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  • Program Terms: Academic year, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Paul Gerdes
In memory of Paul Gerdes, a Macalester College student who had studied abroad in Brazil, the Gerdes family, in collaboration with Macalester, has established a unique scholarship for Macalester students. The Paul Gerdes Scholarship supports a one-month extension of independent study, immediately following an approved semester abroad, on a topic concerning social justice. 



  • Participation in an approved semester of study abroad, including a supported independent study project.
  • Proposal to undertake a one-month extension of the independent study project, expanding upon the supported independent study project initiated during the approved semester of study.
  • The project may be in any of the major areas of liberal arts - social sciences, natural sciences, humanities and the arts - as long is there is a demonstrated link to the overall theme of social justice.
  • The proposed topic for investigation must fit well with the student’s intellectual interests and academic trajectory within a declared major at Macalester College.

Selection criteria:

The Director of the Macalester Center for Study Away, in consultation with the relevant program sponsor and the Study Away Review Committee, will provide guidance in developing an appropriate project proposal. The following criteria will be considered in the selection process:

  • Seriousness of purpose, including: a clear connection to critical issues concerning social justice in the host society and how the additional month will advance your research.
  • Solid pre-departure preparation (including previous course work, independent reading, and relevant foreign language proficiency)
  • Well-designed methodology for the proposed independent study project
  • Strong academic record as reflected in the cumulative grade point average at Macalester.

Funding Criteria:

The scholarship is intended to cover room, board, on-site advising, and some research expenses for the additional month abroad. The cost of health and accident insurance for the additional month abroad, if not already covered as part of your semester abroad, may be included in the proposed budget.  Recipients are responsible for personal expenses; although, financial need may be considered in determining the total amount of the scholarship. Typical awards range from $1,000 to $2,000.  All financial arrangements will be coordinated by the Macalester College International Center in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office and the program sponsor. 

Macalester Contact: Barbara Stinson       


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.