3 Grant Opportunities for Global Service-Learning

Drake defines Global Service-Learning (GSL) as the intersection of service-learning, immersion in global contexts, and intercultural education. Drake has three models of Global Service-Learning:

Funding opportunities are available:  

Global Service-Learning Fellow Grant: Funding to support faculty and staff travel and release time to: 1) develop partner relationships OR 2) develop innovative global-service learning experiences.

Relationship Building: Fellows will work to identify an appropriate community partner, increase their own familiarity of the community, and being to forge strong rooted relationships. It is expected the fellow would continue their engagement with the global community partner beyond the award period to foster mutual trust and respect. Such relationship building between Drake faculty and staff and global community partners provides a rich context for the introduction of Drake global service-learning with the community.

Innovative Global Service-Learning: As faculty and staff work to develop global service-learning experiences, Drake University supports innovative initiatives.

Example: An experience could engage Drake, an international partner institution, and a global community partner. The students could enroll at their respective institutions in a team-taught, technology-supported course. This experience would be followed by Drake students traveling for a GSL experience with a community partner in the city of the partner institution. Students from the partner institution would come to Des Moines to engage in GSL in the United States. This is an innovative model that would combine GSL abroad, GSL at home, and GSL for international students.

Funding available for travel: up to $9,000
Funding available for release time: $750; $500 when receive travel grant, $250 after course is implemented.

Funding is awarded on a rolling basis.

Apply for funding at:

Questions? Contact Maria Rohach, Assistant Director, Drake Administered Programs Abroad, Drake International at maria.rohach@drake.edu.

Project Implementation Match Grant: Faculty, staff, and students who are developing a Global Service-Learning (GSL) project can receive funding to apply toward project implementation resource needs. Through their efforts to raise in-kind or capital donations, participants will increase their ownership and agency as well as develop important skills required for working as social entrepreneurs. The Match Grant funds are designated to enhance GSL projects by providing additional funds that would otherwise not be accessible. This is not a student scholarship. Funding is to support the GSL project.


Funding available for match grants: $500

March 9, 2018.  Grantees will be notified by March 23.

Apply for funding at: https://drake.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8He9zaJpaQMXHOR

Questions? Contact Amanda Martin, Program Coordinator, Community Engaged Learning at amanda.martin@drake.edu.

Mini-Grants to Enhance Global Service-Learning Curriculum Development: Mini-grant funding is available to support faculty, students, and student organizations engaging in Global Service Learning. GSL is a form of experiential education designed to link learning outcomes to community needs in order to deepen students’ knowledge and development. Preference given to courses meeting Engaged Citizen and Global and Cultural Understanding AOIs.

Funding available for mini grants: Mini-grants typically range from $25-$200.
Funding is awarded on a rolling basis until funds are depleted. 

Apply for funding at:

Questions? Contact Amanda Martin, Program Coordinator, Community Engaged Learning at amanda.martin@drake.edu.