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A.T.L.A.S. Grants for Experiential Learning in Africa

Augustana A.T.L.A.S. Grants support student discovery in Africa.

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$2,000 Grants for experiential learning in Africa can make it possible 

for you to join an Internship, Service Learning or Volunteer Project.

The Augustana Transformational Learning and Service (A.T.L.A.S.) Grant program was designed to foster student opportunities to engage with Africa and its peoples in meaningful ways for you and for the community you will join.  These $2,000 grants offer you funding which can be piggybacked with Augie Choice for a total grant of $4,000, to make Spring Break or Summer programs in Africa available to as many students as possible.   The funds can be used with any approved internship, service or volunteer program in Africa or with Augustana's Spring Term in Africa Program.  Thanks to the generous funding of members of Augustana's Board of Trustees, this program hopes to foster development, of our students, of community projects abroad and in the Quad Cities, and of a deeper understanding of contemporary Africa. 

Eligibility:  ATLAS Grants for Africa are available to any student in good academic standing (2.00 GPA) in their sophomore year or higher.  Students must complete a grant application and abide by the guidelines for the grant.  Due to the requirement for post-program coursework, this program is not available to seniors who wish to participate during the summer after graduation.  All applicants must have completed, or demonstrate the ability to complete, one Africana Studies course at Augustana prior to their proposed departure date. 

Africa Program Selection: Students are responsible for identifying a structured service, volunteer or internship program in Africa and are required to follow any and all application procedures for their chosen program.  A list of potential program providers is provided below.  The program should be selected by the time of the A.T.L.A.S. Grant proposal, even if the chosen program's application is due at a later date.  The IOP Office can assist students to locate and select an appropriate program to match their learning goals.

Please pay close attention during the program selection process.  Programs which require travel to a country on the U.S. Dept. of State's Travel Warning list will not be eligible for grant funds.  You can find a current list of nations with U.S. Dept. of State warnings at the Dept. of State website.

Application & Grant Timetable:  The application and all supporting materials must be delivered to the Office of International & Off-Campus Programming by the Friday of Week 7 of Augustana's Fall term for grants to support experiential learning programs in Africa during either the upcoming Spring Break or the following summer.  The applications will be reviewed by a faculty panel including representatives of the Africana Studies Program.  Winners of the grant will be announced at the end of Fall Term.  Grant funds will be dispersed during Winter Term for students traveling to Africa over Spring Break and during Spring Term for students traveling during the summer. 

Program Requirements:  This grant program requires a pre-departure, on-site and post-return component.  Students will work with a faculty mentor during the term prior to their proposed African in-country experience.  During this time they will also be paired with a local (Quad City) non-profit, charitable organization or government agency which works with African and African-American populations.  Following the in-country program in Africa, students will return to campus to work with their mentor on a final program prooject and to reconnect with the organization or government agency once more.  The program's final project will be presented at a campuswide event, symposium or at the Celebration of Learning.  For more information on the program requirements, please see the PDF file below.

Academic Credit: Students who receive the ATLAS Grant must register for a 1-credit Independent Study with their Faculty mentor for the term prior to departure.  Upon their return to the United States, they will register for a 2-credit Directed Study with the same faculty member.  Both the Independent and Directed study courses will require academic and service components.  For more information on the details of the academic program associated with this grant, please see the PDF file below.

Experiential Learning Expectations:  The A.T.L.A.S. Grant specifically targets experiential learning in Africa.  For this reason some study abroad programs, whether Augustana sponsored or external, may not qualify.  In order to qualify for A.T.L.A.S. Grant funds, evidence of the experiential nature of the program must be provided with the grant application.  A good rule of thumb is to look for programs which emphasize service learning, volunteering or internship as a means of engaging with communities within the African host nation(s).  Programs which focus on classroom learning or integration within a local university are not likely to qualify.  For this reason the Augustana exchange program at the University of Botswana, for example, does not qualify for the A.T.L.A.S. Grant, but the Spring Term in Africa Program, which includes 5-week service-based internships, does qualify.  For a list of suggested program providers, please see the PDF attached below.



Click here for a list of potential Service Learning, Volunteer and Internship Providers