FAQs | Applications (Fall 2014)

What is the Application | Selection | Orientation timeline?

9/15/14         Call for Applications distributed (electronically/physically)

10/7/14         Information Session (Tues @ 12:00-1:30 in CL 412)

10/8/14         Information Session (Wed @ 12:00-1:30 in CL 412)

10/27/14       APPLICATIONS DEADLINE (Monday @ 11:59 PM)

12/15/14       Review of applications

12/19/14       Applicants informed of results

1/15/15         New Fellows & Scholars confirm acceptance of appointment

1/21/15         New Salzburg Scholars enroll in GLST 164

2/6/15           Orientation session for new Fellows & Scholars

How many Salzburg Fellows and Scholars will be selected this year?

This year, we are expecting to send 8-10 Fellows and 8-10 Scholars to Salzburg.  We may select more or less than that, however, based on the number of qualified applicants we receive and the amount of funding available.

What is the required commitment for those selected to be Fellows and Scholars?

Fellows and Scholars are required to fulfill an 18-month commitment, from Spring 2015-Spring 2016.  They will participate in orientation meetings and activities in the Spring 2015 semester to prepare for their trip to Salzburg, attend a Global Citizenship Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Summer 2015, participate in meetings with other Fellows and Scholars during Fall 2015 to help plan and organize projects for globalizing the university, and work on those projects throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.  We expect to see tangible results from those projects by end of your formal commitment in Spring 2016.  However, many Fellows and Scholars continue working to help globalize SJSU beyond their required 18 months of service.

If selected, will I be funded?

We will provide financial support to cover program fees for the sessions in Salzburg ($2,600 for Fellows | $2,100 for Scholars), but Fellows and Scholars are generally responsible for their own travel costs (usually $1,300-$1,800 round trip).  We may also invite a small number of qualified applicants to serve as Fellows and Scholars even if we cannot provide financial support, on the condition that they  fund their own participation (program fees + travel costs).

What is the typical structure of a GCP Session?

During each week-long intensive GCP session, 40-50 participants from institutions of higher education throughout the United States attend lectures on critical global issues by world-class GCP faculty members and work on group projects related to these issues.  Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss these issues more deeply with the GCP faculty and other colleagues during meals and other formal activities throughout each day and evening.

If selected, will I have to return to the United States immediately after finishing the GCP session?

No.  In fact, many Fellows and Scholars in the past have stayed and traveled to other countries after completing their GCP session and have found the experience deeply transformational.  Your plans after the GCP session are entirely up to you.  Remember that you will be responsible for all of your own extra travel costs.

What do we look for in an applicant?

We look for applicants that demonstrate individual excellence in what they do, leadership in working with others to address broader concerns, and leverage for influencing people on an institutional level.  Ultimately, we want to know what you have to offer: your strengths, interests, and motivation in creating positive change and promoting excellence at SJSU.  Let us know why global citizenship is important to you and how you can help globalize the campus.

If I am not selected, can I apply next year?

If you are not selected this year, do not be discouraged.  Many applicants may be highly qualified for the Program, but are not selected in a particular year solely due to a lack of funding.  Several Fellows and Scholars in recent years have been chosen after multiple applications.  We encourage you to apply again in the future, as long as you will be working at or matriculated into San Jose State University for at least one year after the GCP session, so that you can fulfill the 18-month commitment that is required of all Fellows and Scholars.

Is there anything else I need to know about the application process?

Yes.  Only electronic applications submitted through the Program website will be considered.  Note that you must attach a CV or resume in PDF format only as part of the application package (the application will not go through unless the attachment is in PDF format).  In addition, you will not be able to save any progress on your application.  For this reason, we recommend that you prepare your long-answer responses in a separate document and then paste them into the application when you are ready to submit it.

Other questions?  Email us at Salzburg-Program@sjsu.edu