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International Travel Award for Distinguished Service in Educational Reform
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We are pleased to announce the 2017 CIES International Travel Award for Distinguished Service in Educational Reform. This travel award was established through an endowment from George Soros and the Open Society Institute (OSI) and expanded under CIES President Ratna Ghosh to encourage distinguished researchers and practitioners from developing countries to participate in CIES conferences. Launched at the 2009 annual conference, the endowment attempts to facilitate the participation of international education experts who serve in countries where international projects are implemented.

Several awards of $1,000 USD each will be awarded for travel to CIES 2017 in Atlanta. Conference participants from developing countries with at least five (5) years of professional experience in educational development are eligible to apply.

Applicants must have submitted their conference presentation abstract through the CIES 2017 proposal submission system; ITA Awardees will receive $1,000 USD provided that their proposal has been accepted. Some applicants may also wish to apply for the Under-represented Racial, Ethnic and Ability Groups (UREAG) Travel Award — but are reminded that they may only receive one CIES award for travel.

The deadline to submit an International Travel Award application is December 1, 2016. ITA awardees will be notified by January 10, 2017 — and will be announced on the conference website as well as in the CIES Perspectives newsletter.

Click here to download the 2017 Application.

A complete application includes:

  • The application form
  • A 500 word personal statement
  • A copy of your CIES 2017 abstract submission
  • Your resume or CV

Please send all components of your completed application in one email to and write ‘CIES 2017 ITA Application’ in the subject line.

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