Delta Phi Epsilon in the Classroom

In an effort to promote the public’s understanding of foreign affairs, the Council’s Faculty Grant Program provides support for scholarly, educational, and professional development activities carried out by members of the Council and faculty advisers to Delta Phi Epsilon Fraternity and Sorority Chapters. Grants are disbursed from the Council’s Annual Fund in response to applications proposing projects consistent with the organization’s mission to support the practice and study of foreign affairs.

Grants are disbursed on a rolling basis based on applications received and the availability of funds. These disbursements may provide full or partial funding for the project in the grant application.

Program Overview

As the global community becomes ever more interconnected and the foundations of the international system increasingly challenged, the field of international affairs needs to expand beyond government and academic offices.  To this end, the Council seeks to improve the public’s understanding of international affairs, support secondary and post-secondary education in international affairs, and cultivate promising students for public and private sector careers in international service.

The Council’s grant program advances these goals by channeling resources through our member network and Delta Phi Epsilon fraternity and sorority chapters throughout the United States. Educators and researchers in this network can receive support to pursue worthwhile projects to benefit their students and the community at large.

Award Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:  The Council will consider grant applications from (a) Council members serving in teaching roles at accredited secondary or postsecondary educational institutions, or (b) faculty advisers to chapters of the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity and Sorority.

Qualifying Projects:  The Council will only consider applications for projects falling into any of the following three areas:

  1. Scholarly projects related to issues in foreign affairs, designed primarily to assist in pedagogy, travel and/or conference attendance, field material collection, archival trips, web-based capacity building, or other tools to improve public knowledge of international affairs.
  2. Educational projects related to issues in foreign affairs, designed primarily to assist teachers and professors to support learning goals through acquiring material for classrooms, trips to meetings with foreign affairs-related organizations, or other pedagogical tools.
  3. Professional development projects related to issues in foreign affairs designed primarily for the benefit of advanced high school, undergraduate, or graduate students.

Types of Projects Not Eligible:  The Council will not provide retroactive funding for already completed projects, nor will it support (a) direct subsidies of individual students; (b) general contributions to capital campaigns of any kind; (c) general contributions to endowments of any kind; (d) operating deficits or retirement of debt; (e) subsidy of pre-existing Delta Phi Epsilon Fraternity or Sorority chapter activities; (f) construction projects or real estate acquisitions; or (g) projects identified with political parties, campaigns, or candidates for public office.

Project Execution:  Projects that receive grants will be assigned an adviser from the Council to track progress. At the end of the project, grant recipients must submit a report and financial statements to the Council. The Council may request periodic reports and financial statements for long-duration projects.

Apply for a Grant

Instructions:   Applicants should complete and submit their grant proposals through our online filing system. The proposal should include detailed information about the need for the project, its goals, a plan for execution, and a budget. Letters of support and applicant resumes should accompany the proposal. Should the Council approve the proposal, the applicant will be asked to sign a memorandum of agreement.

Review Process:  Grant applications submitted before April 30, 2018 will be reviewed by the Board of Governors of the Foreign Affairs Council. Applications submitted on or after April 30, 2018 will be reviewed by a committee of the Council’s members. Grant applications will receive a careful, holistic review, with special attention to three factors:

  1. Feasibility:  How likely is the project to succeed in terms of time, budget requests, and available resources?
  2. Significance: How well do the goals of the proposed project improve international affairs scholarship, career preparation, or the public’s understanding of international affairs? How clearly are the project’s goals stated? How many people will benefit from the project?
  3. Actionable Plan for Execution:  How well defined is the project’s action plan? How closely tied is this plan to the project’s stated goals? Are the steps in the action plan designed to measurably improve public knowledge, educational outcomes, or foreign affairs career preparation?

 When considering applications, the reviewers will give priority to original project concepts or proposals otherwise demonstrating creativity.

Apply Online:  To apply for a grant, send your proposal letter, plan for execution, budget, and letters of support in email attachments to grants@dpeforeignaffairs.org.