New York Times Win-a-trip Contest

The NYT Op-Ed columnist Nicholas Kristof invites students to enter a contest for an international reporting trip in 2018.

Nicholas Kristof  invites university students to apply for his 2018 win-a-trip contest. He has held these contests since 2006, and taking the winner along with on a reporting trip to cover global poverty and social justice issues. The aim is to generate interest in neglected global issues and get more people writing about them.

The winner will write pieces for him on the New York Times website. HBO did a documentary called “Reporter” based on his 2007 win-a-trip journey to Congo; it’s on Amazon and iTunes if you want to see what you’re getting yourself in for. The contest begins immediately and you must apply by Sunday, Dec. 10th, 2017.

Read the full rules here. The contest is open to students enrolled in an American college or university, either as an undergraduate or graduate. To apply, submit an essay explaining why he should pick you.

For More Information Click Here 


Beinecke Scholarship Info Session 12/7

ONSF will be hosting an Info Session for the Beinecke Scholarship Program on Thursday, December 7th, 12-1pm in 1330 Mason Hall (LSA Honors Program).

The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue graduate study (Master’s and/or PhD) in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.  Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.  There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships.

This info session is intended for sophomores and juniors who are planning to enter a Master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences and who have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid, usually in the form of need-based institutional, state, or federal grants-in-aid.

U-M nomination is required for the Beinecke Scholars Program.  The deadline to apply for nomination is Monday, January 15th.

The RSVP form for the Info Session can be found here.

Council for European Studies – European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize

CES Announcements 

Call for Applications:

European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize

The European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize is designed to encourage interest and collaborative, interdisciplinary work in the field of European Studies by rewarding talented undergraduates who have conducted original research in the field. The European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize is awarded to the best research paper written in English on any subject in European Studies as part of an undergraduate university degree program. Projects that incorporate another discipline and a second contributor are strongly encouraged.

Two prizes will be awarded in 2018. A multi-disciplinary selection committee appointed by CES’ Executive Committee will choose the winners. Each winner (or winning collaborative team) will receive a check for $500, along with public recognition in CES’ European Studies Newsletter, EuropeNow Campus, and on CES’ social media sites.

Access the application form here.


Udall and Hollings Scholarships Information and Info Session (10/19)

The Udall Scholarship provides $5,000 scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.  Udall Scholars gain access to the Udall Alumni Network, an association of environmental and tribal leaders sharing innovative ideas, professional advice, and job and internship opportunities.

The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship provides support for approximately 125 full-time undergraduate sophomores per year studying in NOAA mission fields.  Scholarship recipients receive two years of academic support (up to $9,500/year) and a 10-week paid summer internship at a NOAA partner facility.

Who Should be Interested?

For Udall: Sophomores and juniors with outstanding records of service and leadership in areas related to the environment or sustainability; or Native American students with outstanding leadership and demonstrated commitment to tribal policy of native health care.

For Hollings: Sophomores only with at least a 3.0 GPA and a declared major in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Engineering that support NOAA’s programs and mission; or 3rd year students in a 5-year joint degree program. US citizenship is required for both the Udall and Hollings Scholarships.

Deadline?  U-M nomination is required for the Udall scholarship.  The deadline to apply for nomination is the fourth Monday of January.  U-M nomination is not required for the Hollings Scholarship; the deadline is January 31st.

More Information?

Join ONSF Director, Henry Dyson

Thursday, October 19th 12-1 pm

LSA Honors Program (1330 Mason Hall)

Please click HERE to RSVP for this session

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants Available

IIE is excited to announce that IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants are now available to Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners’ students. 

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IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants are made possible by the generous support of private donors. Lead funding to launch the program has been provided by Santander Bank. The student online application is now open for those participating in spring 2018 or summer 2018 study abroad programs study abroad programs, with a submission deadline of October 17, 2017. Please send questions to

Apply Here

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree European Politics and Society

In September 2017, Institute of International Studies at Charles University in Prague will start a new Joint Master Programme – European Politics and Society: Vaclav Havel Joint Master Programme (EPS) open for EU and non-EU students interested in history, political science and international relations.

The EPS programme got the Erasmus Mundus funding. There are 18 Full Scholarships for selected students plus monthly living allowances already for the academic year 2017/18!

You can find more details at the web page of the programme:

The application process for the academic year 2017/2018 is still open – the special deadline has been extended to 31st July 2017.

IC3 Academy Meaningful Summer Program

IC3 Academy Meaningful Summer Program
Meaningful Summer is run through the IC3 Academy, a program to introduce participants to ideas, opportunities and resources to foster personal growth, community development
and ultimately global change. The Meaningful Summer Program is specifically targeted to
undergraduate students looking for opportunities to expand their skillset, gain international
work experience and make a meaningful contribution to the world. The IC3 Academy is looking
for individuals with exceptional leadership qualities from diverse backgrounds.
Prior to internship placement, participants are expected to attend a 7-day intensive course in San Jose, Costa Rica. The week is carefully designed to encourage participants to address their “why”: what are they hoping to gain from the experience and for what purpose? Facilitators are experts in the fields of international development, social entrepreneurship and non-profit management.
After workshops that address personal growth (values, vision, the power of personal narrative),
participants begin to address their professional and educational goals with topics including:
– fundraising
– vehicles of social change
– grant/proposal writing
– logic models and theories of change
– social media for social innovation
By the end of the week, participants will have a clear outline of their expectations for the
summer, as well as a deeper understanding of professional opportunities in the fields of social
entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and international business and development.
Internships are varied and with the exception of one location, involve grassroot organizations
in low income countries. Opportunities and structure vary but all locations require a full-time
commitment for a minimum of 2 months. Locations include:
– Phillippines: Media and marketing internship
– Guatemala, Peru and Costa Rica: opportunities in special education, education,
microbusiness and tourism
– Uganda: microbusiness, community development and education
– Nepal: community development, journalism/marketing and education
– New Zealand: non-profit management, fundraising and event planning and grant
For further questions or inquiries on how to apply for the IC3 Meaningful Summer Program,
please contact Caitie Goddard at