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The COV-AID Student Engagement Award is a pilot grant program to respond to the unfolding global pandemic, COVID-19. The Award will publicly recognize and support undergraduate students who are currently engaged in their local communities in ways that contribute to more equal and more inclusive societies. Through the development of an online international community of practice, university administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community partners will participate in dialogue and exchange, share ideas and strategies, form strong and lasting ties, and work together to strengthen and expand the global university civic engagement movement.

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University Student Award Amount

Award amount: up to 2,500 USD
Number of awardees: 10

Who is eligible?

  • Undergraduate students at Talloires Network and/or OSUN member universities are eligible to apply.
    • If your university is not yet a member of the Network, you must become a Signatory Member of the Network (there is no fee) by June 1, 2020 to be eligible for the award.
  • Research and/or learning projects and initiatives between member universities and the community in which they are located (e.g., community-based research, action research, applied research projects, service-learning, experiential learning, community organizing and activism, policymaking, public governance, volunteerism).
    • There is no limit on the number of applications allowed from each member university.
  • Undergraduate students who have adapted or who would like to adapt their community engagement work to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19.
    • Example: Due to the spread of COVID-19, university administrators ask students to vacate the campus and go home. An undergraduate student who was tutoring disadvantaged children in a church near campus is no longer able to meet face-to-face with his mentees. This student also loses his part-time job at the university library. The uncertainty of the moment is unsettling. On self-quarantine at home, the student begins to feel isolated. He applies for the COV-AID Student Engagement Award, proposing to meet for an hour, twice a week by videoconference, with several elderly neighbors who live alone. They will share stories about the history and evolution of the neighborhood, creating a short story to share with the neighborhood association.

Application & Timeline

Complete and Submit the COV-AID Student Engagement Award Application before 1 June 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. Selection decisions will be made in June 2020. Grant disbursements will begin as early as July 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I check the status of my application? You are welcome to email us at any time at talloirenetwork@tufts.eduto inquire about the status of your application.

How can I access support from the Talloires Network team for my application? We are available to answer questions, discuss challenges you might face in the application process and offer advice. The best way to reach us is to send an email to talloiresnetwork@tufts.edu. We will respond by email, or set up a phone or Skype conversation, as necessary.

How will applications be selected for funding? Each eligible application will be reviewed by OSUN and TN secretariat staff.

What are the award selection criteria? Applications will be evaluated according to the criteria provided below.

  • Undergraduate student at a Talloires Network and/or OSUN member university
  • Approach to engagement with community
  • Potential to actively contribute to the international community of practice
  • Contributes to geo-political and other dimensions of diversity