Due date: 12:30 pm Eastern Time on Friday, April 15th, 2022

PLEASE NOTE: Students seeking Davis International Fellowship funding for an international internship, volunteer, or research experience should fill out the International Funded Internship Pre-Approval Form as soon as possible, and by April 1st, for a preliminary decision on whether their internship location is eligible to receive Wheaton funding. These decisions are preliminary and non-binding, but are intended to provide you with up-to-date information as you make your summer plans.

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 at least 240 hours 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 who are in good academic and social standing.

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. Wheaton College reserves the right not to fund students seeking experiences in countries that appear on the U.S. State Department Warning List or U.S. Centers for Disease Control Travel Warning List without prior approval. Students seeking Davis International Fellowship funding for an international internship, volunteer, or research experience should fill out the International Funded Internship Pre-Approval Form as soon as possible, and by April 1st, for a preliminary decision on whether their internship location is eligible to receive Wheaton funding, keeping in mind that the decision may change should circumstances in that country change.

A selection committee comprising 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.