AMIDEAST Blog Abroad Scholarships

Up to four AMIDEAST education abroad students are selected to act as a "correspondents" for our semester-long programs. These correspondents submit a blog entry based on a choice of topics every two weeks. While developing travel and creative writing skills, students also critically reflect in writing on their education abroad experience with AMIDEAST.

To read the blog entries of current and former correspondents, please visit Mosaic: AMIDEAST’s Collaborative Student Blog.

Selected bloggers derive the following benefits:

  • a $1,000 scholarship, which will be awarded in the form of an AMIDEAST program fee reduction,
  • travel writing experience and editorial support, and
  • frequent publishing on AMIDEAST's collaborative student blog, Mosaic

Responsibilities of Blog Abroad Correspondents

Every two weeks, recipients must submit a 500-700 word blog entry which includes at least high resolution two photographs (500 KB or larger). The blog entry should address one of a series of topics from a selected list provided to correspondents at the beginning of the semester from the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Headquarters office

Blog entries must represent both the correspondent and AMIDEAST in a professional manner – no vulgar or inappropriate language and no entries which show disrespect for the host-country or people. AMIDEAST reserves the right to ask you to edit your blog posting prior to its publishing

Entries and photographs must be submitted through the Student Portal by the deadlines provided.

If the recipient anticipates an entry to be late, they must e-mail Education Abroad staff in D.C. in order to provide substantial reasoning (illness, excursions, etc.). Failure to provide regular blog entries without approval from AMIDEAST Headquarters staff may result in revocation of the scholarship funds.

Scholarship Eligibility for Blog Abroad Scholarships

Funding is available only to citizens and permanent residents of the United States participating in  semester-long AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in Jordan or Morocco. Awards will be made only to students who submit a completed scholarship application and a complete program application by the published deadlines (see above).

Scholarship applications from all qualified students will be considered. However, preference will be given to applicants who fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • Has experience journaling or blogging academically or professionally
  • Displays cultural sensitivity and creativity in the sample blog submission
  • Currently enrolled at a college or university that is either a member of the AMIDEAST Academic Consortium or an AMIDEAST Affiliate.

Please note, the above criteria are NOT requirements for a scholarship applicant. Students from all institutions and backgrounds are eligible for AMIDEAST Scholarships.

Blog Abroad Scholarships will be awarded for one semester only. Participants in multiple AMIDEAST programs must re-apply for future scholarships after the initial program award.

Application Process for Blog Abroad Scholarships

To be considered for a Blog Abroad Scholarship, please submit the required documents by the deadline indicated for each term. A complete application will include the following:

  • Completed Blog Abroad scholarship application and writing sample questionnaires on the AMIDEAST Student Portal. Questionnaires must be Submitted by the deadline. NOTE: clicking "Save" will not submit your questionnaires
    • Adding photos to your writing sample is preferred, but not required.

The documents on the Student Portal must be submitted by the deadlines indicated for each term. Late applications will not be accepted.

To be eligible for a scholarship you must also submit your complete program application by the published deadline. In addition to the information provided on your Blog Abroad scholarship application, AMIDEAST will also take into consideration the information provided in program applications when making award decisions.

Please keep in mind that applicants to the AMIDEAST Blog Abroad Scholarship are also eligible to apply to the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Need-Based Scholarships.