Global Graduate Grants (G3)

CEHD International Initiatives offers funding up to $5,000 to one graduate student to support international research that demonstrates a commitment to global engagement.


  • Graduate and/or professional degree seeking students
  • Currently enrolled in a degree program in College of Education and Human Development
  • In good academic standing
  • Participating in an exemplary research project in a global context. The research project activities may include data collection, analysis, and/or dissemination of research in high-impact settings. The research project should contribute to the larger body of global research.


  • Support research in a global context with potential for high impact contribution in a CEHD field of study.

Required materials and guidelines

  • All materials should be single-spaced
  • Cover letter (one page)
    • Demonstrated qualifications to conduct the study in selected global setting
    • Overall experience with or commitment to global engagement
    • Potential benefits to career and academic development
  • Research project proposal showing potential impact and contribution (1-2 page)
    • Include research plan and timeline of activities abroad
    • Alignment with at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
    • Ethical considerations and responsibilities of international research
    • If data collection is planned, submit IRB approval number with proposal
  • Budget showing costs to be covered by G3 (1 page)
  • Letter from faculty advisor on impact of student’s research
  • Additional letter of recommendation (please include relationship to applicant)
  • Letter of support from international partners (if applicable)

Submit all application materials by April 10, 2023 to CEHD International Initiatives

Recipients of the G3 research grant are required to report back on their research activity with a two-page accounting of expenses, work accomplished, estimated impact, and next steps (publication, presentation, etc.). Photos and other descriptive materials are strongly encouraged.

G3 2022 recipient

Neela Nandyal cooking over an open fire

Neela Nandyal (she/her)

PhD student at Comparative and International Development Education

Summary of Work:

In July 2022, I traveled to Ecuador to conduct a pilot study on the attitudes, values, and practices shaping environmental education (EE) in the coastal province of Manabí, Ecuador.

Over the course of three and a half weeks, I traveled to three distinct areas of Manabí: the northern coast, which was most impacted by the 2016 earthquake, and is home to one of the most threatened forests in Ecuador; the central region, which is rich in both small scale and industrial agriculture, and includes the urban centers of Manta and Portoviejo, and the southern coast, which has an economy dependent on both fishing and tourism. I also spent a few days in Quito, which is the center of government policies for both education and the environment.

As part of this pilot study, I conducted 21 semi structured interviews with local educators, conservationists, and other residents.Interview questions addressed topics of environment,sustainability, ecotourism, livelihoods, EE, and climate change. Through coding and analysis of these interviews, I will work to identify the key attitudes, values, and practices shaping EE in coastal Ecuador, as well as explore avenues for future research and collaboration.