Undergraduate International Study Abroad Program Development Grants

The Office of Global Programs will sponsor up to three study abroad program building trips to conduct advance work in support of undergraduate Maymester courses, study abroad, or collaborative instructional arrangements with international institutions. Each effort should lead to a course, courses, credit-bearing service learning activity, or other international experience for undergraduates.

Short proposals will be due June 1. Proposals should address the following topics:

  1. Context and objectives. Describe the course, courses, or activities to be offered abroad, who will teach them or support their service activity, and how will credit be offered. One outcome of your trip would be a draft agreement outlining the financial and organizational arrangements for your program.
  2. Target institutions or locales. Why this institution or country and not others? The region or continent for this request is open, but successful proposals will provide a cogent and convincing rationale for the institution and location, including the programs they offer, prior arrangements, site logistics, cost-sharing, convenience, safety, and cost of housing for students, and the scientific and touristic advantages of the venue.
  3. Target audience. What AU students from what majors would be eligible, interested, or motivated to select and enroll in the prospective study abroad course or experience? What are the prospects for attracting students for other institutions to participate in your program?
  4. Business model. Some courses will attract many students across curriculums and from outside the university; others have a narrower prospective enrollment. Describe any endowments, grants, or industry support that might be deployed to launch and maintain the activity as a regular offering in your department. [up to three pages to this point in your proposal.] See also: http://exchanges.state.gov/grants/open2.html and http://www.nafsa.org/students.sec/financial_aid_for_study/
  5. RAT. Attach a draft Request for Authority to Travel that outlines the itinerary and anticipated expenses for your visit. Use the federal international per diem rates “other locations” rate for your estimates. No account information is required at this point. [page 4]
  6. Interest letter. Attach a letter or email expressing at least potential interest in collaboration from your target institution. If not presently available, you will need to provide such a letter before the RAT is approved. [page 5]
  7. CV. Attach a two-page vita. [pages 6-7]
  8. Submit. Electronically submit a combined PDF file of the above items fadamhy@auburn.edu .