Student Awards


Leilani Danning Lu - 2021 Global Scholar Presentation


Awards for Students

Global Scholar Award

Advanced Global Research promoted by Global Programs and Studies through competitive awards.

Purpose:  The mission of Wheaton College’s Global Programs and Studies Initiative is to develop students’ capacities for global engagement through equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and concepts of intercultural competency through sustained and meaningful engagement with members of other cultures whether at home or abroad.  As one of the Global Programs and Studies programs, the Global Scholar Award supports undergraduate or graduate students to undertake research or a creative project that deepens awareness and knowledge of an issue facing the global community than would otherwise be possible in a traditional on-campus course or experience.   A wide range of topics will be considered, but they must be well-defined and undertaken in an international or cross-cultural context for a minimum of 8-10 weeks.  It is expected that the research or creative project will be carried-out during the summer; however, proposals will be considered for work during the normal academic year provided the project represents work over and above normal coursework.  All projects must be closely supervised by a faculty member who will also receive a stipend.  These awards are competitive and may be funded up to $3,000.00.  Students from any major or graduate program are eligible to apply.

Eligibility:  Undergraduate students from all majors with at least junior standing at the time of application and who will be enrolled for at least one semester on-campus after the period of the award may apply. Graduate students who have completed the equivalent of the first year of their graduate program and will be returning for at least one semester after the period of the award may apply.  All applicants must be in good academic and student development standing, including chapel throughout the period of the award and subsequent semester and be eligible for international/off-campus travel with Wheaton College. 

  • Recommendations and guidance for supervising faculty: The proposal should be developed in consultation with a supervising faculty member.  Allow your supervising faculty member ample time to interact with your proposal. Listed here are the Responsibilities of Global Scholar Award Supervising Faculty, please present the linked document to potential supervisors at the time of supervisorial request.  A recommendation will be required from the Supervising Faculty member as well as another faculty. 
  • Recommendation requests need to be submitted at least 2-4 weeks before submitting your application to allow for ample time to engage with your proposal. 
  • Language Attestation Form: If the project will be conducted in a country where English is not the primary language or with a population group in the United States that is not English-speaking, an Attestation of Language Proficiency from an appropriate evaluator, preferably a Wheaton College faculty member. Applicants should download the form, fill out the top portion, and submit to an appropriate evaluator to complete the form.

Global Scholar Award Application:  Questionnaires as well as guiding questions for your written proposal of the award application are provided on the Global Scholar Award Award Application. 

Deadline:  The application for 2023-24 closed on Friday, January 26, 2024.

Post-Selection:  Applicants selected as Global Scholar Award recipients will be required to complete an Independent International Travel and Research application on GoGlobal and register for a zero-credit internship (G ST 490: Internship - 0 credit); funds will not be disbursed until ALL application requirements are complete. In addition, since one of the primary goals of the award is to contribute to the overall globalization of the campus, award recipients are asked to attend a series of intercultural orientation seminars prior to the proposed activities and to make a presentation open to the campus community on the work completed.

Additional Information to be noted:

  • Creative projects include activities such as creative writing, musical performance or composition, theater productions, film, painting, photography, or sculpture among others.
  • Only one graduate student award is available each year.

Global Scholar Award Recipient 2022-23

Name Major/Grad Degree Title of Project Country
Joanna Percy Music Performance The Anna Project: Exploring German Leider Outside of the Classical Music USA (Nashville), Germany, Austria

Global Scholar Award Recipient 2019-20

Name Major/Grad Degree Title of Project Country
Danning Lu Environmental Science and Sociology  Narratives of Megacity Community Garden Participation with Case Studies in Beijing and Shanghai China

Global Scholar Award Recipient 2018-19

Name Major/Grad Degree Title of Project Country
Anna Cole International Relations and Music  Building Bridges Through Music: Syrian Musicians in Istanbul   Turkey

Global Scholar Award Recipient 2017-18

Name Major/Grad Degree Title of Project Country
Eric Hoskins Anthropology Resources in Relationships: Building NGO Capacity through Local Networks in the Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ethiopia

Global Scholar Award Recipient 2016-17

Name Major/Grad Degree Title of Project Country
Anmin (Chippy) Hui Anthropology Township Tourism in the Voices of the People: Re-Examine Township Tourism South Africa

Global Scholar Award Recipients 2015-16

Name Major/Grad Degree Title of Project Country
Sara King International Relations Detecting the Prevalence of Somatic Symptoms and 
Related Disorders in the Musanze District of Rwanda
Reuben Duniya Biblical Exegesis Exegetical Reflection on the Biblical Foundations 
of Spiritual Mapping

Global Scholar Award Recipients 2014-15

Name Major/Grad Degree Title of Project Country
Sarah Han Anthropology Identity Construction of Baloch Women in Al Ain, UAE United Arab Emirates
Ruth Jeong Psychology Social Support and Depression: 
A Qualitative Study of the Elderly in Korea
South Korea
Fidelia Renne History and Political Science Peace in Translation: Anabaptist Peace Theology 
and Nicaraguan Political Conflict (1970s - 1980s)
USA and Nicaragua


International Internship Travel Award

Purpose:  The Global Programs and Studies Internship Travel Awards are available to provide partial support to students who wish to undertake internships for their major/minor or graduate degree program in an international or cross-cultural context.  Applications will be evaluated both on the basis of merit and demonstrated financial need.   Awards of up to $1,000 may be applied toward the costs of travel or living expenses.   

Eligibility:  Students may apply who will have met the eligibility requirements of their major/minor field of study or graduate degree program to enroll in an internship by the time the internship begins. All applicants must be in good academic and student development standing, and be eligible for international/off-campus travel with Wheaton College. This award may may not be used in conjunction with a Wheaton-in off-campus summer program.

All students who would like to receive academic credit or funding (grants/scholarships/financial aid) from Wheaton College for a summer international internship, practicum, or fieldwork must complete an internship application in GoGlobal, Wheaton's travel registration system, and be approved by the College to do so.

International internship applications must be started and have the first phase of the application process complete by:

  • Friday, March 1, 2024 for internships, practicums, or fieldwork in locations with a Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) Travel Advisory from the U.S. State Department or high/extreme medical risk ratings from International SOS (Wheaton subscriber number: 11BSGC000040)

  • Friday, March 15, 2024 for internships, practicums, or fieldwork in locations with a Level 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions) or Level 2 (Exercise Increased Caution) Travel Advisory from the U.S. State Department. 

Placements will not be considered for academic credit or funding after the dates noted above. Students planning, but not yet accepted to an internship, should begin the GoGlobal process in anticipation of their placement.

These funds may not be applied toward a HNGR internship.

International Internship Travel Award Application for Graduate Students 

Common Internship Application for Undergraduate Students

Deadline: The online application must be submitted by Wednesday, March 13, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. Both applications require recommendations. Please request your recommendation (found in the application) early and allow ample time for completion.

Post-Selection: Applicants selected to receive the International Internship Travel Grant are required to complete or have completed a GoGlobal application for their associated internship and be registered for an academic internship or zero-credit internship (G ST 490: Internship – 0 credit.)  Grant funds will not be disbursed until ALL internship application requirements are complete on GoGlobal.