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Dean’s International Research Grant

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About Dean’s International Research Grants

Created in 2006, the Dean’s International Research Grant program was started by the VCUarts Dean’s Office to fund students’ international exploration. That first year, six $1,000 grants were awarded to students. Today, up to ten $2,500 grants are awarded each year as the Dean’s Office continues to strive to support international travel and enforce the importance of a global perspective on creative and scholarly endeavors.

The mission of the Grant is to help fund international travel that is not in conjunction with any credit bearing coursework or faculty led programs affiliated with the University. Although proposals for support of non-VCU faculty led programs will be considered, they are not encouraged. The Dean’s Office seeks proposals for independent travel that inform a student’s research and will provide an experience in relation to their creative or intellectual trajectory.

Approved grant recipients will need to go through the  ITAC petition process if you are planning on traveling to a Level 3 or Level 4 travel advisory country upon award. Additionally, all recipients will also need to complete a general travel registry through the Education Abroad office.

Application deadline 11:59pm, February 23, 2022


Students applying for the Dean’s International Research Grants must meet the following criteria:

  1. A declared VCUarts undergraduate major enrolled full-time and considered a continuing student at the time of travel and travel reimbursement.
  2. A current sophomore or junior in terms of credit hours earned (not including current in progress courses) at the time of application as described in the Bulletin here or have at least one semester of required VCUarts courses to complete after the return from your proposed trip.
  3. Have a cumulative VCU GPA of 3.0 and 3.50 in your major. This can be found on DegreeWorks.
  4. Travel between the dates of 5/13/22 and 8/22/23.
  5. Travel independently for academic and/or creative research outside of faculty led, credit bearing programs.

Keep in mind you can not save a partially completed application.  If you do not receive an email confirming your submission or if you have questions, please contact Jody Symula at jlsymula@vcu.edu.


  • Must be a current sophomore or junior in standing, with regard to earned credit hours as described in the Bulletin: http://bulletin.vcu.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-study/academic-regulations-general-degree-requirements/classification-students/ or have at least one semester of required VCUarts courses to complete after the return from your proposed trip.
  • Please enter a number from 0 to 4.0.
    You must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to apply.
  • Please enter a number from 0 to 4.0.
    You must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in your major to apply.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, Max. file size: 40 MB.
    Please put your name on the top of your document. In no more than 100 words, summarize your trip. This will be used for advertising your grant on our website if chosen. Include where you will be traveling, when, and what you hope to accomplish.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, Max. file size: 40 MB.
    Please put your name on the top of the document. In 400 words or less, describe how the travel will inform your educational/creative goals and relates to your area of study and research. If the research you will be conducting is not explicitly related to your major, touch upon any additional skills or interests you may have to help clarify the connection between your major and this research grant.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, xls, xlsx, , Max. file size: 40 MB.
    Using the template provided here download and complete the spreadsheet of all assumed costs for your travel. This includes flights, meals, lodging, entry fees and other transportation. Do your homework, and keep exchange rates in mind. A $5 hamburger in the United States most likely won’t cost $5 in another country. After you have completed your budget, upload it back into your application. It is understood that this Grant may not cover all of your costs. Be realistic in your numbers.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, mov, Max. file size: 40 MB.
    Please upload additional materials that directly relate to your proposal that may help create a convincing argument for the validity of your research. Items may include a letter from your overseas supervisor if you are participating in an internship (strongly recommended), documents outlining courses (for non-VCU coursework that has content not offered at VCU) and workshops, or a letter from a host/host family verifying your travel. These materials are not mandatory, but may better assist you in telling the story of your planned research. This field will accept .doc, .docx or .pdf only.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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