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The Barrett Global Explorers Grant is a $10,000 grant to fund a self-designed, around-the-world research trip during the summer between one's junior and senior year. Recipients are expected to travel to multiple countries and several continents.
To be eligible, students must be juniors (i.e. beginning their second-to-last year of undergraduate study) and members of Barrett, the Honors College. Applications are open to students in any major.
The following materials must be submitted to the ONSA office or Laura.Sells@asu.edu by noon on the deadline:
The written proposal may be no more than five pages long. In terms of format, it must be double-spaced, in 12-point Times Roman font, with one-inch margins. A maximum of three graphics are allowed. The proposal should provide a clear outline of the project and include the following elements:
Applicants must be available for interviews in early December, and they must be studying on the ASU campus during the entire spring semester to plan their trip prior to departure.
Developing a Project
In developing the project proposal, applicants should consider the following questions:
Applicants who do not seek the assistance of others are unlikely to be successful. Prospective applicants should work closely with a faculty mentor develop workable ideas, gather suggestions for potential sites, and garner leads for contacts. Applicants may also submit drafts of the application materials to ONSA for review prior to the deadline.
Procedures for Finalists
After committee review, approximately five finalists will be invited to submit an expanded project outline of no more than ten pages (following the above guidelines as to format and content). Finalists will also prepare to orally defend the proposal before the selection committee in an interview, to be scheduled for early December. The selection committee will need the complete application at least seven days prior to the date of the scheduled selection interview. The deadline for finalists is mid-November.
Finalist interviews will consist of a ten-minute oral presentation by the student on the nature and significance of the proposed study (without the use of notes, handouts, computer presentations, slides, or other audio or visual aid); a round of questions about specific aspects of the proposal; and a round of questions designed to explore the student’s resourcefulness in dealing with hypothetical challenges based on previous grant recipients’ experiences. Winners will be announced the day after the interviews, and the funded travel should commence immediately upon completion of the junior year.
Additional Requirements and Guidelines