Global Perspectives Fund and Global Exploration Fund














The Global Perspectives for Humanities Explorations Fund and the Global Exploration and Language Opportunities Fund each provide awards of up to $1500 for study abroad students.

The Global Perspectives for Humanities Exploration Fund was established at the University of Maine Foundation in 2018 for the benefit of the University of Maine, Orono, Maine with a gift from Tracey Graffam-Dickson ’93 a member of the Friends of the New England Universities of Salzburg – Study Abroad Program established in 1979 at UMaine by Dr. Josef Roggenbauer, Professor Emeritus of German, Department of Modern Languages and Classics.  Tracey found the Salzburg experience to be life changing. In creating this fund, she wanted to highlight the importance of modern language, cultural exploration and the global exchange of ideas, innovation and experiences.  She believes that the experience of living in a different country and learning its culture help one transcend ideological boundaries and inform who we become as citizens of the world.

The Global Exploration & Language Opportunities Fund was established at the University of Maine Foundation in 2022 with a gift from Charles Ryan ’84. The Global Exploration Fund provides students opportunities to participate in activities which will expand their global views, ideas, and experiences through international travel with a preference for those wishing to travel to Central and South American countries.

The Fall 2024 Global Perspectives for Humanities Exploration Award and Global Exploration & Language Opportunities Award competitions are now open.

To apply for the Global Perspectives for Humanities Explorations Fund Award to support Spring/Summer 2025 travel plans, please e-mail with the following information no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2024

1. Name.

2. Location of Study Abroad Program for Spring/Summer 2025.

3. Explain briefly how an award from the Fund will help you “immerse yourself in a new culture, new ideas, and fresh perspectives through your international study-abroad experience.” The essay must include a description of proposed work with some academic institution, community group, or government agency during the semester abroad. (no more than 300 words).

Please e-mail all the requested information in the body of an e-mail.  Attachments will not be accepted. Only completed applications will be evaluated. Awardees will be notified by December 1, 2024. All awardees must be enrolled in University of Maine Office of International Programs-sanctioned study abroad programs and must comply with all University of Maine COVID-19 travel policies.