Summer International Travel Grants (SITG)

 Atop Cerro Santa Lucía (Santiago, Chile) by Bryan Popoola, ’17

Each year the College awards approximately 100 Summer International Travel Grants to support outstanding undergraduates for intensive language study or research abroad. Funding begins at $4,000.

Prospective Applicants

Be sure to read the details of the various grants listed below and attend one of the SITG Information Meetings.

Program and Research Evaluations by previous award winners

To look for and learn about language programs you can read program evaluations from previous FLAG recipients in our evaluations database. You can also search the database to read about research projects that have been funded in the past. Access the evaluations database by logging in at sitgapp.uchicago.edu.

SITG Information Meetings

To find out more about Summer International Travel Grants, attend one of the following Information Meetings:

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. (Harper Memorial Library, Room 140)
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. (Location TBA)
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. (Location TBA)

Special Note: The State Department monitors conditions around the world and assigns each country a Travel Advisory with important security information. The Travel Advisory appears at the top of each country page, with a color corresponding to each level:

In addition to the overall Travel Advisory, specific locations within a country may have additional Advisories in effect.

The University of Chicago’s working assumption is that travel to countries or regions with a US Department of State Level 3 or Level 4 Advisory is not permitted for undergraduate participants.

Undergraduate students may petition for an exemption to this policy.

The following items will be needed for the Study Abroad Risk and Security Assessment Committee (SARSAC) to review requests for an exception:

  • Travel Advisory meeting with a Dean in the College. Please email Naomi Patschke at nap@uchicago.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • A one- to two-page written petition detailing the proposed activity to be conducted in the desired country. The petition should address the risks of the locale and present a thoughtful plan to address adversity that might arise. Students are advised to include information about prior travel, language skills, local support resources (embassy, friends, family, etc.), and other experiences that will inform the proposed travel. The petition must also give a reasonable justification that the experience cannot be obtained in another country or region that does not bear a Level 3 or Level 4 Advisory.
  • A Waiver, signed by the student and a parent or legal guardian.

Eligibility

Eligible students are undergraduate students registered at the University of Chicago for the spring quarter before the summer they go abroad and will be registered the following fall quarter. Students taking a leave of absence before or after the grant period should contact sitg@uchicago.edu to discuss whether their case merits an exception to the spring- or fall-quarter registration requirement.

FLAG applicants have to have completed or tested out of the 103 level of the target language by the program start date.

Research grants are primarily for third-year students in the College, but exceptional second-year students and fourth-year students who plan to spend part or all of a fifth year in the College are also eligible to apply.

If you are interested and eligible to apply for a grant, continue on to the application process.