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  • Program Terms: AY Scholarships
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
AY Scholarships 2020 03/04/2020 03/16/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Coordinator: Brittany Coats
Program Description:
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Program Overview

The W. K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs program offers UTK undergraduate and graduate students financial awards of up to $5,000 to support research and creative projects abroad aimed at enhancing and promoting education for world responsibility.

The scholarship can be applied to any project which offers the potential for the development of knowledge relative to significant issues or problems associated with world affairs and the reduction of international conflict -- principally through legal, cultural, political, economic, social, and scientific studies.


  • Any undergraduate or graduate UTK student may apply.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time at the University and must receive credit for the research or creative project funded by the McClure Scholarship.
  • Students must be in good standing with the University.
  • While there is no absolute grade point criterion, successful applicants generally have a GPA between 3.0 and 4.0.
  • Students must not have previously received a McClure Scholarship.
  • The McClure Scholarship will not be awarded to support participation on a Study Abroad Program or for projects taking place simultaneously with a Study Abroad program.

Selection Criteria

A committee of faculty and administrators will review applications and select the scholarship recipients. Students will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated connection between the project and the goals of the scholarship program.
  • Contribution of the project to the overall educational career of the student and to the broader community.
  • Academic quality and feasibility of the project.
  • Demonstrated commitment of the student and faculty advisor to the project.
  • Student's demonstrated ability to initiate and sustain creative activities and research.
  • Projects must incorporate a significant amount of time abroad (minimum of 4 weeks).
  • Both the project and the final product (1 page visual or written summary) must be completed before graduation.
  • The committee may require a personal interview as part of the application process.

Award Period

The upcoming scholarship award period are for projects to be conducted between May 12, 2020 - May 11, 2021. If you are applying with the intent to do any work prior to the listed dates please be aware the award cannot be retroactively awarded and cannot be used to cover any costs borne prior to the award date.

Application Components

Applicants will be asked to submit the following information and materials as part of their application. Proposals missing required components or lacking the connection between the goals of the scholarship and the project will not be considered.

1. Academic history

2. Faculty Mentor Information & Support Form Commentary from a UTK faculty member detailing the academic merits and feasibility of the applicant's proposal, as well as the role the faculty intends to play in providing academic oversight and support

3. Project Description 1,000 - 1,500 word description that addresses the following points:

  • Describe the project and specific goals and explain how it will enrich and contribute to your educational career goals. What will the final outcome be?
  • Provide a detailed and well-developed plan of the project.
  • Describe any relevant experiences which have prepared you to pursue this project.
  • Materials and/or IRB status (if applicable)
  • Five relevant literature citations

4. Itemized budget and supporting documentation

5. Any other supporting documentation

If you are interested in the projects of past recipients please visit the McClure Scholar's page.

Brittany Coats
Study Abroad Coordinator
International Partnerships and Exchanges
Phone: 865.974.3177

Brittany Coats