COVID-19 Update: Out of an abundance of caution, and to prioritize the health and safety of our students, the Davis International Fellowship will be suspended for summer 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: Funded internships are considered college-sponsored programs and, as such, are subject to all college policies regarding international and domestic travel, including travel restrictions. These policies may change with little warning in response to global events.

The Davis International Fellows Program is designed to help students undertake educationally meaningful international experiences that link to academic or career interests.  Students are invited to submit proposals to fund unpaid, international, non-credit bearing internships, service/volunteer experiences or structured independent research based on their interests and background.  Students can design and initiate their own assignments and contacts, either independently or through established organizations.  Students also may seek suggestions and guidance from faculty and staff. Independent research involving human subjects must have the approval of the College’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Also, recipients are required to carry international health insurance. The Filene Center processes this coverage for students (approximately $40/month) and bills students’ accounts.

Recipients receive a $5,000 stipend to support experiences of 6-8 weeks during the summer break. The award may be used to cover travel and living expenses as well as any preparatory costs, such as immunizations, passport and visa fees. Proposals for the Davis International Fellows Program are accepted from current sophomores and juniors with at least a 3.0 GPA and who are in good academic and social standing. However, the selection committee will consider applications from students who do not meet the 3.0 GPA minimum provided they answer a supplemental question.

The Davis International Fellows Program is not need-based and is open to international students who meet all other eligibility criteria.  However, international students are not permitted to return to their home country through this fellowship. Fellows may not use their stipend to volunteer or intern in countries that are on the U.S. State Department Warning List or U.S. Centers for Disease Control Travel Warning List without an approved petition. Students seeking an exception to this policy must submit a Travel Warning Petition to the Office of Career Services by April 3rd.  Petitions are reviewed and considered by the College’s Safety Policy Committee and decisions made by the committee are final.

A selection committee comprised of faculty members and Filene Center advisors reviews all applications and chooses recipients based upon the criteria listed in the on-line application.  Decisions reached by the selection committee are final and non-selected applications will NOT be reconsidered.  Students may apply to multiple Wheaton summer funding opportunities, but will only be awarded one in a given summer.  Finally, students must be in good academic (not currently on academic suspension) and social standing (having no student conduct violations that have resulted in either probation or suspension) in order to receive a fellowship from Wheaton.