The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law makes grants to support students doing summer internships for non-profit, non-governmental, or governmental organizations that conduct development projects in the developing world. The grants, awarded in amounts up to $5,000, are made possible by the William H. Crook Program in International Affairs. Students may use the grants to cover travel and living expenses during the internship.

The Strauss Center's application period for the 2017 Crook Fellowships is now closed. Students interested in applying for future grants must submit:

  • A cover sheet with the student’s name and contact information (including e-mail address); the internship topic, location, and organization; and dates of the planned internship;
  • A two-page internship proposal describing the planned summer work; this must include: (1) a description of the organization offering the internship and the project the student would be working on during the internship; (2) a description of the student’s scope of work and responsibilities on the project; (3) the expected impact of the project on the local community and/or other stakeholders; and (4) how the work aligns with the student’s career goals;
  • A one-page budget using the budget template in the Crook Fellowship application packet; this must show all sources of summer support, including salaries, stipends, and other fellowship funding, noting if this other funding is prospective or confirmed;
  • The names and contact information of two UT faculty members who will serve as references;
  • Confirmation by the sponsoring organization of the planned summer work;
  • A UT transcript; this can be an unofficial transcript for the application, but official transcripts may be required from selected applicants; and
  • An up-to-date resume.

The application packet with templates for the internship proposal and budget is available here.

Selection

A selection committee reviews grant applications and makes recommendations for funding based on their assessments of the applications and how well they fit with the goals of the Crook Program: to promote global economic development and fight poverty.

  • The students’ summer work must be done for an organization and must be focused on supporting development projects in a developing country. The fellowships cannot be used to support existing research such as dissertation fieldwork.
  • The grants are for travel and living expenses during the internship only.
  • The student does not need to be taking the summer internship for UT credit in order to qualify for the grant.
  • The selection committee will make its recommendations for awards and amounts to the Strauss Center leadership. Final selection is at the discretion of the Center’s leadership.
  • The committee and the Strauss Center will determine how many projects to fund and their funding levels.

Fellowship Requirements

During the Internship: Crook Fellows are required to write at least three blog posts over the course of their summer internships. Examples of previous entries can be found here. Blog entries will be posted on the Strauss Center website. In prior years, these blogs have also been posted on the website of the LBJ School’s Baines Report.

After the Internship: Upon completion of their summer work, Crook Fellows will be required to (1) write a report describing their summer work experience and (2) participate in a public presentation on their internships and a practice session in advance of the public presentation. The final report will be 2-3 pages and include a description of the organization, a description of the student’s work or research, lessons learned, the impact of the project in the field, and the impact of the experience on the student’s own career and professional development. Portions of these reports may be shared with the donor and/or used in public materials by the Strauss Center.

The Strauss Center organizes an informal public presentation at the LBJ School in the fall after the Crook Fellows’ summer internships. The Fellows speak briefly to the audience about their experiences working abroad.

For more information about the Crook Fellowships, please email Anne Clary at anneclary@austin.utexas.edu.

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