Georgetown International Relations Association's Global Generation Grant

GIRA's annual Global Generation Grant is an opportunity for student leaders at Georgetown University to pursue their passions, engage others, and impact communities through self-designed projects in global affairs. The application window to submit 2016 grant proposals has closed. Please check back in December 2016, when we will call for 2017 proposals. 

We would like to extend our congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Grant: Rachel Azafrani is working in Liberia to launch an app that will allow youth and youth organizations to map projects and volunteer opportunities, track progress relevant to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and connect projects to funding sources. Michael Bakan is working in South Africa to empower youth and promote cross-cultural learning through art and storytelling. Lauren Gros is working in Paraguay to implement environmentally-friendly biodigester technology for cooking practices in rural villages, to replace wood-burning practices, and to educate villagers on the technology.

If you wish to contact present or past grant recipients of GIRA grants, please reach out to Matt Ellison at or +01 240-404-7724.

In 2015, GIRA provided grants to Margot Feroleto, Kathleen Guan, Duy Mai, and Claire Charamnac.
You can learn more about the 2015 GIRA grant projects below.

margot feroleto - water ecuador, 2015 Grant Recipient

Water Ecuador is a small nonprofit run by college students and recent graduates. Margot began working with Water Ecuador in June of 2014 as a Summer Fellow. The organization now aims to study bottled water quality across Ecuador and other countries.

"We hope to raise awareness about risks and benefits of bottled water in this setting, and to improve the quality of bottled water being consumed." - Margot Feroleto

Margot spent Summer of 2015 testing bottle cleanliness and looking at ways to best clean the bottles in a developing setting. She also engaged with the local community in Muisne by coordinating with various groups such to hold outreach events that bring the community together over health issues and raise awareness about WASH (Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene) issues.

The Board of the Georgetown International Relations Association, Inc. (GIRA) annually awards grants for projects that promote teaching and understanding of international relations or that address a current issue in global affairs or international development. Ideally, proposed projects should be impactful, engaging, sustainable, creative, feasible, and demonstrate an active commitment to the core values of GIRA. 

Duy Mai - Vietnamese Youth Model United Nations (VYMUN), 2015 Grant Recipient

This past summer, VYMUN held its second ever conference... and it was a huge success! With over 300 applicants competing for 160 spots in the conference, VYMUN has quickly become the most anticipated and well-known Model United Nations conference in Vietnam. It's truly exciting to see this international organization growing and facilitating interactive simulations of international affairs. 

All students that will be Georgetown undergraduate and graduate students during the 2015-2016 academic year are eligible for the Global Generation Grant. Students graduating in 2016, faculty, and alumni are not eligible to apply. Interested candidates may apply as individuals or on behalf of an existing organization, on or off Georgetown University’s campus. Individuals or groups may submit up to two (2) unique proposals. Applicants do not need be dues-paying members of the Georgetown International Relations Club (IRC). Sitting and former Board members of either the Georgetown International Relations Association, Inc. or the Georgetown International Relations Club are ineligible for the grant.

kathleen guan - YOUTH FORUM FOR DIVERSITY AND LEADERSHIP CHINA, 2015 Grant recipient

Kathleen Guan is the forum's founder and executive director, and had co-led workshops on East vs. West relations and gender equality this year. With a focus on (but certainly not limited to) China, YFDL, held in Beijing this past summer, is a forum that seeks to engage people of all paths of life in dialogue about social responsibility, youth leadership, and peace. The forum seeks to immerse participants at the core of global human rights issues and conflicts, engage participants in dialogue concerning diversity, youth leadership, and peace-building, as well equip participants with the skills and knowledge to be a "change-maker" in their communities.

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