Grants enable graduate student travel to 47 nations

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Rebecca Valli

Ninety-eight Cornell graduate and professional students will travel to 47 countries over the next year with support from the Einaudi Center’s International Travel Grant Program.

The grants provide travel money for students conducting short-term research or fieldwork or engaging in other academic activities outside the United States.

Research topics range from opposition to Chinese investments in Southeast Asia to the neurobiology of sexual competition among Australian fairy-wrens. Many deal with contemporary issues (climate change, urbanization, malnutrition) while others probe history, art or music theory. Read about the recipients and their projects here.

The 2017-18 grants range from $450 to $2,100, with an average award of just over $1,000. The leading destination is India, with 11, followed by China and Germany with six each.

Twelve of the countries – Bangladesh, Colombia, Israel, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, the Philippines, Tajikistan, Tunisia and Turkey – are under U.S. Department of State travel warnings. Students traveling to those countries will be provided with specific information on how to proceed.

All recipients will be required to register with the Cornell University International Travel Registry, which provides information on insurance and registration with U.S. embassies abroad.

This year’s travel grant applications were reviewed by eight Einaudi Center programs: the Southeast Asia ProgramSouth Asia ProgramEast Asia ProgramLatin American Studies ProgramJudith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict StudiesInstitute for African DevelopmentCornell Institute for European Studies, and Comparative Muslim Societies Program.

Other reviewers were the Cornell Institute for Public AffairsGlobal Health ProgramInternational Studies in Planning Program, and International Programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The travel grant program is supported by internationalization funds from the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs.


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