BGU Undergraduate Research Travel Grant
At BGU, we are committed to offering students from around the globe an immersive experience where they can step beyond the bounds of tourism, take part in our active campus life, and integrate into our local community.
Our location in Beer-Sheva, Israel, a multicultural city on the edge of the vast Negev Desert, is an ideal place for international students to advance their studies and experience Israel. It serves equally well as a jumping off point to explore the rest of country, with convenient transport options making it possible to easily reach all corners of Israel.
Beginning with programs starting in fall 2014, we will be giving two highly qualified students from North America the opportunity to take that exploration even further by awarding travel grants of $2,500 each for travel to be undertaken directly before, after, or during the stay at BGU for a semester or academic year of study or research internship.
The grants can be used to cover travel expenses within Israel for one of the following purposes, to:
- continue or develop a research project with a faculty supervisor from your home institution;
- develop a project or research for personal or academic development;
- supplement work in the BGU research internship program with relevant travel; or
- engage in an independent study with a BGU faculty supervisor (must be approved by the faculty member).
- Must submit a BGU Overseas Student Program (OSP) application for semester or year-long studies or a full-time internship.
- Must be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited university in the US or Canada.
- Must be in above-average academic standing, with a minimum 3.0 GPA (83%).
We would like to hear more about how you plan to use the grant. Please complete a short essay of 500-1,000 words (in addition to the essay for your OSP application) covering the following:
- A brief outline of the research or project you would like to conduct, including a rough travel schedule and description of how you plan to present the results of your project (a paper, a video journal, a PowerPoint presentation, etc.)
- Your future personal, academic, or career goals, and how receiving this grant will contribute toward your achieving them
- How you will use your time at BGU to either prepare for or advance your research or personal development (depending on if you travel before or after the semester)
Grant application essays are to be submitted along with the rest of the OSP application by the regular application deadline.
Selection will be based on applicants’ personal essays and past academic performance, as well as the feasibility of the project. Funds will not be awarded until there is confirmation that the project will move forward, with written confirmation by a professor if one of the supervised methods has been chosen. Transcripts and reference letters from each applicant’s OSP application will also factor into the decision.
Grant recipients will be announced by April 15 for academic year and fall semester programs, and by October 15 for spring programs.
Half of the awards will be paid to the selected students upon their arrival on the BGU campus. The second half will be paid at the end of the semester, upon delivery of the final project. The awards are intended to help cover travel expenses.