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IIGE Study Abroad Award

The Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement (IIGE) promotes a globally engaged university through collaborations and partnerships that connect the classroom to the world. As a portal for globally-focused experiential learning and community engagement, it advances the University of Washington's imperative to be boundless and adds momentum to UW Tacoma's strategic goal to advance global learning. Among other transformative international and cross-cultural experiences, this includes the promotion of for-credit University of Washington Study Abroad. 

The IIGE Study Abroad Award is intended to:

  • Encourage UW Tacoma student participation in UW Study Abroad
  • Enable students who have not previously studied/traveled abroad or who would not otherwise have the opportunity to do so to participate in UW Study Abroad
  • Facilitate cross-cultural understanding
  • Promote global engagement, citizenship, and leadership

Award Criteria

Award Amount: 
$1000 (up to fifteen awardees selected annually) 

Eligibility:
Current UW Tacoma students who have applied or plan to apply to a study abroad program or internship through UW Tacoma Study Abroad, UW Seattle Study Abroad, or UW Bothell Study Abroad. Programs must be at least three weeks in length and should be a minimum of 5 credits.* Students who have not previously studied/traveled abroad are especially encouraged to apply.

*Students applying to study abroad programs lasting fewer than three weeks, or programs offered by non-UW organizations (e.g. specialized/private study abroad companies) may be eligible if the program in question may nonetheless be applied to UW academic credit. In these or similar circumstances, please contact the IIGE office directly to determine eligibility.

Award Conditions:

  1. Students are required to attend and present their study abroad experience at the IIGE Study Abroad Presentations event hosted in Autumn quarter  
  2. Students are required to present their research at the Annual Global Engagement Conference

Application Details

Successful applications will include: 

  • An up-to-date resume/CV
  • A brief application statement, explaining their interest in a specific study abroad program (up to 500 words)
  • A personal statement, explaining how study abroad fits or complements their academic and career goals, and how the experience will impact their understanding of themselves and others (up to 1000 words)

Review Process: 
Applications will be submitted to a committee consisting of IIGE Faculty Council members and staff. Committee members will be invited to serve based upon their experience working in contexts/capacities relating to global, international and cross-cultural education. The committee will receive a rubric to assess application and personal statements, and decisions will be based upon student need and merit. Other expectations are outlined in the IIGE Study Abroad Award Guidelines

IIGE Global Research Paper/Project Award

The IIGE Global Research Paper/Project Award is funded by the Bamford Foundation and incentivizes and rewards outstanding undergraduate paper assignments submitted by IIGE students in core courses of their respective program (i.e., Global Honors, Minor in Global Engagement, Minor in Innovation and Design). 

The Global Research Paper/Project Award is intended to:

  • Incentivize and reward outstanding undergraduate paper and design thinking assignments
  • Enhance undergraduate research in global issues
  • Promote scholarly writing skills
  • Apply creative problem solving to real-world problems
  • Explore issues of design justice and consider how design can create positive changes in the world around us
  • Promote global engagement, citizenship, and leadership 

Award Criteria

Award Amount: 
$500 (up to two awardees each quarter) 

Eligibility:
UW Tacoma Tacoma IIGE students in good standing of all program requirements and registered in any of the following:

  • TGH 301 Global Interactions
  • TGH 302 Global Imaginations
  • TGH 303 Global Challenges
  • TWRT 350 Principles of User-Centered Design
  • TGID 320 Design Thinking Studio
  • TGID 420 Reflexive Design Portfolio 

Nomination & Selection Details

Each quarter (excluding summer), Global Honors and GID faculty nominate up to six papers submitted by students enrolled in eligible courses.

Review Process: 
Nominated papers will be submitted to a committee consisting of IIGE Faculty Council members, of which up to two students per quarter will be selected for the award. 

IIGE Conference and Travel Grant

Each year, the IIGE supports up to 10 students to present at the Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) conference (typically held in March or April). Students who have applied to present globally-themed research at another academic conference in the U.S. are also eligible to apply for an IIGE Conference and Travel Grant to help cover the cost of registration, transportation and/or accommodation.

Award Criteria

Award Amount: 
Up to $750  

Eligibility:
The award is currently available to IIGE students only. Students must submit a proposal to present globally-themed research at the WRHC or another academic conference. Students will need to submit the UWT IIGE Student Travel Pre-Authorization Form and the IIGE Conference & Travel Grant Application. Please contact us at ghonors@uw.edu to request these forms.

Award Conditions:

  1. Students must submit a proposal to present globally-themed research at the WRHC or another academic conference
  2. Students are required to present their research at the Annual Global Engagement Conference

Application Details

Applications for the WRHC Conference close in January; exact dates will be announced closer to the deadline. If applying for grant funding to present at another academic conference, please contact us at ghonors@uw.edu for additional information.

Review Process: 
Applications are reviewed and grant recipients selected by IIGE staff. The number of grant recipients is dependent on funding.