Who Can Apply: Any undergraduate student at the University of Delaware may apply provided that, at the time of application, he or she is enrolled for at least twelve semester hours and has not completed more than five semesters. (The rule of thumb for determining your suitability to apply to the Plastino program is to determine if you will be returning to campus as a student after your Plastino experience. Plastino Scholars serve as “Plastino Ambassadors” after they complete their experience, bringing their knowledge back to the University of Delaware community when they return, and therefore, only returning students are eligible.)
Submission: Students who intend to apply for a Plastino should give considerable time and thought to their proposals. Plastino Scholars are generally outstanding communicators; this quality should be reflected in their application.
All proposals must include a 250-word abstract of the proposed experience, detailing the nature of the project, the location, and the duration.
All proposals must include a longer narrative of no less than 1000 words which explores the project in full, demonstrating the degree of knowledge the student has about the proposed experience and its objectives.
All proposals must include a detailed budget demonstrating the student has thought out all expenditures related to the proposed experience, including such things as airfare, housing, costs for daily living such as food and transportation, visas, vaccinations, and so on. All Plastino scholars who will be travelling to international locations must include the cost of international health insurance (and are required to use the policy provided by the University of Delaware’s Institute for Global Studies). More information on budgets is provided at the informational meetings held in the fall. Students should be prudent and realistic in preparing their budgets. (To help determine appropriate costs for their travel and housing, use a good budget-travel guide.)
Students must also provide two letters of recommendation; one must be from a professor.
Deadline: December 11, 2015
Learn More: The David A. Plastino Scholars Program