The Global Praxis for Students
The Global Praxis is a grant offered to students hired by approved Mason faculty as research assistants. Through this grant, Mason faculty and chosen students will be conducting international research for a period which may range from one week to six months overseas at any time during the year.
As of December 2019, students awarded a Praxis grant will receive financial assistance for a required GEO course associated with their fieldwork. Please note that students applying to any faculty programs approved by GEO prior to December 2019 will fall under the previous Praxis grant structure, and the credit structure below will not apply. GEO staff will send those individuals specific instructions.
There will be a Professor of Record associated with the research project to develop and instruct the course. This course could be cross-listed with another academic department and listed as an independent study or internship if approved.
As of December 2019, the course can offer from 1-6 credits depending on hours, and the Praxis grant covers the majority of the cost for these credits. Students only owe the in-state credit amount with the number per credit below subtracted from the cost. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate (Master's or Certificate level) students, but the amount of their credit fees differs based on the existing Mason credit fee structure.
- 1 credit fees - $250
- 2 credit fees - $750
- 3 credit fees - $1200
- 6 credit fees - $1200
In order to apply for this grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a degree-seeking Mason student (undergraduate and graduate) at time of application
- Active applicant to a Global Education Office (GEO) program by grant deadline
- Meet particular field work demands
To be considered for this grant, applicants must complete Praxis Grant Questionnaire and supply the following:
Grant applicants must also have an active program application before they will be considered for the grant.
- One-page Personal Statement which identifies motivations for applying to position
- Current Resume/CV
- Passport information
- Letter of Recommendation (cannot be written by the faculty member(s) who posted the position)
Available Research Positions
There are currently no positions available.
Each application is carefully evaluated by the faculty member(s) involved in the program.
Preference is given to students who demonstrate experience and/or career goals in the field of study.
Recipients will be selected based on the quality of their responses to the application Questionnaire.
Recipients and non-recipients will be notified about the grant award decision prior to final exams.
Disbursement and Use of Funds
Recipients must sign and comply with GEO’s Scholarship Terms and Conditions. Once students sign the Terms and Conditions, grant awards are processed. Funds are posted to Mason student accounts and become available for the program term according to Financial Aid rules.
If a student cancels participation in the program prior to departure, grant funds will not be posted to the student’s account or, if posted, will be removed and the award cancelled. If the program is cancelled, grant funds posted to the student’s account will be removed and the award cancelled. In the event that a student withdraws from and fails to complete the study abroad program, the student will be required to return the grant in full to the Global Education Office.
GEO’S Scholarship Policies and Requirements
Students are invited to apply for all of the Global Education Office (GEO) scholarships and grants for which they are eligible. The Global Education Office (GEO) is committed to assisting as many students as possible. Therefore, preference will be given to students with financial need and/or who have not received previous funding from the Global Education Office (GEO).
Upon return from the study abroad program, GEO Praxis grant recipients are required to provide a trip report of 3-5 pages in length, within 30 days of return, detailing the following:
- Research Summary
- Final Itinerary
- Any work that was co-authored
*Please note, all Mason fiscal policies do apply
For questions or additional information, please contact Kelly McNulty, GEO’s Experiential Program Administrator at GoIntern@gmu.edu