International Education

Academic Affairs Division

International Education Grant

The International Education Grant proposals are open to a broad range of topics, but are in place to assist individual USG campuses in the development of exchange partners and/or growth of their study abroad programs. Ideally, the use of grant funds will expand global engagement on campuses and result in growth of study abroad and/or exchange participation, supporting both new and existing programs. In its inaugural year, we received proposals from a range of schools and are hopeful that we will be able to offer this grant opportunity in the future and strongly encourage future submissions.

2018 RECIPIENTS

The USG International Education office is pleased to announce the recipients of the three $2,000 International Education Grants.

The University of West Georgia will use the funds to support the travel (e.g. passport costs) of 12 African American Male Institute (AAMI) students for an 8-day cross cultural trip to Salvador, Brazil during Spring Break 2019. This short-term study abroad trip is a response by the AAMI Learning Community to the lower African American Male rates in Study Abroad. The project targets primarily low-income, first-generation African American males who have never traveled abroad and funding for their passports will address the first, and a major, barrier to international travel. Addressing this barrier will expose students to the “culture and arts of a people with whom they share a history and African heritage.”

The University of Georgia will use the funds to support the pilot of a new Embedded Studies Away Program. The pilot initiative offers optional 1 credit hour supplemental embedded academic courses to existing UGA courses. The 1 hour supplement will be offered as a study abroad component. The supplemental courses will take place during the week of Spring Break 2019 – one to University of Liverpool’s London campus in the UK and another to the island of Grenada in the Caribbean. The new option will make study abroad accessible to students who are unable to participate in currently available semester and summer programs and will offer “high impact, hands-on learning experiences through activities that supplement the original academic course content.”

Augusta University will use the funds to increase Nursing and Pre-Nursing student participation in their global health study abroad programs. The current program enrolls 40 students per year and the goal is to increase the participation by 50% (e.g. 60 total). The proposal seeks to accomplish this goal by offering a series of mini-immersion experiences that introduce students to the Spanish-speaking healthcare environment. The mini-immersion includes two parts: language preparation and application in a simulated patient care environment. These mini-immersion programs will introduce Spanish for healthcare providers, “promote cultural awareness, and generate interest in current nursing study abroad programs”.

ELIGIBILITY

The International Education Grant is open to all faculty and staff employed at a University System of Georgia institution with documented affiliation to study abroad programs or activities.

Grant funds can be used towards travel, software, equipment, conference registration, stipends, materials and supplies.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to support the development of innovative study abroad and exchange programs, as well as the addition of new elements to existing programs.

SELECTION CRITERIA

International Education Grants will be awarded to proposals that best align with the following criteria:

  • Feasibility for generating growth in study abroad or exchange participation
  • Novelty of ideas in updating a current program that will help to further grow capacity
  • Experience of the grant applicant, institutional structure and overall commitment to assist in the implementation of the proposal
  • Forecast of proposed results, based on institutional and/or organizational research and data

Extra consideration will be given to those proposals that include attention to the following:

  • Innovation in broadening accessibility for underrepresented students
  • Focus on student cost, program affordability and sustainability without grant funds
  • Positive impact on individual campus and system internationalization

CONDITIONS

  • Only one proposal per institution will be accepted
  • Senior International Officer (SIO) or SCIE Institutional Representative must be fully committed and state his/her support explicitly
  • Grant funds must contribute directly to the costs as described in the proposal
  • Grants will be disbursed via wire transfer to the account indicated in the application
  • A brief interim report detailing the use of funds and any proof of usefulness is required within one year of disbursement, and a fuller final report demonstrating efficacy within two years.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Each application should be formatted as a single PDF file attached to an e-mail submitted no later than midnight on June 1, 2018, to coryn.shiflet@usg.edu. The PDF file name should include the name of the USG institution and the application itself should include the following:

  1. International Education Grant Application Form with signature(s)
  2. Budget (no more than 1 page): Explaining the projected costs, listing specific figures, and any necessary justifications *If the intended budget exceeds $2,000 then explain how the additional amount will be covered
  3. Proposal Narrative (no more than 3 pages): Including a detailed statement of projected study abroad or exchange program growth
  4. SIO (or SCIE Institutional Representative) Statement of Commitment (no more than 1 page): Including committed funds and administrative support to ensure success of the proposal
  5. CV from faculty (only required if Faculty-Led Program is being proposed)

APPROVAL PROCESS AND NOTIFICATION

Any applications that are missing signatures, or are otherwise incomplete as of the submission deadline will be ineligible.

A committee consisting of the SCIE Study Abroad Committee Chair and SCIE Vice Chair along with the USG International Education office staff will review all applications based on the aforementioned criteria and choose the grantees.

The successful awardees will be announced via email to grant winners and at the Fall SCIE meeting.

APPLICATION CYCLE AND DEADLINES

STAGE DATE  
Call for Proposals March 1, 2018
Application and Materials Deadline June 1, 2018
Review and Proposal Selection July 30, 2018
Funds Disbursed August 30, 2018
Submission of interim report from Grantee August 30, 2019
Submission of final report from Grantee August 30, 2020

EVALUATION REPORTS

Within one year of funds being disbursed, a brief interim report detailing how the funds have been utilized and outlining proof of usefulness is required.

Within two years of funds being disbursed, a fuller final report demonstrating how the funds have been utilized and efficacy of the programs’ proposal is required.

GUIDANCE

Faculty and staff preparing proposals must be in communication with their Senior International Officer or SCIE Institutional Representative as only one proposal is accepted per USG institution. General questions about the grant or application process should be sent to Coryn Shiflet by e-mail at coryn.shiflet@usg.edu.