Complete Global Research Abroad Process

Student Resources | Posted Sep 24, 2012
Program: Global Research Projects, Internships, and Conferences

The following 14 step process is required of all students to participate on IGL-sponsored research trips. Click here to download the file pdf (33 KB).

Step 1: Identify your topic Prepare a one-page overview and an annotated bibliography (minimum 10 sources)

Stop: Discuss your topic with Sherman or Heather

Step 2: Prepare a research proposal
  • 3-5 page discussion of topic
  • Budget, including personal contribution
  • List of potential contacts/organizations
  • Tentative itinerary
  • Sample interview questions
  • A copy of the U.S. Department of State circular of proposed country :: State Department Website

Stop: Get proposal approved by Sherman or Heather

Step 3: The IRB :: Institutional Review Board Website The IRB (Institutional Review Board) is a panel of Tufts’ faculty and staff, as well as at least one individual, that reviews all human subject research proposals to determine if they are assuring adequate protection of human participants. The composition and authority of this committee is established by the Code of Federal Regulations. Failure to obtain IRB approval or an exemption prior to beginning human subject research is considered noncompliance.
  • Sample proposals
  • Complete the online tutorial and print out/download the completion certificate - this will need to be turned into the IRB to demonstrate completion of the tutorial (the tutorial is more focused on medical/health issues in some areas but all of it is required to be completed) :: Online tutorial

Stop: Obtain approval of IRB proposal from Sherman or Heather before submission

Step 4: Submit IRB Proposal
  • The proposal should be submitted to the IRB at least two weeks before the IRB meeting :: IRB meeting schedule
Step 5: Contacts
  • List of confirmed contacts (with attached email correspondence) -- In the US and in the proposed travel region(s)
  • List of potential contacts (with initial correspondence) -- In the US and in the proposed travel region(s)
Step 6: Final Budget
  • Provide final budget with funding sources
Step 7: Visas and Vaccines
  • Do you need a visa for where you are traveling or for any countries that you are transiting through? :: US State Department visa information
    • If yes, provide paperwork that shows your application for the visa or that you can get one at the arrival airport
  • Do you need any vaccines for where you are traveling? :: CDC vaccine information
    • If yes, provide documentation for the vaccines that are required, that you have received or that you are scheduled to receive
Step 8: Contract and Permission to participate on an IGL-supported trip
Step 9: Final Itinerary
  • Prepare final itinerary for the research trip including scheduled meetings
  • Prepare your contact information for research trip
Step 10: Prepare Final Research Proposal
  • 20 page literature review on topic
  • Budget
  • Itinerary and contact information
  • List of contacts with short biographies (or descriptions if it is an organization)
  • IRB approval
  • Signed research abroad contract
  • Signed student waiver
  • Signed parents’ waiver
  • Visa and vaccine information
  • International SOS card copy
  • Parent contact information
  • Discuss Multimedia project with Jessie

Stop: Get final approval from Sherman

Step 11: Fill out research scholarship/grant forms: (Check voucher forms must be filled out at the Institute for Global Leadership at 96 Packard Avenue)
  • US Citizens: Check Voucher Form and W-9
  • Resident Aliens: Check Voucher Form, Section A of Alien Payment Form and W-9
  • Non-resident Aliens: Check Voucher Form, W-8 BEN and Alien Payment Form
Step 12: Complete final paper or project and submit signed IRB Consent Forms
Step 13: Presentation of research trip at the Tufts Undergraduate Research Symposium in March
Step 14: Prepare powerpoint presentation based on your research trip