UKIC / Education Abroad & Exchanges / Program Development Grant

Program Development Grant

We offer grants of $1,000, $2,000 and $2,500 to support faculty traveling abroad.

UK EA, in coordination with the Education Abroad Sub-Committee (EAC), maintains a fund to support faculty members or instructors traveling abroad for a short-term stay (less than two weeks) for the purposes of establishing a faculty-directed education abroad program. The grant is awarded twice a year, based on the timing of intended travel. For winter/spring travel, faculty can apply for a grant by October 11, 2019. For summer/fall travel, faculty can apply for a grant by Feb 15, 2019. The proposal must relate to a new program that will be offered within two years of receipt of funding. More details about the process and application requirement can be found below.

Proposal Submission Deadlines:

  • February 15, 2019 (by 5:00pm EST) for travel during the summer or fall semester.

  • Oct 11, 2019 (by 5:00pm EST) for travel during the spring semester or winter intersession.

How to Apply:

Complete the Program Development Grant Form with attached documentation:

  • A detailed, feasible and cost efficient budget and evidence of matching funds. 
  • Letter from the college dean or department chair explaining how the program contributes to the international strategic goals of the college/unit and acknowledge matching funds.  

Early submission of applications is encouraged. The Executive Director of Education Abroad & Exchanges, Ms. Miko McFarland, is available to review your proposal before submission. 

Application Guidelines:

Applications are due by 5:00pm EST on the established deadline. The Education Abroad Committee of the International Advisory Council will evaluate all applications and make a recommendation to the Associate Provost of Internationalization. Applicants will be notified of a decision within 4 weeks of the deadline. Questions, applications and supporting materials should be sent to the Executive Director of Education Abroad & Exchanges, Ms. Miko McFarland at miko.mcfarland@uky.edu.

Applications will only be considered for new and credit-bearing programming. This includes a course that embeds an international education travel component into a fall or spring residential course or a faculty-directed program to be offered during the summer or winter intersessions. Applications for non-credit bearing opportunities are not eligible for consideration. Applications for participation in conferences, seminars, symposia, organized training, workshops, research, sabbatical-related activities are not eligible for consideration.

The application must relate to a new program that will be offered within two years of receipt funding. Previous awardees are eligible to apply again, so long as the program being proposed is a new program.

Applicants must be eligible to receive at least 25% matching funds (e.g. cash or in-kind contributions) from their college/department or external funding sources and are strongly encouraged to seek additional funding sources.  

 

Proposals will be evaluated on:

A clear purpose for the international travel and financial need for the Program Development Grant. 

Degree to which the proposed program will promote global competency and/or have positive impact on the overall internationalization of UK. 

Overall viability, academic need and sustainability of the proposed education abroad program. 

Inclusion of a detailed, feasible and cost efficient budget and evidence of matching funds. 

Extent to which the proposed program promotes UKIC's goals for diversifying education abroad programming. This may include:

  • Travel to destinations that may be considered less traditional for the academic content.
  • Inclusion of students traditionally underrepresented in education abroad enrollment (i.e. racial and ethnic minorities, first generation students, males, Pell-eligible, STEM disciplines, etc.)
  • Programming that involves meaningful community engagement and/or intercultural learning. 

To review a copy of the EAC evaluation rubric: Program Development Grant Rubric

 

Questions?

If you have questions or ideas related to an education abroad program development grant, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Miko McFarland, the Executive Director of Education Abroad & Exchanges (non-voting member of the EAC). Early review is encouraged!