Can a student receive both an IEG and a pre-dissertation grant in the same summer?
Can a student combine an IEG or pre-dissertation grant with participation in one of OVPIA’s exchanges?
Can a student receive an IEG or pre-dissertation grant more than once?
It is possible to receive an IEG in one period and then a pre-dissertation in a subsequent period; however, it is not permitted for one student to receive multiple of the same grant.
Can a student combine an IEG or pre-dissertation grant with funding from some other source?
Students can hold multiple grants only so long as those grants don’t exceed the total costs of the project activity. A student who receives another grant in addition to an OVPIA grant must disclose that so that we can determine if either award needs to be reduced.
Is travel to Puerto Rico eligible?
No, only international projects are eligible.
How many letters of reference are required for an IEG or pre-dissertation grant application?
Two letters are required for the IEG, and at least one must be from an Indiana University faculty member.
One letter is required for the pre-dissertation grant, and that letter must be from an Indiana University faculty member.
What if the country I plan to do research in is not primarily English-speaking, but I plan to do my research in English due to the nature of the work?
Students in this situation may go ahead and apply without a language evaluation, but they should explain in their statement how the work will be accomplished without the local language, and the committee will evaluate the application on that basis.
What if there is no one at IU who can assess my language skill (for a very rare language)?
Try to obtain the assessment from an external person, perhaps from a teacher of the language at another institution where you studied it. We would also accept a statement from the faculty supervisor of the research with his/her assessment of the student’s ability to complete the project given the language skills.
The eligibility requirements indicate that “this grant is intended for students at the appropriate earlier stage in their program, before beginning work on an approved dissertation topic.” How do I determine if I am at the appropriate stage?
Please discuss it with your advisor in your home department and address your dissertation research and writing timeline in your statement. The intent of this award is to prepare students to successfully compete for the major international dissertation field research grants such as Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, NSF DDRIG, Wenner-Gren, and unit-based awards.