Apply for Grant Funding to Make a Difference Abroad!
The Christianson Grant is awarded to young Americans who have arranged their own service projects abroad. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs.
$2,500 - $10,000
March 15, July 15 and October 15
Grant applicants must be:
- U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
- Between the ages of 18 and 28
- Participating in a work, internship or volunteer abroad program*
- Committed to a program duration of at least six months
- Willing to submit a written report upon program completion
* International work must not be part of a degree requirement or for class credit.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted via the online form and received by March 15, July 15 or October 15.
- Project/program details
- Detailed budget (including proof of ALL fees)
- Personal essay: a short essay (one to two pages) that answers the questions provided on the grant application
- Supplemental essay: a brief essay (two to three paragraphs) that answers a question provided on the grant application
- Two signed letters of recommendation from academic instructors and/or employers (submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by recommender)
- Resume (no longer than one page)
- Photocopy of valid U.S. passport or permanent resident card
- $50 non-refundable application fee (please make a note that payment is for the Christianson Grant in the “comments” section)
Awarding of the Christianson Grant
Christianson Grant awards are merit-based and awarded three times per year. Grant recipients will be notified approximately six to eight weeks after each grant deadline. Funds are disbursed to award recipients in two installments. The first installment is disbursed once the recipient’s arrival has been confirmed by a supervisor. The second installment is disbursed upon receipt of a completion report, due within 30 days of the project end-date.
Frequently Asked Questions
Grantees' projects focus on multiple international issues, including public health, environmental conservation, legal advocacy, women's and girls' rights, microfinance, education and poverty alleviation. Read about past and current projects here.
You may submit estimated costs. For example, a screenshot of a flight search showing ticket prices.
The Grant Selection Committee prefers that applicants are not abroad yet. However, you may apply if you've only been on your project for a couple months or less.
Please submit your complete application via the online form. We do not accept applications by mail, email or fax.
Please pay online via the link provided on the online form.
Your recommenders must send recommendation letters directly to [email protected]; applicants will be notified when their application is complete.
Your letters of recommendation can come from a school advisor, professor, or supervisor, but they cannot be from the organization you are volunteering with on your project. The letter should describe why you are a suitable candidate for the Christianson Grant.
Christianson Grant finalists are interviewed by the Foundation program coordinator. Finalists are contacted to arrange an in-person or Skype interview. The interview typically lasts 30 minutes.
You are welcome to apply early, however, applications are not reviewed until after the application deadline.
All applicants are notified approximately 6-8 weeks after each grant deadline.
Yes, grant applicants are welcome to apply again.
Yes, grant funding above $599 is subject to tax. All grant recipients are issued a 1099.
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