group of U of M Students in front of a windmill in Spain

WIV Funding

    Funding Opportunities for WIV Programs

    Child Family Health International

    Christianson Grant

    College of Biological Sciences Murray D. Rosenberg Memorial Fund (for CBS students) 

    College of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Internship Grant (for CLA students) 

    Fundraising Ideas and Resources

    Be creative and diligent in finding ways to fund your experience abroad. Community organizations or your neighbors may be willing to help fund you. When asking for contributions, explain how you intend to use the money or donated items. Let them know what this experience will mean to you, and share something about yourself. In return for financial assistance, offer to contribute your services or knowledge once you return. You may also offer to update your donors with a monthly email newsletter while you are abroad. Here are some suggestions for fundraising:

    • Check libraries, alumni associations, religious organizations and community groups for scholarships or grants, or ask them to sponsor a fundraising event on your behalf.
    • Contact local heritage organizations for funding, especially if you are planning on going to a country relevant to the organization's members. Examples include the American Swedish Institute and the Japan America Society.
    • Seek professional organizations in the area in which you plan to work or are currently working and inquire about grants or scholarships.
    • Ask credit unions, banks, or major corporations for donations or scholarships.
    • Create your own platform on an online fundraising site. Some examples of these are: Kickstarter,fundmytravelgofundmeIndiegogoStartSomeGoodRALLY, and Volunteer Forever.
    • You can find more hints for finding funding here.