Dickinson actively and strategically seeks grant opportunities that enhance global research and study at the College. Grant efforts represent a core activity of the Center for Global Study and Engagement. The Center pursues grant opportunities independently and collaboratively, serving as primary investigator on some projects and supporting the efforts of faculty, departments, or allied centers on others.
Dickinson's recent global study and research grants include:
U.S. Department of State
Across Borders: Managing Trans-Boundary Environmental Resources in the Middle East and the United States. This two-year, $500,000 project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Office of Citizen Exchanges supported two highly selective groups of early career professionals in developing a substantive understanding of how environmental, economic, social and political factors converge to influence policy and practice in the management of trans-boundary environmental resources. The first group, early career professionals from the U.S., traveled to the Middle East, taking up the competing interests in the Jordan River as its focus. The second group, hailing from Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, traveled to the U.S., taking up competing interests in Chesapeake Bay Watershed as its focus.
The Teagle Foundation
Enhancing Diversity and Diversity Education. This $300,000 grant to Dickinson College, and its two partner institutions, Bucknell University and Lafayette College, focused in significant part on enhancing the international student experience. As part of the grant, the Center hosted a workshop entitled: International Students in the U.S. Classroom: Academic Challenges and Institutional Responsibility. With support from the grant, Dickinson also developed its International Student Summer Institute, which provides degree-seeking international students the opportunity to begin their academic careers early, allowing for a period of adjustment to academic and social life at the College. The one-credit Institute aims to provide international students with a deeper understanding of American culture and history, the liberal-arts learning environment, and opportunities to improve their English speaking and writing proficiency.
Henry Luce Foundation
Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment. This $50,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation supports innovative approaches to Asian Studies teaching and research through the lenses of the environment and sustainable development. Dickinson, a recognized leader in Sustainability Education and Global Study, was one of only four colleges to receive the grant in 2011. The grant brought international experts on sustainability and environmental issues in Asia to campus, and it provided funding for an interdisciplinary study abroad program for Dickinson students, Environmental Policy, Education, Economics, and Activism: The View from Shanghai.
Fulbright United States Gateway Orientation. Dickinson was one of only eight U.S. colleges selected to host a Fulbright Gateway Orientation. Sixty-five Fulbrighters from forty-five countries participated in the five-day program, meeting with community leaders, dialoguing on U.S. diversity, and learning about U.S. history through a tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield National Military Park.