UPGRADE: Undergraduate Program in Global Research and Development


Emory College Study Abroad administers an undergraduate grant for Emory College students who wish to gain practical hands-on sustainable development training by doing service in developing countries over the summer. This non-credit bearing program allows students to approach their time abroad from a different angle and focuses on students with a distinct set of skills and experiences.

Students who participate in UPGRADE are provided seed money to undertake a project beneficial to the local community. This project must be innovative, sustainable and engage the community. Training on project development and grant writing is provided by our parter, the Foundation for Sustainable Development.

For more information and to apply, students complete the online UPGRADE application form.  Please contact studyabroad@emory.edu with additional questions.

The most compelling UPGRADE recipient automatically becomes the Stefanie Canright Scholarship recipient and will receive an award equivalent to the FSD Program Fee. Students are automatically considered for this grant and no additional application is required.

The Thomas D. Lancaster Service Award is given to the UPGRADE receipient that best exemplifies the attributes of commitment to service, excellence in study abroad and the Emory Scholars program.