The 2017 application for the Tisch Summer Fellows: International program is now live and is due on March 9, 2017 at Noon. Please visit the TSF International 2017 Application Page to apply now!

The Tisch Summer Fellows (TSF) International program supports undergraduate, graduate and professional students working on creative, self-designed projects that address challenging social issues. TSF provides financial support to help students implement their international initiatives.  We recommend that TSF projects be led by a group of two or more Tufts undergraduate, graduate or professional school students, although individuals with very strong proposals are welcome to apply. Applications will be accepted from official and unofficial Tufts groups or organizations.

Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for announcements on new additions to the TSF International program!

Read more about past Tisch Summer Fellows International projects here:

TSF 2016 | TSF 2015 | TSF 2014


  • Projects must be completed during the summer and outside of the United States.
  • TSF projects are to be led by a group of two or more Tufts undergraduate, graduate or professional school students. Both official and unofficial student groups are welcome to apply.
  • Individuals with very strong proposals will be considered for TSF International.
  • Projects must be designed to meet community-identified needs.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Students who are traveling internationally must follow all procedures put in place by the Tufts University International Safety office and be officially approved before traveling. This is especially important for countries that are under a current Department of State Travel Warning.
  • Students who are awarded, or are in the process of applying for, another Tufts University grant, including the Career Center grant, must disclose this information in their application. Students who receive TSF funding may not eligible for the full Career Center grant.
  • Proposals may include direct service, research, field work, and/or social innovation as long as they meet all criteria listed in the section below.
  • TSF is not available to:
    • Directly support the election of any particular political candidate.
    • Non-Tufts groups or students.
    • For conference registration fees or conference travel expenses.

Criteria for Proposals

  • Include all required materials
  • Document that you are addressing community-identified needs
  • Explain how this work will facilitate student learning, whether through connections with courses, career goals, or skills-building
  • Demonstrate a clear value to the community
  • Clearly explain how you are qualified to do the work you propose
  • Have realistic goals, timeline and budget
  • Address the sustainability of your work
  • Clearly identify how you will prepare for the experience, including cultural competency

Application Materials

Please review all application requirements. An application will not be considered complete unless all materials have been received by the deadline. Before you complete the application, be sure to prepare these materials for submission:

Project Details

  • A 100-125-word description that describes your goals and overall project, including location. If selected, this description will be used on Tisch College website and in publications.
  • Project history.
  • Approximate start and end dates of your project.
  • Approximate number of Tufts students you plan to engage through this project.
  • Approximate number of community members you plan to serve through this project.

Student Information

For each member of your group, you will be asked to provide his or her name, Tufts school, email address, phone number and expected year of graduation.

Project Budget

Group projects may receive up to $4,000 and individual projects may receive up to $2,000, though your project may be awarded less funding than you applied for. In your application you will be asked to upload a budget document which:

  • Accounts for the total cost of the project (i.e. $5,000).
  • States how much funding you’re requesting from TSF.
  • Identifies priority items that will be covered by the requested TSF funding.

Please also be prepared to briefly share other funds or in-kind donations you’ve received or a plan to seek those funds.

Preferred format is in Excel with columns for • Item • Vendor/Source • Quantity • Unit Price • Total Cost (per unit) • Explanation of Need • Indicate if a priority item to be supported by requested TSF funds.

Project Timeline

In your application you will be asked to upload a project timeline that includes major events and actions. Please be as precise as possible – if a specific date is not yet scheduled, identify the week or month an activity will occur. Please also include relevant deadlines connected to preparing for your major events.

Developing this timeline is an opportunity to look at a project from a high-level perspective: Are you developing three days of workshops or spreading workshops out over three months?  Are you avoiding major holidays or other conflicts?  Are you giving yourself enough time to prepare?

You may submit this timeline in whatever format you find most helpful for your project.

Letters of Support

You will be asked to upload 2 letters of support, one from a community representative and one from a Tufts faculty or staff member. Letters should include:

  • A clear explanation of the author’s relationship to the individual student or student group,
  • Major goals, outcomes and any past activities,
  • The community identified need being met by the individual student or student group, and
  • The author’s contact information.

Short Answers

In 100-150 words per answer, you will be asked to respond to the following prompts:

  • What community are you seeking to engage?  What connection do you have to that community?
  • What need or opportunity in this community are you seeking to address?  How was this need or opportunity identified?
  • Name and a brief description of the organization/stakeholder with which you will work.
  • What do you hope to learn through your project?
  • What impact do you hope to have in the community, before, during and after your time in the country?
  • Why do you believe you are qualified to see this project come to fruition?
  • How will your group prepare to address issues of cultural differences? What preparations and/or trainings are you planning?
  • What do you hope to learn from this experience?
  • Discuss the sustainability of your work.
  • Is there any additional information you would like to share?

Apply Now!

For more information

If you have any questions, please contact Maggie McMorrow, Program Associate, at or 617-617-3076.