Faculty Support Grants

The “Mapping Study Abroad to the Major” Faculty Support Grants are designed to support faculty/staff travel to one of KU’s existing international partners or to a potential new partner for the purposes of developing new study abroad opportunities for KU students. Site visits enable faculty to determine curricular fit with KU, assess health and safety risks to students, meet faculty colleagues and International Programs personnel, and gain a deeper understanding of the logistical and support resources.

Criteria for Funding

  1. Grant funds are to be applied to direct costs related to faculty/staff travel to conduct a site visit. Funds can be applied toward airfare, transportation, accommodations, and meals. All expenditures must be within university business and financial guidelines and receipts must be provided to the OSA upon return.
  2. The applicant should explore the academic curriculum in more depth while onsite by meeting with departmental faculty/staff; touring labs, facilities, classroom spaces; and observing any other departmental activities in which students may be involved while abroad.  If assistance is needed in identifying appropriate individuals/units to meet with onsite, please contact the Office of Study Abroad.
  3. All funds must be applied for in advance of the planned travel or activity. Applications will not be accepted for travel which has already taken place.
  4. Applicants must have a KU faculty or staff appointment at 50% or greater, and should be directly involved in curriculum design and teaching within their academic unit.
  5. Individuals may receive no more than one grant in any two-year (24 month) period from the date of a previous grant award.
  6. Grant recipients are required to provide a brief written report upon completion of the trip.
  7. Grant awards are up to a maximum of $2,500.

Selection Criteria

Proposals must meet the criteria outlined above. Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Support the development of semester-length study abroad programs
  • Support students in those academic disciplines underrepresented in Study Abroad (STEM, Education, etc.);
  • Deepen existing institutional partnerships by expanding the breadth of activities and students served;
  • Provide for new program development in the areas of internship, service learning or research;
  • Create opportunities for foreign language immersion/acquisition.

Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and/or International Programs administrators. Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application deadline, and funds will be available promptly following award notification.

To Apply

  1. Complete the Faculty Support Grant Application
  2. Submit a proposal of not more than two pages describing the planned travel. Include the following:
    • Goals of the proposed visit
    • Planned activities/itinerary
    • Contacts at international site/partner institution
    • Outline of budget including other funding sources - applicants may use this travel worksheet as a guide
    • Potential outcomes for study abroad program development/student mobility
  3. Submit the application and proposal to:
    Alexis McKinley Jones
    Room 108 Lippincott Hall
    amjones@ku.edu
    785.864.7812

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