$3,000 grants for travel and research in India or China

Applications for summer 2017 are now closed.

Six $3,000 grants 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 has to be taken by the end of Summer in the current academic year (before fall of following year). The funds can be used towards expenses such as airfare, local transportation, room and board or interpreters. You can read about past Student Fellows experiences on their blog here.


  • 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 in the current academic semester, and planning to enroll in the fall semester of the upcoming year
  • Has a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3
  • Find a New School faculty member who can supervise the project (Faculty Mentor)
  • Prior knowledge of India and China is not necessary. This program is open to students at all levels of study. However, priority will be given to non-specialists looking to explore and deepen their knowledge of one or both countries.

Award Requirements

Recipients of student travel/research funds are required to:

  • Embark on their field visits before the end of summer in the current academic year (prior to next fall)
  • Seek advice regarding their field visit through their academic advisers. ICI has limited resources, thus will not be able to assist student with travel logistics or obtain local information
  • Maintain constant contact with their faculty mentors during the entire project period
  • Make a public presentation of their projects during fall semester after their summer research
  • Submit a final written report on their projects by the end of fall semester after their summer research

Applications for all student grants and programs typically require the following elements. Be sure to compile these documents early to avoid late or incomplete submissions.

Application Process

A completed application must include the following items:

  • A completed application
  • Curriculum vitae (CV), including a list of academic accomplishments and interests
  • Statement of purpose (maximum 3 pages, double-spaced) describing:
    1. How the funds will expand your knowledge of India and/or China
    2. Your independent research project or The New School summer program
  • One signed New School Faculty Mentor form. Faculty mentors don’t necessarily have to be the same person who is writing the letter of recommendation, but must be full-time faculty at The New School.
  • One letter of recommendation for your proposal. Can be the same person as the Faculty Mentor, but does not have to be a full-time New School faculty.

Applications on any topic are eligible, but preference will be given to those addressing one of the themes of the past ICI cohorts.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all application materials are submitted by the deadline. Late applications will not be considered. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

All application materials must be submitted by the close of business on November 6, 2016. Final interviews will take place on November 11th.

Application Forms

Student Research and Travel Grant Application (2017) – Steps 1 and 2 (Student)

Student Research and Travel Grant Application (2016) – Step 3 (Faculty Mentor)

Student Research and Travel Grant Application (2016) – Step 4 (Letter of Rec)


Once all 4 steps have been submitted your application is complete.

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