The Steven Arnold Innovative Small Grant Fund for International Development Master's Students
Steve Arnold is the "father" of the International Development Program. He was co-founder and co-director, and for many years the sole director of the Program. IDP alumni and faculty contributed to this fellowship.
The Steven Arnold Innovative Small Grant Fund provides graduate students in the International Development Program with small grants 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; SIS capstone travel; and/or 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.
Application Guidelines: 1) Innovative Idea: 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. 2) SIS Capstone: IDP students may apply to use the funds towards the cost of an SIS capstone involving travel. Students should prepare a (one page maximum) proposal that provides clear evidence of a well-planned and innovative idea in their capstone project, including the following: (a) a plan of action for the capstone project including date of completion (a few steps will suffice), b) an explanation of why this capstone is innovative, (c) information of institutional support for your idea, (c) a brief budget of expenses, and (d) support from the faculty member in charge of your capstone.
Required Follow-Up: Within 30 days of completion of you proposed project, you are required to email the ID Program Coordinator (email@example.com) two electronic photos of you working on the project and a report (no more than two pages) covering the following topics: (a) The organization you worked for and the location. (b) The thing that surprised you the most. (c) The most difficult challenge. (d) How you adapted. (e) The main lessons you learned. (f) Contact information of the organization.
Procedures: There is no deadline for an application to receive the grant. All proposals will be reviewed on a rolling, case-by-case basis. All proposals should be submitted in hard copy to the Program Coordinator (SIS-228) and marked “Steven Arnold Grant Application.” If you have questions please contact Professor Louis Goodman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the ID Program Coordinator (email@example.com).