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Spring 2013 Earth Institute Travel Grant Applications Now Open

The Earth Institute, Columbia University, allocates funding to support travel for current Columbia University students who are engaged in research projects dealing with issues of sustainable development and the environment. The Earth Institute’s travel grant program provides students with the opportunity to build on their academic work for their degree programs and apply their knowledge to real-world situations by traveling overseas to conduct original fieldwork research. Awardees must use the money to cover the cost of travel for research being conducted for a course that helps them meet specific degree requirements at Columbia University.

The travel grant program, which is offered once per semester, funds individuals rather than projects, and the maximum travel grant award is up to $750 per person. Each member of a research team may apply individually for funding, and there is no limit on the number of people who may apply from any one project group.

Application Instructions:
Qualified applicants must submit a detailed budget, cover letter, resume and a letter of endorsement from a faculty member for their project.

Spring Deadline
Application deadline: February 8, 2013
Travel must take place and receipts must be submitted for reimbursement by: May 31, 2013

Travel grants will only be awarded for fieldwork explicitly related to a course that fulfills a requirement for your degree, and applications must have the written support of the instructor who is teaching the course. For example, travel can be for projects that are needed to complete studios, workshops, theses, senior seminar projects, independent studies or other degree requirements. In addition, after completing the project, students will be required to post their work online and take part in a spring student research showcase. Students must follow all application instructions and adhere to deadlines.

Only full-time Columbia and Barnard students who are in good academic standing will be considered. Please note that applications will be reviewed based upon the relationship of the travel to specific pedagogic objectives of the research. Before submitting an application, students are required to review travel information and country-specific travel warnings as well as review health insurance information with the healthcare provider for their trip. Awardees will also be required to have adequate health insurance and travel insurance that covers MEDIVAC in the event that they need it.

Successful applicants will be required to attend a pre-departure meeting that will be held by the Earth Institute, to ensure that students are prepared for their travel according to the University’s guidelines. Students must follow the travel instructions as stated in the award letter.

For more information on the Travel Grant program or to download an application, please visit

Please contact Nathan Rudder at with any questions about the Spring Travel Grant program.


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