The University of Florida International Center will fund up to four faculty members to participate in one of the Faculty Seminars Abroad programs organized by the School of International Training (SIT). The grant covers the full cost of the seminar (~$3,000) which includes accommodations breakfast, some meals and airport transfers. The faculty member will be responsible for the cost of airfare and any other travel costs.

Each summer SIT offers seminars in different locations on different issues. The seminars offer intensive in-depth engagement with a select topic through lectures, site visits, and connections to local academics, researchers, and other local experts. 

Seminar participants will:

  • Engage with in-country academics, researchers, and other local experts, as well as peers from other US institutions.
  • Become immersed in the seminar’s topic and the culture of the host country.
  • Benefit from SIT’s broad network of resources in-country as well as SIT’s dynamic and experienced program faculty leaders.
  • Be able to apply new knowledge and expertise to professional work and courses.

In Summer 2019 three seminars will be offered:

Art and Memory in Argentina

Dates: June 2019
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Topics of Inquiry: Analyze how residents of Buenos Aires have made sense of the violence of the dictatorship and the period of State Terrorism through the arts.

Community Health and Indigenous Knowledge in China

Dates: June 2019
Locations: Kunming, China
Topics of Inquiry: Study the intersection of “western” and “traditional” medicine in practice, policy, and community health in the city of Kunming and in Tibetan areas of Yunnan province.

The New Tunisia: Migration and Democratic Consolidation

Dates: June 2019
Location: Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Topics of Inquiry: Explore current issues in Tunisia, where the only successful revolution of the Arab Spring ushered in a new democracy as well as an influx of migrants headed towards the EU.

Eligibility and Program Requirements

  • All regular UF faculty teaching in disciplines related to the above seminars are eligible to apply. Adjuncts and visiting faculty are not eligible.  Funding decisions are based on the relevance of the seminar’s focus to the applicant’s academic field, and the overall fit with teaching and research interests.  We seek applicants who will derive significant professional benefits from this program.
  • Must be able to travel and participate in the entire seminar program.

Amount of Award

  • UFIC will pay the full program fee of approximately $3,000 directly to SIT on behalf of successful applicants.

Due Dates

  • January 15, 2019, Notice of  Award by SIT
  • TBD,  Applications due to School for International Training

How to Apply

  • Applicants should first complete the SIT online application form available at https://studyabroad.sit.edu/campus-advisors-and-faculty/sit-faculty-seminars-abroad/
  • To apply for UFIC support submit an electronic copy of your SIT application (either in PDF or Word format), along with a brief cover letter explaining how you expect participation in the program to enhance your own scholarship or teaching as well as UF’s international mission.  Applications should be submitted to Julie Fesenmaier via email: juliefes@ufl.edu. Deadline for applications is 20 December 2018
  • Office for Global Research Engagement will make funding decisions based on the fit of faculty’s research and teaching activities to the proposed seminar.  UFIC funding is contingent on admission to the SIT seminar.

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