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Christianson Fellowship

How it works

Funding of up to $10,000 for motivated young Americans to perform meaningful service projects abroad.


The application for an InterExchange Foundation Christianson Fellowship includes:

  • Personal & educational information
  • Travel history (year, duration, country, reason for traveling)
  • Project details: Outline your tasks, project goals, and how these goals will be measured. In light of COVID-19, describe any restrictions related to travel to and from the project location and the safety measures and protocols that are in place at your project location.
  • Detailed project budget: Including proof of all fees (e.g. screenshot of flight prices, local living costs). Estimated costs are acceptable
  • Two signed letters of recommendation: One letter may be from an academic instructor and the other must be from a supervisor, employer, or coach.
  • Essay (one to two pages) answering each part of the following prompt: “Detail the specific skills and experience you will contribute to your host organization and what you hope to learn during your project. Explain how you will apply this experience to your future plans.”
  • Resume (no longer than one page)
  • Photocopy of valid U.S. passport or permanent resident card

For any questions regarding applying for a Christianson Fellowship please email [email protected].

Eligibility & Requirements

Fellow Eligibility
  • U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • 18-28 years old at project start date
  • Participates on-site in an internship or volunteer abroad project for at least 6 months
  • Demonstrates interest in project topic and outline specific project goals and impact measurables
  • Possesses specific skill(s) to contribute to a community abroad
  • Is excited to learn about another culture and share one’s own
  • Fellows have to answer Pre- and Post-Project Reflection questions and provide short videos and/or blog posts as well as photos detailing their experience abroad
  • Benefits local community
  • Sustainable (project can continue after fellow leaves and/or effects are long-term)
  • Involves collaboration and interaction with local residents and community leaders
  • The Fellowship does not support religious projects, independent research projects, or academic study abroad programs.
  • Projects must not be part of a degree requirement or for class credit.
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