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Emilie Cooper
Program Coordinator
(202) 885-1657

The Steven Arnold Innovative Small Grant Fund

Steve Arnold is the "father" of the International Development Program. He was co-founder and co-director, and for many years the sole director of the Program. IDP alumni and faculty contributed to this fellowship.

The Steven Arnold Innovative Small Grant Fund provides graduate students in the International Development Program with small grants of up to $500 for an innovative idea that is helpful to communities, to the students professionally, to the ID program, and/or the field of development as a whole.

Examples include working with a community in DC or the US or internationally, focusing on a new area of development or using a novel method; cooperation through distance education/information technologies; attending a conference on a significant or new topic (and reporting back or setting up a Forum), organizing a workshop, or/and using the amount we give as leverage to get more from others or as a catalyst to something bigger in a community, or having a multiplier effect on the program.

Eligible Students:

All currently enrolled students pursuing either the MAID or the MSDM degree are eligible to apply.

Criteria for Selection:

Students should prepare a (one page maximum) proposal that provides clear evidence of a well-planned and innovative idea, including the following: (a) a plan of action including date of completion (a few steps will suffice), b) an explanation of why this proposal is innovative, (c) information of institutional support for your idea; (c) a brief budget of expenses, and (d) support from any faculty member in the ID program. If you have questions please contact Emilie Cooper (

Amount of Award:

Awards will be up to $500 dollars to be spent as outlined in the proposal. Students will be reimbursed on the basis of receipts.


There is no deadline for an application to receive the grant. All proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All proposals should be submitted in hard copy to the Program Coordinator, Emilie Cooper, in the IDP Office (SIS-228) and marked “Steven Arnold Grant Application.”

Please click here for application guidelines.

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