What is the EC-SISI Grant?
A partnership between the Changemaker Collaborative at the UNH Sustainability Institute and UNH Global, the UNH Emeriti Council Student International Service Initiative Fund (EC-SISI) enables UNH students to bring their knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to solve real-world problems in developing areas of the world. Students work alongside faculty mentors to identify a sustainability related problem (using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint) and then partner with regional stakeholders and/or international non-profit organizations to develop a project geared at mitigating the problem.
Funding is available to existing student organizations as well as independently-formed student groups with a service project that is supported by their department(s) 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. The EC-SISI Grant award is contingent upon student groups raising a portion of the funds needed for the project and is NOT meant to be an ongoing funding source.
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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alongside faculty mentors to identify a sustainability problem.
with regional stakeholders and/or international non-profit organizations to develop a project geared at mitigating the problem.
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 will consider the overall quality and merit of the proposal, in addition to the following grant criteria:
- Project Description: An overview of your project, including:
- 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 nature of your interest/your motivation for choosing to engage with this project and how it aligns with the intent of this program
- a brief description of your student group, including its mission (formal or informal), and the nature of your interests/your motivations for choosing to engage with this project
- the preparation and implementation plan for your project
- Engagement of the community abroad in project needs assessment, planning, and implementation
- Beneficial short-term and long-term impacts for the community where the project is conducted
- Benefits to student learning as well as enhancement of educational quality at UNH
- 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 EC-SISI grant on your group and the local community
- A presentation at the Undergraduate Research Conference is encouraged, but not required
- Fundraising activities: The EC-SISI Grant is contingent upon student groups raising a portion of the funds needed for the project and is not meant to be an ongoing funding source.
- 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.
It should also be noted that the Emeriti Council strongly encourages:
- Interdisciplinary and diverse teams (students from different majors/fields of interest/backgrounds)
- 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.
- Teams who exhibit ingenuity and have an entrepreneurial spirit
Due to COVID-19, projects may be virtual.
During COVID-19 travel restrictions, awards will be adjusted according to the financial needs of virtual projects (when applicable). These projects could be diverse in nature, suitable for students from many different majors or interdisciplinary. They may also be varied in length and degree of commitment, lasting a few weeks or an entire summer and requiring any number of hours per week.
- creating prototypes for life-enhancing products
- providing telehealth services
- creating promotional and communication materials for your organization
- conducting research and data analysis projects from existing data sets
- conducting interviews with stakeholders via Zoom
- helping with strategic or business planning
- designing new curriculum
- delivering workshops to children