Anna Ochoa-Becker International Travel Fellowship

 The Anna Ochoa-Becker International Travel Fellowship is a privately funded travel fellowship recently established in the IU School of Education and administered by the School’s Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR).  The fellowship recognizes the legacy of Dr. Anna Ochoa-Becker, who was a leader in promoting human rights and fostering interdependence in the global world.  Dr. Ochoa-Becker taught social studies in public schools, served on the faculty of the IU School of Education, assumed leadership roles in teacher education, and directed numerous state and federal teacher education research grants.

The purpose of the fellowship award is to support international travel expenses related to teaching, learning and research activities of graduate students within the IU School of Education Bloomington, with preference given to those affiliated with the Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR).  The award is not designed to support conference travel but rather significant teaching, learning and research activities.  There is no restriction as to which department or major within the IU School of Education Bloomington the graduate student is enrolled.  Only one award will make each academic year.

Award Criteria and Selection Process

Award title: 2015-2016 Anna Ochoa-Becker International Travel Fellowship

Award amount: Up to $4,000 (Only one award will be made per academic year.)

Application deadline:  April 30, 2015

Who can apply?: Graduate students at the Master’s or doctoral level in good academic standing and enrolled full-time in an IU School of Education Bloomington graduate degree program.

Applicant Selection Criteria:

  • Student must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • Student must be enrolled full-time in an IU School of Education Bloomington graduate degree program.
  • Student must have completed at least one semester at IU School of Education Bloomington to be eligible.
  • Preference will be given to an applicant who is affiliated with the Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR)
  • International travel cannot be to a country currently under a US State Department travel warning - http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html

Selection Process: A committee, appointed by the Dean of the IU School of Education, will make the selection of the fellowship award recipient.  Every effort will be given to identify recipients who are affiliated with CIEDR, though there is no restriction as to which department or major the recipients might come from. Affiliation can be through working with CIEDR, volunteering with CIEDR projects, research is aligned with one or more thematic foci of CIEDR - http://education.indiana.edu/ciedr/  and student works with IUB School of Education faculty who have worked with or have current ties with CIEDR. 

How to apply?: Please submit the following five items:

  • Letter of Support from applicant’s graduate faculty advisor (or another faculty member from the applicant’s graduate degree program) who can comment on the applicant’s professional and academic qualifications, social and interpersonal skills, and purpose and suitability of the international travel for the educational activity (teaching, learning, or research) proposed by the applicant
  • Application Cover Sheet (see attached)
  • Applicant’s Curriculum Vita/Resume
  • Professional Statement from the applicant (no longer than 3 typed pages) in which the student addresses the following:

1)      Clearly describe the educational activity (namely teaching, learning, or research) that will be undertaken in the international setting and identify the country.

2)      Explain the purpose of the international activity and how it will complement your area of inquiry (field, discipline, or degree program).

3)      Clearly state why the activity (teaching, learning, or research) in an international setting is necessary to your academic learning and professional development.

4)      Describe how the learning gained from the international setting will be shared with and benefit the IU School of Education Bloomington.

5)      Clearly describe the affiliation you have with CIEDR.

  • Budget (no longer than 1 typed page of how the money will be used) – all budget items must be directly related to the international travel.  See attached sample budget with Indiana University travel categories.

Submit completed application either electronically or via hard copy to:

Ms. Christi Jones, CIEDR Business Manager

Center for International Education, Development and Research

Indiana University

Eigenmann Hall, Room 1038

1900 E. Tenth Street

Bloomington, IN 47406-7512

Email: jonesc@indiana.edu

If you have any questions, please contact Christi Jones at 812-855-0447.