Funding Support

Students and faculty in the College of Agriculture have a variety of funding options for their travel experiences that are offered from both internal and external sources. Follow the links below for more information about funding opportunities.

Student Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Graduate and undergraduate students looking for financial support for their study abroad and international experiences have access to a variety of resources.


NAFSA provides information and a listing of potential sources of funding for international study from sources outside the university.

A comprehensive list of study abroad resources can be found on the Institute for International Education website.

The U.S. State Department has a number of grant programs to support study abroad and faculty organizing such programs. Proposals are large due in May and June of each year.

Hagan Scholars Foundation – Study Abroad Award for elegible recipients.

Eligible U.S. undergraduates can apply to receive financial support for study abroad programs worldwide through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Established under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, the Gilman Scholarships provide up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit. Students studying critical need languages are eligible for up to $3,000 in additional funding as part of the new Critical Need Language Supplement program.

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to broaden and increase the study abroad population by aiding undergraduate students who are under financial constraints. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. For eligibility details, an application form and further information, please check the Gilman program website.


The Stallworth AU International Program provides an array of possibilities for undergraduate students to organize independent experiences or study programs. The Torbert fund has parallel objectives to support undergraduate experience abroad.

The Orr Foundation supports study abroad and student trips for horticulture students.

The York International Scholars Program supports internships and other individualized experiences for graduate students, as well as international activities for teaching, research and extension faculty in less-developed countries.


Faculty typically combine indirect cost recovery or overhead (ICRE) monies with departmental funds and their own extramural funds to support travel to international meetings.


The Office of Global Programs will sponsor up to three study abroad program building trips to conduct advance work in support of undergraduate Maymester courses, study abroad, or collaborative instructional arrangements with international institutions. Each effort should lead to a course, courses, credit-bearing service learning activity, or other international experience for undergraduates.

Short proposals will be due June 1. Proposals should address the following topics:

  • Context and objectives. Describe the course, courses, or activities to be offered abroad, who will teach them or support their service activity, and how will credit be offered. One outcome of your trip would be a draft agreement outlining the financial and organizational arrangements for your program.
  • Target institutions or locales. Why this institution or country and not others? The region or continent for this request is open, but successful proposals will provide a cogent and convincing rationale for the institution and location, including the programs they offer, prior arrangements, site logistics, cost-sharing, convenience, safety, and cost of housing for students, and the scientific and touristic advantages of the venue.
  • Target audience. What AU students from what majors would be eligible, interested, or motivated to select and enroll in the prospective study abroad course or experience? What are the prospects for attracting students for other institutions to participate in your program?
  • Business model. Some courses will attract many students across curriculums and from outside the university; others have a narrower prospective enrollment. Describe any endowments, grants, or industry support that might be deployed to launch and maintain the activity as a regular offering in your department. [up to three pages to this point in your proposal.] See also: and
  • RAT. Attach a draft Request for Authority to Travel that outlines the itinerary and anticipated expenses for your visit. Use the federal international per diem rates “other locations” rate for your estimates. No account information is required at this point. [page 4]
  • Interest letter. Attach a letter or email expressing at least potential interest in collaboration from your target institution. If not presently available, you will need to provide such a letter before the RAT is approved. [page 5]
  • CV. Attach a two-page vita. [pages 6-7]
  • Submit. Electronically submit a combined PDF file of the above items to Kelly Pippin.


Qualifying Auburn University faculty may seek partial support for participation in international meetings from the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station Discretionary Grant Program.


International teaching projects might seek support through a Breeden Faculty Endowment Grant. The latter source may support initial trips to establish study abroad arrangements. Other sources managed by the Office of the Provost also might be available for faculty and student travel.


The Office of Global Programs can offer some limited financial assistance upon request. Contact Kelly Pippin for additional information.


Research, teaching and outreach activities in less developed countries may be partially underwritten by funds awarded under the York International Scholars Program. Read more on the York tab below.


The Tankersley Endowment was awarded to Auburn University by Jack and Mary Tankersley in December 1988, specifically to strengthen the network and support activities of the International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments (ICAAE). The ICAAE is an interdisciplinary outreach center that joins and coordinates the talents and experiences of the Auburn University (AU) College of Agriculture, especially the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures. Other academic units at AU, and AU alumni, friends and partners in the U.S. and other countries also make significant contributions to the work of the ICAAE.

The goal of the ICAAE is to extend aquatic resources management assistance to people and communities in geographical areas of need. The Auburn University program in aquatic resources continues to be recognized as a leading worldwide program. The Tankersley Endowment has provided consistent funding to maintain and enrich ICAAE activities. The flexibility of the Tankersley Endowment agreement allows its earnings to be used for network activities where other resources are not available, and allows the ICAAE to carry on critical activities consistent with its mission. The ICAAE focuses Endowment expenditures on community-based watershed stewardship, aquaculture, and fisheries in
needy communities around the world.

The Tankersley Endowment is administered by the Director of the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences.


The Calvin Jones Endowment in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology provides international travel support for Entomology faculty and graduate students.



Each quarter, USAID publishes a Business Forecast. The Business Forecast is an informational resource on potential funding and partnership opportunities at USAID. It is an advanced look at grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements that USAID is in the process of developing and plans to issue in the coming year.

Included on the Business Forecast is helpful information such as a description of the award, estimate dollar amount, anticipated date of award, location, and point of contact at USAID. Two separate Forecasts developed each quarter – one for USAID Missions overseas and one for USAID in Washington, DC.



Strengthening Auburn University and Cuba partnership research collaborations in agriculture and related programs.


Coastal SEES projects will be expected to lead to generalizable theoretical advances in natural sciences and engineering while, at the same time, integrating key aspects of human processes required to address issues of coastal sustainability.


GRANTS.GOV is a government initiative that will have an unparalleled effect on the grantee community. As an online system, is focused on improving access to services via the Internet. It is currently the single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies, allowing organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities. As the portal for grant applications, will replace federal agency-specific proposal submission systems that have grown in recent years, most notably NSF’s FastLane, DOE’s IIPS, and NASA’s NSPIRES. Applications will be submitted electronically by institutions through the portal to be forwarded to the respective funding agencies; over time applicants will no longer apply directly to individual funding agencies.

For details:



Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), also known as the Gates Foundation, is a private foundation founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. It was launched in 2000 and is said to be the largest private foundation in the US, holding $38 billion in assets. The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.



The National Science Foundation and the Gates Foundation support the BREAD Program to foster innovative scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. A significant distinction between Basic Research to Encourage Agricultural Development and other NSF programs is that proposals to BREAD must make a clear and well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed research and its direct relevance and potential application to agriculture in the developing world. The Program’s focus is on novel, transformative research at the proof-of-concept stage rather than its application or development. Especially encouraged are original proposals that address major constraints to the productivity of crops important to smallholder farmers, or on the development of novel and efficient production practices. Although the Program places an initial emphasis on crop improvement, it will also consider innovative research proposals from scientists in all fields of research and engineering as long as the proposed research is consistent with the Program objectives. Proposals are also expected to address project outcomes in the context of broader societal impacts, and as appropriate to the research proposed, engage international partners in scientific collaborations.



Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United State and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.





Higher Education Challenge Grants are offered by USDA to strengthen institutional capacities to respond to identified State, regional, national or international educational needs to formulate and administer programs to enhance college and university teaching in agriculture, natural resources, forestry, veterinary medicine, human and family and consumer sciences, disciplines closely allied to the food and agricultural system, and rural economic, community and business development.



The USEPA International Programs page links to various funding opportunities.



The objective of the International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP) is to introduce scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers to international collaborative research opportunities, thereby furthering their research capacity and global perspective and forging long-term relationships with scientists, technologists and engineers abroad. These awards are available in any field of science and engineering research and education supported by NSF.



The NIH Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences can be a source of funding. It is important to discuss your project with a program officer before submission.



Terra Viva Grants provides a database of funding opportunities for grant seekers. This online listing of diverse international grant opportunities for agriculture, energy, environment and natural resources includes a helpful database for searching updated opportunities. They also provide monthly updates of grant opportunities.



USAID competes the vast majority of its programs. To ensure competition, USAID issues solicitations asking organizations to respond. USAID selects the organization whose response best meets the evaluation criteria outlined in the solicitation.




Feed the Future Innovation Labs draw on the expertise of top U.S. universities and developing country research institutions to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges in agriculture and food security. Led by U.S. universities, Feed the Future Innovation Labs are central to advancing novel solutions that support our goals to reduce global hunger, poverty and undernutrition.

See also the page on extramural funding sources, which expands on some of the material above.



The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is the foreign affairs agency with primary responsibility for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) overseas programs—market development, international trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection of statistics and market information. It also administers the USDA’s export credit guarantee and food aid programs and helps increase income and food availability in developing nations by mobilizing expertise for agriculturally led economic growth. Our two highlighted programs are the Borlaug Fellowship Program and the Cochran Fellowship Program.



The U.S. State Department has a number of grant programs to support study abroad and faculty organizing such programs. Proposals are largely due in May and June of each year.



  • ACH — Automated Clearing House (Utilized by Treasury Department to wire payments)
  • COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT — An agreement in which the Federal Government provides funding or a thing of value authorized by public statute and the government plays a substantial role.
  • COST SHARING — That portion of a project or program costs not borne by the Federal Government.
  • GRANT — Agreement in which the Federal Government provides funding or a thing of value to support a public purpose authorized by public statute. The Government is not the recipient of the good or service and does not play a substantial role.
  • NEGOTIATED INDIRECT COST RATE AGREEMENT (NICRA) — A method of charging costs which can not be directly identified
  • Prior approval — Written approval by an authorized official evidencing prior consent.
  • SF-269 — Standard Form 269-used to prepare financial reports for a grant or cooperative agreement.
  • SF-270 — Standard Form 270-used to request advances or reimbursements for a grant or cooperative agreement.
  • SUBAWARD — An award of financial assistance in the form of money, or property in lieu of money, made under an award by a recipient to an eligible subrecipient or by a subrecipient to a lower tier subrecipient. The term includes financial assistance when provided by any legal agreement, even if the agreement is called a contract, but does not include procurement of goods and services nor does it include any form of assistance which is excluded from the definition of award.
  • SUBRECIPIENT — A legal entity to which a subaward is made and which is accountable to the recipient for the use of the funds provided.

Stallworth AU International Program

Endowed by Bill and Margaret Stallworth, AU International provides monetary awards to undergraduate students for international internships.

The program is designed to give Auburn students majoring in agriculture or a field related to agriculture—including forestry, wildlife, zoology, botany, food technology and pre-veterinary medicine—the opportunity to experience agriculture on a global level.

Since its inception, the Stallworth Endowment has supported a variety of independent study-abroad experiences. Students work with their advisors to develop and articulate their own international study experiences.

Programs of study can be organized as formally structured educational experiences, internships, or cooperative work assignments.

An initial one-page proposal, schedule, and budget should be submitted to at least one semester in advance of the proposed activity. A call for proposals is made in January for activities for the calendar year.

Independent study credit can be organized under the guidance of a faculty member following the AU approval process.

Stallworth-Torbert AU International (AUI) Call for Proposals

AU International provides monetary awards to undergraduate students for international internships, structured educational experiences, or cooperative work assignments. The program is designed to give Auburn students majoring in agriculture or a field related to agriculture—including forestry, wildlife, zoology, botany, food technology and pre-veterinary medicine—the opportunity to experience agriculture on a global level.  The program supports a variety of independent study-abroad experiences. Students work with their advisors to develop and articulate their own international study experiences. Programs of study can be organized as formally structured educational experiences, internships, or cooperative work assignments.

APPLICATION: An initial one-page proposal consisting of objectives, description, schedule and budget for activity to take place during or after April 2012 should be submitted. You may be asked for further information or clarification before an award is made.

The budget rows should show the costs of the activity; airfare; lodging, meals, tuition or fees; other costs. The budget columns should show the sources of the funding: AUI, Self or Family, Other (explain).

Independent study credit can be organized under the guidance of a faculty member following the AU approval process. An approved study plan is not required for the proposal, but will be for the award. We anticipate three to five funded proposals each supported $1,000 to $2,000 by AUI.

SUBMIT:  To the Office of Global Programs  in 101 Comer Hall by Feb. 15

SCHEDULE: Submissions due Feb.15; decisions will be made by March 1st.

CONTACT: Kelly Pippin with the Office of Global Programs (334) 844-3210.

York International Scholars Program

The E.T. and Vam York Endowed Fund for Excellence in International Agriculture supports international professional improvement activities for faculty and graduate students in the College of Agriculture by funding research, outreach, specialized studies, teaching or cooperative work experiences in developing countries.

A call for proposals is made three times a year.  Applications are due September 5, November 5, and February 5.

Applicants are asked to prepare a short description of their proposed activity, along with a budget, using a standard format. Proposals should be submitted to the Office of Global Programs which is located in 101 Comer Hall.

The program does not support travel to international conferences.

Submissions are reviewed for substantive merit and consistency with the intent of the program. Read the program guidelines by clicking the next toggle tab.

The application format is outlined below:

York International Scholars Program (ISP)Request for Funding

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  1. Project Title:
  2. Proposal Submitted by: (name, title, department)
  3. Project Start Date:
  4. Project End Date:
  5. Project Objectives:
  6. Project Description (500 words):
  7. Itinerary:
  8. Budget (use template below):
  9. Budget Justification: (describe non-AU Support and/or Collaboration)
  10. Attach Letter of Commitment from Host Institution.
  11. Attach two-page Curriculum Vitae of applicant or leading faculty member.
  12. If project involves Human or Animal Subjects, indicate status of protocol (in preparation, submitted, or approved). Approval necessary for final funding.
  13. Maymester classes or study tours-provide list of students, degree, curriculums, year in program (students typically cover most of own food costs; program may cover some group meals, particularly with host institution colleagues):
  14. Please email your proposal to (Office of Global Programs, College of Agriculture) as a single PDF file by September 5, November 5 or February 5 (three review periods).
  15. Applicants will be notified within fifteen days after submission.
ISP Other AU Host Self
Airfare @ $ per ticket for N people
Ground transportation (airport taxi, bus, rail, etc.)
Lodging (use ‘other location’ rates)
Food (use ‘other location’ rates)
Equipment or vehicle rental:
Materials & supplies (if any):
Labor (e.g. data collection assistance):
Other costs (tour guide, driver, admission fees, no conference fees):
Total Amount Requested from ISP:


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.


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.


  • ISP proposals are submitted to the Office of Global Programs by email (a single PDF file) to
  • 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.


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.


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E.T.& Vam York International Seminar


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3+2 Chinese Graduate Student Programs


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Global Programs Advisory Committee (GPAC)


OUC+AU Research Collaborations


Kelly Pippin
Program Specialist, Admin III
Office of Global Programs

101 Comer Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849-5159
(334) 844-3210