Grant-funded opportunities for student research, service, exploratory and reflective learning and study programs abroad.   Applications for Winter 2024-25 travel grants can be submitted until October 1, 2024.   Please be sure you are applying for the correct type of grant.  If you are uncertain about the type of grant for which you are applying, please contact our office. As part of your application, you will be required to complete this application checklist

Thank you, 

Dean Rusk International Studies Program  

Faculty grants are available to conduct international research or creative projects. While a lower priority, the grants may also support travel to international conferences.

Applications for Winter 2024-25 travel grants can be submitted until October 1, 2024.

Thank you, 

Dean Rusk International Studies Program

This funding supports visits from distinguished scholars, visiting faculty, writers, performing artists and professors of practice. The primary purpose of such visits will be to engage Davidson College students in innovative, stimulating, and meaningful ways. Preferences will be given to visits that enhance new areas of inquiry or promote new cross-disciplinary initiatives.

The Group Investigations Program provides funding for off-campus trips that support the learning objectives of a course or that provide a learning opportunity that enhances the undergraduate experience. Applications for a spring semester course/program (including summer trips) are due by October 1st in the prior semester applications for a fall semester course/program (including winter break) are due by February 1st of the prior semester. Funding is typically limited to $15,000 per grant. Higher budgets are approved for international GIs.

Faculty members planning international programs, even optional excursions, must work with the Office of Education Abroad to ensure that all Davidson-sponsored travel follows consistent policies for program development, student selection and preparation, and sound risk management for travel plans. Faculty members are required to schedule a meeting with Naomi Otterness, the Director of Education Abroad, to discuss their proposed student group travel plans at least two weeks before completing the Group Investigations application. For further information about general practices and expectations for taking students abroad, please also review the International Excursions Leader Agreement, as well as the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad

All programs must operate in accordance with the College's expectations for responsible budgetary practices. Leaders receiving grants for group travel will sign an agreement collected by the Office of Sponsored Programs on behalf of the VPAA before funds will be distributed. Group leaders are also required to have a post-award meeting with the Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs and Post-Award Manager, to go over accessing the funds while traveling and creating expense reports in Oracle upon return.


Funds may be provided to assist with the publication of manuscripts that have received final acceptance for publication by a scholarly press or public dissemination of artistic work. A copy of the letter of agreement and any invoices must be submitted with the application. Fundable expenses include: cost of reprints of articles published in scholarly journals; per page journal fees (not covered by publisher or royalties); indexing; preparation of photos, line drawings, or other artistic assistance; expenses related to exhibitions in which their work will be shown. A funding ceiling for these grants will be established on an annual basis by the VPAA. 


   1. 1. All full-time faculty, regardless of rank, are eligible to apply.

   2. These grants are independent of FS&R applications.

   3. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

   4. Once awarded, send letter of agreement (contract) and receipts to Scott Claunch for reimbursement.

Application Deadline: Rolling.

Office of Sponsored Programs