SAIS Research Grant

2023 SAIS Research Grant

In an effort to promote innovative research on study abroad and international students, the CIES SAIS SIG will be offering a grant up to $500 for graduate students, tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty, or independent researchers whose research project focuses on a topic related to the issues, challenges, and best practices in the area of study abroad and international student mobility in K-12 and beyond. This includes, as well, exchange and transnational programs globally.

The purpose of this grant is to provide funding to support innovative research of the highest quality in the field of study abroad and international students.


Eligible projects are those that will be completed by March 2024 and conducted by any member in good standing with CIES or the CIES SAIS SIG. Preference will be given to current CIES SAIS SIG members. Grant recipients will be invited to share their research results at the "CIES SAIS SIG 6th Annual Business Meeting" in March 2024 at Miami, Florida.

Grant Award

The amount of the grant will be up to $500 but may be split between applicants. The awards approved depend upon available funds. To apply for the SAIS SIG Research Grant, please submit your proposal (maximum of 1,000 words) describing the project objectives, detailing how they help further the field of study abroad and international students, explaining the applicant’s capacity to successfully conduct this project, specifying why funding is needed, and outlining specifics about how the grant will be used. The project must have a timeline with an expected completion date.

Application Deadline

All application materials (CV, Rationale for Research Grant, Budget Proposal Sheet) must be submitted via email with subject line “SAIS SIG Research Grant Application - (Name of Applicant)” to by Friday, January 6, 2023.

2021 SAIS Research Grant Recipient

Ashley Watson (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities)

Research Project: “The Racialization of International Black African Collegians (IBAC) on US College Campus”

2021 SAIS Research Grant Recipient

Natalie Cruz (Old Dominion University) & Melissa Whately (North Carolina State University)

Research Project: “A Quasi-Experimental Study of Student Outcomes from Global Learning Opportunities”