New School Student Travel Research Funds

Five awards are available for undergraduate or graduate students to support an independent study project or to defray the cost of attending a New School program in India or China. The field visit must be undertaken by the end of summer in 2011. The funds could be used towards expenses like airfare, local transportation, room and board, and interpreters.



  • Must be a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student in any discipline
  • For undergraduates, a minimum of 12 credits completed, and for graduate students, a minimum of 9 credits completed by the end of Fall 2010; planning to enroll in the Fall semester 2011
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3
  • Must know a New School faculty member who can supervise the project
  • Prior knowledge of India and China is not necessary. MA and PhD students specializing in India and China may apply, but priority will be given to non-specialists looking to deepen their knowledge of one or both countries.

Application Requirements

  • A completed application form
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of academic accomplishments and interests
  • Statement of purpose (maximum 3 pages, double-spaced) describing
  • How the funds will be used to expand your knowledge of India and/or China
  • Your proposed independent research project or the New School summer program
  • One letter of recommendation from a New School faculty member
  • A signed New School Faculty Mentor Form
  • Applications on any topic are eligible, but preference will be given to those addressing this year’s theme, Social Innovations for Sustainable Environments, with particular focus on social, political, and market barriers to addressing environmental challenges.

Award Requirements

Recipients of student travel/research funds are required to

  • Embark on their field visits before the end of summer 2011
  • Seek advice regarding their field visit through their academic advisors (Note however: ICI has limited resources and cannot assist students with travel logistics or obtaining local information.)
  • Maintain regular contact with their faculty mentors during the entire project period
  • Make a public presentation of their projects during the 2011 fall semester
  • Submit a final written report on their projects by mid-February of 2012

 2011 Student Grant Application
Student Grant Announcement

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