International Studies & Programs

ACCENT Grant

MSU's Office for Education Abroad is partnering with ACCENT Consortium for Study Abroad to provide funding to support the establishment of new MSU faculty-directed education abroad programs. Funding may be awarded for either a course that embeds an international education travel component into a fall or spring residential course or a program to be offered during the summer or winter intersessions. The grant will be offered to two programs per year for a maximum of $10,000 per program. Preference will be given to programs that are designed to promote MSU's goals for diversifying education abroad programming (see evaluation criteria below). The intention of the grant is to support and subsidize the development of new abroad programs that are designed to run on an annual basis. Each proposed program need not necessarily be directed by the same faculty member each year but must be fully supported, in its long-term goals, by the department or college. The promise of some departmental matching funds (e.g., cash or in-kind contributions) is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Award

For 2017-18, two $10,000 grants will be awarded to two sponsoring departments/colleges, of which up to $2,000 may be used to support a faculty member or instructor from each department/college to travel to an established ACCENT program site for a short-term stay (less than 1 week) for the primary purpose of establishing the proposed education abroad program. Otherwise, all funds will be awarded via ACCENT as a credit to the total cost of the selected programs, thus reducing the overall participation cost for MSU students. Individual applicants must be serving in a representative capacity of their home academic unit.

Requirements

Applications will only be considered for new credit-bearing, faculty-directed education abroad programs.

Programs must be a minimum of three weeks (preferably longer) and designed for a minimum of 15 students

Programs should be designed to run annually.

Applications must be supported by a letter from the college dean or department head explaining how the program contributes to the international goals of the strategic plan of the unit, and acknowledge matching funds (if any).

Evaluation Criteria

Clear alignment with the department/academic unit's curriculum and international education goals.

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

Preference will be given to proposals that utilizes Accent's services in Madrid and Paris.

Extent to which the proposed program promotes MSU's goals for diversifying education abroad programming, as follows:

  • Inclusion of traditionally underrepresented populations (i.e., minority students, first-generation college students, low SES, males, STEM disciplines, etc.);
  • Interdisciplinary programming or experiential programming (e.g., undergraduate research, service learning, etc.); and,
  • Programming that involves meaningful community engagement and/or intercultural learning.

Deadline

THE DEADLINE HAS PASSED.  APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.

Decisions will be made within 3 weeks of the deadline by the Curriculum Integration Committee of the MSU Advisory Council on Education Abroad which will evaluate all applications and make final decisions. (Members of OSA are non-voting.) Questions, applications, and supporting materials should be sent to Dr. Inge Steglitz, steglitz(at)msu.edu.

Other Information

The grant recipients are required to submit a post-program evaluation to Education Abroad/ACCENT within 2 months of program implementation.

Funds will be awarded via ACCENT as a credit to the total cost of the two programs, less any funds used to conduct a program site development visit (up to $2,000 to cover on-site costs). A maximum of $10,000 will be awarded per program.

Travel to countries with an active U.S. Department of State Travel Warning must be reviewed and approved by the MSU Risk & Security Advisory Council (RSAC).

Grants cannot be deferred.

Application

The ACCENT Grant Application form can be found online.

Questions, applications, and supporting materials should be sent to Dr. Inge Steglitz, Associate Director, Office of Study Abroad, steglitz(at)msu.edu.