What type of projects does the Christianson Grant support?

The Christianson Grant supports self-arranged and created 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. Your project should focus on an issue and a region of the world which you feel passionately about. Read about past and current projects.

How do I show proof of expenses if my project hasn’t started yet?

You may submit estimated costs. For example, a screenshot of a flight search showing ticket prices.

How are grant amounts determined?

The Christianson Grant Selection Committee determines award amounts based on multiple factors, including cost-of-living in project location and duration.

How far in advance of my project start date should I apply?

You’re welcome to apply up to one year prior to your project start date.

Can I already be abroad when I apply?

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 few months or less.

How should I submit my application?

Please submit your complete application via our online form. We do not accept applications by mail, email, or fax.

How do I submit my application fee?

Please pay via this online payment page. Please select “InterExchange Foundation” under “Program for which you are paying”.

Do my letters of recommendation need to be included when I send in my application?

Your recommenders must send recommendation letters directly to grants@interexchange.org. Applicants will be notified when their recommendations have been received and their application is complete.

Who should write my letters of recommendation and what should they contain?

Your letters of recommendation can come from a school advisor, professor, or supervisor. They cannot come from the organization you are volunteering with on your project. The letter should describe why you are a suitable candidate for the Christianson Grant.

Will I be interviewed as part of the application process?

Christianson Grant finalists are interviewed by the InterExchange Foundation Program Coordinator. Finalists are contacted to arrange an in-person or Skype interview. The interview typically lasts 30 minutes.

If I apply early, will I find out earlier if I received a Christianson Grant?

You are welcome to apply early; however, applications are not reviewed until after the application deadline.

When will I be notified if I received the grant or not?

All applicants are notified approximately 6-8 weeks after each grant deadline.

When is the grant disbursed?

The grant is disbursed in two installments. The first is mailed after we’ve confirmed your arrival with your supervisor. The second installment is mailed after we’ve received your completion report, which is due within 30 days of your project end date.

If my project or length of stay changes, do I need to inform InterExchange?

Yes. The Grant Committee will review this information to determine any impact on the original grant determination.

What are the completion report requirements?

The completion report is a thoughtful reflection on your service project abroad, with a focus on the cultural exchange that transpired. Reports should be at least two pages.

Is the grant taxable?

Yes, grant funding above $599 is subject to tax. All grant recipients are issued a 1099.

If I’m not selected, may I apply again?

Yes, grant applicants are welcome to apply again.

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