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AWARE Travel Grant

University of Burundi student Bienvenue Ingabica Carelle and Cornell student Emily Ambrose in Burundi.jpg
University of Burundi student Bienvenue Ingabica Carelle and Cornell student Emily Ambrose in Burundi

Graduate student research travel grant

Please note: due to the Covid-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, we will not be offering the AWARE travel grant during the 2020-2021 academic year.

AWARE (Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education) is a cross-cutting gender initiative formally established by the Office of International Programs, CALS (IP-CALS) in 2012 to ensure that gender is addressed across IP-CALS' entire portfolio of activities - from academics based at Cornell to research projects being carried out in the developing world that serve women farmers and improve their families' livelihoods. AWARE is built on the belief that focusing on women in agriculture as an underserved majority holds the greatest potential to improve food security, reduce poverty, and positively impact rural development in developing countries.

The AWARE travel grant provides up to $2,500 to support graduate student research within the scope of the AWARE mission. The number and amount of awards made depend on the number of applications and the amount of funding requested. The AWARE travel grant is only available for currently matriculated Cornell University graduate students. Graduate students of any kind are free to apply (e.g., MPS, MSc, MA, PhD), from either academic or professional programs. SMART trip participants are not currently eligible for AWARE travel grant funding.

Instructions for applying (2021-2022 academic year)

AWARE travel grants are awarded annually, with applications due in fall semester, and awards announced in time to allow travel as soon as the January break, though many students plan their research travel over the summer break. Letters of application should be submitted by October 15th, 2021 to Danielle Poole (dp84), with the subject 'AWARE travel grant application.' Please address any questions to Devon Jenkins (dlj67). Please send both letters (see below) in one email. The IP-CALS Sr. Associate Director will be coordinating the review process. Awards will be announced by November 30th, 2021.

Applications must:

  • Be in the form of a letter, not over two pages in length, from the applicant, with an additional letter of support from their primary advisor
  • Provide information on the dates, nature, and location of the proposed travel for study, and the value of such study and travel for CALS or the University as well as the applicant
  • Include a budget reflecting the amount of support being requested and how the funds will be used, as well as any co-funding applied for or secured
  • Make a compelling case for how the applicant’s research fits the mission of AWARE

The number and amount of awards that can be made will depend on number of applications and amount of funding being requested.