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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Tisch Summer Fellows: International

The international component of the Tisch Summer Fellows (TSF) program program supports undergraduate, graduate and, professional school students working on creative, self-designed projects that address challenging community issues outside of the United States. TSF provides funding to help students implement these initiatives: up to $4,000 is available for projects spearheaded by two or more students, while up to $2,000 is available for projects led by individuals.

The following information applies to the primary TSF: International program for independent projects abroad.

Eligibility and Criteria

The TSF: International program will consider funding a wide range of activities, including direct service, research, field work, and/or social innovation. We recommend that TSF: International projects be led by a group of two or more students, although individuals with very strong proposals are welcome to apply. Projects must be designed to meet specific, community-identified needs, and the application is expected to demonstrate how the funded initiative will be valuable to the intended community as well as highlight how to project ehances students' learning.

  • Projects must be completed during the summer and outside of the United States.
  • Important: Students must follow all procedures put in place by the Tufts University International Safety office and be officially approved before traveling. This is especially important for countries that are under a current State Department Travel Warning.
  • Both official and unofficial student groups are welcome to apply.
  • Students who have been awarded, or are in the process of applying for, another Tufts University grant, such as the Career Center grant, must disclose this information in their application. Students who receive TSF funding may not eligible for the full Career Center grant.
  • If you are an undocumented or DACA student who wishes to apply, please consult with Dean Mack regarding the Tisch Summer Fellows opportunities.
  • Funding is not available for:
    • Non-Tufts groups or students
    • Directly supporting efforts on behalf of a political party or candidate
    • Conference registration fees or conference travel expenses
    • Exchange students

Application Process

To apply for funding from TSF: International, students must complete an online application and submit documents outlining their proposed project. We recommend you have all the information and materials ready before filling out the form:

  • Project Details: This includes a short description of the project, its approximate start and end dates, the number of students it will engage, and the number of community members who will be served by the project.
  • Project Budget: A document that accounts for the total cost of the project (i.e. $5,000), states how much funding you’re requesting from TSF (up to $4,000 for group projects and $2,000 for individual projects), and identifies priority items that will be covered by the requested TSF funding. You must also share other funding sources or in-kind donations you’ve received or a plan to seek.
  • Project Timeline: A schedule of major events and activites related to your project. Please be as precise as possible; if a specific date is not yet scheduled, identify the week or month an activity will occur. Please also include relevant deadlines connected to preparing for major events.
  • Letters of Support: One from a Tufts faculty/staff member and one from a community representative. Both letters should include a clear explanation of the author’s relationship to the individual student or student group; major goals, outcomes, and any past activities; the community-identified need being met by the individual student or student group; and the author’s contact information
  • Questions: Short answers (100-150 words) to the following quesitons:
    • What community are you seeking to engage? What connection do you have to that community?
    • What need or opportunity in this community are you seeking to address? How was this need or opportunity identified?
    • Name and a brief description of the organization/stakeholder with which you will work.
    • What do you hope to learn through your project?
    • What impact do you hope to have in the community, before, during and after your time in the country?
    • Why do you believe you are qualified to see this project come to fruition?
    • How will your group prepare to address issues of cultural differences? What preparations and/or trainings are you planning?
    • What do you hope to learn from this experience?
    • Discuss the sustainability of your work.
    • Is there any additional information you would like to share?

For more information, please contact Maggie McMorrow, Tisch College Program Administrator, at

TSF: International

The application for TSF International will open in Spring 2019.

TSF: India

Our special Tisch Summer Fellows program in India allows students to spend their summer teaching at a rural school founded by a Tufts alumnus.

TSF: India 2019

Fill out this short form to apply for the Tisch Summer Fellow opportunity at the Bodhi School in India.

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:00pm