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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/20/2018 TBA TBA

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Program Description:

Applications Now Open! Deadline: February 13th 

Program Description:
Emory College undergraduates who are interested in humanitarian development work, have an initial insight due to local community service background, show understanding of and sensibility towards 'western humanitarian intervention' and are willing to immerse themselves into complex situations that are sometimes difficult to navigate and demand a humble, community focused approach that is 'not about them'.

Emory College Study Abroad administers an undergraduate grant for Emory College students who wish to gain practical hands-on sustainable development training by doing a 9-10 weeks service in developing countries over the summer. This non-credit bearing program allows students to approach their time abroad from a different angle and focuses on students with a distinct set of skills and experiences. The training will be done through the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD).

FSD partners with organizations in five countries (Argentina, Bolivia, India, Nicaragua and Uganda) in seven different development subjects: Microfinance, Health, Environment and Appropriate Technology, Youth and Education, Women's Empowerment, Human Rights, and Community Development. The program provides students with the structure needed to collaboratively engage project work in a safe and supported manner. Internships involve the following elements to optimize the overall cultural and developmental impact on the students and the communities they support: Development Training, Community Integration Training, Development Skill-Building, Cultural Activities and Group Sessions and a 40 hour per week internship commitment with a local NGO. Students live individually with host families.

A variety of preparation, development skill-building, and sensitization during the summer further allow the students to develop knowledge of the country, work within an ethical basis for their service and experience an appreciation of the work done in non-governmental organizations in that context.

Due to the travel warnings, UPGRADE scholarship will not fund students participating on the FSD Kenya program. UPGRADE participants can participate on the programs in Uganda, India, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Argentina. 

Please see details on the FSD website.


Jinja, Uganda May 26th             
Salta, Argentina May 8th     
Cochabamba, Bolivia May 21st  
Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua May 19th 
Tola, Nicaragua May 26th 
Udaipur, India May 26th 

Program Cost:

Program Location Program Fee
Jinja, Uganda $5,900
Salta, Argentina $5,795
Cochabamba, Bolivia $5,425
Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua $5,790
Tola, Nicaragua $5,790
Udaipur, India $5,480

Additional Program  Cost
-Airfare Estimated Per Site (to be paid directly by student): $2,500
-Personal Expenses (to be paid directly by student): $1,000
-Non-Refundable Application Fee (to be paid directly by student): $75.00
-Visa (to be paid directly by student)?: Varies by country and citizenship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Rising junior or senior
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 and in good academic standing
  • Students must return to campus for at least one semester after the summer project
  • For Latin America: at least 4 semesters of Spanish required
  • For Asia: 2 semesters of Hindi STRONGLY encouraged.
  • One relevant area studies course or a semester or summer program abroad
  • EITHER minimum 50 hours service requirement in Atlanta or very recently with an international clientele. Twenty-five service hours at least need to have been done by the time of application; the remainder needs to have been done by the time of departure. Students are expected to go beyond 'incidental' volunteering - they should be assuming some kind of leadership by e.g. initiating meaningful programming idea
OR a semester of study abroad in a lower resource context

Other requirements: 

  • Proven ability to work under challenging conditions in a creative and independent manner
  • Ability to sustain a 40 hour work week for the full length of the internship
  • Course work on development is considered an advantage
  • Ability to cope with the strain of being separated from friends and family under challenging conditions
  • Genuine desire to live and work in a completely foreign climate, culture, and paradigm
  • Openness and curiosity toward undergoing a potentially life changing shift of perspective and the emotional sophistication to handle the process
  • Realistic vision what they can and cannot do plus a mature approach to humanitarian intervention and its impact

Grants:  At least two grants, which will cover the program fee, will be awarded each summer. The UPGRADE recipient with the most compelling application/proposal will automatically become the Stefanie Canright Scholarship recipient.  See details about the Canright award on the Emory College Study Abroad website. The Emory Scholar applicant with the most compelling application will receive the Lancaster Award. 

Application Deadline:  February 13th

Application Process: This program is open to Emory College students only. For questions or assistance, please contact the Emory College Study Abroad Advisor below to schedule a meeting or to inquire about the process. In order to apply, students must complete the following steps:

  1. Apply online to Emory College Study Abroad for the UPGRADE grant. Click on the Apply Now link. Emory students will need their Emory login ID and password. You will need to complete a number of steps, both online and in person. Please allow enough time to gather required documents and prepare a meaningful statement of purpose.  Submit the following to the Emory College Study Abroad office by February 13th:
    • Online Emory Application (click Apply button above) 
    • Two letters of recommendation (one from your faculty mentor and one from a non-faculty person)
    • Volunteer Form
    • FSD applicaiton                                                                                           
  2. Complete all application materials by the stated deadline above. Approximately 3-4 weeks after the deadline, Emory College Study Abroad will notify you of the committee decision. There will be additional steps to be taken then. If you have questions at any point in the process, please contact the appropriate study abroad advisor.                                                                      
  3. If you are awarded the UPGRADE grant and move forward with your plans for the internship, the application process to FSD starts. Many documents will be forwarded to FSD by Emory College Study Abroad. You will be asked to submit additional materials to FSD and Emory College Study Abroad.

Contact OISP:
Ebony Ellis, Emory College Study Abroad Advisor:

Contact The Center for Ethics:

Dr. Edward Queen,

This program is currently not accepting applications.