SIR Funding Opportunities

SIR Crest Scholarship

This merit-based award is to reward achievement in the study of international affairs. A maximum value of $1,000 may be used by the Society’s members to meet expenses associated with books, software, and travel for research purposes (e.g. to an archive or papers collection) or to an academic conference.

Applicants, please be advised: this award may not be applied toward tuition or study abroad.

The required application materials are:

1)    Personal statement of no more than 500 words explaining the student’s academic background, interest in international affairs, career ambitions, and how this award would be put to use to enrich his / her study.

2)    Application form completed, attached to the personal statement, and endorsed by a member of faculty. While a letter of recommendation might bolster one’s application, it is optional.  You can download and open the file in Adobe Acrobat to use the Form functions.

3)    Copy of transcript (official or unofficial) that includes the student’s GPA overall and in his / her chosen major.

4)    Writing sample of no more than 3,000 words that the student feels is his or her best work during their academic career. Excerpts are acceptable.

5)    Digital photograph of the applicant, which may be submitted to SIR’s email address: national@sigmaiotarho.org. If successful, the applicant’s photo will be posted on our website in a special, congratulatory section devoted to SIR award winners.


Odysseus Awards

As the name suggests, the purpose of the Odysseus Award is to reward perseverance – like the Greek hero demonstrated in the epic poem, The Odyssey. It is to help students who are in financial need to further their pursuit of international studies with things such as book expenses, research funds, or travel to an academic conference. Awards of a maximum value of $500 are nominally need-based.

Applicants, please be advised: this award may not be applied toward tuition or study abroad.

The required application materials are:

1)    Personal statement of no more than 500 words explaining the student’s academic focus within international affairs and how this award would be put to use to enrich his / her studies.

2)    Application form completed, attached to the personal statement, and endorsed by a member of faculty.  While a letter of recommendation might bolster one’s application, it is optional.  You can download and open the file in Adobe Acrobat to use the Form functions.

3)    Letter confirming financial need from the attending institution’s financial aid department. We are not interested in a family’s FAFSA statement or the particular details about the student’s finances.  We need a letter from the institution, or a copy of some official document that simply affirms that the student is receiving and / or qualifies for aid.

4)    Unofficial transcript that includes the student’s GPA overall and in his / her chosen major.

5)    Writing sample of no more than 3,000 words that the student feels is his / her best work during his / her academic career. Excerpts of larger papers are acceptable.

6)    Digital photograph of the applicant, which may be submitted to SIR’s email address: national@sigmaiotarho.org. If successful, the applicant’s photo will be posted on our website in a special, congratulatory section devoted to SIR award winners.

Successful applications are determined by overall strength and need. As such, there are no minimum requirements.


Sigma Iota Rho Research and Travel Grants

These grants are primarily meant to support research in the area of International Studies, broadly defined but focused in the areas of foreign policy, security, international political economy, trade, political and economic development; international organizations and non-governmental organizations, multinational corporations and other transnational entities and certain areas of cultural studies.   Students presenting papers or participating in a conference (as more than an observer) will be given preference.

Applicants, please be advised: this award may not be applied toward tuition or study abroad.

Research support will be awarded in accordance with the following principles:

  • Preference will be given to proposals involving theoretical research or research with practical applications. Preference will also be given to students presenting papers or participating in a conference as more than an observer.
  • Projects having no other funding source are particularly encouraged. When other funding sources can be identified, shared costs or matching funds will be encouraged whenever possible.
  •  Each project must have a faculty advisor from the student’s academic institution.
  • Funds may be requested to support research during the academic year or during the summer. Normally, awards will not be granted in excess of $500 per student though exceptional projects will be considered.
  • Examples of what may appropriately be requested in a budget include: research supplies, travel, computer time, computer softwareSalaries, benefits, and overhead are not to be included.
  • Exclusions:  duplicating, printing, binding or photocopying, with the exception of on-site archival photocopying; book purchases must be pre-approved and listed in the application; no business class or first class travel or hotel arrangements (economy travel only).

Proposals

Proposals should take the following form:

  1. Completed application form

  2. Short abstract (half page; no longer than 100 words)
  3. Objectives and methodology (500 words maximum)
    • State the objectives and relevance of the proposed work.
    • Explanation of how the research supports thesis or other relevant research in international relations.
    • Describe the design and procedures to be employed and provide a timetable and implementation plan for completion of the project.
    • If the work is to have practical application, describe the impact and usefulness.
  4. Budget (one page) with each item listed in order of priority with an explanation of its significance to the work proposed. (In a few instances, travel may be an appropriate use of funds if warranted by the project.)
  5. Faculty endorsement verifying that your proposal has undergone academic critique and a member of your local chapter's faculty is willing to supervise the research. A simple signature on the student's application form followed by this individual's contact details is sufficient. A letter of recommendation is optional.

For those individuals who have been inducted into SIR during their undergraduate careers, and have since undertaken postgraduate studies, the following criteria apply:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Short abstract (half page; no longer than 100 words)
  3. Objectives and methodology (500 words maximum)
    • State the objectives and relevance of the proposed work.
    • Explanation of how the research supports thesis or other relevant research in international relations.
    • Describe the design and procedures to be employed and provide a timetable and implementation plan for completion of the project.
    • If the work is to have practical application, describe the impact and usefulness.
  4. Budget (one page) with each item listed in order of priority with an explanation of its significance to the work proposed. (In a few instances, travel may be an appropriate use of funds if warranted by the project.)
  5. Faculty endorsement verifying that your proposal has undergone academic critique and a member of your local chapter's faculty is willing to supervise the research. A simple signature on the student's application form followed by this individual's contact details is sufficient. A letter of recommendation is optional.
  6. Student status confirmation that you are enrolled in an accredited university, pursuing a postgraduate degree. This can be validated via an official transcript, or in writing from the university registrar or your faculty adviser. Sending this via email is acceptable, so long as it is an institutional address.

Ethics Approval

Research involving animal or human subjects or hazardous materials must clear the parent institution’s research board and be submitted along with the application to the SIR National Office at the same time. Students should consult with their advisors to correctly complete these forms.

Submission Procedure

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis during academic year. Review of submissions will take place during summer and winter breaks in the academic calendar, at which time applications for that period will no longer be accepted.

An electronic version must be submitted to national@sigmaiotarho.org.   Though optional, we would appreciate a hard copied be mailed to the SIR headquarters as well.

By submitting an application the student is authorizing Sigma Iota Rho to post his / her photograph on its website.

Awardees should submit a report or other evidence of the award’s usage (papers, conference report, memorandum on field research, etc.), ideally as the time of submission of receipts and expenses for reimbursement.  Awardees should also send via email digital photos of the applicant to post on the SIR website.  (Students are encouraged to be creative and send pictures of either with the award certificate – perhaps during a congratulatory ceremony – or from a research site, or conference they may have attended).

To apply, click the bottommost link and submit form to the National Office: national@sigmaiotarho.org

 

SIR Funding Awards

 

Application Form

You can download and open the file in Adobe Acrobat to use the Form functions.

 


External Funding Sources

NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Awards

The National Association of International Educators annually recognizes institutions and programs making significant, intentional progress toward the organization's guiding principles, outlined by its publication, Comprehensive Internationalization.