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The Steven Arnold Innovative Small Grant Fund

The Steven Arnold Innovative Small Grant Fund provides graduate students in the International Development Program with small grants of up to $500 for an innovative idea that is helpful to communities, to the students professionally, to the ID program, and/or the field of development as a whole.

Examples include working with a community in DC or the US or internationally, focusing on a new area of development or using a novel method; cooperation through distance education/information technologies; attending a conference on a significant or new topic (and reporting back or setting up a Forum), organizing a workshop, or/and using the amount we give as leverage to get more from others or as a catalyst to something bigger in a community, or having a multiplier effect on the program.

Eligible Students:

All currently enrolled students pursuing either the MAID or the MSDM degree are eligible to apply.

Criteria for Selection:

Students should prepare a (one page maximum) proposal that provides clear evidence of a well-planned and innovative idea, including the following: (a) a plan of action including date of completion (a few steps will suffice), b) an explanation of why this proposal is innovative, (c) information of institutional support for your idea; (c) a brief budget of expenses, and (d) support from any faculty member in the ID program. If you have questions please contact Emilie Cooper (emilie@american.edu).

Amount of Award:

Awards will be up to $500 dollars to be spent as outlined in the proposal. Students will be reimbursed on the basis of receipts.

Procedures:

There is no deadline for an application to receive the grant. All proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All proposals should be submitted in hard copy to the Professor Samarasinghe (SIS-228) and marked “Steven Arnold Grant Application.”


Please click here for application guidelines.

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