FAQs | Applications

What is the Application | Selection | Orientation timeline?

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

10/21/15       Information Session (Wed @ 12:00-1:30 in SPX 210)

10/22/15       Information Session (Thurs @ 12:00-1:30 in SPX 210)

11/7/15b       APPLICATIONS DEADLINE (Monday @ 11:59 PM)

12/15/15       Review of applications

12/18/15       Applicants informed of results

1/15/16         New Fellows & Scholars confirm acceptance of appointment

2/5/16           Orientation session for new Fellows & Scholars

How many Salzburg Fellows and Scholars will be selected?

This year, we are expecting to send 8-10 Fellows and 12-15 Scholars to Salzburg.  We may select more or less than that, however, based on the number of qualified applicants and the amount of financial support available.

What is the required commitment by Fellows and Scholars?

Fellows and Scholars are expected to fulfill an 18-month commitment, from Spring 2016-Spring 2017.  They will participate in orientation meetings and activities in the Spring 2016 semester to prepare for their trip to Salzburg, attend a Global Citizenship Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Summer 2016, participate in meetings with other Fellows and Scholars during Fall 2016 to help plan and organize projects for globalizing the university, and work on those projects throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.  We expect to see tangible results from those projects by end of your formal commitment in Spring 2017.  However, many Fellows and Scholars continue working to help globalize SJSU beyond their required 18 months of service.

If selected, how my participation be funded?

Total costs of the trip to Salzburg won't be finalized until sometime in early Spring 2016 - but program fees will be approximately $3,000, while travel costs will probably be $1,500-$2,000 (round trip from SFO-Salzburg).  Although there may be some financial support available from different units at SJSU, Fellows and Scholars are responsible for securing funding to cover their costs for participating in this experience.  This funding can include support from campus, external, or private sources.  

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 US 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 in Salzburg and have found the experience deeply transformational.  Your plans after that are entirely up to you.  Remember that you are responsible for all of your own extra travel costs.

What do we look for in a successful applicant?

We look for applicants who demonstrate individual excellence in what they do, leadership in working with others to address broader concerns, and leverage for influencing people at SJSU 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 San Jose State.  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 or conflicts with other commitments.  Several Fellows and Scholars 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