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Across campus are numerous internal funding opportunities for university research, teaching and other academic endeavors, but considering the expansive nature of the university, the groundwork of figuring out where they are or how to apply has been a challenge. The Office of International Affairs built and launched the Stanford Seed Funding website in order to simplify this process and reduce the administrative burden of obtaining funding.
International Academy sparks knowledge sharing and collaboration on travel preparation
Stanford's Office for International Affairs awarded faculty funds for international research on water and sanitation issues, anti-tumor compounds, methane emission reduction, human trafficking, and malaria impact.
The Office of International Affairs’ Roberta and Steve Denning International Research Exploration Fund has helped faculty pursue innovative international research since 2013.
Preparing for international travel can often seem overwhelming, with various policies, handbooks, forms, orientations, and pre-departure checklists to navigate. For administrators of international programs, making sure that information and resources are current and thorough can be a time-consuming process, particularly as the number of international opportunities increase and travel becomes more complex.
SOLO (Stanford Off-campus Learning Opportunities), a partnership between OIA and 20+ academic units on the Stanford campus, aggregates internships, research fellowships, public service trips, study tours, and other Stanford opportunities for students to go off-campus and enrich their academic experience. The website can be used by administrators to post opportunities, collect and review applications, and to help prepare awardees for their off-campus travel.
There are approximately 1,800 visiting faculty, scholars and visiting student researchers at Stanford at any given point. These are outstanding students and world-leading scholars invited by Stanford faculty from over 88 different countries around the world. Often they are seeking to connect with scholars outside of their discipline to explore potential interdisciplinary research that Stanford is well known for.
Students interested in pursuing internships, research projects, public service gigs and study tours – across the United States and around the world – will find an ever-growing list of activities listed on the new platform, Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunities.
Undergraduate and graduate students alike are invited to search the platform – known as SOLO for short – by keyword and/or by location – for programs off the Farm.
University data shows that more than 600 undergraduate students travel on extended Stanford academic international opportunities that are provided by academic units outside of the Bing Overseas Studies Program. Understanding the student challenge in finding these opportunities, the OIA convened a core group of initial stakeholders from diverse places on campus looking to alleviate this student burden.
Picture this, you’re a Stanford student interested in gaining some international experience through a Stanford opportunity during spring or summer break. Where do you start your search?
Of course, you can go to one of the larger units on campus that offer such opportunities, such as, the Bing Overseas Studies Program (if you are an undergraduate), Stanford Global Studies or the Haas Center for Public Service, but is there more? The answer is, YES, there is much more, but how do you find these opportunities?
The university’s International Response Team is poised to provide assistance in the event of major political unrest, natural disaster or other crisis overseas. The Office of International Affairs encourages Stanford travelers to register their plans before they go.
If a natural disaster, infectious disease epidemic or political crisis occurs in a country where Stanford faculty, students, postdocs and staff are doing research, the university’s International Response Team would immediately convene to oversee their safe return.