The Christianson Grant is awarded to motivated young Americans who create and carry out their own meaningful service projects abroad. Past grantees’ projects have focused on multiple international issues, including public health, environmental conservation, legal advocacy, women’s and girls’ rights, microfinance, education, and poverty alleviation, among other topics.

Grantees share their experiences via regular blog posts about their project and a completion report in order to further international understanding and promote cultural awareness.

As a grant applicant, your project should focus on an issue and a region of the world which you feel passionately about. Showcase your specific skill-sets and the tangible, sustainable contribution you will make to a community abroad.

Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work, internship, and/or volunteer component.

Award Amount

$2,500 - $10,000

(Depending on location and duration of project)


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 abroad of at least six months
  • Willing to submit blog posts during their project and a written report upon completion

*The grant does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs. Projects must not be part of a degree requirement or for class credit.

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
Exclusive partner of the Erasmus Student Network for J-1 Visa sponsorship of internships in the U.S.
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Generation Study Abroad
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation