Global Development Fellowship

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The Global Development Fellowship (GDF) is the opportunity to return to the developing community and implement projects.

Students are tasked with building a network of support for their projects and refining their idea.

They are responsible for raising funds from a network of donors including their home and campus communities.

Fellows are responsible for fundraising their project’s costs by March 15.

Fellows who meet this deadline will receive a stipend to cover 3 months – 1 year of travel, room and board in their SMRC community.


Fellows are GDI alumni who submit a project application for review by SMRC's Board of Young Trustees between six to eight weeks after they return from their internship.

Selected projects will receive tax exempt and tax deductible benefits through SMRC’s 501(c)3 status as well as legal and accounting services, financial management, and access to SMRC’s international contacts.

Project proposals are required to include details on:

  • Sustainability: Proposals must include a timeline for the project’s maintenance beyond the fellows’ stay as well as a plan for who in the community will be responsible for the project.
  • Community needs: Proposals must explain why the project meets a community need and how this was determined
  • Local community partner: Fellows are responsible for ensuring their projects are community based and are required to identify a partner to assist them with leading the implementation
  • Budget of $5,000-$15,000
  • Fundraising plan: Proposals must include a detailed plan for how the money will be raised before March 15

    Deadline: 30th September

    For more information and application, visit: Global Development Fellowship Website
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