The University of Florida International Center (UFIC), in coordination with the Learning without Borders initiative, invites proposals for the development of new innovative UF Study Abroad programs targeted to increasing diversity in Study Abroad participation from students in under-represented majors, non-traditional locations, and under-represented ethnic/racial/gender identities. Five grants in the amount of up to a $2000 stipend plus travel expenses for program development in host country to build capacity and diversify options for Study Abroad participation for under-represented students will be awarded.

Grant applications should propose the development of a Study Abroad program that seeks to employ innovative approaches, incorporate new and flexible methods of delivery, and attract participants from diverse disciplines and demographics. The main purpose of the grants is to provide seed funds for innovative program development to increase and diversify Study Abroad options for UF students.

Eligibility

  • Tenured and tenure-track UF faculty, lectures, and other non-tenured faculty who have ongoing teaching appointments in undergraduate degree-granting units. Courtesy faculty are not eligible.
  • Summer, Fall, or Spring term programs at least 4 weeks (28 days) in length.
  • Coursework requirements:
    • Summer program: 6-12 credits
    • Fall or Spring program: 12-15 credits

Amount of Award

Each grant awarded will include a $2000 stipend, plus travel expenses (airfare, hotel, per diem) for program development (six-day site visit).

Due Dates

  1. Applicants must meet with Susanne Hill (shill@ufl.edu) by 26 October 2018 to discuss study abroad program development steps and procedures.
  2. Applicants must then meet with Paloma Rodriguez to discuss the grant proposal by 15 November 2018.
  3. Complete program proposal, itinerary, syllabus, and program budget due by: 1 February 2019 for programs running summer 2020
  4. Awards will be announced no later than 28 February 2019.

Proposal Preparation and Submission

Application package includes:

  1. Proposal Cover Sheet to be submitted with the grant concept note.
  2. Concept Note: Narrative description of the proposed Study Abroad program that includes an explanation of the following (2-4 pages):
    • Indicate program country, specific site(s), discipline(s), and objectives. Consider and include why the proposed program meets aforementioned Study Abroad program development areas.
    • Indicate the students (demographics, discipline, interests, etc.) who will find your program appealing and who you intend to attract.
    • Provide a description of the courses you intend to offer, indicating how the proposed curriculum will meet one or more of the defined SLOs.
    • List possible activities, overnight excursions, and/or day trips, topics, possible texts and readings. Consider and include why these Study Abroad courses are better taught abroad than on campus, and how logistics (housing, lecture space, service-learning site, etc.) will help to achieve the course objectives.
    • Identify existing on-site support, institutional ties, faculty expertise, experience, and language proficiency level in connection to host country/region.
    • Demonstrate how the program will be sustained within the College or department in subsequent years.
  3. Health and safety: After reviewing the UFIC Emergency Protocol for Students and Faculty Abroad and section on Risk Management Response, please identify any potential health and safety issues associated with the program. Visit travel.state.gov for more information about the host country.
  4. Site visit: Submit a completed Site Visit Budget Form to reflect estimated major costs. You will receive this form during your meeting with Paloma. Travel will be authorized and processed following UF international travel policy.
  5. Brief faculty CV(s)

Questions?

For additional information on the implementation of UF Faculty-led Study Abroad programs:

Dr. Susanne Hill, Executive Director of the UF International Center

E: shill@ufl.edu T: (352) 273-1500

For questions regarding this grant proposal

Paloma Rodriguez, Associate Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs

University of Florida International Center

E: prodriguez@ufic.ufl.edu T: 352-294-3334