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SRAS Service Learning Grant
Supporting Your Good Work

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SRAS believes that internships are one of the best ways to solidify your language skills and really get to know your host country. Socially-focused internships such as those at not-for-profit organizations can be an especially good environment for you to mix with locals active in their communities.

The Grant: Students can receive up to $1500 for dedicating part of their time abroad to bettering their adopted communities. Students must blog weekly about their experiences (usually .5 - 1 page) and publish the writing on Students Abroad or These entries can cover anything related to local life – from social issues to social venues and cultural experiences. Students must also write a final entry (at least 2-3 pages) describing their internship experience, what they learned from it, and how they hope to use this knowledge in the future.

Grant Amounts:
Summer: $750
Fall/Spring: $1000
Academic Year: $1500

- All amounts payable upon completion of the program and requirements.

Eligibility: Students must be planning to participate in a standard SRAS study abroad program and serve an internship while abroad to apply for this grant. This will apply especially, but not necessarily exclusively, to those students on SRAS's NGO and Cultural Internship program. US State Department interns and others who arrange their own internships and who seek to add RSL language study to their experience abroad through SRAS are also eligible.


  1. Apply for an SRAS study abroad program. Include "SRAS Service Learning Grant" as an additional program of interest.
  2. If you have not arranged your internship through SRAS, you must provide full details about the internship – where it will be hosted, who will be your supervisor, and what your specific intern duties will be.
  3. Describe, in at least one paragraph, why you will serve this internship – including what you hope to learn from it and what you hope to give to your host organization and adopted community abroad.
  4. Submit two academic papers longer than 10 pages each and a letter of recommendation from a former or current employer and a former or current professor.
  5. All of these additional materials (from steps 2 through 4) should be emailed to Josh Wilson, SRAS Assistant Director. 

Questions? Questions about this grant may be addressed to

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Program F.A.Q.

What if I am not currently a student anywhere?
Not a problem. For more on eligibility issues, please see our main FAQ page.

I have no work experience - what do I do about the recommendation? 
You may submit a recommendation from anyone who can comment on your ability to work hard, work creatively, and work independently. This may be someone who oversaw your participation in volunteer work, community projects, campus activism, student government, Russian (or other) clubs, or even a (second) professor who can comment on these aspects.

What form should the recommendations take?
The recommendation from the professor should be completed according to our online form (part of the application process). The second should be a free-form letter but should cover three topics: your ability to work hard, work creatively, and work independently. We prefer that the person writing the recommendation letter email it directly to Josh Wilson.

Do the papers need to be about specific topics? 
We prefer papers on topics related to the former USSR or its successor states or the social issue you will be addressing abroad. However, we will accept any examples that you consider to be outstanding examples of your writing.

Can this program be applied to learning another language besides Russian?

What if I am not a US citizen?
Not a problem so long as you have native or near-native English skills. For more on eligibility issues, please see our main FAQ page.

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