Claffey Meyer Travel Grant

The Claffey Meyer International Award provides financial assistance to domestic students who intend to travel to developing (lower or middle income) countries for the purpose of providing technical assistance, participating in research, or engaging in service. 

The intent of the award is for students to work towards discovering and implementing solutions in response to urgent human needs (for example: food security, environmental quality, health and nutrition, education, and other areas) and to encourage careers in international development teaching, research and practice.

Grants are intended to support travel, related living expenses, and projects costs, not to be used as a tuition scholarship. Proposals that do not take place in a developing country or do not include a minimum of eight weeks of in-country work by the awardee will not be eligible for review. Preference will be given to applications that include ten weeks or more of in-country work. Grant amounts vary by year, but will be no less than $1000.


  • MSU US/domestic students who are planning to travel to a developing country. No exceptions.
  • Upper-class undergraduate students may apply but priority is given to graduate students.
  • Applications showing high promise for addressing critical human needs are expected.
  • Grants will typically be given to projects that require at least ten weeks in a lower or middle income country.
  • Desire to consider a professional career in international development.  

How to Apply

To apply for the Claffey Meyer award, submit a completed Claffey Meyer Award application along with:

  • A proposed budget.
  • A letter/essay describing how scholarship funds would be used, specifically explaining the critical human need(s) to be addressed. Explain how the trip will contribute to the intent of the award and what scholarship or practical experience will be employed.
  • Letter of support from applicants’ academic or research adviser (reference letters are confidential and will be shared with members of the selection committee). Reference letters may be sent electronically.
  • Official MSU transcript that includes most recent fall grades.
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume.


Completed application packets should be submitted by email to isp.scholarship(at) by 11:59pm EST on March 1. 

Assistant Dean of Global Youth Advancement
International Studies and Programs
Michigan State University
427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 207
East Lansing, MI  48824-1035