The Community Service Fellowship Program (CSFP) provides International Travel grants. These grants were created in 2007 to support GSD students interested in volunteer work throughout the world. The request for funding must be related to the application of skills acquired through training at the GSD in community service. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Recent successful applications included:
- Funding for airfare to New Delhi, India, to work with Micro Home Solutions. This nonprofit's mission is to provide economically viable housing solutions for underserved populations. The student explored issues related to the construction and retrofitting of existing housing stock, and developed design prototypes based on three key principles: community, affordability and sustainable design.
- Funding for travel to the city of Hanoi, Vietnam, to work with the nonprofit organization Healthbridge in their Livable Cities program. The student identified remaining markets for fresh, healthy and nutritious food, and assisted with preservation from a public health and cultural heritage perspective.
- Funding for airfare to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a participatory mapping project for youth centered in favelas, or shantytowns. Along with a community partner, Rede Jovem, students worked with youth to digitally and manually map their community. They also worked with the Rio planning department to understand how to best deliver the youths' data for consideration in planning decisions.
Applications are now closed for the 2013-14 cycle.
Check back in Fall 2014, when the 2014-15 application will be available.
- Travel cannot be funded for thesis research or strictly academic work. Preference is given to students who perform work on the ground, such as helping with informal settlements and construction efforts to relieve homelessness.
- Funding is limited. Students who are awarded funding have often volunteered time and effort to an organization for a semester before they apply. Several students continue to stay involved after they complete the CSFP.
- We strongly prefer our volunteers to stay in the country for a minimum of one to two months. Several students have volunteered for two or three months, such as those who have travelled to India and Indonesia.
All GSD students with appropriate work experience who will be returning to the GSD in the Fall following the Fellowship are eligible to apply.
Please contact Meryl Golden, Director of Career Services, for more information on the Community Service Fellowship Programs.
Read about the projects & organizations of previous winners: