LeTourneau University is committed to being a university of global influence. In an effort to fulfill our commitment, the Office of Global Initiatives established the Center for Global Service Learning (GSL), which seeks to empower faculty members and students to use their expertise, skills, and ingenuity in order to develop sustainable solutions in developing communities that will ease human suffering, foster human flourishing, and demonstrate God’s redeeming love.
GSL seeks both to stimulate the incubation of new projects as well as to support the continued implementation of existing projects.
For 2017, GSL will be offering the following grants. Further information (such as guidelines for application) can be found on the GSL webpage:
- GSL Start Up Grant: The purpose of the GSL Start-Up Grant is to stimulate new GSL projects and encourage participation from new faculty members. This grant request may be submitted while the details of your trip are still in the conceptual phase. The funds from this award can be used in a variety of ways, for example: partially covering cost for a vision trip, publicity, or an informational luncheon for prospective partners. Successful single-author/lead proposals will receive $250; Successful multi-author/lead proposals will be awarded $600. If the proposal is also multi-disciplinary in its approach, it will receive a bonus award of $150.
- GSL Project Grant: The purpose of the GSL Project Grant is to empower faculty members to use their expertise, skills, and ingenuity in order to develop sustainable solutions in developing communities that will ease human suffering, foster human flourishing, and demonstrate God's redeeming love. This grant is available for both new and existing grants.
- New GSL projects are eligible to receive:
- Successful single-author/lead proposals will receive $500-$2,500
- Successful multi-author/lead proposals will receive $700-$3,500
- Existing projects are eligible to receive:
- Successful single-author/lead proposals will receive $500-$2,000
- Successful multi-author/lead proposals will receive $700-$3,000
- GSL Student Engagement Grants: GSL Student Engagement Grants are available for qualified students engaged in an approved GSL project in the amounts of $500 to $1,000. Applications will be accepted up to one month before the trip's departure date.
- GSL Non-Lead Faculty Grant: GSL Non-Lead Faculty Member Grants are available for qualified faculty or staff engaged in an approved GSL Project in the amounts of $500 to $1,000. Applications will be accepted up to one month before the trip's departure date.
Grant Proposal Approval Process:
All grant proposals will be evaluated by the Global Service Learning review board, which will determine whether the proposal meets the requirements and is a mission-fit with the mission and aims of GSL.
Criteria for a Global Service Learning Project:
Each GSL project must meet the following criteria:
- It must solve a problem through research (in keeping with your department standards), which your team has or can identify appropriate expertise.
- It must involve both faculty and students as a project team.
- It must address a need that has an educational benefit for the student and professional benefit for the faculty.
- It must build upon an existing academic discipline within the university.
- It must work in partnership with a host institution or entity that has long-term commitments with the community that you are serving. Said in another way, the project must be incorporated into the long-term mission and aims of a host institution or entity.
- It must be fiscally sound and sustainable for both the university and the host country.