Slosberg Travel Grant
The Slosberg Travel Grant was established for graduate students at the American University of Paris to foster high-level thesis research and activism in the field of social justice.
Originally awarded in 2011, this program aims to cultivate advanced research by enabling those AUP students most committed to improving the world to have experiences that would otherwise be beyond their reach. Since 2011, numerous Master’s students have conducted field and scholarly research with a focus on social justice, human rights, humanitarian relief and international development.
AUP Graduate students from all programs are eligible to apply for funding to cover the costs of a volunteer/research project with an NGO or civil society organization in the developing world, in an emerging economy, or with vulnerable communities in post-industrial societies. More information on eligibility and applying is available here.
Past Grantee Projects Include:
Education in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
Communication gaps in aid flow to Namibian NGOs.
Systemic analysis of sexual violence against women.
Vocational training in at-risk communities.
Sharia and human rights in the Egyptian Constitution.
Interfaith relations and interaction in modern Spain.
What Recipients Are Saying About Their Experiences...
Fostering child development and resilience in rural Pondicherry, India.
Investigation of the Cuban dance community as a positive societal instrument.
Underground auxiliary support of Burmese KNLA insurgency.
Lifeline Energy - Solar power and women's empowerment.
Census, identity, and its relationship to conflict resolution in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina.
"The generosity of the Slosberg Grant enabled a transformative experience during my time at Dream Yard in the Bronx last May. I can't thank you enough for having made this experience possible - an experience that enriched my comprehension of the capacity of the arts to promote an alternative culture of much-needed reflection, empathy, imagination and joy."
- Rachel Fallon MA '16
"It is, without a doubt, thanks to the research I completed in Abidjan with the funding from the Slosberg grant, that I was accepted to complete a Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship in Côte d’Ivoire."
- Justine Davis MA '12
"Conducting this fieldwork was truly the highlight of my Master's degree and I appreciate your commitment to making these kinds of experiences possible."
- Anna Wiersma MA '15
"Having the opportunity to go to Belize through the Slosberg Grant was really life changing. I am more positive than ever that I want to do this type of work, especially on climate change and help protect those that are most vulnerable to its effects."
- Viviana Alvarado MA '17
"For 5 months I liaised between two social enterprises, Lifeline Energy and COMACO, which were based in Cape Town, South Africa and Chipata, Zambia respectively. I took farming and business information and adapted it to a radio format. I then went into the field and trained Lead Farmers on how to use the MP3 player and create discussion among listening groups. While out in the field, I also conducted research for my master’s thesis on how the COMACO model is changing farmers’ lives through the reduction of scarcity and the smoothing of farmers’ resources throughout the year. Due to this internship, I was able to take what I had learned in the classroom and see first hand examples and challenges on the ground. I also learned business skills that I can use in any future employment opportunity. In short, the Slosberg Grant created the most formative experience of my master’s degree."
- Elyse Elder MA '16