Wallenberg Summer Travel Awards

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Purpose
The Executive Committee of the Wallenberg Endowment is sponsoring the Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Awards. 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 Award will allow selected students to take part in a community service project or civic participation anywhere in the world. The award will support such experiences as, for instance, 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 will be followed.
The University of Michigan’s International Center will receive applications and organize the selection process.

Awards 
A total of five awards will be given this year to cover transportation, room and board, and local excursions made in connection with the project:

Four undergraduate awards of $2,000 each
One Bagramian Award ($2,500) for a graduate student pursuing a project related to the field of public health

Eligibility
*This award is restricted to UM-Ann Arbor students only*

Undergraduates

  • 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.

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.
  • Must be pursuing an opportunity that is not directly part of the student’s current body of research.

Application

  • 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.

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.  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
  • 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. The award is not intended to provide direct support for a student’s scholarly research.

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 and how it relates to the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg
  • Participate in the annual Wallenberg Lecture
  • Assist with two outreach activities in the academic year following their award
  • Promote the Award program at U-M for future applicants

For more information about the award, please contact wallenberginfo@umich.edu.

For more information on Raoul Wallenberg, please visit wallenberg.umich.edu

The next application deadline will be February 2016.

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