award will be announced on or before Friday, April 14, 2017. 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 guidelines below.

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: ) 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 ( by midnight, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. All documents should be labeled with your last name (ex: gray.resume.lucas.doc) and included in the same pdf file, also labeled with your last name and Lucas (ex: gray.lucas.pdf).

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 (

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, 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:
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).

Stassen and Lucas International Grants 2017

Budget Worksheet to Accompany Application

The Stassen and Lucas grants are intended to support travel, research, internship, field experience and living expenses abroad. Please itemize all expenses to be incurred by your project, providing as much detail and individual budget item justification as possible. Please note that tuition/program fees for study abroad program, foreign language study or foreign university can not be covered by the Stassen or Lucas grants. Requests for mileage or per diem expenses should not exceed amounts permitted by University travel regulations.

 Information on the UMN travel policy is available at

Applicant’s Name:
Project Location/Organization Name:

Transportation to/from internship site                                              
Local transportation                                                                            
Visa, residency fees                                                                           
Pre-trip medical expenses (required for destination)                         
Room and board                                                                                 
Research or project materials (please list and justify)                         
UMN CISI international medical insurance (required)                      
Miscellaneous expenses while outside the US (please list)               
Other   (list)                                                                                       
Total Project Budget                                                                          
Amount received from other sources (list)                                        

Amount requested                                                                             

Budget narrative (please list any other information about your project budget or finances that the Stassen/Lucas grants committee should know in considering your application):

Please list other fellowship or grant applications pending and award announcement dates (if known):

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