Moellership FAQ

Who is eligible to participate in the Moellership Program?

Current Florida State University students, both undergraduate and graduate, are eligible to apply, provided they have a minimum 2.75 GPA, have completed at least one semester at FSU, and will enroll at FSU in the semester following their Moellership experience. Students with previous service experience and a desire to collaborate with communities to create positive change are encouraged to apply.

 

What makes someone a good Moellership Program candidate?

Ideal candidates are interested in learning more about a social issue and how that social issue looks in a particular community. Students should be comfortable working independently and able to adapt to changing circumstances.

 

Where can students serve? Are there any restrictions on where students can serve?

Students can serve almost anywhere! You can complete a Moellership in Tallahassee, across the country, or around the world. The university may not be able to fund Moellerships to countries listed on the U.S. Department of State's Current Travel Warnings. For more information, go to http://travel.state.gov and http://global.fsu.edu/policy/.

 

Will the Moellership Program place me with an agency where I can serve?

No, Moellership applicants are expected to have an agency contact (or contacts) when they submit their application and proposal.

 

How do I find an agency?

There are many ways to find an agency partner. A few options include: following up with an agency where you are currently serving or you have previously served; talking to a professor whose work is aligned with an area of interest; reaching out to students who have traveled to or served with an issue of interest; using a placement company (such as Foundation for Sustainable Development or other similar organizations); looking at the Moellership Program website to see where past participants have served; or using a search engine.

 

Can I conduct research as part of my Moellership?

Yes, previous Moellershippers have simultaneously served and conducted research for a variety of projects including undergraduate theses, master's theses, dissertations, and independent projects. The primary focus of the work should be service or community-based research in conjunction with the agency. Research projects for publication or presentation should be approved through IRB and conducted with the supervision of a faculty member.

 

What should I include in my budget?

This is your opportunity to demonstrate research in not only the service agency, but travel and living accommodations. Include detailed information as to how you developed your budget (sources/citations).

 

Can I split my service between multiple agencies or locations?

Yes, you can serve at more than one site, provided the distribution of your service is justified and makes sense for your learning goals and the agency partners you are serving. For example, if you are interested in learning about how HIV/AIDS education looks in two different parts of the world, you could split our service between two agencies for four to six weeks each. Be sure to explain in your proposal why it is important to serve at two different agencies and how this will enhance your learning and the mission of the agencies.

 

Can two people apply at the same agency and serve together?

Yes. If you are planning to share the Moellership funding, submit one proposal. Both recipients will be responsible for completing the Moellership components including all paperwork, meetings, trainings, blogging, and debriefings. If both people are applying for funding, you will need to submit two individual proposals.

 

Can I apply for a Moellership on behalf of an organization?

Because of the program requirements, Moellerships are given to individual recipients, not organizations. If one person from an organization applies, receives a Moellership, and chooses to give their funding to an organization, that is a personal choice. The recipient will be responsible for the Moellership Program requirements including all paperwork, meetings, trainings, blogging, and debriefings.

 

The application asks me to describe my service but the agency says it is too far out to provide details about specific projects.

It is okay if you do not have a detailed agenda for your service. If selected, you will continue to correspond with your agency to finalize plans throughout the spring. As you develop your proposal, ask the agency about typical projects and do your best to describe the types of projects you may be completing.

 

How much funding do Moellership recipients receive?

Stipend awards may be up to $4,000, unless otherwise noted for a named Moellership. Beginning in 2015, students may be funded based on their budget at the discretion of the selection committee.

 

When is funding disbursed to Moellership recipients?

Funding cannot be disbursed until June 2015, and participants are responsible for covering expenses (program fees, airfare, etc.) until funding is disbursed.

 

What makes a Moellership application stand out?

Introduce yourself and your interest in the issue. Be specific about why you would like to serve in this place and with this agency or social issue. Be detailed in your answers and provide citations where appropriate. Organize your answers using the questions provided in the application. Be sure to proofread your proposal.

 

What is included in a completed Moellership application?

A complete application includes the application form, a written proposal (no more than 12 double-spaced), a budget, a letter of recommendation, and contact information for three references.

 

What is the application process?

Completed applications are due by Wednesday, December 3 at 5:00pm. All applications are reviewed in a double- blind process. Students will be notified about their application status in mid-December. Selected students will be asked to prepare a 10 minute presentation for the selection committee in early January. Final selections will be announced in mid-January 2015.

 

How can I get more information about the Moellership Program?

Contact Juan Mendizabal at jmendizabal@fsu.edu.

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