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Summer Field Education / Research Travel Award

The Pacific Basin Research Center is pleased to announce the call for applications for its annual student summer grant program.  The PBRC will provide several awards of up to $1000 to help students expand their campus-based education through varied experiences during the summer months.  We are interested in supporting initiatives to take part in field-based education and research that speak to the core mission of the PBRC—to promote humanistic development in the Pacific Basin (widely defined).

Beginning this year, the PBRC’s student summer grant is focusing on field-based educational experiences, moving beyond traditional internships (which are poorly suited to brief summer stays).  Field experiences may include some internships, attending conferences, conducting research, and taking part in field-based training programs with local host organizations.  We hope to support summer projects which have the potential to enrich student knowledge and perhaps make some small, humble contributions to local societies.

Award recipients will be expected to write a brief report detailing their experiences for the PBRC website, newsletter, and perhaps SUA Today.

To apply, please send your resume and a one page overview of your prospective project (including rational, timeframe, budget, and justification) to Michelle Mastro, the PBRC Program Coordinator (  Please visit the PBRC website (, under Campus Programs) to see projects from previous years.  If you have any questions, please contact Shane Barter, the PBRC’s Associate Director (

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 31st.  Applicants are encouraged to attend an informational workshop on Sunday, March 23th at 5pm in the student lounge.  Here, we will discuss the trend of ‘voluntourism’ and the associated pitfalls, moving towards how to craft a more sustainable, effective summer field experience.  Light snacks will be provided.

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