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RAOUL WALLENBERG INTERNATIONAL SUMMER TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP—2010

Posted: November 23, 2009

The Executive Committee of the Wallenberg Endowment is sponsoring the Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Fellowships. The Wallenberg International Summer Travel Fellowship will allow selected students to take part in a community service project or civic participation anywhere in the world. Several fellowships will be made annually, each in the amount of up to $5,000 to cover transportation, room and board, and local excursions made in connection with the project.

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Purpose

The Executive Committee of the Wallenberg Endowment is sponsoring the Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Fellowships. While a student at the University of Michigan in the 1930s, Raoul Wallenberg traveled across North America to observe and learn from people of all kinds on their own terms. This experience helped him understand the human condition, and shaped his life-long concern for human dignity and humanitarian values. His heroic efforts to rescue the surviving Jews of Budapest are an inspiring demonstration of how one individual can make a difference, even under the most dire circumstances.
In the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg's experience at Michigan, the Wallenberg International Summer Travel Fellowship will allow selected students to take part in a community service project or civic participation anywhere in the world. The fellowship will support such experiences as, for instance, volunteer work 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 2010. The University’s international travel policies will be followed.
The University of Michigan’s Ginsberg Center will receive applications and organize the selection process.

Awards

Several fellowships will be made annually, each in the amount of up to $5,000 to cover transportation, room and board, and local excursions made in connection with the project. One fellowship will be the Isabel Bagramian Summer Travel Award, given by Linda Bennett and Robert Bagramian in honor of Isabel Bagramian.
At least one award will be made to an undergraduate student in any of the University’s schools or colleges, and at least one award will be to a student in any of the University’s graduate or graduate/professional programs.

Eligibility

Undergraduates must be in good standing at the University of Michigan, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must have completed 72 credits by the time of travel, and be enrolled full time for at least one more semester at the University following return to the U.S.
Graduate and graduate/professional students must be in good standing academically, pursuing a degree full-time, and enrolled for at least one semester following return to the U.S.

Application

-An application form that includes personal and academic information.
-A statement of purpose, of no more than three 12-font double-spaced pages, that describes purpose and goals of the proposed project or experience and how it addresses the purpose of the Wallenberg International Travel Fellowship. The statement should include:
*the location and any supervision and/or agency involved in the experience;
*the feasibility of the proposal, including information about any preliminary contacts at the site(s) of the proposed project and arrangements for accommodation;
*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; and
*how the applicant intends to share this experience with others.
-A full budget and timetable that show anticipated costs and any other source of support, pending or confirmed. Equipment will not be funded.
-A recommendation from the applicant’s principal adviser or another faculty member who can assess the student’s readiness to undertake the proposed project.
-An unofficial copy of the University of Michigan academic transcript.
-Letter of affiliation from any supervising or sponsoring agency.
-A résumé/curriculum vitae.
-For undergraduates, a signed permission agreement to be read and completed by parent(s)/guardian(s).

Selection Criteria

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. Projects that involve longer stays, that a student arranges outside a class or standard professional placement, and that hold promise of more impact on the local community will tend to be evaluated more favorably. Proficiency in relevant language(s) is not a requirement but, depending on the nature of the proposal, may be considered by the selection committee. The fellowship is not intended to be research funding.

Project Evaluation

Recipients of the Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Fellowship are expected to reflect upon what they learned and share this with others. Upon return to the U.S., Wallenberg Travel Fellows will be asked to prepare a brief report and to meet with members of the Wallenberg Committee to discuss their experience. Fellows are also expected to take part in the annual Wallenberg Lecture and outreach activities in the year following their fellowship.

Deadline: February 22, 2010
For more information: Ginsberg Center, 647-7402: Ardele Stewart, e-mail—ardy@umich.edu.

Please submit applications to the attention of Ardele Stewart, Ginsberg Center, 1024 Hill Street, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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