York International Scholars Program Guidelines

The College of Agriculture E.T. York International Scholars Program (ISP) seeks to further the international research, teaching and outreach programs of Auburn University. It seeks to foster faculty and graduate students exchanges of knowledge, technologies and experiences in agriculture, primarily in a development assistance context. 

The program does not support travel to international conferences.

The ISP provides limited support to Auburn agriculture faculty and graduate students who wish to gain an understanding of working in foreign conditions, particularly where their research, specialized studies, teaching or outreach program could make a difference in the quality of life for local populations.

An important component of the program is to provide an international experience for individual faculty and graduate students with little or no previous travel outside the U.S.  By so doing, Auburn faculty and graduate students are better prepared to appreciate and deal with the global nature of agricultural issues in the world today.

We particularly encourage faculty travel with one or more U.S. graduate students to developing countries. The students may assist in the conduct of workshops, field work or data collection. They also may visit farms, facilities, universities and otherwise engage their subject-matter with the life of the developing country.

Offering an AU graduate course in a Maymester Abroad format (intensive instruction and field visits for three to four weeks) at an institution in a developing country is a type of project that is particularly encouraged. Typically such projects involve cost-sharing by the students, the host institution and the ISP program. The host institution’s students can take the AU course and receive credit from their university.

Use of Funds

Selection of award recipients will be based on available resources and criteria developed by a committee of faculty organized by the College of Agriculture.  Funding normally is provided only for travel and subsistence costs while abroad, though in some cases other expenses associated with the activity may be requested and justified in the proposal.

Proposals are evaluated on scientific and scholarly merit. Applicants are expected to provide realistic estimates of costs and final awards are typically negotiated with the applicant.  Cost-sharing by collaborating foreign or domestic institutions to support proposed activities is desirable, although not required. 

Awards will be made according to estimates of need and normally will not exceed $5,000.¬† Group projects (e.g., Maymester classes, study tours) may exceed this total with a more modest amount per participant. The maximum duration of funding will be four months or a semester.¬† Additional justification must be made for longer project periods. Please use the “Other Locations” federal per diem rates to budget your hotel and meal costs, but reimbursement will be made on actual hotel costs. ¬†

Proposals are typically reviewed in batches based on September 5, November 5 and February 5 submission deadlines.  The committee will promptly review ISP proposals and make awards.


The research/study/teaching/outreach program must be carried out in collaboration with a counterpart university or research/study/ teaching/outreach center, with priority given to organizations in developing nations. 

Priority is given to projects in low or lower-middle income countries. For projects in other locales, justification must be provided in the proposal narrative, e.g., how the project will take place in a less-developed, agricultural area of a middle-income nation.

Faculty in agriculture are eligible to apply for ISP awards.

Graduate students in agriculture who have completed at least a year of course work toward a master’s or doctoral degree are eligible to apply.

ISP proposals from previously funded ISP awardees will be considered, but must be well-justified. Faculty leading groups of students to developing countries are a focal interest of the program. Preference will be given to first-time applicants.

The York ISP program can support the costs for the faculty and graduate students in the first edition of a Maymester course. Subsequent offerings should reflect increasing cost-sharing of faculty travel by the CoA department, but continued support for graduate student participation can be provided by York ISP.

Content of York ISP Proposals

  • ISP proposals are submitted to the Office of Global Programs by email (a single PDF file) to ogp@auburn.edu.
  • Click to view the suggested format for an ISP Request.
  • The Request for Funding includes:
    • project title
    • start and finish dates
    • objectives¬† – A short and concise statement of goals
    • description –¬† A 500-word or less project summary that briefly describes planned activities and the benefit to Auburn University¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
    • foreign institutional support
    • budget
  • All ISP proposals must include a letter of invitation/commitment from the foreign host institution or local sponsoring organization.
  • All ISP proposals submitted by graduate students must include a letter of recommendation from their academic adviser.
  • For research activities, appropriate Human Subjects (IRB) or Animal Use protocols must be submitted at time of proposal and approved prior to use of funds.
  • A brief resume (up to two pages) of the requestor must be included with the ISP proposal.¬†
  • A brief resume of each project participant should also be included for study tours or courses taught abroad.

Summary Presentation

Successful applicants are expected to provide a seminar sharing their findings, project experiences and accomplishments during the semester following their trip. 

ISP seminars are open to all interested faculty and students.