UNH Emeriti Council Student International Service Initiative Grant

What is the EC-SISI Grant?

student group in Nepal

A partnership between the Changemaker Collaborative 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 social, environmental, or economic problem 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). 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. Much of these grants cover the cost of travel to the nation in which the students are working.  

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. 


Interested, but not sure where to start?

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

    Apply here

    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)


    alongside faculty mentors to identify a social, environmental, or economic problem.


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

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

    Due to COVID-19, projects may be virtual.  

    Current UNH international travel information

    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. See more details below.

    The Emeriti Council strongly encourages multi-year, multi-phase projects that establish a relationship with international communities of need. This allows for the integration of virtual project work during periods of no travel which will positively set the stage for in-person work once travel is feasible.  

    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. 

    Virtual service projects could include:  
    • 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 

    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
    • 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 for an International Experience 
      The Emeriti Council will consider the overall quality and merit of the proposal, in addition to the following six grant criteria:
      1. Project preparation, fundraising, and implementation plan 
      2. Engagement of the community abroad in project needs assessment, planning, and implementation 
      3. Beneficial impacts for the community where the project is conducted 
      4. Long term impact of the project for the community where the project is conducted 
      5. Benefits to scholarship and/or student learning as well as enhancement of educational quality at UNH 
      6. 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 OR an article highlighting the on-site project work and impact on the local community and UNH participants 

      A presentation at the Undergraduate Research Conference is encouraged, but not required

      Each group must complete the Emeriti Council Student International Service Grant Application with three written portions:

      1. A written description of the project (maximum four pages) that one-by-one addresses each of the six Grant Criteria (see above).
      2. Detailed project budget and timeline, including all sources of funding.
      3. 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