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Application Deadline

Completed applications must be received in the Office of Active Citizenship and Service, 305 Sarratt Student Center | Rand Hall, by 5:00 PM, Monday, January 18, 2016.

Eligibility and Requirements

  1. The one year program is open to any Vanderbilt University senior who will graduate by May 2016. December 2015 graduates are eligible to apply.
  2. Each applicant must submit a completed application (see below for Application Procedures). Completed applications must be received in the Office of Active Citizenship and Service, 305 Sarratt Student Center | Rand Hall, by 5:00 PM, Monday, January 18, 2016. No applications will be accepted after that deadline.
  3. Finalists will be interviewed in February and the winner will be notified by phone and/or letter.
  4. The recipient of the fellowship will receive a $20,000 stipend. The stipend supports the fellow's travel and maintenance costs.
  5. The award winner will work with the Director of OACS to plan the year of travel and learning. The fellow must visit at least three continents during the year of travel. 
  6. The fellow must communicate monthly with the project's faculty advisor and the Director of OACS while abroad.

Application Procedures

Each applicant must submit the following:

  1. A completed Application Form.
  2. A resume, which includes extra-curricular activities, honors, and work experience. You may include information on pertinent activities prior to your enrollment at Vanderbilt, but you should concentrate on the activities of your college years.
  3. A plan of study/travel/work including a title for your proposal. This statement should be approximately 1,000 words in length. You should indicate your proposed international project, with particular emphasis on how the year abroad will enhance your understanding of the chosen subject in a global context. Keep in mind that the fellowship seeks to promote reflection on community engagement, leadership development, and a global orientation, not pursuit of a graduate or professional degree or a specific career.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. One should be from a Vanderbilt professor who will serve as an advisor to the project and the other from someone (faculty, administration, or outside Vanderbilt) who knows your contributions to an extra-curricular activity. The letters should be mailed directly to the Vanderbilt Traveling Fellowship Program, Office of Active Citizenship and Service, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, PMB 356308, Nashville, TN 37235, or e-mailed to holly.j.jones@vanderbilt.edu
  5. An official Vanderbilt academic transcript, available through the Registrar's Office. Ask the Registrar to mail the transcript to the Vanderbilt Traveling Fellowship Program, Office of Active Citizenship and Service, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, PMB 356308, Nashville, TN 37235.
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