Budgets are subject to meticulous review by the International Programs Committee prior to project approval. Applicants and their project supervisors will receive written feedback from the Committee based on their preliminary budget submission. Once projects have been approved budgets may not be revised.


Students should determine their itinerary first and then develop a realistic on-site budget.

Prohibited Items

The grant will not support the following:

  • Academic programs
  • Training programs
  • Tuition
  • Research assistantships
  • Passports
  • Medical insurance
  • Technical assistants
  • Camera assistants
  • Personal assistants
  • Cameras
  • Computers
  • Software
  • Film 
  • Film developing, unless integral part of the project/presentation
  • Clothing
  • Backpack
  • Personal Items
  • Personal tourism activites
  • Personal travel
  • Alcohol

Required Items

The grant requires that students budget for the following

  • Cellular telephone

Optional Items

In preparing the research proposal budget, students may wish to consider the following: 

  • Translation of Human Subjects Review (IRB) proposal prior to departure
  • Airfare
  • Lodging
  • Local transportation
  • Meals
  • Visa
  • Immunizations
  • Batteries
  • Audio tapes/CDs
  • Video tapes/CDs
  • Pens, pencils
  • Paper, stationary
  • Tickets to cultural events, if directly related to the project
  • Books related to the project
  • Thank you cards and/or gifts, if culturally appropriate
  • Internet access related to project research and communicating with contacts
  • Printing charges
  • Voltage converter for equipment used (Note: Most computers have built-in voltage converters)
  • Plug adaptor for equipment used
  • Translation assistance on-site
  • Passport-sized photographs
  • Guidebook (e.g., Lonely Planet, Moon, etc.)
  •  Field Research Guide

Distribution of Awards

Awards will be distributed after students have completed final clearance. Students  are expected to keep all of their receipts and submit an expense report upon return.  All unspent funds will be returned to the Richter grant. 

Contact International Programs
McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, Johnson 102