Created in 2018-19, Chris H. Braeuel Bursary for Global and International Studies serves to help eligible BGInSstudents who have demonstrated financial need with support for their international experience.

The Background

Carleton’s Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) program is an innovative, multi-disciplinary, program that welcomed its first students in 2015.  The goal of the program is to educate active and engaged global citizens by producing a global mindset—an approach to the world that encourages immersion in new places, cultures and languages. This mindset involves learning multiple pathways to knowledge, understanding our rights and responsibilities toward each other, developing intercultural competencies and principled ways of thinking and acting in the global context. For more information of the BGInS program, please visit: https://carleton.ca/bgins/

As part of the undergraduate Honours program, it is mandatory for students to complete an International Experience Requirement. The Chris H. Braeuel Bursary for Global and International Studies will allow students in need to complete this component and gain real-world experience, regardless of financial barriers.

As the recipient of the 2017 Carleton Alumni Humanitarian Award, Chris Braeuel gravitated towards establishing this award based on his desire to support students in value-added ways over the long-term. Through his cumulative knowledge and experience in over 80 countries spanning 6 continents, Chris continues to serve with passion and commitment and enjoys sharing that enthusiasm with students as a Mentor.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be able to support students in need with their international placements, a key component of the BGInS program. Having served abroad in my youth, I recall with fondness and appreciation not only the life-changing experiences that etched my career path in stone but also the financial support that made it possible. The world is experiencing unprecedented challenges and opportunities. It is my hope that this bursary will grow and benefit generations of students committed to global citizenship and positive change.”

– Chris Braeuel (Founder of the bursary)

The Rollout

We have already raised $2,000 and hope to reach $25,000 by December 2018 through your generous tax-deductible donations. Once the goal of $25,000 is reached, the Chris H. Braeuel Bursary for Global and International Studies will become endowed and distributed annually in perpetuity to eligible students who have demonstrated financial need.

The Impact

Once the Chris H. Braeuel Bursary is endowed, it will produce at least $1,000 each year to directly support eligible BGInS students in need embarking on their international experience. Below are some testimonials from students who completed their experiences:

“ As a result of my internship in New York I feel uniquely qualified to pursue a career in this field. Indeed, my internship created opportunities for me that led to employment with the International Humanitarian Assistance Bureau at Global Affairs Canada. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support and assistance provided by the Global and International Studies program.”

– Benjamin Bushell (Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations)

“ Overall my experiences with my International Placement were no less than life changing. Exploring a new culture for 3 months while feeling the impact an organization can make in a developing country is truly remarkable. I gained contacts from all over East Africa in my direct field of study as well as more than relevant work experience. My placement taught me valuable life lessons and made me feel comfortable in a professional setting. I shared this experience with a tight group of students from all over Canada, making friendships that will last a lifetime. Semester in Development is a truly unique experience and I will carry its benefits for years to come.”

– Kayley Lenders (Uganda)

The Team

Chris Braeuel


Already in his youth, Carleton alumni Chris Braeuel (MA 2000) knew he was destined to embark on a life and career dedicated to global service. His early inspiration to serve was sparked when he was selected among 10,000 international students to represent Canada as a young leader with the internationally acclaimed Up with People (UWP) group in 1989. Founded in 1965, UWP is an international education organization whose mission is to bridge cultural barriers and create global understanding through volunteer community service. Over one year, Chris travelled with 159 students from 21 nations serving 128 communities in 8 countries on various local volunteer initiatives. He was in Berlin, Germany at the time the Iron Wall was being dismantled and recalls having embraced those who came across from the former East bloc—an unforgettable experience.

It was Chris’ strong sense of civic duty that motivated him to eventually pursue his graduate studies in Public Policy and Administration at Carleton. Since graduation, and consistent with his values as an engaged global citizen, Chris has enjoyed a rich and rewarding career in international affairs and development serving with government, the UN, the non-profit sector and academia both in Canada and overseas.

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