Brussels Study Tour Grants for UNC Undergraduates, Teachers, Community College Instructors, and HBCU/MSI Faculty

THE DEADLINE FOR 2017 BRUSSELS STUDY TOUR APPLICATIONS WAS MARCH 3. FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TOUR, PLEASE CONTACT EUROPE@UNC.EDU.

Each year, the UNC Center for European Studies chooses a cohort of UNC undergraduate students, NC K-12 teachers, NC community college instructors, and NC HBCU/MSI faculty to join a study tour to Brussels, Belgium. This tour, organized by the University of Pittsburgh's European Study Center (and formerly by UNC-CH) is a five-day professional development opportunity to learn about the European Union in collaboration with university partners from across the nation. For those students and educators with a strong interest in European Studies, this study tour will provide you with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and experiences to further your understanding of Europe and the European Union.

The Brussels Study Tour is by no means a leisure tour - you will have high-level briefings with EU officials and make important networking connections, while having fun along the way. Most grantees choose to travel before or after the tour as a separate vacation, and many students use the tour as a springboard to further independent travel, study abroad, or an international internship.

These study tour grants provide reimbursement for one transatlantic flight up to $1500; group hotel arrangements for the duration of the tour and all programmatic costs are also covered by the grant. Meals, incidentals, and any additional travel costs remain the responsibility of the grantee. The 2017 tour will take place from June 18-24.

Educator participants will be asked to create a lesson plan or course module.

Picture yourself in Brussels...

"I learned a lot about the structure of the EU and the many issues it will face in the 21st century. I also met many professionals who were willing to open the door for internships and job opportunities- a very valuable and unique perk!" - 2015 Undergraduate Participant
"I am much more interested in teaching about the EU now that I've had this experience. I feel more confident in addressing issues and having students ask me questions about the EU." - 2016 K-12 Participant
"This experience has been life-changing. I would have never gotten a passport... I have so much motivation to teach differently, live differently, and show my children the world differently." - 2016 Community College Participant

More information specific to each type of awardee can be found below.

UNC Undergraduate Students

The application can be found here:
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It is very simple and consists of:

1) Personal Information
2) Academic Information
3) Language & Course Information
4) Written Application
5) Academic Recommendation
6) Transcript Submission

Any current UNC-system undergraduate student is eligible to apply for Brussels Study Tour grant.
The Center for European Studies is looking for students with a pre-established interest in contemporary Europe and the transatlantic relationship; this should be evident in your coursework and recommendation.

Secondly, we are looking for worthy ambassadors for the state of North Carolina. We want dynamic, professional, whip-smart students to represent our state abroad.

The Center for European Studies supports the Opening Access and Breaking Barriers Initiative, a major pan-university effort to significantly increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students who have access to global opportunities.

NC K-12 Educators

The application can be found here:
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This application is very simple and consists of:

1) Personal Information
2) School & Teaching Information
3) Written Statements
4) Confirmation

Any teacher currently teaching in a K-12 public, private, or charter North Carolina school is eligible to apply for a Brussels Study Tour grant.
There are three main qualities we are looking for in a K-12 applicant:

1. Impact on students - how will the information learned and connections made on this trip reach the students?
2. Teacher impact - how will this opportunity impact the applicant, both professionally and personally?
3 Multiplier effects - how will the resources, information, and connections reach the applicant's community of teachers at their school or in their district?

Many times, because of these three priorities, selected applicants come from either rural districts or Title I schools. However, any strong applicant should be prepared to address these questions.

NC Comm. College Instructors and HBCU/MSI Faculty

The application can be found here:
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This application is very simple and consists of:

1) Personal Information
2) School & Teaching Information
3) Written Statements
4) Confirmation

Any community college (CC) instructor currently teaching at a North Carolina community college, and HBCU/MSI faculty member currently teaching at a North Carolina HBCU/MSI.

Strong preference for CC slots will be given to applicants from community colleges participating in the NC Global Distinction Program.

In a Community College applicant, we are looking for many of the same qualities as in K-12 teachers: impact on students, personal and professional impact on the applicant, and multiplier effects. However, a strong CC applicant should also have a documented academic interest in contemporary Europe as shown in their CV.