Cordell W. Hull International Fellows Fund
The Cordell Hull fellowships, administered by the University Honors Program, are awarded each year to support transformative international learning, leadership and service experiences for Honors students as part of their educational opportunities at the University of Dayton.
The Benefactor: Cordell W. Hull
Cordell W. Hull earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, with honors, at the University of Dayton in 1956 and was designated a 1994 Distinguished Alumnus of the University. Mr. Hull established the Hull Fellowship Fund in response to the vision of Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M, then president of the University, who recognized the increasing need for experiential international learning for the students at the University of Dayton.
Mr. Hull is the senior managing director of Infrastructure World LLC (IW). He previously retired from the Bechtel Group serving for many years as a director, member of the Executive Committee and a senior officer where he helped lead construction, engineering, development and investment activities for major infrastructure undertakings throughout the world. He has served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, chairman of the Advisory Board of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and on many corporate boards throughout the world. Mr. Hull earned his Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from M.I.T. and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Harvard Law School. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the Dominican University of California where he is a Trustee Emeritus.
The Hull Fund is intended to support distinctive individual and group experiences, programs, activities, and projects for University Honors students to learn, lead, and serve in an international setting within the Catholic and Marianist tradition of UD.
Learning embraces, but is not limited to, research projects, study abroad programs, experiential learning opportunities and scholarly presentations that are integral to a student's course of study. These are experiences that promote multicultural and international learning and embrace a universal perspective.
Leadership includes, but is not limited to, active involvement in, and/or management of an international service project or agency, or a scholarly or professional organization where students develop skills, resources and compassion that are essential for effective leadership and conscientious service as good stewards both within and beyond the University.
Service is generally defined as active participation in any international project, activity or organization that strengthens community in the Catholic and Marianist spirit, embraces personal dignity, and values the environment and other aspects of the common good, all in the pursuit of peace and social justice.
Proposals that cross disciplines or combine elements of learning, leadership, and service are particularly encouraged.
Attend mandatory Hull, Boren and Gilman Workshop in fall semester (registration details will be announced through Porches and your email account).
Completed applications for WINTER AND SPRING TRAVEL are due October 15.
Completed applications for SUMMER AND FALL TRAVEL are due January 10.
Hull fellowships are dependent upon the number of projects to be funded and the quality of each proposal. Additional funding may be provided for students with proven financial need. Students with financial need are also expected to apply to the Gilman Scholarship.
Eligibility and Requirements
The Hull Fund is limited to students in the University Honors Program:
- Students must have a 3.5 GPA or better.
- Students should have earned 6 or more Honors credits (see Earning Honors Credits).
- Students must have completed 60 semester credit hours by the time of the international experience.
- Students may submit only one proposal per funding cycle.
- Students must attend the mandatory information session.
- Priority consideration will be given to proposals for experiences of four weeks or more.
- A student with fewer than 60 semester credit hours may apply for funding if he or she demonstrates that an early international experience best fits the student's academic plan and/or course of study.
- A student with fewer than 6 Honors credits may apply if that student is an Honors Program member invited as a rising sophomore or a transfer student.
- Students who have not yet received a Hull fellowship will be given preference over those who have been previously funded.
- From time to time worthy and rich opportunities are realized after the Hull funding cycle. In such cases, a student may apply for funds by completing an application; however, the maximum award will be $500.
- Other ways to receive funding for study abroad experiences are through the Boren and Gilman scholarships. For more information and descriptions of past University of Dayton recipients, go to Fellowship Advising and Fellowship Awards.
- Independent research projects requiring access to international resources
- Presentation of research results at (or other participation in) international professional conferences
- Service projects with recognized agencies at international locations
- International study programs*
- International proposals that cross disciplines
- International projects that combines elements of research, leadership, and service, including experiential learning opportunities
* The international study programs may be sponsored by UD, outside universities, or other independent international programs.
The application process is online (go to Hull Application). It includes:
- Part 1: An account of and detailed budget for the experience, including additional funding sources
- Part 2: If appropriate, evidence of language skills necessary to have a successful experience and information about how the experience will be shared with the University community
- Part 3: Electronic letter of support from a UD faculty academic or thesis advisor (submit to firstname.lastname@example.org). This can be your academic advisor or a faculty member with whom you have taken a course or done research. If you are going abroad to do research, your thesis advisor must provide the letter of recommendation. If you are going abroad with a UD faculty member, the faculty member leading the trip may NOT write the letter of recommendation.
- Part 4: Supporting materials (submit as one PDF file to email@example.com)
- Part 5: Confirmation and Authorization signature
The criteria for the evaluation of each proposal include the following:
- Completed application with excellent grammar
- Length of the program (4 weeks or longer preferred)
- Elements of learn, lead and serve
- Transformative experiences
- Strong rationale for participating in the experience (why is this the best international experience for the student personally)
- Deliverables / accountability plan upon returning
A detailed written report must be submitted to the University Honors Program office by September 15 (summer), January 15 (fall), February 15 (winter) and June 15 (spring) of the travel year, or no more than four weeks after the student returns. This report will be sent to Mr. Hull. The final report should accomplish the following:
- Explain how the project met the criteria of research, service and/or leadership in an international setting.
- Explain how the international experience benefited the student's professional development.
- Consist of two to four typed pages (about 2000 words).
- Be accompanied by two digital photographs showing the student's participation (the student should appear in at least one of the photographs).
- Acknowledge appropriate thanks for the Hull funding which made this experience possible.
- Submit the report and photographs to Jill Talley in the UHP office in electronic format (Word document).
For fellowship funding each student must submit a detailed accounting with receipts attached by September 15 for a spring or summer semester experience, and February 15 for a fall semester experience. Please note expenditures cannot be reimbursed without the proper documentation and the final report. All expenses must be itemized in U.S. dollars (based on the current exchange rate, if applicable).
You may also be expected to:
- Meet with Mr. Cordell Hull to discuss project results, at Mr. Hull's discretion.
- Present project results to the University of Dayton community through the Stander Symposium or other presentation opportunities.