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ACCENT Grant

The Office for Education Abroad is partnering with ACCENT Study Abroad to provide funding to support the establishment of new MSU faculty-directed education abroad programs. ACCENT Study Abroad brings more than a decade’s experience of successful collaboration with MSU on customized, faculty-directed programs. In 2018, ACCENT and MSU will partner on 28 programs based in Study Centers in London, Paris, Florence, Rome and Madrid.

Grant 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 up 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.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact ACCENT’s Partnership Development Manager, Ashley Spinelli, early in the process to discuss their programming ideas with her.

Award

For 2018-19, up to 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 Study Center for a short-term stay (less than 1 week) for the primary purpose of establishing the proposed education abroad program. If travel to the site is not required, 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 recruit 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).

An Authorized Signatures Form must be completed and uploaded as part of the application.

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 utilize 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

Applications are due by 5:00 pm (EST) on May 1, 2018.

Early submission of applications is encouraged.

Decisions will be made within three (3) weeks of the deadline.

In partnership with ACCENT, the Curriculum Integration Committee of the MSU Advisory Council on Education Abroad will evaluate all applications and make final decisions.

Questions, applications, and supporting materials should be sent to Dr. Inge Steglitz.

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

To apply, complete the ACCENT Grant Application form.


Questions about the application, process or supporting materials should be directed to Dr. Inge Steglitz.

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