UNH International Changemaker Grant

What is the International Changemaker Grant?

student group in Nepal

A partnership between the Changemaker Collaborative at the UNH Sustainability Institute and UNH Global, the International Changemaker Grant enables UNH students to bring their knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to help form and strengthen partnerships (SDG 17) and international solidarity to address sustainability challenges in the global south.

Students (working alongside a faculty mentor) partner with regional stakeholders and/or international non-profit organizations to develop a project geared at mitigating a sustainability related problem (using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint).

Funding is available to existing student organizations as well as independently formed student groups. Project may be supported by the students’ department(s) and/or the UNH Sustainability Institute. The grants provide funding to augment the student groups’ own fundraising activities.  The grants range from $3,000 to $10,000 and are dependent on the merit and scope of the proposals. Grants may cover the cost of travel, lodging, meals, and other project necessities. Multiple grants may be awarded each year.

    Thanks to the initiation of S. Melvin Rines ’47, and with his generous support, the Emeriti Council of the UNH Foundation Board established this fund to assist groups of UNH students to engage in international service projects. 


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      February 1, 2023
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      March 1, 2023
      Applications due for summer 2023, fall 2023, J-Term 2024, spring 2024


      Study Away Eligibility Form  

      March 15, 2023
      Notification of Award

      UNH Nursing students worked with Global Partners in Hope on a medical mission trip in Togo, West Africa (2018)


      with regional stakeholders and/or international non-profit organizations to develop a project geared at mitigating a sustainability related problem.


      alongside a group of students and a faculty mentor.

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      to cover the cost of travel, housing, and other incidentals up to $10,000.

      • Each student group should be officially recognized by OR sponsored by a UNH department
        • The Sustainability Institute can be the department - contact Faina Bukher
      • Each student group must have at least one faculty/staff advisor 
        • Faina Bukher at the Sustainability Institute can be the staff advisor
      • All students participating in the project must establish eligibility by completing the Study Away Eligibility Form 

      The Emeriti Council strongly encourages multi-year and/or multi-phase projects that establish a relationship with international communities of need. This recognizes that sustainable development depends upon long-lasting partnerships and allows UNH groups and associated partners to address challenges that may arise following departure from the project community. Additionally, this encourages the integration of virtual project work during pre and post travel, which will positively set the stage for in-person work once travel occurs.  

      The Emeriti Council will consider the overall quality and merit of the proposal, in addition to the following grant criteria (download the PDF rubric):

      1. Project Description:  An overview of your project, including:
        • an overview of your local partner organization and their mission
        • context for the location where you will be serving (highlighting how the location is an area of high need)
        • the nature of your project and how it aligns with the intent of this program
        • the preparation and implementation plan for your project
      2. Funding & fundraising activities: The International Changemaker Grant is contingent upon student groups developing a budget for the project as well as raising a portion of the funds needed for the project. You'll be asked to describe the supplemental fundraising activities you have done or plan to do.
      3. Team characteristics include diverse skills and perspectives to bring to the project, including ideally representing various majors and colleges on campus, entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity and a demonstration of clear interest and motivation for choosing to engage with this project. You'll be asked to include brief description of your student group, including its mission (formal or informal), and the nature of your interest and motivation for choosing to engage with this project.
      4. Engagement of the community abroad in project needs assessment, planning, and implementation 
      5. Beneficial short-term and long-term impacts for the community where the project is conducted 
      6. Benefits to student learning as well as enhancement of educational quality at UNH 
      7. Strategy for sharing the project results to the UNH community, including but not limited to 
        • A final activity report that will cover the outcomes of the project objectives, including itemized budget expenditures 
        • A ~ 3-minute video
        • An blog post highlighting the on-site project work and impact on the local community and UNH participants 
        • A short presentation to the UNH community, highlighting the impacts of the International Changemaker Grant on your group and the local community
        • A presentation at the Undergraduate Research Conference is encouraged, but not required
      8. Faculty Advisor(s) Letter of Support: The letter should describe the advisor's involvement and supervision of the project, including the length the advisor has been working with the students and an assessment of the project's viability.

         View a list of past projects, descriptions and awards:

        past projects


        Current UNH international travel information

        Service projects could include:  
        • creating prototypes for life-enhancing products 
        • providing health services 
        • creating promotional and communication materials for an organization 
        • conducting research and data analysis projects from existing data sets  
        • conducting interviews with stakeholders
        • helping with strategic or business planning 
        • designing new curriculum 
        • delivering workshops to children 

        Alumni Zack Angelini ’14 ’17G and Sharon Reynold Runge ’83 discuss the innovative ways they're making positive impacts on global communities through their work and how you can too through an EC-SISI opportunity.

        student interviewing child