International engagement is essential to the academic and cultural vibrancy of the University of Oregon, as it seeks to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century. The Global Corners Award assists the University of Oregon in its efforts to recruit and retain promising students who come from all corners of the globe, and whose presence on campus helps the university to advance its strategic interests in internationalization.
Consequently, the Global Corners Award helps to implement the UO’s Strategic Framework for 2016-2021, which identifies “diversity and global reach by recruiting top international students” as a key strategic initiative, against the backdrop of “educating the whole person, and to fostering the next generation of transformational leaders and informed participants in the global community.”
For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Division of Global Engagement is accepting applications from new or continuing international students either admitted to or continuing in a University of Oregon academic program starting with the Fall 2020 term. Continuing University of Oregon students must be in good academic standing and hold valid F-1 or J-1 immigration status. Both undergraduate and graduate international students may apply.
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The Global Corners award provides financial support up to, but not exceeding, US $45,000 ($15,000 per quarter; no award funds are distributed during the summer term). The exact award amount may depend on whether the student receives other forms of financial assistance – including scholarships, on-campus employment, stipends, etc. – to support their education at the University of Oregon. The award may be used to support required tuition and fees and/or nonqualified expenses such as room and board. (Note that any amount applied to non-qualified expenses may be considered a taxable contribution.) The award is renewable beyond the first award year, up to a maximum of 12 quarters for undergraduate students and 8 quarters for graduate students. The award may be prior to reaching the maximum award renewal level if any of the following circumstances apply: the student completes the UO academic program for which the student was granted the Global Corners award; the student receives other scholarships or grants rendering the Global Corners award unnecessary; the student departs the University of Oregon temporarily or permanently, or otherwise fails to meet award maintenance criteria and requirements.
Interested students should submit an application packet to International Student and Scholar Services no later than the application deadline of March 1, 2020. The student applicant is responsible for preparing all required documents and sending them by the deadline to the Division of Global Engagement by mail or by email (please visit our website for our email address)
- Global Corners Application Information Sheet
The student applicant must complete an application information sheet that provides personal and contact information as well as information regarding the student’s anticipated financial resources and needs for the award year.
- Student’s Application Statement
The application statement should be typed or printed by the student and be no more than 500 words in length. In the statement, the student should describe the following points:
- Capacity for academic excellence:
The student should explain his/her academic and career interests, showing how these inform the student’s purposes for studying at the University of Oregon. The student is also encouraged to describe their academic potential, achievements, accomplishments, and capacity for academic excellence in their chosen program at the University of Oregon.
- **Campus contribution:
**The student should describe how his/her cultural experiences and background, as well as personal interests, affiliations, and aspirations, will motivate the student to excel at the University of Oregon, increase the academic and cultural 3 vitality of the campus, and help to advance knowledge, research, action and insight into contemporary challenges facing today’s societies.
- **Commitment to meeting global challenges:
**The student should explain how their academic and professional interests and activities are relevant to or address the challenges facing today’s different societies in an era of contentious globalization.