The Circumnavigators Club Foundation was established in 1964 as a philanthropic and educational organization to enable members of the Circumnavigators Club to provide financial support to programs that further the Club’s mission of improving international relations through friendship and understanding. The purpose of the Foundation is solely charitable. It is a recognized US tax-exempt, non-profit organization.

Sabala Siva Baskar, 2009 Scholar & Elspeth Williams, 2007 Scholar, at Georgetown University/Washington DC Chapter.

Since 1971, the Foundation has provided grants to enable outstanding college students at participating universities to undertake around-the-world travel-study projects in the summer between their junior and senior years. Now entering its 40th year, the travel-study grant program has been a tremendous success and many grant recipients incorporate their research projects into their senior theses.

To date, 106 students have benefited from the Foundation’s sponsorship to undertake worthwhile research projects on a wide variety of timely topics on issues of global importance.  A number of the Foundation’s Grantees have entered the diplomatic service while many others are pursuing international careers in business, law, medicine, public service, education, technology, and the arts.

The selection process for the travel-study grant program involves interaction between the Foundation and its Chapter Coordinators, and representative of the universities selected each year by the Foundation for participation in the grand program.

Currently, grants are in the amount of $9,000 which must be budgeted by the grantee to cover all expenses of planning and executing a travel study project spanning at least ten weeks and the minimum required number of countries (which varies with participating universities), as well as preparing and submitting a rough draft of a research paper to the Foundation no later than 30 days following the completion date of the trip, and a final paper no more than 60 days later. The final research paper must be in scholarly form, complete with detailed interview notes, citations, and the like, and its submission on a timely basis is an absolute obligation of each grantee as a precondition to being awarded a grant. A portion of the grant funds will be withheld until the final paper has been submitted.

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