New funding available for summer study abroad programs

Author: Abby Urban

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Notre Dame has announced a new source of funding for all NDI summer study abroad programs. The Daniel, Sharon (Fedor), Mary, John, and James Hunter Family Endowment Fund seeks to promote the international exploration and learning of the students it supports.

The Hunter Family Endowment Fund advances Notre Dame's goals for internationalization by deepening Notre Dame students' global education. The Fund provides access to summer study abroad programs, promoting the integration of international education into Notre Dame students' courses of study.

“We are extremely grateful to the Hunter family,” says Hong Zhu, senior director of global education. “It has been our goal to make study abroad accessible to every student regardless of their socioeconomic status. Through the generous donation from the Hunter family, we will now be able to award scholarships to allow more students access to study abroad opportunities in the summer. “

The fund was established in 2019, but due to the global pandemic, the summer programs were cancelled for the past two years. Study abroad is resuming this fall and the summer application for 2022 will open September 1.

Funding can range from $1,000-$6,500 per award, based on each student’s financial need and their Go Further Project.

The Go Further Project is required for each applicant to the fund. Its goal is to increase awareness of NDI summer study abroad programs through students who have already participated in the programs. Applicants are asked to consider their audience, project participant, and costs when presenting their idea. There are no strict requirements for the project, but students are encouraged to highlight their individual backgrounds and experiences. Creative project proposals are suggested.

Students awarded funding will be required to complete a Go Further Project no later than August 31st of the award year. Recipients of the award will be notified in December, along with their study abroad acceptance letters.

Learn more about funding opportunties. 

Originally published by Abby Urban at on August 23, 2021.