Bamford Fellowship in Global Engagement

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Through the generous support of the Bamford Foundation, the Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement is pleased to promote an exciting research and scholarship opportunity for UW Tacoma undergraduates. The Program puts forth an annual call for proposals for research teams to embark on a year-long project that will enhance both faculty and student research agendas.

The Bamford Fellowship in Global Engagement (BFGE) is intended to:
  • Provide a guided research experience for Global Honors students
  • Promote UW study abroad programs
  • Enhance undergraduate research in global issues
  • Promote global engagement, citizenship, and leadership
  • Enhance relevance between academic research and community service

UPCOMING Winter Quarter 2021 BFGE Workshops:  

  • Introduction to BFGE:  January 14 (Th), 12:30-1:20pm, via Zoom
  • BFGE Proposal Writing:  January 28 (Th), 12:30-1:20pm, via Zoom

Award Criteria

Award Amount:
$1000 for research and conference expenses, with eligibility for an additional $1000 if research entails domestic travel for fieldwork or study abroad

Eligibility:
Students must be in good standing in their respective IIGE program and pursuing either the full Minor in Global Engagement or the Minor in Innovation and Design 

Award Conditions:
1. BFGE teams must meet with the IIGE Assistant Director prior to the disbursement of funds in order to review feedback on proposals provided by the IIGE Review Committee. Research teams are required to make the necessary changes to their proposal before receiving funds. 
2. Research teams are expected to submit quarterly progress reports to the IIGE Assistant Director outlining progress on the project as well as a detailed budget report showing how research funds are being used. 
3. Students are required to present their research at the Annual Global Engagement Conference.

*The safety and wellbeing of IIGE students, faculty and staff is paramount. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all University of Washington employees and students are strongly encouraged to cancel or postpone university travel that is not essential to business, academic or research continuity. While research remains central to the IIGE Bamford Fellowship in Global Engagement, faculty and students are strongly encouraged to develop a research and data collection strategy that can be conducted remotely until cases of COVID-19 begin to decrease.

Application Details

Successful applications will include a feasible timeline of proposed research activities; clearly demonstrate how the project will serve both student and faculty agendas; and clearly explain the implications of research for community development. In addition applications will explore an issue or issues that fall within one of the following areas:

  • Global Innovation and Design
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Climate and Environment
  • Media and Security
  • Globalism

Review Process: 
Applications will be submitted to a committee consisting of IIGE Faculty Council members for review. Successful applications will include a feasible timeline of proposed research activities; clearly demonstrate how the project will serve both student and faculty agendas; and clearly explain the implications of research for community development. 

  • Application Opens: Beginning of Winter quarter 
  • Deadline for Proposals: March 12, 2021
  • Research Teams Announced: May 2021

Proposals must include items 1 and 2 below, and be submitted as a single attachment. Submission instructions are included in the Call for Proposals form below:

  1. Cover Sheet and Application Checklist
  2. Application Form
  3. Call for Proposals

Student Benefits

The Bamford Fellowship in Global Engagement is an opportunity to expand the Global Honors capstone and make an original academic contribution that directly serves local communities. Student benefits include:

  • A unique opportunity to enhance undergraduate research portfolios
  • The esteem, recognition, and personal satisfaction of producing, presenting, and publicly sharing (via the Digital Commons) a collaborative research project
  • Development of a highly desirable skill set that will open doors to post-graduate and professional opportunities
  • $1000 for research and conference expenses, with eligibility for an additional $1000 if research entails domestic travel for fieldwork or study abroad

Faculty Benefits

The Bamford Fellowship in Global Engagement is an opportunity to guide students in the expansion of their Global Honors capstone and make an original academic contribution that directly serves local communities. Faculty benefits include:

  • A mutually rewarding opportunity to mentor critically engaged and highly motivated UW Tacoma IIGE undergraduates
  • Sustained collaboration that can complement globally themed faculty research agendas
  • A platform to promote interdisciplinary accomplishments at the IIGE Global Engagement Conference
  • $1000 Faculty award